Posts Tagged ‘Suits + Tuxes’

The Best of the Web for Grooms – June 20, 2014

Thursday, June 19th, 2014


To capture her amazing, candid reaction to the big question, our friends at bridal jewelry retailer Robbins Brothers and photography company Paparazzi Proposals have teamed to offer special pricing on proposal planning and engagement photos. Through the partnership, Robbins Brothers is offering its engagement ring customers exclusive pricing on any Paparazzi Proposals Package. Several future grooms have already taken advantage of the packages.


Want to take your wedding day look to the next level? Enter the Wonderbund, a reversible tuxedo cummerbund that’s “business” in the front and “party” in the back (just like the infamous mullet ‘do), for the groom and groomsmen. Perfect for the ceremony, one side of the Wonderbund is traditional black satin. When it’s time to cut a rug at the reception, it flips over to reveal a variety of fun patterns, such as a gold-encrusted “Champ” wrestling belt, American flags, mustaches, lobsters, sharks and more. Go ahead now, show off your wild side.


Ever wonder about the origins of the blessed game of beer pong? And what exactly are the official rules anyway? We’re a little foggy on that, too, for some reason. Depending on where you live in the United States, the answers can often vary. Our friends at the Thrillist break it down for you, once and for all.

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5 Keys to the Groom’s Wedding Day Look

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014


photo creditShannon Lee Images

Contrary to popular belief, the bride isn’t the only one who has big decisions to make about her wedding day attire. Today’s grooms are also finding unique and creative ways to showcase their personal style for the big day. Whether it means incorporating superhero socks or putting your groomsmen in bowties while you rock a skinny tie, the options for creating your personal style are limitless and deserve some serious attention. Here’s a simple, five-step guide to putting your look together.

To tux or not to tux. That’s right, fellas. Being a groom doesn’t mean you have to don a tux or even a suit anymore. The key is to follow the overall style and theme of your wedding. Having a rustic, outdoor barn wedding? Consider wearing suit pants with suspenders and a tie or bowtie, but ditch the jacket. If you and your bride are planning a formal church wedding, a tux or nice suit may be the most appropriate choice. Discuss the overall essence of the wedding with your bride and come to a decision together.

Determine the color scheme. By now you and your bride have probably chosen the main colors for your wedding. Use those color choices as a jumping off point to determine the colors of your own attire. Are the bridesmaids wearing green? If so, consider finding a matching green accessory such as a tie, bowtie or pocket square. Your bride may already have a strong opinion on what colors you wear, so plan to make this decision together. Is your bride wearing a white gown or a different color?. The key is to make sure that the colors in your attire nicely complement the bride’s and bridesmaids’ attire.

Find a key accessory. Once you’ve determined the major part of your wedding day look, it’s time to have some fun making it your own. Find a signature accessory that’s specific to you and your personal style. Your wedding day is the perfect time to showcase a bit of your personality and style, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Some grooms choose to wear brand new, trendy sneakers with their suit, while others wear their favorite bowtie. We’ve seen comic-fanatic grooms wear superhero socks and hipster grooms wear vintage-inspired, floral skinny ties. Are you a “Mad Men” fan? Add a pocket square to your suit jacket. The options are limitless and range from black suspenders with silver studs for the rock ‘n roll groom to suspenders and a cowboy hat for the country groom. The key is to get creative and enjoy expressing your style. And as always, discuss your ideas with your bride.

Think outside the boutonniere. We love boutonnieres, but they can be tricky. Traditionally, boutonnieres are included as part of the floral arrangements for the wedding. If your bride has her heart set on a traditional floral boutonniere, this may not be the place for you to get creative. But if your bride is open to less traditional boutonnieres, this is a unique and fun way to express your style as a couple. Think of a hobby you and your bride enjoy doing together or something you’re passionate about and try to integrate that into your boutonniere. Do you play golf together on the weekends? Why not incorporate a golf tee into your boutonniere? Are you a musician? There are actually many awesome, yet classy guitar pick boutonnieres. Etsy and Pinterest have a lot of unique boutonniere ideas and are great sources of inspiration. The key is embrace thinking outside the traditional boutonniere concept.

Differentiate yourself from your groomsmen. Let’s be honest, you and your bride should be the cream of the crop on your wedding day. Just as the bridesmaids typically wear a different ensemble from the bride, the looks your groomsmen wear should differ from yours as well. The key is to find one specific element that helps differentiate you from your groomsmen. Perhaps you wear a tie with your suit and your groomsmen don’t. Love vintage? Why not wear old fashioned black and white Oxfords, while your groomsmen sport standard black dress shoes. Some grooms wear a vest and jacket, while their groomsmen simply don a vest. The choice is yours and there’s no right or wrong decision. Check out Pinterest to get some ideas of what your choices might look like together. And as always, discuss your ideas with your bride as well.

What will be unique about your wedding day look?

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Class It Up With a Custom Designed Suit for Your Wedding

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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By John Lennon, Lennon Photo

When I got married, the men’s clothing options were straightforward and bland.  The process was defined as such; find out from my fiancé what color I was allowed to wear, insist to her that I would get to choose the vest (there were only two options), then tell my groomsmen to get to the store and order their tux.  No personalization, no creativity, no value, no bonding with my buddies and surely no fun – this was a chore!

But times are changing for the better.  I recently photographed a small wedding at the Fearrington Village Inn, just outside of Chapel Hill, NC.  The venue is simple and elegant, it has a timeless look and feel, and the grounds are stunningly beautiful.  Treating your guests to a wedding here is a very thoughtful gesture, to say the least.

