If you’re thinking about what shoes go with your smart casual outfit, male or female, you should definitely ditch the runners! For men, think loafers and brogues and boat shoes – and think shoe polish. Worn-out shoes are, well, a little too casual.
Black tie is the second most formal dress code and is typically reserved for evening weddings. Despite what its title may suggest, black tie does not mean you must wear black, although traditionally men should wear a black tuxedo and a bow tie. Black tie appropriate attire for women can be an evening gown of any colour.
Most modern couples – and their guests – are far more relaxed when it comes to dress codes. Don’t expect guests to stick strictly to these guidelines. For example, you can’t demand a male guest wears a dark-coloured pocket square just because you’re holding a wedding with a cocktail dress code!