The formal dress code is located somewhere between cocktail and black tie. For the ladies this dress code requires a short or long formal dress, a pantsuit, or dressy separates. For men, a dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie is appropriate. Men can opt to wear a tuxedo if they wish, as the formal dress code is really another way to describe black tie optional.
A smart casual dress code is suitable if you’re holding a relatively informal wedding. But what is smart casual? The Oxford Dictionary defines smart casual as ‘neat, conventional, yet relatively informal in style,’ so this option provides guests with a very wide scope of clothing choices because it’s all about being smart, without being overly dressy – or overly casual.
Many people wonder what black tie really means, as there are many variations. These include black tie optional and creative black tie (creative black tie is simply black tie with the allowance of splashes of colour and unique accessories).