How to Shop for Menswear for your Wedding
Paperia | May 2014
Last week, I wrote about how to select a wedding dress. This week, it’s on to the guys!
For the men in your bridal party (i.e. the groom, groomsmen, fathers, etc.), there are really only two options to consider when shopping for menswear for your wedding: a tuxedo or a suit.
Tuxedos are the more formal option.Typically, they are rented for the weekend. Your bridal party will have to be measured and indicate their measurements to your rental location of choice.
There are a ton of customization options when it comes to tuxes – from the jacket style and length (including number of buttons), to the neckwear, lapel shape, and collar style.To learn more about these terms, head over to the Knot.
Suits, on the other hand, are a slightly more casual option. What’s nice about suits is that, should you choose to ask your bridal party to purchase instead of rent them, they will be able to wear them again.
You may choose to incorporate your wedding color(s) by having the men wear a coordinating vest, tie, and/or cummerbund. You can showcase the groom by having him wear a slightly different style of tuxedo or a different neckwear color. For more tips on how to make the groom stand out from the pack, click here.
Certainly, the main attraction of the day will be the bride, which is why – as I explained last week – it is so important for her to select her dress first. Let the bride’s gown dictate the style for the gentlemen so that the wedding attire, overall, has a cohesive feel to it. If the bride is in a ball gown, the men should wear tuxedos. If the bride is in a chiffon sheath, perhaps suits are more appropriate.
Also, consider the venue – if your wedding is outdoors, on a beach, or at a home, suits may be more fitting to the locale. If you’re in a grand ballroom, a swanky hotel, or a chic country club, your best bet is a tuxedo.
As with all stages of the planning process, remember to have fun with this and to let your personality shine through in your attire decisions. Happy shopping!