Originally Posted by MrDaniels
And yet to the eyes of 99.5% of the guests at the wedding, they have more than met all expectations.
If the point is to "meet expectations" then there's really no point of discussing it past "don't show up naked". There are really no "rules" about wedding attire anymore. Especially as couples get married at later ages, guests are willing to allow the bride and groom to break tradition in whatever way they desire on their special day. It's very difficult these days for the outfits of the wedding party to actually offend anyone.
Most couples don't just think, "oh, we need to be wearing some clothes...well let's see what might get the job done." My impression is that most couples, at least most who might visit this thread, care about what they are wearing and want to project some level of respect for the importance of the occasion as well as elegance and taste. They would also like not to be ashamed of the pictures in twenty years.
The first and last pictures do not satisfy these goals IMHO. The second and third, maybe they're fine, but they project people who are wearing "fancy dress" and are uncomfortable in it. The other one looks fine, although, as I said before, it would look at least as good if some of the men were wearing their own tuxedos.