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Q: Wedding Ceremony at 5:30 - Is this considered Afternoon or Evening?

Poll Results: Is this an afternoon wedding or evening wedding?

Poll expired: Jul 14, 2013  
  • 23% (3)
    Afternoon
  • 76% (10)
    Evening
13 Total Votes  
post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 

The reason why I am asking is I found a decent article here: http://putthison.com/post/334425916/weddingattireformen

 

Obviously the author is very adamant about not wearing a Tux during the day.

So I am trying to define where afternoon stops and evening starts.

 

I will be getting married in the fall and the ceremony starts at 5:30 PM.

I am trying to decide between Morning Dress/Charcoal Suit/Vest/etc or Black-tie/Semi-Formal/Tuxedo.

 

The full schedule is as follows:

  • 5:30 Ceremony
  • 6:00-7:00 Cocktail Hour
  • 7:00-11:00 Reception

 

Any tips/input is greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

Ron

post #2 of 28
Well the substantial part of the wedding is after 6, so I think you could go black tie if that's what you want, especially if you're doing cocktails - seems appropriate.
post #3 of 28
evening. My was of the same time period and we wore black tie.
post #4 of 28

If you want to take really it seriously, consider giving yourself a few minutes to change. It's your night, you can indulge in multiple attire.

post #5 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

If you want to take really it seriously, consider giving yourself a few minutes to change. It's your night, you can indulge in multiple attire.

Interesting point, one thing I didn't mention.

 

Ceremony is outside, behind the reception. The reception is in a country club.

 

I don't know if that sways anyone in either direction. Seems like I have my choice in the matter here, including both!

 

Thanks,

Ron

post #6 of 28
530pm is arguably evening if you really want it to be (though 7pm is more like it in my book despite some saying 6pm) so I would suggest charcoal lounge suit for ceremony and then change to evening dress for the reception if you feel that more appropriate.
post #7 of 28
530pm is arguably evening if you really want it to be (though 7pm is more like it in my book despite some saying 6pm) so I would suggest charcoal lounge suit for ceremony and then change to evening dress for the reception if you feel that more appropriate.
post #8 of 28

If it's outside, then the amount of daylight is way more important than the time imo

post #9 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

If it's outside, then the amount of daylight is way more important than the time imo

Sunset will be at 6:46 PM on the wedding day.

post #10 of 28
The charcoal suit would be appropriate for both afternoon and evening purposes and you could wear it the entire evening. Morning dress is going to look strange at 10:00 in the evening, much moreso than a tuxedo would look at 5:30 (and honestly, who really cares about whether you're wearing a tuxedo 30 minutes earlier than you should). The best options to me would be:

1. Wear the tuxedo / charcoal suit throughout
2. Wear the charcoal suit for the ceremony and change into the tuxedo for the reception.

You could also change from a morning coat to a tuxedo, but that just seems like a royal PITA.
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post

The charcoal suit would be appropriate for both afternoon and evening purposes and you could wear it the entire evening. Morning dress is going to look strange at 10:00 in the evening, much moreso than a tuxedo would look at 5:30 (and honestly, who really cares about whether you're wearing a tuxedo 30 minutes earlier than you should). The best options to me would be:

1. Wear the tuxedo / charcoal suit throughout
2. Wear the charcoal suit for the ceremony and change into the tuxedo for the reception.

You could also change from a morning coat to a tuxedo, but that just seems like a royal PITA.

Good points here, thanks.

 

I like option(s) #1. So I just need to decide to get a charcoal suit or a tuxedo. Obviously the charcoal suit would be able to be worn more often.

Time to do some research on styles ideas now… thanks for the help!

 

Going to go get measured this evening at Brooks Brothers, at least I will get a baseline on what to look for.

 

I don't have many tailor's in the area so getting on eBay/similar might be risky IMHO.

post #12 of 28
If you wear the tuxedo and stand around for 30 minutes, it'll be appropriate.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkinnyGoomba View Post

If you wear the tuxedo and stand around for 30 minutes, it'll be appropriate.

can't tell if there is some sarcasm here :)

post #14 of 28
Changing clothes sounds like the most ridiculous pointless affected waste of time ever.

You'll already be burning minutes taking pictures, wouldn't you rather spend the rest of them having cocktails and hors d'ouvres and spending time with your wife and guests?

It goes by fast.

Tux is not wrong in your scenario, and suit is fine too. Whichever you prefer.
post #15 of 28
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by archetypal_yuppie View Post

Changing clothes sounds like the most ridiculous pointless affected waste of time ever.

You'll already be burning minutes taking pictures, wouldn't you rather spend the rest of them having cocktails and hors d'ouvres and spending time with your wife and guests?

It goes by fast.

Tux is not wrong in your scenario, and suit is fine too. Whichever you prefer.

 

Yeah, not going to change clothes, no worries there.

I am going to take a look at options for both tux and charcoal suit at BB today.

 

Either way I want something that will last (and obviously that will fit well) so BB might be out.

 

I will post my true measurements when I get back from BB this evening.

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