Made popular in the United States, the black tie wedding is the preferred option for couples who do not want a church service. The mood is formal and festive, requiring a refined aesthetic.
Opt for a classic dinner jacket in dark colours - black is always good and midnight blue is excellent for summer events. Lightweight mohair offers the most traditional effect, while velvet tuxedos in black, burgundy or bottle green are more modern and look great under atmospheric lighting. Regardless of how classic or creative your styling, pair your jacket with tuxedo trousers complete with satin trim on the outside leg. Keep shirting white. A pleat-front dress shirt with a wing or cutaway collar in an ultra-fine cotton for warmer weather, while a piqué Marcella shirt has a crisper handle.
Go for double cuffed shirts, preferably with four studs that should either be in plain black onyx or match your cufflinks.
The cummerbund, a pleated belt-like accessory first adopted by British colonial officers. It is a sophisticated and waist slimming alternative to the waistcoat. Complete your look with a bow tie in satin, velvet or matte silk, matching your jacket lapels.