Wedding Style: Ten Things a Groom Should Know

#1: Start planning early. The earlier you figure out the style of tuxedo or wedding suit you’re looking for, the sooner you can put down a deposit. Booking farther in advance often gets you a nice discount, as well as the assurance that your favorite design won’t get snapped up by another groom at the last minute.

#2: Involve your bride. No matter what we believe about equality of the sexes, your wedding day is really about your bride. Your job is to treat her to the fairytale princess fantasy that she’s been dreaming of since she was eight, as long as your budget allows it. Pick your battles wisely, remembering that every concession you make at this stage of the relationship pays off threefold in the honeymoon suite.

#3: Go online. Even if you’re not comfortable purchasing clothes online, do your homework about designers and retailers. Use the online directory from the International Formalwear Association http://www.formalwear.orgto locate an excellent, “under the radar” tuxedo specialist in your neighborhood. Bring photos you collected online to your local tuxedo shop

#4: Your groomsmen have to buy their own outfits. So, keep it real. Find a price point that works for all the guys on your list. Even if they really want to be a part of your special day, one of your groomsmen might have to turn down your offer if money’s tight. That’s why it’s so important to look for the best possible deal.

#5: Observe the rules of etiquette. No matter what your favorite rock star wore to the Video Music Awards, your bride and her family expect you to dress and behave like a true gentleman. That means staying within the bounds of proper wedding fashion. Avoid wearing white outside of the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Cutaway jackets should have only one tail before 6 p.m., and two tails after.

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