Wednesday, July 28, 2010

"I Do" Ideas: The Mens Attire!

This week I thought we could take a look at the different choices the groom and his men have for their attire.

Well where do we start? How about with the "traditional" groomsmen look: Tuxedos! A pretty common look is black tuxes with a vest and tie (or possibly a bow tie). Here, we have the groom in a lighter vest than his men and also a different tie to have him stand out.
Perhaps you'd love to have your guy in a tux but his unique style screams otherwise? By letting him pick his shoes (or other accessory) to his liking, you can come to a compromise. I went to a wedding once where the groom had given each of his groomsmen different color custom Air Force One's! It was a fun way to show their personalities. These guys opted for Converse's:
Now let's explore other options...
For one, suits! There are khaki or tan suits that are great for a summer wedding, or perhaps in a warmer locale.
There's also gray suits. These are slightly dressier than the tan suits but more casual than the black tuxes. This groom opted to add a hat for a fun twist.
Another suit color option is brown. This works lovely for Fall weddings. In this wedding, the groom chose an ivory suit to stand out amongst his men.
With all of these suit and tux options, don't forget to bring in your color scheme via a tie, bow tie, ascot and/or pocket square!

For a more casual look (with a "preppy" touch) try khakis, a white dress shirt and a blue blazer!
For an even more casual look, lose the jacket all together! Wearing matching shirts, ties and khakis still give the men a uniform look but in a much more relaxed setting.
For an island wedding or perhaps a backyard wedding, the most casual of options is a matching shirt with a pair of khakis. Here the groom wore a white button down, while his men donned teal shirts.
What we did for our wedding...
We did the "traditional" black tuxes for our more formal wedding. All of the men wore black vests and ivory shirts. (Speaking of ivory shirts... Don't forget! If your dress is anything but bright white, you will want your men in ivory shirts as opposed to white shirts. No one will notice that they are ivory instead of white, but if they were white and your dress was ivory, your dress would look "dirty".) The ties were of the Siena Paisley Collection by Jean Yves.

My husband wore the bali tan paisley tie (that was actually much more silver than tan!) with the matching pocket square.
The groomsmen wore the light fuchsia paisley ties and pocket squares.
Don't they look sharp all together?
The Dad's wore black paisley ties with ivory pocket squares.

All inspiration pictures courtesy of The Knot. My pictures courtesy of Zenobia Photography Studios. The men in my bridal party got their tuxes at Carl Anthony Tuxedo in Cranston, RI.

What did your groomsmen wear on the big day? I'd love to hear about it!

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