Deciphering Dress Codes What To Wear To What Wedding

You’ve received another fat, calligraphied envelope in the mail. Undo the seal, shake off the glitter, remove that random sheet of tissue and glance at the details. OK, you’ve got the date, time, place, and… dress code?
Black tie? White tie? California casual? Creative black tie? Festive? What does it all mean!
Are these dress codes really so different? And, the big question: Does this mean you need to buy something new?

Decoding Dress Code Jargon

In descending order of formality, here are some common wedding dress codes. While these are the traditional rules for the listed dress codes, they may be interpreted differently by different couples. If you have questions about a wedding’s dress code, consider calling the maid of honor or best man to ask for clarification.