Who should wear tuxedos in the wedding?
It is customary for the groom and his groomsmen to wear tuxedos or nice suits that match the formality of the bride's dress. When the fathers and grandfathers are part of the ceremony, they tend to wear attire that is matches the rest of the party. Ring bearers are always a crowd please when wearing a child-size tuxedo or suit. Occassionally, ushers will also wear formal attire.
Should everyone wear the same tuxedos and accessories?
Just as the bride stands apart from her bridesmaids, the groom often chooses to wear a coat or accessories that differ slightly from the groomsmen. For instance, the groom may wear a traditional coat with neutral accessory colors while the groomsmen's accessories might match the bridesmaids or the theme color(s) of the wedding.
Are there other choices besides tuxedos?
If your wedding style is semi-formal, outdoors, or alternative you may decide to have your men wear suits. Depending on the time of day and setting, there are black, navy, grey and tan suits or ivory linen suits. For beach weddings, some parties choose to wear matching taupe or tan slacks with a special wedding shirt. Overall, the formality of the men should match that of the bride and the rest of the wedding. Tuxedos always make for an attractive wedding party and great wedding photos but there are plenty of other choices to fit any wedding atmosphere.
Does the time of day or wedding location determine which colors to choose from?
Time of day and location (indoors/outdoors, cool/tropical) can play a factor in selecting garments. Most importantly, the color should match the women in the wedding party. Daytime tuxedo and suit choices might be tan, ivory, white, or an ivory linen suit, although some people wear traditional black tuxedos for daytime weddings. For evening weddings, black, navy, grey or pinstriped tuxedos or suits tend to be popular. Be sure to ask about tuxedos or suits that work better for hot or cool temperatures.
Who pays for the tuxedos?
In the vast majority of cases, each member of the party will pay for his own ensemble.
Courtesy of Friar Tux Shop
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