Post # 1
- Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn
Hey there! So I’ve been wandering around this site for months now but haven’t had the need to post because all of the questions I had were already answered elsewhere on the site. However, I have a bit of a unique dilemma that I could use some advice with, so here’s my first post!
We are having a casual, rustic barn wedding in Vermont this fall. Think burlap, lace, and mason jars. My fiancee is in the Army and wants to wear his dress blues for the wedding. His best man will also be wearing his dress blues. My question is, what should his other two civilian groomsmen wear? I feel as though the dress blues are already a little fancier than I was planning on going so I don’t want to put the groomsmen in stuffy tuxs or anything. I was thinking of having them wear black suits and white shirts with straight black ties, but would that look strange with the Army dress top (Navy jacket, white shirt, black tie)? The bridesmaids are wearing navy, knee length dresses.
We’re also struggling because the groomsmen are kind of broke and won’t want to actually buy a suit, so we feel like our only options are rental tuxs. Do places like Mens Wearhouse also rent suits? Or could we just use a rental tux and not use a vest?
Sorry, that was a lot of questions! Thanks everyone!
Btw, this is what dress blues look like, but my fiancee will be wearing the straight tie instead of the bow tie.
Post # 3
How about navy suits since you’re going with a rustic feel (and everyone else is in navy)? I’m from a military town and its not unusual to see a mix of dress blues and regular tuxes. I do feel that tuxes would be more appropriate with dress blues – suits are the equivalent of alphas – so I’d personally go with tuxes even if they are black.
Not sure if MW rents suits, sorry.
Post # 4
Navy tuxes was my first thought too
Post # 5
Some tux rental places rent suits, but I think Men’s Wearhouse is strictly sales. Navy suits would be ideal if you can get pretty close to the same navy. Otherwise, black would look fine too. Military uniforms always look great, regardless of whether the rest of the party “matches”.
Post # 6
That is actually not quite true. The military equivalent to black tie (army, air force) is mess dress, and in the navy it is evening dress. The blue uniform with a long tie is the equivalent of coat and tie or a suit. Junior officers are grudgingly allowed to wear the blue uniform with a bow tie in the US Army (not true for British, Canadian, Australian or other Commonwealth officers), but it is not really proper. It is not really a formal or even semi-formal uniform, and yes, these words have specific definitions in the military. http://www.usfk.mil/usfk/Uploads/600/Guide%20to%20Proper%20Dress.htm
OP: Dinner jackets should not be worn before six o’clock in the evening, thus, I would recommend navy blue suits. A solid wool fabric would be best, but a subtle pin stripe would be perfectly acceptable. For more information on men’s attire, please take a look at http://www.blacktieguide.com
Post # 7
@Persephone: I stand corrected! Thanks for the clarification.
@FutureMrsWeston: As for suits, it looks like Men’s Wearhouse does rent suits:
The question is from a few years ago, so it could be outdated. If that’s the case, could your groomsmen go to a place like JoS. A. Bank that has deals for suits (sometimes they have buy 1 get two free)? They could split the cost.
Post # 7
Does anyone have pictures of what it looks like to have navy suits for groomsmen with groom in ASU? We are having a destination wedding and trying to find something to go with the ASU, but not a tux. We are also nervous about if navy will match. Bridesmaids are wearing blush and gold. Thanks!
Post # 8
FutureMrsWeston: Navy suits. They either already have one, or need one. Don’t do black.
Post # 9
msimonso: Dress blues are equivalent to a suit, in civilian formality. Mess Uniform would be equivalent to a Tuxedo, or above.
Post # 10
somethingaquamarine: If you go to Jos. A Bank, you can usually get the “deal” price any time by haggling a little bit, and on just one suit. The sale price is the real regular price – their suits are worth around $150-$200. Never pay full price for one- there are many better quality options at what Jos A Bank calls its “regular price,” which only exists to make the sale price look more attractive. FYI Calvin Klein is pretty much the same way; they go on 40% and 50% off frequently, and that’s the real price they’re worth, which is aroun $350-$400.