(Closed) Will charcoal gray look SUPER different from black?

posted 10 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Well, it won’t look black, if that’s what you mean. It may make him stand out enough that he looks like the best man, honestly (like a Maid/Matron of Honor that wears a slightly different dress). If girls have to buy different dresses for every wedding, is it really that big of a deal for him to buy a black suit? At least he’ll be able to wear it again.

Post # 4
98 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

OH my!!.. that’s a situation all right! =( If I were you, I’d not allow one tux to be such a different shade. I think they look totally different! especially in pictures..

Do you have your fiance’s tux yet? if so, have him bring his tux over.. and compare the two.


Go with him to a tux shop like men’s warehouse.. there he can see for himself the color difference! plus, i’m 99% sure the employees there will  say “no way! don’t do it!”… this should take at least SOME pressure off of you! it’s not like you’re being super picky if they have the same worry as you!

I don’t know though. That’s tough! Good luck!!

Post # 5
158 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Its going to stand out when they are all standing next to each other in balck suits…the same goes for an ashy or faded black suit. It just wont look the same..

Is it really too much for him to get a balck suit?

Good Luck

Post # 6
116 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

JC Penney has cheap suits if you can catch them on sale. We got my FI’s suit for $212.

Post # 7
459 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Charcoal and black can be really close or super different.  Like an ex of mine had a “charcoal” suit and i would swear that it was black…then again my suit is “charcoal” and it’s totally a gray color.  I would just have him bring it over and compaire to something you know is black and see how different it is 🙂 

As far as him getting another suit, Kholes (not sure if you have one in your area) is a wonderful place to find good quality suits for super good prices.  And if he doesn’t want to buy Men’s Wearhouse is always a good option.

Good Luck!

Post # 8
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’d ask him to get a black suit.  Charcoal grey and black won’t look ANYTHING alike and he will definitely stand out in pictures.  I really don’t think that is asking too much or being a bridezilla at all!

Post # 9
398 posts
Helper bee

I think it’s going to look different and you will see they are different.  I would ask him to get a suit that is black. 


Post # 10
30 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

Maybe he could rent a black suit?

Post # 12
1955 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Tannery Pond at the Darrow School

I disagree with everyone…We got charcoal grey suits from Mens Wearhouse for our wedding and when I saw the, I was actually annoyed bc I thought they WERE black…Charcoal grey is not your typical grey and I guarantee no one will notice a thing…For reference, here’s a photo of our groomsmen, would you think the suits were black or charcoal grey?

Post # 13
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Tuxedo Junction (here in NY) rents suits. Mens Warehouse doesn’t though, at least not here. Mens Warehouse has major sales pretty often, and if the groomsman is not really tall, he could probably get a suit at a great price. My DH and the Bridesmaid or Best Man were 6’6″ and 6’8″ and the tall suits were never on sale.

I would definitely ask him to buy/rent/borrow a black suit. He will stand out on the day and in photos.

Post # 14
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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@trailmix: Even though charcoal grey looks close to black, when you put them next to each other there is a difference. DH had a charcoal suit and the Bridesmaid or Best Man had a balck suit, and there was a big difference side by side, and in the test photos we took.

Post # 15
2475 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Yeah I think they will look different when compared next to each other.  DH has a black suit and a charcoal grey one… you can tell the difference in color.  I’m glad your groomsman’s agreed to rent a black suit!  🙂

Post # 16
660 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I don’t think asking everyone to wear BLACK would make you a “B”ridezilla in any way. Esp. since he said his suit WAS black and it turns out it isn’t. It may “look” black on its own but next to everyone else in Black a charcoal “gray” suit WILL stand out. And if anyone should standout it’s the GROOM. I would definitely ask him to get himself a black suit, whether rented or purchased or borrowed.

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