25 Dreamy Dresses Perfect for Your Next Black Tie Wedding

The biggest myth surrounding the modern black tie wedding? That floor-length dresses are an absolute must. In fact, while a long gown is certainly acceptable at such events, a shorter cocktail-style number will also fit the bill—particularly if it's in a dark or jewel tone and dressed up via eye-catching embellishments and the right jewelry. Need proof? Click through for a mix of dresses—long, short and everything in between—each of which would be perfect for your next black tie (or black tie optional!) nuptials.

What Edie Sedgwick (or, you know, the dress' namesake mannequin) might've worn to a black tie affair.