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5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Wedding Tuxedo

Chris Easter

Picking out a tuxedo for your wedding day doesn’t have to be difficult. The biggest challenge is that most men often don’t consider the type of tux they want until they walk into the tux shop. But if you ask yourself a few questions ahead of time, you can make it a pretty easy process.

  1. Tux or suit?
  2. What style do I want?
  3. Rent or purchase?
  4. What color?
  5. Should the groomsmen’s outfits differ from mine?

Tux or suit?
Talk to your fiancé about the formality of your wedding. A formal wedding almost always calls for the groom and groomsmen to wear tuxedos. However, for a semiformal wedding, a dark suit with an off-white shirt is a popular choice, and khaki or white suits are often good choices for summer or destination weddings.

Which style is most appropriate?
For a semiformal wedding, you’ll usually want to wear a dark tuxedo with a bow tie, cummerbund or vest. If you’re going with a dark suit, wear it with a white or off-white shirt during the spring, fall, and winter months. A khaki or white suit is acceptable during the summer months. For a formal wedding, you can never go wrong with a black tuxedo, white shirt, bow tie or neck tie, pocket square, and a vest. Depending on how traditional the wedding is, you might also consider tailcoats and a cummerbund.

Rent or Purchase?
Estimate how many events where you might be able to wear the attire in the future to justify the purchase. If you don’t expect to wear it again within the next couple of years, it will save you money to rent instead of purchase.

Of course, if you opt to purchase your tux or suit, there’s no doubt that you’ll feel great in your attire, and that will show in your posture. Our only advice is that if you’re going to buy, make sure you that you go with something traditional, so that it will be in style for years to come.

However, remember that if you rent, you’ll most likely only spend about a third of the cost of buying a new suit or tux. This way, you also won’t feel obligated to wear it again, if your attire choice changes or goes out of style in the next few years.

TMR Choice: Rent. In most cases, it will save both time and money.

What color should be used for the vest or tie?
If you’re considering deviating from the standard black and off-white, it’s very important to get the bride’s input. If your fiancé doesn’t go with you to pick out your attire, be sure to ask her the following questions:

  • What color is her wedding dress? If it’s white, make sure you know if it’s white or off-white. This information is imperative if you want your vest and/or tie match the bride’s wedding dress.
  • What are our wedding colors?
  • Could you show me a picture or give me a sample of our wedding colors, so I can take them into the store?
  • What are the colors of the bridesmaids’ dresses? Samples?

How should the groomsmen tuxes differ from mine?
While back in the day it was traditional for the wedding party to wear identical clothing, today it’s completely acceptable and practiced for the groom to differentiate himself. A couple of ways to accomplish this is to wear a different colored vest and tie; or for a more subtle approach, wear a slightly different boutonnière. You can also help your guys accessorize by gifting them items such as cufflinks or ties.


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