Wedding Ceremony Q&As

Answers to who walks when, who stands where, and other ways to make sure your ceremony is perfect.

Q: I'm confused. What's the difference between tuxedo, black tie and formal?

A: Good question. Let's start with the word "formal", which dictates a more dressed--up look for both men and women: in other words, men in tuxedos and women in long dresses. The "tuxedo" is a single- or double-breasted jacket with satin lapels and satin-trimmed pockets that's paired with formal trousers (the kind that have a satin stripe on the pant legs). "Black tie" means that the tuxedo jacket, trousers, tie and vest or cummerbund are black or dark gray and paired with a white formal shirt.

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