- 7 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
The biggest dilemma of my entire wedding planning process is something that I never would have thought would be an issue: The groom/groomsmen attire.
Here’s the deal: My fiance used to be in the Coast Guard. He has since gotten out, but most of his good friends are still in the CG, and he has been close with them since they were in Coast Guard Academy.
We will have 5 groomsmen plus my fiance. 4 of the groomsmen are in the Coast Guard, and my fiance feels that it would be disrespectful to ask them to dress in civilian clothes, i.e. a suit, and because of going through Coast Guard Academy and his strong connection to the military, he feels it’s an honor to have them stand up for him wearing their Coast Guard Whites (their formal uniform).
Therefore we have one groomsmen (best man) and my fiance not in the Coast Guard, and therefore not wearing CG whites. My dress is ivory, so white tuxes are out.
We are having a wedding overlooking the beach, same for the reception. I think they should both wear the tan destination tux/suits, with white or ivory shirts and pool ties (pool is my color). I think it will be okay, and that everyone would just understand that the military guys are wearing one thing, and the civilian guys are wearing one thing.
Then we just got an email from one of FI’s friends who IS in the CG and getting married a couple of weeks after us, and the email stated that the wedding, including the groomsmen, would be Civilian Dress. So everyone is to wear tuxes. Now I’m questioning our decision.
Truth be told, I think it would look better if they all wore the destination wedding tan suits with the pool, see below. BUT since so many of them are in the CG and in uniform, we will get to walk through the Sword Arch into our reception which I think will be really cool!
What do you think? Will it look horrible to have 2 in tan tuxes/suits and the other 4 in their CG whites?