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Black Tie Required: What to Wear to a Formal Wedding (And How to Ask for It in Your Invitations)

Not sure what to wear to a formal wedding — or how to include “black tie required” in your invites? We’ve got the answers

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Generally speaking, what the bridal party and guests wear determines the tone of the wedding: informal, semiformal, or formal. The bridal couple should express their preference when sending invitations. (Still, keep in mind that you can’t police your guests. You’ll just have to hope that whoever comes to your wedding will dress appropriately.)

Unfortunately, there’s always someone who doesn’t respect your wishes, so be ready to look the other way!

Dear Wedding Guru: “My fiancé and I want a formal wedding. How do I address this in my invitations? Also, what do I tell my guests when they ask what attire is appropriate?”

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Tying the knot shouldn't put knots in your stomach, so whether you're the blushing bride, hubby-to-be, or even a wedding guest, The Wedding Guru Judy Lewis can answer all of your wedding-related questions.

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