An evening wedding starts at five in the afternoon or later and typically requires semi-formal to formal attire. Receptions are elegantly extravagant, with larger guest lists and wedding parties to match. The later start time also implies no children, as the event may go long past a little one’s bedtime. Taking a few cues and awareness of traditional etiquette may help any guests enjoy and feel comfortable at this truly special occasion.
The invitation will help determine the level of formality for an event. If the occasion is extremely formal, it will explicitly state, “white tie.” A black tie may also be requested, or a variation thereof, such as “black tie optional” or “creative black tie.” If there is no dress code mentioned on the invitation, it is safe to assume semi-formal. The presentation and details on the invitation, such as location, may also indicate the level of extravagance.
Most formal evening weddings are designated as black tie. This calls for men to wear tuxedos and women to wear an evening gown or cocktail dress appropriate for the venue. Semi-formal dress is the most casual for an evening wedding and asks that men dress in a dark suit and conservative tie, while women may wear an appropriate dress or pantsuit. A creative black tie may include season accessories, such as a festive tie or a feather boa.
A formal table setting can be intimidating, but just remember this simple rule: utensils are placed in the order of use. A charger remains under all of the plates of preceding courses to the entree. When the main course arrives, it will replace the charger. A butter plate is to the left of the charger, and up to five glasses are arranged in front and to the right, including a water glass, champagne flute, and wine and sherry glasses. The napkin will be placed on top of the charger.
Evening receptions may start with a receiving line. This is an opportunity for the guests to have a few words with the bride and groom as well as thank their hosts. This may lead into a cocktail hour before guests are asked to sit. Dates may be placed apart at a formal dinner. A polite guest respects his assigned seat, introduces himself to his neighbors, and engages in conversation.
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