It can be difficult to decipher the indicted dress code on a wedding invitation. In general, most wedding guests know the basics: don’t wear white, no wrinkled clothing and when in doubt always dress up if you’re unsure how formal it is. With the help of Black Tux, a high-quality suit rental company that’s offers an alternative the traditional suit and tuxedo rental options, we’re explaining all the rest. The Black Tux created the perfect style guide to make planning your next wedding outfit a breeze. From black tie optional to beach casual, read on to get your most common wedding guest dress code questions answered!




In the beautiful Hawaiian island, we tend to have a fair number of casual weddings. Think business casual as opposed to weekend casual. Generally speaking, jeans and tank tops are never appropriate for a wedding. For men, dress pants with a button up or polo shirt, and for women, and a casual summer dress would fit this dress code.

Her: ASTR | Red Rust Floral Off Shoulder Dress

Him: BONOBOS | Weekday Warriors



For semi-formal, think date night attire. For a summer or day time wedding, consider light fabrics and colorful hues and for an evening event lean towards darker hues. For him, a grey suit works well, as is doesn’t feel quite as formal as black or as casual as a khaki color. For the ladies, a colorful cocktail dress is just the thing!

Her: LIKELY | Blue Driggers Dress

Him: THE BLACK TUX | Grey Suit


Beach Formal

In Maui, we love beach formal! It allows guests to be comfortable at a beach or beach side wedding as it encourages lighter weight and color fabrics. For men, a summers suit or linen pants are ideal. For women, a colorful sundress paired with nice sandals or wedges is perfect.

Her: TRINA TURK | Serene Dress

Him: THE BLACK TUX | The Redding Outfit


Black Tie Optional

This indicates that a tuxedo isn’t required but would certainly still be appropriate. For women, a long evening dress or more formal cocktail dress would be appropriate. For men, a tuxedo or dark colored suit paired with a tie would be fitting.

Her: BADGLEY MISCHKA | To Love Again Gown

Him: THE BLACK TUX | Notch Lapel Tuxedo


Black Tie

This means tuxedos for the men. We recommend completing the look with a black bow tie and complementing patent leather shoes. Women should consider a formal floor length evening gown in a dark hue fit for an elegant evening affair.


Her: BADGLEY MISCHKA | Midnight Gown

Him: THE BLACK TUX | Double Breasted Tuxedo


White Tie

This is as formal as it gets! Men should wear a tuxedo, complete with a long black jacket with tails, a white pique vest and a bow tie. She should wear a formal, floor length ball gown in black or dark hue. Don’t forget some dramatic accessories!


Her: ML MONIQUE LHUILLIER | Silver Mikado Gown

Him: THE BLACK TUX | Contrast Shawl Jacket Tuxedo