Black Tie Event

Black tie event venue Staffordshire

From high school proms to charity balls, corporate business parties to film premieres – any formal evening event taking place from 7pm with a black tie dress code is classed as a black-tie event.

What to wear to a black-tie event

Black tie events offer a great opportunity for guests to dress to impress – for men, the requirement is smarter than usual business attire – generally a tuxedo with white dress shirt, cummerbund and tuxedo. A waistcoat is an optional extra and despite the term ‘black tie’ many gents opt for coloured bow tie and cummerbunds. Women generally opt for dresses – evening, ball or cocktail style dresses are all acceptable but many women also opt for black or white tuxedo style suits or smart jumpsuits, especially if they prefer wearing trousers.

Planning a black tie event

When it comes to planning a black tie event, there are a number of considerations. An impressive venue is generally a key requirement – it needs to offer ample space for all the guests whether it is a cocktail party style event where guests will mill around and socialise of a formal seated dinner. Many black tie event organisers opt to have a red carpet laid out for guests on arrival – not only does it make them feel special, but offers a great opportunity for photos that can then be gifted or sold to ticket holders – a useful extra revenue stream for charity black tie events.

Catering is also an important consideration and will need to be factored into the ticket price. Champagne, Prosecco or a choice of cocktails are generally served on arrival, with mocktails a popular choice of arrival drink for High School Proms. For cocktail party-style events canapés served with drinks are the main feature of the evening, often with background music being played.

Canapés can also be served on arrival at black tie events where guests will later enjoy a formal sit-down meal. For events where formal dinner will be served, you can either opt for a set menu or offer a choice of two or three dishes for each course – however, it is essential that a vegetarian option is always available. Wine can also be made available on the table within the black tie event ticket price – usually one or two bottles each of red or white, depending on the number seated, with guests then responsible for buying further drinks. Alternatively, guests can purchase their own wine for the table.

Fork buffets – where guests are served at a buffet table by staff rather than picking their own food – are also a popular option for black tie events, especially where the entertainment as opposed to the meal is the main focus of the event. Black tie events usually have dome form of entertainment – for example live music played during dinner – and either a DJ or live band after the meal to encourage dancing.

Black tie events offer a great excuse to get dressed up to the nines and let your hair down – and The Boat House at Aston Marina provides a show-stopping venue. Get in touch with our events team to discuss how they can make your Black Tie Event vision become a reality.


The Boat House at Aston Marina is a lovely venue located within a stunning setting, which was perfect for our Summer Party. The staff were very helpful and efficient, the catering was delicious and the evening was thoroughly enjoyed by all guests

- Prosurv Consult

Thank you so much for organising a fantastic Christmas party for us.  The feedback has been nothing but positive about every aspect. We will definitely be thinking of your venue again for our next event.


We are very pleased to use Aston Marina for all of our local catering & hospitality. Our experience ranges from a 75 person Christmas Dinner, dedicated VIP opening and onsite catering. Pricing is competitive but with that added touch of flair and quality brought by using as much local produce as possible, which our company really appreciates. Aston Marina’s staff have always been very flexible to our requirements, working with us to create the perfect event. We consider that they always go the extra mile.

- Schneider Electric Energy UK Ltd

Once you have chosen your preferred wedding date we can provisionally hold the date for up to two weeks. You can do this by emailing or call us directly on 01785 819702.

The Aston Marina team will be with you all the way from the date of your booking to your big day to make sure everything will be perfect.

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