Can anyone besides the bride wear white to a wedding? What does "festive" really mean? Is black tie always formal? As a style expert, these are questions I get asked on a regular basis and a topic I recently covered on an episode of The Nate Berkus Show (airing in May). With peak wedding season on the horizon, we thought it would be a good time to give you a prep course in event-wear etiquette.
Here are eight common wedding invite dress codes and what they all mean, exactly.
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This seems to be an invite trend of late but an enigma to most people. To me, "festive" means anything goes. Think cocktail party, bold colors, and funkier styles that you wouldn't try for a more formal event. Just have fun with it! For guys, try a fun tie!
"This is the time to break out the ties with the fun patterns or something that goes with the theme," says celebrity event planner Samantha Goldberg. "For example, if you're going to a college reunion, wear a sports-themed tie. It makes the suit less stuffy."