Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Formal Reception

I'm invited to a wedding. The invitation (the nicest I've ever seen) says there's a "formal reception" afterward. So is that translated to mean that I have to wear a tuxedo? Far back in the recesses of my brain I seem to think that "formal" means tux and "semi-formal" means suit and tie. Please give this dork some guidance.


Jenn said...

Hi Michael,
From my experiences, when a wedding invitation specifies formal it usually means that black tie is optional, and a tux may be worn if you want or you can just wear a suit and tie. Black suit would probably be best just in case! If you know the bride's family well, you could ask the mother of the bride. Usually when the bride wants male guests specifically to wear tuxedoes, she will specify that it is a black tie affair on the invitation. Hope this helps!

P.s. This is Joe's wife!

michael said...


Thanks very much for the help. I'm truly clueless about this kind of thing.

p.s. - I hope your state boards went well

the ballroom dancer said...

No, no, no, it means wear a bright yellow pant suit with a frilly lavender blouse - ya know - just like you wear all the time. ^.~

I'd say -
white tie means tux with white bow tie and white studs
black tie means tux with black bow tie and black studs
formal means a suit and tie, not necessarily black
semi-formal means a dress shirt and pants, maybe with a tie, maybe with a jacket, but not a suit with matching pants and jacket.
Business casual - nice pants and shirt, possibly a jacket, possibly a tie, overall not as fancy as semi-formal.
casual would be slacks and a collar shirt or a nicer T-shirt. Jeans if you know the person well and you know it's OK with them.
Come as you are - that's the yellow pant suit and frilly lavender shirt again.