Formal Ball Rules


Absolutely NO::

T-shirts or casual shirts, blue jeans, running shoes/sneakers, bare feet, flip-flops, large props, weapons (real or fake), large wings, mascot costumes, kigus, rompers, exercise clothing, spiked belts, masks or headgear that obstruct your vision, costumes made from fishnets, other sheer material, armor/chainmail (full suits or majority of the costume), duct tape. No extremely tight fitting clothing. No rave gear. No revealing clothing whether it is the chest, belly, back or legs. No wet liquids on your person such as body paint or fake blood (body paint is allowed so long as it is dried and sealed). No long trains on dresses/skirts. No wigs or head pieces that are a hindrance to your vision or to others around you.

Allowed under certain Circumstances::

Skirts/Dressy Shorts – Must be at least knee length (or just above the knee – just keep it tasteful) and formal looking. No mini-skirts. Must be paired with formal looking tops.

Shirts/dresses – No Casual shirts/Must not be extremely low cut in the front or back and dresses must be at least knee length as well. Must be ‘formal’ looking.

Kilts – They must be formal and be worn with formal Scottish attire. No utili-kilts.

Steampunk – Must still follow the formal guidelines. No large props or weapons will be allowed into the ballroom.

Flats/Sandals (shoes) – are allowed but they must be ‘dressy’ flats, no flip flops.

Boots – are allowed, but they must be formal with minimal tread. No spikes, high platforms, high stilettos, straps, or metal.

Zori or Geta – Are allowed with traditional, formal, Asian clothing.

Heels – Must be lower than 4 inches, no excessive platforms or heels.

Hats – No baseball hats, beanies, bandanas or any casual headwear.

Masks – Must not cover your entire face at ANY time (unless completely see-through)/we must be able to see your face. Masks must not be worn until you are inside of the ballroom (meaning the door security has to be able to see your face for you to be let inside), and if you are asked to remove your mask at any time by any staff member during the dance for ANY reason, you must do so.

What is allowed:

Black tie formal wear

Suits (business or formal)

Button down dress shirt and dress slacks, tie and belt highly recommended (Shirts must be tucked in), a jacket is also recommended.

Formal Military attire


Kimono’s and traditional Asian clothing as long as it is formal

Prom/wedding style dresses/cocktail dresses

Formal period clothing (no casual period clothing)

Dressy Separates

Pumps/heels/dress shoes

Period shoes paired with formal period clothing

Cosplay/Crossplay is allowed (and encouraged!) so long as the costume meets the above requirements. While the door crew is very familiar with many animes/genres they haven’t seen everything, so while you might think something is formal we may not think so and it may not be allowed. If you have ANYTHING you’re not sure about and want to know if it will be allowed, just send us a picture and we will get back to you with whether or not it will be okay to wear to the formal dance. We realize that some things might not be accepted where you think they ought to be, but the entire dress code was carefully thought out and the rules are there for a reason. Please do not argue with the door crew.

**At this time attendees are permitted to carry SMALL bags/purses/clutches/camera bags into the Ball. No bags larger than a standard DLSR camera case will be allowed. If you have a bag that is not permitted you will be asked to take it back to your room or to the bag/coat check available in the Gaylord. Likewise any outerwear such as a coat or jacket (not part of your ball attire) should be taken to the coat check prior to entering the ball. If you have a bag or a coat please arrive early to check-it as the line can get quiet long once the ball opens. Katsucon and Gaylord staff are not responsible for lost or stolen items so be mindful when you leave things unattended.

**No outside food or beverage to be permitted in the Ball. Water stations are located inside the ballroom for your convenience.

**If you are VIP or have accessibility needs please proceed to the front of the line and notify the door staff.

**Medial exceptions apply to the bag and dress code policy.