If the wedding requires a gentleman to wear black tie (sometimes referred to as 'dinner jackets' or in America as 'tuxedos'), then it will be stated on the wedding invitation.
Traditional Black Tie
- Black wool dinner jacket. Single-breasted with no vents, silk peaked lapels (or a shawl collar) and covered buttons.
- Black trousers - slightly tapered - with a single row of braid down each outside leg.
- White marcella evening shirt with a soft turndown collar, worn with cufflinks and studs.
- Black bow tie must be hand tied; avoid novelty ties or colours.
- Highly polished or patent black lace-up shoes.
- Black silk socks, long enough to ensure that no leg will show between the trouser leg and sock when seated.
- A white silk scarf is an optional but traditional accessory. Cummerbunds or low cut black evening waistcoats are rarely worn nowadays.