This Panache & Promises wedding falls into the "Dressy Casual" category. The beautiful photos are from Carretto Studios Photography.
Black tie, casual, semi-formal… what does it all mean? I have the cheat sheet for guests to decipher the wedding invitation.
WHITE TIE: This is the fanciest of all the categories. A white tie event could be the Oscars or dinner with the Queen. Most people are not lucky enough to be invited to a party this lavish, unfortunately.
BLACK TIE: A black tie wedding is a fancy, evening affair much like Prom at those fancy California high schools you only see on TV.
FORMAL OR BLACK-TIE OPTIONAL: Most weddings fall into this category. A formal wedding doesn’t require a tux, but you could wear one if you’d like.
BEACH FORMAL: Despite the word “formal,” a beach formal wedding requires an outfit similar to what you’d wear to a fancy restaurant in the summer with some sandals.
SEMI FORMAL OR DRESSY CASUAL: This one is tricky. A wedding in this category is in the gray area between formal and casual. Stick to dark colors for an evening wedding and light colors for a day wedding.
CASUAL: This does NOT mean, “anything goes!” Leave your cargo shorts and flip-flops at home. Assume casual means BUSINESS CASUAL, not Saturday-at-the-zoo casual.
Afterthought: Men can rent suits and tuxedos and women are stuck buying their dress, right? WRONG! This is a good time to become familiar with Rent the Runway if you aren’t already. You can rent a designer dress from $30 to $150 that will look and feel fabulous without the hefty price. Just a thought! It’s a great option, especially if you’re asked to a very formal event. Strut your stuff!
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