I'm confused by this....you mean Wearing anything other than a black bow tie with a black tux...right?
When I said "black tie" I meant "the black tie dress code". Kind of confusing, huh.
As you might be able to tell I work in a profession where I wear a lot of formal wear, and most men are either clueless or don't give a crap. (People are completely awed that I can tie a bow tie. I always tell them it's not hard, I can do it in 30 seconds without a mirror, and it only takes about 10 minutes to learn.) It's sad because, paraphrasing Jim Carroll, "the real thing is not only to do what you're doing totally great, but to look totally great while you're doing it."
I don't have very much money, have very cheap formal wear (looking forward to upgrading when I have the cash flow!) but I still look better than most because I actually make an effort. This leads be to what I believe is, by far, the #1 most common style mistake: Wearing clothes that don't fit correctly.
Pants are supposed to come to your waist, which is a bit below your navel. Does it make you feel better about yourself to buy the ones with a smaller number inside and then hang your gut over the top? Pants also are supposed to hang to the bottom of your shoe, more or less. No sock showing, no extra piles of fabric. It's really very simple.
The waist on most people is above navel. And waist IS above the hip bone..What you are describing is wearing pants on your hips.
Dress pants: On the waist, which is above the hip bone.
Khakis: Slightly below the hip bone.
Jeans: Lower than the khakis, to the crack of your ass or above your pubic bone depending on your build.
BTW the bride's father is a multi-millionaire, owns a castor factory in Guangzhou.
It's quite an experience isn't it? Everyone in the village are related and heaps of them share the same surname and very close knit and what not. Did your friend have a more upmarket ceremony in the city as well?
A number of my cousins did this. Big reception at a nice place in the city, then a more properly traditional ceremony back in the ancestral village.