Etiquette for wedding attire is no different than other formal events. However, it’s a rite of passage for all men to decode a wedding invitation and understand how to apply the appropriate dress code..
Black Tie – You’re wearing a tuxedo, end of story. Now you may only wear it once a year, but if you invest in a quality tux it can last for decades. Also, toss those pre-tied or clip-ons in the garbage and learn how to tie a real bow tie.
Formal or Black Tie Optional – Just like it says, wearing a tuxedo is optional. However, a general rule we recommend is: if you have it, always go for the formal option. If you don’t own a tux, sticking to a dark suit, white shirt and a conservative tie is equally acceptable. If you have a tux and you’re still unsure, pick whichever garment fits you the best.
Semiformal – You know semiformal attire calls for a suit, but what type? Semiformal is the common attire for most weddings, but can also be the hardest to judge. Focus on the time of the wedding and the season. For the spring and summer months - or a daytime wedding - stick to a light colored suit or even a well-fitting sport coat. If the wedding is set for the fall or winter, we suggest a black, charcoal or navy suit. Regardless of the season, a tie is always mandatory.
Beach – Beach weddings allow for the regulations of wedding attire to be more relaxed, so take advantage of this while still having the perfect amount of style. Beach weddings also give you the opportunity to purchase that cotton or linen summer suit you’ve always needed. Just leave the Jesus sandals at home.
It goes without saying, but weddings are not the time to model something you spotted on the red carpet. Just because Ryan Gosling can wear a velvet dinner jacket, doesn’t mean you should. Keep it simple.