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Groom’s Formal Wear

The groom should select his formal wear based on the formality of the wedding. For a semi-formal or formal wedding, the groom will need a tuxedo. A tuxedo is the formal jacket worn by men on special or formal occasions. The most popular colors are black, white, and gray.

Options: Use the following guidelines to select customary attire for the groom:

Informal wedding: Business suit White dressshirt and tie
Semi-formal daytime: Formal suit White dressshirt Cummerbund or vest Four-in-hand or bow tie
Semi-formal evening: Formal suit or dinner jacket Matching trousers White shirt Cummerbund or vest Black bowtie Cufflinks and studs
Formal daytime: Cutaway or stroller jacket Waistcoat Striped trousers White wing-collared shirt Striped tie Studs and cufflinks
Formal evening: Black dinner jacket Matching trousers Waistcoat White tuxedo shirt Bowtie Cummerbund or vest Cufflinks
Very formal daytime: Cutaway coat Wing-collared shirt Ascot Striped trousers Cufflinks Gloves
Very formal evening: Black tailcoat Matching striped trousers White wing-collared shirt Waistcoat Patent leather shoes Studs and cufflinks Gloves

Things To Consider: In selecting your formal wear, keep in mind the formality of your wedding, the time of day, and the bride's gown. Consider darker colors for a fall or winter wedding and lighter colors for a spring or summer wedding. When selecting a place to rent your tuxedo, check the reputation of the shop. Make sure they have a wide variety of makes and styles to choose from.

Reserve tuxedos for yourself and your ushers several weeks before the wedding to insure a wide selection and to allow enough time for alterations. Plan to pick up the tuxedos a few days before the wedding to allow time for last minute alterations in case they don't fit properly. Out-of-town men in your wedding party can be sized at any tuxedo shop. They can send their measurements to you or directly to the shop where you are going to rent your tuxedos.

Ask about the store's return policy and be sure you delegate to the appropriate person (usually your best man) the responsibility of returning all tuxedos within the time allotted. Ushers customarily pay for their own tuxedos.

Tips To Save Money: Try to negotiate getting your tuxedo for free or at a discount in exchange for having your father, your fiancé's father and ushers rent their tuxedos at that shop.

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