(Closed) Bought FI a suit…what is the difference between suit and tuxedo?

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

I am not the best person to answer this question by far, many lovely bees will have better answers. But as far as I know:

Tuxes often have some sort of satin stripe on the pants and thier shirts will not have a pocket.

Sometimes the fabric can be different, though I believe both do come in wool and polyester.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

There is nothing stopping anyone from wearing a really nice suit to a wedding v.s a tux… as long as all the grooms men have the same I doubt anyone will ever notice a thing. unless you are having a black tie wedding

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

If you are having a black tie wedding, the groom must be in a tuxedo. You are asking all your guests to wear one, so he needs to be in one. Tuxes have satin lapels; suits do not. Tuxes have satin stripes on the pants; suits do not. You’ll still need to rent him a tuxedo (or change your dress code).

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

when we are invited to a “black tie”, my husband wears a black suit – unless hes receiving an honor from the queen herself we are not going to buy him a tux

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@eloping:  lol I agree. I never thought “black tie” meant my date had to rent a tux, I’ve always thought a suit was appropriate.

I would think that a black suit *could* be appropriate for the groom at a black tie wedding if the rest of his ensemble is formal, for instance, he should wear a vest or cummerbun. Honestly, as a guest, I could never pay close enough attention to discern a black suit from a tux, or if I noticed, I certainly wouldn’t be offended. Maybe I’m just low class, though Tongue Out 

Personally, I prefer suits, anyway.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@mrsSonthebeach:  I agree.  The bridea and groom should dress according to the specified dress code.  The guests don’t have to live up to the same standard but the host should.

OP: tuxes have satin lapels and pant stripes while suits don’t and generally look fancier.  

Also, when we were looking for a tux for Darling Husband for the wedding we actually found it was cheaper to buy a tux from a boutique then rent it from some of the chain rental places.  

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

@LuckyJuls:  No problem.  We had our groomsmen buy the tuxes as well instead of renting because it was cheaper.  Some of them have told us that they have already worn theirs again for other weddings.  If you’re in Southern Califonia I can give you the name of the place we got the tuxes.  

Also, we were looking for reasons to re-wear the tux so we hosted a “Black Tie Pajama Party” after the wedding.  It was a fun reason for Darling Husband and his groomsmen to re-wear their tuxes.  and hilarious to see people combine Black Tie and PJs.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

There are also tuxedos available on overstock.com…that’s where we bought our suits 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Have you checked out http://www.blacktieguide.com?  It was really helpful when FH and I went to a Mardi Gras ball a few years ago, i.e. very VERY formal white tie.  I loved that they had photos and broke everything done into the composite elements.  My FH is not a suit and tie kind of guy, so white tie was a huge thing for him. We ended up going to Brooks Brothers and spent the cash on the real deal plus tailoring.  But, you can get a really nice tux for way less if you shop around.  I highly recommend tailoring, though, if you go the purchasing route, it is definitely worth it and usually doesn’t cost too much for men’s clothing.

If your FH isn’t too into black tie, try showing some James Bond movies and point out how sexy it makes the actors. 😉

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