Etiquette – Special Occasion

Follow, bend or break the rules. Here are some tuxedo etiquette facts to help you:

White tie (Most Formal)
Black Tailcoat & Pants
White Shirt, vest (or cummerbund), and bow tie
Black Formal shoes
White Gloves

Black Tie (Very Formal)
Black (or white) Tuxedo Coat & Black Pants
White Shirt
Vest (or cummerbund) and Bow Tie
Formal Shoes

Black Tie Optional (Preferred Formal)
Black (or white) Tuxedo Coat & Black Pants
White Shirt
Any Accessories

Time of Event:
After 5pm – Same as White Tie
2pm-5pm – Same as Black Tie

Event Location:
Cathedral – Same as White Tie
Chapel or Church – Same as Black Tie
Outside or Dining hall or other – Same as Black Tie Optional