Suit or tux for my groom?

posted 3 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
Hostess
15072 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

DH wore a suit and so did the GMs, looked great (if I do say so myself), I took all of them shopping at once and we picked out nice suits at Burlington Coat Factory (They were Calvin Klein too) and each cost us less than renting. Less than 150 for everything, shoes and all. 

Post # 5
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4540 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Royalton White Sands

We’re going with suits! FH doesn’t own one (somehow), so we’ll be able to splurge on a really great one when we otherwise might not have. 

Post # 6
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5421 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

@nawella:  OK so this might not help, but I don’t ‘agree’ with wearing a tux for a day-time wedding, so unless yours is evening, I’d scrap the tux anyway.

As for what my OH is doing: he’s investing in a grey, ‘business’ suit (ie semi-formal) for the day, and a black tux for the evening. Our top budget for both, excluding shirts/tie/bow ties/ shoes etc is £700/$1000. We’re intending to buy suits which will last for years to come, so see them as an investment.

For us, rental suits are not an option, due to both fit and quality.

Post # 7
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10891 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@barbie86:  

…don’t ‘agree’ with wearing a tux for a day-time wedding…  Agree

Post # 8
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3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@nawella:  What time of day is your ceremony?  What is your clothing budget?  Do you/will you attend formal events once or twice per year?  What does your dress look like, and how formal is the wedding in general?

Post # 9
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1988 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Where I come from, nobody wears a tux. I have no idea whether there are any rental places around, even. For weddings, grooms wear suits but to set them apart from other nicely dressed guests, they very commonly wear waistcoats and matching plastron ties. Something like this (image courtesy of mmuga.de) 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@nawella:  I definitely say buying over renting; 4pm you could do a tuxedo, as the celebration goes into the evening, so you could bump up the black tie start time.  If you really think it’s silly to buy a tuxedo, go with a navy blue or charcoal suit.  I would definitely say to ask around, and find a local tailor, and get the suit made to measure – or bespoke if you can afford it!

If he doesn’t already have a navy blue suit, I’d go with that, as that’s the most important suit to have in the closet.  But if he already has a navy suit, or really doesn’t want to wear one for the wedding, go with charcoal, it’s almost as versatile.  Navy is just preferable for job interviews.

Check out http://www.styleforum.net if you need help finding a tailor – just post a thread (if there isn’t already one) asking for tailor reccomendations in your city.

If he prefers a tuxedo, a good option (and the one I’ve gone with for my wedding) is to find one vintage that’s in good shape, and then it’s just a matter of finding a good tailor to do the alterations.  I got mine for $140, and another $50 for the vest.  It’s a wool/mohair blend, with classic details, in new condition!

http://www.blacktieguide.com if you’re planning on buying a tuxedo, and want to make sure you get one that is classic (this way it will always be in fashion, for every black tie event you go to – plus it’s incentive not to gain weight so he never outgrows his tux! lol)

Don’t match the bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen’s ties – coordinate for sure, but don’t match exactly.  Makes the guys look like accessories.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@nawella:  With a charcoal suit, a white shirt will look best.  Ivory will look a bit dingy under charcoal, I think.  You don’t see enough shirt that it’ll matter that the dress is ivory – especialy if it’s a three piece suit (meaning with a vest).  There’s nothing wrong with navy ties for the groomsmen; they’ll look good with charcoal suits (if that’s what the groomsmen wear).  I was more meaning don’t do ones made out of the same fabric as the bridesmaid’s dresses.  I might do mismatched navy ties with different patterns.  Or you could do a mix of navy and orange ties, depending on the guys’ complexions (not everyone can wear orange).  You could also do grey ties.  The guys could wear navy suits, too, but I’d do non-identical navy suits – basically just let them pick out a navy suit, and then there will be some little styling details that will differ from suit to suit.  Though, the “wall of navy” might be a little much.  I’d find some pictures to see how you like it before going that route.

 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@nawella:  With a charcoal suit, a white shirt will look best.  Ivory will look a bit dingy under charcoal, I think.  You don’t see enough shirt that it’ll matter that the dress is ivory – especialy if it’s a three piece suit (meaning with a vest).  There’s nothing wrong with navy ties for the groomsmen; they’ll look good with charcoal suits (if that’s what the groomsmen wear).  I was more meaning don’t do ones made out of the same fabric as the bridesmaid’s dresses.  I might do mismatched navy ties with different patterns.  Or you could do a mix of navy and orange ties, depending on the guys’ complexions (not everyone can wear orange).  You could also do grey ties.  The guys could wear navy suits, too, but I’d do non-identical navy suits – basically just let them pick out a navy suit, and then there will be some little styling details that will differ from suit to suit.  Though, the “wall of navy” might be a little much.  I’d find some pictures to see how you like it before going that route.

 

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