Not every groom is a fashion guru, so when it comes to selecting a wedding tuxedo, it’s not always as easy as it seems. Even if the groom is indifferent, many brides-to-be want the groom to have at least some interest in planning the wedding, and often, this comes in the form of choosing a tuxedo. What makes this decision even more stressful is that you only get one chance to choose the perfect outfit. So don’t let the choice haunt you. Follow this guide by JCPenney experts to help make choosing a wedding tuxedo a breeze.
Complement the Wedding Dress, Wedding Party, and Decor
Let’s face it. The wedding day is all about the bride. She’s the center of attention for just one day, and she wants everything to look just how it is in her mind’s eye. Before you get dead set on a wedding tuxedo, you first need to settle on a color scheme. Brides make this quick and easy, often having the colors picked out before you even propose. Once you have the color for the decor, it’s much simpler to choose your tux.
Since most wedding dresses are white, the color scheme is fairly wide open, so the most important decision comes with the style. The wedding dress will typically come in two styles: formal and semi-formal. In formal settings, you’re usually limited to traditional colors such as black, gray, and navy for your tuxedo with a white undershirt and a bow tie to match the vest and coat. In semi-formal weddings, you can match the decor or at least explore more options with your fiancée.
You should also make your wedding tuxedo similar to the rest of the groomsmen, but with at least one feature that makes it stand out from the rest. This could be as subtle as a different color for your cummerbund, tie, or boutonniere or as drastic as a different vest or coat. Whatever you choose to separate you from the wedding party, make sure that they still blend in some way.
Remember the Season
The season of your wedding makes a huge impact on the style and color of your wedding tuxedo as well. If you’re having the wedding outdoors during summer, bright colors and personalized cufflinks are a popular choice. Winter weddings rarely have bright or light tuxedo colors, opting for the darker colors that represent the season. Destination weddings can also play a role in your tuxedo, so if you’re heading to the Caribbean, all the summer wardrobe options are in play.
Rent or Buy?
Renting or buying is one of the most difficult questions to answer when choosing a wedding tuxedo. Rental tuxedos are the more popular option, cutting costs substantially. They also save time as you don’t have to get numerous alterations before you walk down the aisle.
Buying may cost more, but it’s an excellent choice for the right person. Before pulling the trigger on a wedding tuxedo, try to estimate how many times you’ll wear the tuxedo in the future. If you’re a T-shirt and jeans guy, chances are you won’t wear a tuxedo all that often. If you love to dress up for events, purchasing a tuxedo may save you money in the long run. Just make sure to purchase a traditional tuxedo that won’t go out of style in a few years.
Another benefit of buying your tuxedo is your confidence level during the wedding. It’s stressful to think that another groom wore the suit on their special day and some rentals may also come off as cheap. When you’re comfortable in your own garments, it shows in your posture and attitude, and everyone’s sure to notice.
Fit and Fabric
Aside from color and style, the fit and fabric are just as important. The fit of your wedding tuxedo gives you confidence and a look to match. Instead of spending extra cash on a high-priced tuxedo, opt for a cheaper one and an excellent tailor. The best tailors can take inexpensive wedding tuxedos and turn them into a work of art. When you spend too much on a certain tuxedo and don’t have the budget or wherewithal to alter it, you’ll end up looking far less attractive.
Fabric is another important part of the wedding tuxedo equation and plays a pivotal role in the look and shape of your wedding tuxedo. When you pick a tougher fabric that’s difficult to alter, you won’t get the aesthetic or shape that you want. Durable stretch fabrics help create shape, although a wool/silk blend might work better in warmer temperatures.
Choosing the right wedding tuxedo is one of the more challenging decisions you’ll have to make, but it shouldn’t send you into stress mode. Remember that your partner is there to help you if you have any doubts. Once you’ve decided on the perfect tuxedo, head to JCPenney to find the best selection from brands you trust. Look your best on your wedding day and share pictures of your celebrations with us by tagging #AllAtJCP. Then follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see if you are featured.