When it comes to British weddings, there’s something so particularly delightful about the formality of the entire occasion.
Of course, the only kinds of British weddings we glimpse usually are the ones involving the royal family, and therefore things are inclined to lean on the traditional side.
So when it comes to the dress code of an occasion as formal as Pippa Middleton’s wedding, what’s the deal?
The dress code for royal weddings, or royal-ish weddings like this weekend’s, is ‘morning suit’.
According to Debrett’s – a British authority on etiquette and behaviour – morning dress is the traditional dress for British weddings.
They claim the name derives from the fact weddings once often took place in the morning, and therefore men usually wore their morning attire.
Considering the Middleton/Matthews wedding took place at 11.30am, morning attire - the dress code of said wedding - was quite appropriate.
"Morning dress consists of a morning coat, striped trousers, shirt, tie and waistcoat. It is usual to wear a morning coat throughout the day; a change into black tie for the reception should be regarded as the exception rather than the rule," Debrett's writes on their website.
"If such a change is required, this should be stated clearly on the invitation.