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Planning Guide: Dress Code

White Tie

The most formal category of dress code. Guests are expected to dress in their finest attire including full tuxedo with white vest and tie or floor length gown with fancy jewelry. This is rarely asked of guests at weddings in the Austin area due to our casual culture and hot climate!

Black Tie

Guests are asked to wear formal attire including a dark tuxedo suit with tie or formal floor length or cocktail length gowns, often black or dark in color.

"Austin Chic"

This is the most common dress code at Austin area weddings - sometimes referred to as "Cocktail Attire" or "Dressy Casual", asking guests to dress in dark slacks or nice dark jeans (this is Texas, after all!) with a jacket, or a styled floor length or cocktail length dress.


This is a newer category of dress code allowing for cocktail-party attire featuring bolder colors and playful accessories. Women should wear a cocktail dress or party dress in a fun color, paired with playful accessories and heels or dressy flats. Men should sport a suit, jazzed up with a bright tie or creative pocket square.


* Guests should avoid wearing white unless specifically instructed by the bride. A nice white collared shirt under a dark suit jacket or blazer is usually okay.

* Bright colors, obnoxious fabric patterns, or anything that might distract from the bride and bridal party should not be worn, unless specifically instructed by the bride.

* Out of respect for the bride and her family, plunging necklines, short skirts, and high slits are not appropriate. Granny would not approve.


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