You’re recently engaged and considering a black tie theme. What is a black tie wedding? Let’s take a look at the main components that define ‘black tie’ and what that means for your wedding planning. It’s so much fun to dive into the details and share beautiful wedding photos of such an elegant, classic event.
All photos in this blog post were taken at Finley Farms, a wedding venue near Springfield, Missouri .
Whether you are planning a wedding or you’ve been invited as a guest, the most important thing to remember is black tie means tuxedos and floor length gowns. This applies to the wedding party and to the guests. Think classic, old Hollywood, glamorous, and chic.
Black tie is elegant and almost understated. The main colors of a black tie wedding are going to be black and white, with accents like silver and gold. Classic silhouettes and a proper fit are very important. The focus is on the quality of fabric and structure. Personalization in a black tie wedding looks more like a unique cufflink, rather than a boldly patterned tie.
If you are attending a black tie wedding as a guest, this elegant minimalism extends over to you. This is the perfect place to wear a classic black gown. This is not the time for bright colors and patterns or flowy silhouettes. Also, no white, off white, or very pale shades close to white. White is for the bride, only. Guests should be mindful to wear nothing that would upstage or distract from the bride. No sequins, no cut outs, nothing above the knee.
This is your red carpet moment. A black tie wedding is the perfect place to wear diamonds and pearls and classic pumps. Don’t over accessorize. Keep in mind that the glamorous, old Hollywood vibes carry on to hair, makeup and men’s grooming. Clean makeup that focuses on a smokey eye with a classic nude or red lip is perfect for looking elegant and timeless. Along the same lines, this is the perfect time for a chignon, thick braid, twisted bun or sleek ponytails.
Your wedding venue should be a formal venue that provides services, like valet parking, which will prioritize your guests’ comfort. Estates, ballrooms, galleries, libraries, historic sites, and chic urban settings are examples of venues that would be an excellent backdrop for your black tie affair. High ceilings, natural lighting and ample space make for beautiful photos and plenty of room for your guests.
Your invitations set the tone. They should be formal, elegant, and minimal. Sticking with one primary color and often employing a cursive font. You may and should include the dress code so guests know exactly what to expect. Your guests can add to the overall elegance of your event. Remember, it is an exciting red carpet night for them, too.
The menu is up to you, but consider an emphasis on fresh, seasonal foods. There is no buffet at a black tie event. You can’t have guests shuffling around in floor length gowns. An open bar is a must.
Your choice of entertainment is another way to personalize your black tie wedding. Your guests will appreciate whatever you plan in regards to music and activities. Just a few ideas: live music, a killer DJ, wedding games, photo booth, a cigar bar, whiskey tasting, or a live performer such as a magician.
If you’ve dreamed of an elegant evening out with all your family and friends – dressed to the nines – a black tie wedding might be perfect for you. The first step is to book your venue, then your Missouri wedding photographer, and then get those invitations out so your guests can start picking out tuxedos and gowns to look their best for your big day!
Bailey Morris of Morris Imagery is a wedding photographer from Lebanon, Missouri. She loves telling stories through authentic imagery and catching those unexpected in-between moments that turn into favorite photos. You can connect with Bailey here.