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What Are Black Tie Weddings, And How Do I Host One?

BY ADRIAN LEIGHTON

All About Black Tie Weddings

[caption id="attachment_6427" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Beautiful black tie weddings This is the typical look of a wedding party from a black tie wedding. As you can see, the black tuxedos work so well against the lighter dresses of the girls.[/caption] If you’re looking to host a really glamorous and elegant wedding, then you could certainly try a trend that’s becoming more popular in recent years, “Black Tie Weddings.” If you’ve ever been to a black tie event you’ll know that they are formal as they take place in the evening, but what does that mean? For the boys the dress is strictly tuxedos, but for us girls the good thing is that we have the choice of wearing long and glamorous black tie gowns or very dressy cocktail dresses in any of a multitude of colors (except white of course!) and plenty of flattering accessories! Given the choice that you’ve got the choice of so many different black tie event dresses, this means that you can really have some fun putting together your outfit for a black tie wedding. What Should I Wear To Black Tie Weddings? The bride and female guests really are spoiled at this type of wedding, as it’s a rare chance to dress to the nines in glamorous, full-length evening gowns, and go crazy with beautiful accessories! Not sure what kind of dresses you can or should wear? Let’s look at some options:

Gorgeous Silk A-Line One-Shoulder Formal Dress with Lace & Beading

Style Code: 11118 / $169

[caption id="attachment_6435" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Gorgeous Silk A-Line One-Shoulder Formal Dress with Lace Beaded Style Code: 11118 Just $169 for a real silk dress? You bet![/caption]

Sleeveless Floor-length Chiffon A-line Black Tie Event Dress

Style Code: 00556 / $124

[caption id="attachment_6437" align="aligncenter" width="194"]Sleeveless Floor-length Chiffon A-line Black Tie Event Style Code: 00556 $124 Pretty, light, and stylish. This sweeping chiffon black tie dress is a great look for formal weddings in the summer time.[/caption]  

Halter Grays Taffeta Floor-length Black Tie Event Dress

Style Code: 00378 / $119

[caption id="attachment_6438" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Halter Grays Taffeta Floor-length Black Tie Event Style Code: 00378 $119 Taffeta black tie event dresses have sharp lines and lots of character. Metallic silver is a great color option for black tie weddings too.[/caption]  

Ruched V Neck Back Sash Cocktail Dress

Style Code: 10450 / $84

[caption id="attachment_6440" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Ruched V Neck Back Sash Cocktail Dress Style Code: 10450 $84 Even a dressy cocktail dress like this one is appropriate for black tie weddings, so you can truly take your pick of many styles![/caption] It doesn’t end with the dress though – you can really go to town with your makeup, and accessories. It’s best to get your hair and makeup done professionally before the wedding starts, as this will really complement your ‘red-carpet’ looks. As for accessories, think intricate beading, sparkly sequins, pearls, and bold metallic statement jewelry. The more bling, the better! [caption id="attachment_6433" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Sparkly black tie accessories Accessories like this clutch which have a lot of sparkle are perfect for black tie weddings.[/caption]   Black Tie Weddings Are Both Special And Fancy! [caption id="attachment_6441" align="aligncenter" width="166"]inspiration for black tie weddings Some of the colors and motifs you can expect at a black tie wedding.[/caption]

 When you think black tie weddings, you need to be thinking ‘classy.’ The details that you choose should be very formal, classy, and stylish. Every bride has different ideas about her wedding, but here are some ideas that are in keeping with the formal style you’re looking for which you could use to host a wonderful black tie wedding:

l   Roses, orchids, and lilies are perfect for an elegant evening reception.

rose wedding centrepiece

l   Try simple French food, beautifully plated, to add to the feeling of class.

haute cuisine for wedding

l   Champagne is the drink of choice, and waiters carrying around trays of champagne flutes for your guests will make everyone feel like they’re a star (sparkling wines can be used to get the same effect, but with a lower budget)!

tray of champagne

l   A black limo, complete with uniformed driver, will be the perfect exit for the newly-weds (a smaller sedan would also look good, and cost less).

black wedding limo

l   An ornately decorated black & white wedding cake would look unique, and in fitting with your formal occasion.

black and white wedding cake

l   Have your guests walk into the reception on a red carpet and take special shots of them arriving like at an awards ceremony.

red carpet for wedding guests

l   Having a band of DJ? Try a black & white checked Dance floor instead of the traditional plain one.

black and white checked dance floor

l   How about a string quartet for some calm and pleasant ambiance during dinner?

wedding string quartet

  What Should The Bride Wear?

black tie wedding bride and groom

This is quite a formal wedding, therefore for the wedding gown it’s important for the bride to really make an entrance and look memorable. Our suggestion is a very elegant and timeless style, perhaps a ball gown like these ones:

typical ball gown wedding dresses

Click here to see even more gorgeous ball gown wedding dresses.   Don’t forget that crystals or diamonds, as well as pearls, are the perfect wedding jewelry for the formal bride, as these can really accentuate her look. Since this is an evening wedding, look to maximise your sparkle from the lights, as this will guarantee all eyes on you! [caption id="attachment_6453" align="aligncenter" width="250"]Crystal-and-Pearl-Wedding-Jewelry Click this picture to see lots of low cost crystal and pearl wedding jewelry to go with your formal wedding outfit.[/caption]   A black & white wedding bouquet is also a daring and great-looking flower choice.

black and white wedding bouquet 

Your Turn…

How do you feel about really classy formal black tie weddings? Have you been to one? Is it something you’d like to try? Tell us by leaving a comment.
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