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Wedding Dress Codes Explained | Panama City Beach Wedding

Wedding Dress Codes Explained | Panama City Beach Wedding


For years, after getting a wedding invite, I would google the wedding dress code.

They’re a tad confusing and you don’t want to show up at the wedding under-dressed or over-dressed.

So… I thought it might help if I made this blog post to break down the dress codes and what is acceptable to wear within those parameters!




White Tie

This is for the super fancy dressers.

The men’s outfits will include a black tailcoat, a white shirt, a waistcoat, a white bow-tie, high-waisted pleated black trousers, white gloves and black shoes.

The women’s outfits are a long evening gown with nice dress shoes.


Black Tie

Tuxedos and long ball gowns are normally what is worn when the dress code is black tie.

This is the dress code is normally chosen for more formal, evening weddings.

Men’s attire includes a tuxedo, waistcoat, white dress shirt, a black bow tie, and black dress shoes.

Ladies should expect to wear a floor length ball gown, dress cocktail dress and heels or dress shoes.


Black Tie Optional

This dress code means tuxedos are encouraged, but not mandatory.

Women can wear formal dress that isn’t floor length.

No sundresses or non-formal shoes (like wedges or sandals).


Beach Formal

This means the wedding will be on the beach so it’ll be a little bit of a relaxed, formal dress code.

Women can wear a formal summer sundress (no shorter than knee length) with flats or nice sandals.

Men can wear a summer suit with a linen shirt, linen or khaki pants.


Cocktail Attire / Dressy Casual / Semi-Formal

Men normally opt for a dark suit.

Women usually wear cocktail dresses.



This dress code means guests can pretty much wear whatever they’d like.

I recommend a nice button up and khakis or slacks for men.

For ladies, a nice sundress. I 100% recommend avoiding wearing a white dress. Only the bride is to wear a white dress.

Also, light color schemes or dark color schemes for fall weddings are usually great ideas.

For example: for spring: light pinks, purples, blues, etc.

For Fall: Dark red, blues, or greens.



Now you’ve read this, can you tell which dress code is which?

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