Well I immediately noticed something a little different with the guys.  They arrived carrying their attire for the day in the most careful and delicate way.  What was going on here?  Guys will often take their tuxedos, throw them on the bed and then not put another thought into it until it’s time to fling on the coat and walk down the aisle.  Even the bags that protected the garment had a special and unique look – there was something different here!

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I asked the groom about the gentle handling of the garments, and he informed me that he and his groomsmen had decided to go with custom designed suits for the wedding.  I love it!  You see, for me, details are a very important part of capturing the moments and mood of the day.  Custom suits were about to take everything up a notch.  It’s not very often that I think about the fit of the garment or the cut and style, and although I always try my best to capture every detail and moment at a wedding, these custom suits were a bit more “front and center” than usual and I loved it!

After the wedding, I told the groom that I appreciated what he and the groomsmen had done regarding their wedding attire.  He told me how he wanted to lessen the burden on his wife to choose the men’s attire, and he really wanted to make his own decisions about what to wear.  He also sought after a process that was not laborious and boring for his groomsmen.  Basically, he wanted to get together with his buddies, watch some football, get pampered a little and, in the end, come out with a totally custom suit that he would have forever and so would his groomsmen.  Mission accomplished and well played my friend.

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In writing this article, I asked custom clothier expert, Jamal Johnson, a style consultant for J.Hilburn, to provide information that may help other grooms better understand this process.


Jamal informed me that luxury menswear does not have to break the bank.  He said that on average the cost of a custom tailored suit is between $700 and $1000.  Considering that renting a tuxedo can cost you $200, this option is reasonable and has the luxury of having a perfectly fitted and custom styled suit that becomes a permanent part of your wardrobe.

The Process

The process typically takes two consultations and can be done at a location of your choice.  Jamal says, “What could be more civilized than discussing the finer points of one’s look over a nice drink in a calm setting?”  For my client’s first visit, he had his groomsmen over to his house to relax, have a few beers, and watch the football game. During the first visit, you’ll decide on fabrics and cuts, and you will have your measurements taken. Following this visit, your garments will arrive in approximately four weeks.  The next visit is to present the outfit and make sure the clothes fit properly.

Jamal says, “The most important thing for me when fitting a client, besides taking accurate measurements, is to get an idea of how the client wants to look.  To that end, we gear the first step toward building a “wish list” while making it fun and easy to choose the fabrics that best fit the weather, color palette, and tone of the wedding event.  My clients always feel pleased with their uniquely designed and custom suit.”

About the Author:
John Lennon is the co-owner of Lennon Photo, a high-end wedding photography studio with locations in New York and Michigan.  Lennon Photo mentors wedding photographers and on all aspects of business and technical expertise.  John also serves his community through his charity work to the EJ Autism Foundation.  You can follow John on Twitter.

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What style of suit or tux will you be wearing on the wedding day? Share your style thoughts in the comment section below.

Groom and Groomsmen Tuxedos: Build Your own With Jim’s Formal Wear App!

Monday, May 28th, 2012

The wedding planning experience is often one that is time consuming and filled with quite a bit of stress. So many things to do and so little time to do them! If only there was one part of the wedding planning experience that could be simplified, something that you can do from the comfort of your home. Something that was easy and perhaps even fun.

the tuxedo builder

Well there is! ‘The Tuxedo Builder‘ app from Jim’s Formal Wear has made tuxedo shopping a convenient and enjoyable part of the wedding planning process. This clever app makes it easy for the bride and groom to design the men’s attire for the wedding. The Tuxedo Builder allows the couple to pick the tuxedos the wedding party will wear before ever visiting a store.

It is easy to sort items by color, with over 175 vest options available to match the bridal party theme. You can upload the groom’s photo and build a tux that suits him, without spending hours in the fitting room. Once your selection is made, just send an email directly to the retailer, set up an appointment and speed up the ordering process.

Building a tuxedo at home is exciting. Jim’s Formal Wear  carries over 50 tuxedo styles from the hottest designers such as Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and Tony Bowls, just to name a few. With an easy search feature, you can find exactly what you are looking for! When you are done, you can post the tuxedo image on Facebook, Twitter or email to get feedback from friends and family. How great is that!

The Tuxedo Builder app is available to download FREE at the Apple Store for both the iPhone and iPad!

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Have you started planning your wedding day look yet? How would the ‘Tuxedo Builder’ make the task of finding the perfect attire easier? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Ever fancied looking like James Bond in a tuxedo? Now you can thanks to Dinner-Suit

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

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From time to time, we like to introduce new and useful blogs to our readers. Today, we share Dinner-Suit, a formal wear site from across the pond. In their own words:

Dinner-suit are one of the leading formal wear experts online. The editorial team have been providing information and advice on how to look the part and dress the part since 2009. If you have a formal event such as a wedding, rewards ceremony or cruise coming up then we suggest you take a look at all the resources available from their site.

The site is split into various product specific categories such as Tuxedos, Dress shirts, Morning dress, Accessories etc. that rate various online retailers in order to find you the best bargains. There are useful articles in the art of how to dress appropriately such as ‘Correctly tying a bow tie’, ‘How to dress for the races’ or ‘How to fold a handkerchief’. On top of this there are numerous help guides for grooms and best men looking for advice including ‘how to buy the ring’, ‘book the honeymoon’ and ‘speech making.

Put it this way if you are looking for deals on tuxedo suits or simply want a helpful guide on formal wear wear for men than look no further than Dinner-suit.

Have you researched wedding attire online? What blogs or websites have you found useful? Let us know in the comment section below.

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