Men’s Formal Wear Tips

This is another great tip we received from the American Academy of Wedding Professional’s on groom’s and formal wear options.

This week we’d like to discuss formal wear, in other words, tuxedos. And you’ll have to admit that grooms and their bridal parties are addicted to them. After all, you rarely see the guys wearing anything but tuxedos at their weddings.

Our question? WHY? (Can you imagine brides going to formal-wear stores to rent the same style gown for their weddings? That would be the day! : -)

Let’s define tuxedos. They are “formal wear” and that means they should only be worn to formal or semi-formal, evening weddings (after 6 p.m.), hence THE term.

Why then do we see them at weddings held in morning and afternoon? In one of our old wedding books, the author states, “A tuxedo before six o’clock?” NEVER!” And we agree.

Weddings held in mornings and afternoons warrant strollers and/or morning coats, which are elegant suits most times grey, the latter worn with ascots and vests. They’re absolutely fabulous and unique.

Most weddings are semi-formal meaning that the groom does have options other than that old black tux. What about a dark navy or grey business suit with a white or ivory shirt and striped tie? There’s nothing wrong with it. Elegant suits are perfectly appropriate for that semi-formal wedding.

Or how about the white dinner jacket? It’s just the ticket for the semi-formal wedding, or the formal wedding that’s held in tropical climates or in summer. It’s worn with white shirt and black bowtie and cummerbund, or it’s worn with a cummerbund and bowtie in a subtle print. The white dinner jacket is a “light” look, and it’s just as elegant as a tux!

For those who are not tuxedo obsessed? How about the coolness of a white linen suit for those semi-formal weddings held in summer, for example, or in the Caribbean?

The bottom line is this: Your bride-to-be doesn’t want to look like every other bride who walks down the aisle-and you shouldn’t want to look like every other groom! Now you know your options, exercise them!

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