The Wedding Theme as a GuideThe theme you have selected can be used as a guideline for the type of tuxedo you need. An elegant evening wedding focusing on a black and white theme will require formal tuxedos which might include high fashion tails, cutaway jackets and bow ties. A more relaxed ceremony, centering on an ocean theme, will get a boost from pastel-colored vests and ties. The style of jacket and any accessories, such as cummerbunds, ties and vests, will have the greatest impact. Start with those pieces first and select a style which blends with your theme.
Match the Bride and her AttendantsWhen looking for accents to pull your formal wear together into a complete look, the key is finding matching accents such as vests, cummerbunds, ties and pocket squares to keep everyone unified. Pocket squares can be made from extra bridesmaid gown fabric to ensure an exact color and texture match. A piece of bridal lace is perfect to offset the groom's tuxedo. Seno Formal Wear, in Bloomington, has a Match the Bride service which will make matching everyone's attire an easy process. Bright colors such as ruby, emerald and sapphire will require less yardage to pull everything together. More subtle tones, such as moss, pale blue and butter yellow might need a bigger presence to catch the eye.
Let the Men have a VoiceToo often, a bride plans for the men's formal wear as if the guys were dress-up dolls. Nothing looks more fake or stilted than an uncomfortable man in an ill-fitting tuxedo. Allow the men who will be wearing the tuxes a voice in the process. Just as you would never dream of walking down the aisle in a gown which made you feel silly or heavy, the men need to feel confident in their formal apparel. Most men don't wear formal wear except at weddings, so give them a chance to find their style and feel elegant. Jos A Bank Clothiers in Chicago allows men to choose the pants and jackets as separates to insure a perfect fit. Consider letting the male attendants choose the style which fits them best within your color choice. All body types are not flattered by a specific style and giving the guys a chance to find the fit that looks the best will be reflected in every aspect of their participation, including their walk down the aisle and their dance at the reception.
One Stop ShoppingMany bridal gown retailers also have tuxedo rentals which can be a major time saver when planning your bridal fashions. Check with your dress vendor to see what they offer for men's formal wear. Michelle's Bridal, in Urbana, offers a full tuxedo rental service and bridal gowns for their customers. By selecting all your formal wear from one location, you will be assured of color matches and you can give the guys some parameters to work within, without having to monitor their every step. At the very least, allow the men to choose their own shoes to avoid limping attendants on the dance floor.
Budget HelpersMany retailers will offer the groom's tux for free with a minimum number of rentals. Other discounts are available with the purchase of additional accessories, such as vests or children's tuxedos. Spring is the busiest time of year for formal wear retailers, as prom season is in full swing, as well as weddings. Discounts can be hard to find in April, May and June. Start your search online to save time and gas. Specials will be posted on the website and a phone call will clear up any details before you head out to the store.
Tuxedos are a traditional part of the bridal fashion line up, but it is often given the least amount of planning time. With so much planning and effort put into the bride's side of the fashion equation, it's high time the men got their due. Treat the men in your bridal party to the respect and consideration you would appreciate and you will be guaranteed happy attendants. That confidence and comfort will be seen in every aspect of your wedding day, from the relaxed attitudes to the sincere smiles in the wedding pictures.