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Receiving an invitation to a black-tie wedding can be exciting but also a little daunting. After all, a black-tie dress code is one of the fanciest out of the bunch and requires guests to wear their swankiest attire. But fret not! With so many gorgeous formal outfits on offer, there's a black-tie gown out there to suit every style and budget.
What Is Black-Tie Attire?
A black-tie dress code is reserved for formal weddings and events. Guests typically wear floor-length gowns and tuxedos when attending a black-tie wedding.
For fall and winter weddings, formal attire feels all the more appropriate—especially for nuptials timed to the holidays or New Year’s Eve. Full-length gowns are perfect for such occasions whether you’re into a seasonal long-sleeve style, textured velvet number, or sparkling sequins. If you’re one to follow trends, consider puff sleeves, allover florals, and bold styles in statement-making hues. For subdued tastes, you can’t go wrong with a gorgeous black gown whether that means a one-shoulder silhouette, plunging V-neck, or asymmetrical shape.
Ahead, the best wedding guest dresses for a black-tie wedding for every style, budget, and season.
Best Tea-Length: Marchesa Notte Draped Corseted Sequin-Embellished Gown
If you're petite and a floor-sweeping gown is not really your vibe, a tea-length option might but more your speed. This exquisitely draped and corseted dress in deep navy and allover sequin embellishments is equally fit for a black-tie wedding as a maxi gown.
Best Gold Style: Sabina Musayev Metallic Dress
A wedding around the holidays calls for a festive dress. Bring on the sparkle and bring on the bows. Keep accessories simple–this dress does all the talking!
For a Summer Wedding: LoveShackFancy High/Low Dress
If you're headed to a summer or destination wedding, this unique LoveShackFancy high/low dress is a no brainer. Dressy enough to adhere to a black-tie dress code and playful enough to complement a destination wedding venue – this dress is the best of both worlds.
Attending a black-tie wedding? We've answered three common questions wedding guests have when shopping for a black-tie outfit.
- What is a black-tie dress code? A black-tie dress code is reserved for formal weddings and requires that you wear a formal outfit like a floor-length gown and tuxedo.
- What should a wedding guest wear to a black-tie wedding? Guests attending a black-tie wedding typically wear floor-length evening gowns. Formal dresses in black and navy are also a popular choice for black-tie weddings as are gowns with allover embellishments.
- Can I wear a short dress to a black-tie wedding? Unless otherwise stated on the invite, guests can also wear short cocktail dresses to a black-tie wedding.