What is appropriate etiquette for a wedding

Wedding dress code: How to dress correctly for the big party

Wedding dress code: this is how it works!

# 1: Take a close look at the wedding invitation

Most wedding couples leave nothing to chance on their big day - not even the outfits of their guests. Therefore, dress code rules are usually given on the invitations, which should be adhered to as far as possible:

White tie

With this most formal of all dress codes, the really big robes can be unpacked, because floor-length evening dresses or tailcoats with white bow ties (hence the term "white tie") are expected.

Black tie

Weddings with this dress code are also very formal: women * should appear in floor-length evening dresses or very elegant, knee-length cocktail dresses. Men * are expected to wear black or midnight blue tuxedos with a black bow tie.

Formal or Black Tie Optional

For women *, this dress code hardly makes any difference to the classic "black tie": Here, too, it is advisable to choose a floor-length evening dress or a chic cocktail dress. Men *, on the other hand, can take it a bit more casual - in their case a festive black suit is sufficient.

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Cocktail or semi-formal

With this dress code, women * make the right choice, as the name suggests, with a cocktail dress. It doesn't necessarily have to be classic, because in contrast to "white-" and "black-tie", this dress code is more cheerful and intense than muted colors. For men * the following applies: Instead of a black suit, choose a dark blue or anthracite-colored one.


If the bride and groom's dress code is given in a more informal manner, creativity can be given free rein. In this case, a high-quality summer dress or a flowing jumpsuit are just as wearable as a combination of blouse and skirt. Jeans or shorts shouldn't be worn here either - after all, a wedding is still a special occasion.

# 2: Keep old dress code rules in mind - but break them if necessary

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Nothing is worse than stealing the show from the bride at her wedding - at least that was a traditional wedding guest wisdom. Accordingly, outfits in shades of white or flashy red were a taboo (unless of course such a dress code was explicitly requested by the bridal couple). Another tradition said that the color black was not suitable for women * at a wedding, as it was used to express grief.

However, these views are now outdated. At most weddings today, whatever you like is allowed! If you want to be on the safe side, you can of course ask the bride and groom beforehand - and get the OK for an "atypical" outfit color.

# 3: Consciously use bare skin

Large cut-outs, ultra-short mini skirts or extremely deep necklines - none of this is of course prohibited at a wedding, but let's put it this way: There are better occasions for it.

# 4: The location also influences the dress code of the wedding

The place where the party takes place naturally influences the choice of the right outfit. If the ceremony takes place in a cool church, a stole, jacket or blazer should be used; At a garden wedding in summer, a hat can not only round off the outfit, but also protect it from the sun. And it is also better to always adapt the shoes to the location: If, for example, you are celebrating on a meadow, you sink into the ground very quickly with high heels, no fun. Alternatively, shoes with platform or block heels are suitable here.

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