Q: Is it okay for a guest to wear black to an afternoon wedding?
A: Guests often have questions about dress code, especially when a wedding takes place in the afternoon. Typically, evening wear shouldn’t be worn before 6 p.m., but some weddings have an afternoon ceremony with an evening reception. In this case, guests should not be asked to change clothes, but rather to wear semi-formal evening wear that will also be appropriate for an afternoon ceremony. Semi-formal evening wear consists of dark suits for the male guests, and cocktail dresses for the female guests. As long as their attire adheres to the semi-formal dress code, the guests are certainly allowed to wear black. If the wedding ceremony and reception both take place in the afternoon, it’s more appropriate for guests to wear semi-formal daywear. This means male guests wear light-coloured suits and female guests don light-coloured summer dresses.