Wedding Guest Attire: Change For a Black-Tie Wedding After an Afternoon Ceremony?


My husband and I were recently invited to a 3:00 pm wedding ceremony followed by a 6:00 pm black tie wedding reception. Does this mean that he should wear a suit for the ceremony and then change into a tuxedo for the reception? And does that mean that I have to change dresses?


Breathe yourself a sigh of relief, because one outfit will be plenty for each of you! Though the old school etiquette rules say that you have to wait till the evening to break out the black tie attire, these days, going formal during daylight hours is considered pretty much okay (only tails are now considered simply too much for a daytime ceremony). You should both don your best duds for the ceremony and the reception, no changing required.

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