During weddings, almost all eyes are fixed on the bride. Everyone looks approvingly as she walks down the aisle beaming. The stylist of the gown or the wedding planner and everyone else involved in making the bride look like a vision utter silent prayers of thanks since they were able to get the response they expected – awe for the lovely bride. Through all this, what happens to the groom?
Unfortunately, very few people think about what preparations the groom goes through prior to his wedding day. Some seem to have the mistaken notion that a groom merely picks out and that’s it. What they don’t know is that most grooms actually go through the same rigorous preparations as brides do. The only difference is that women tend to be the recipient of all the fuss.
Actually, there are grooms who go to formalwear experts in the hopes of transforming themselves into the dashing, debonair grooms they should be on the day of their wedding. Hence, if you are getting married and you want to look fashion magazine-worthy on your wedding day, it would be a good idea if you hooked up with an expert who can help you look your best in your tuxedo.
It doesn’t matter if you would be going to a tuxedo rental store for your formalwear. What’s important is to have an idea what wedding day look is going to be perfect for you. This is the first thing an expert would tell you. Once you meet with the expert, he or she would advise you to come alone or with your fiancée so you can both go over all possible options. Try not to meet the formalwear expert with your friends tagging along. Why is that? Well, they could influence the choices you make; thus, you might end up picking out a tuxedo based on their ideas and not your own.
Choose a formalwear expert who knows what he’s doing. Some commit to help a groom make intelligent choices, but come wedding day, the groom comes either underdressed or overdressed. As much as possible, the expert should strive to put something together that would make everyone think no stone was left unturned during the planning stages of the wedding and that every aspect of it, wedding dresses included, were taken care of painstakingly.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that there is no strict rule concerning dressing identically with your groomsmen. You are the groom. Thus, you have the right to wear anything you want. Nevertheless, it would look good if you and your groomsmen wore complementing ensembles.
Another thing you need to remember is that you should not wear a belt with your tuxedo. That is a big no-no. Instead, wear suspenders to hold up your pants so you won’t look shabby. If you decide to wear a vest or waistcoat, wear the suspenders underneath it. The same goes if you decide to wear a cummerbund instead; you still need to wear the suspenders underneath it. Suspenders are not part of your tuxedo accessories. These are more for function than form.
Finally, if you would be wearing a cummerbund, remember to wear the pleats in front. There’s no other way to go about it.
Paul King is a part-time freelance writer and SEO analyst. He has written a number of articles on men’s fashion and formalwear etiquette.