May 9, 2019

Fashion Advice for a Bride Helping Her Groom Choose the Perfect Tuxedo

Kacey Bradley came up with another excellent article. Her post today talks all about how brides can help the groom choose the perfect tuxedo. I know I was very involved in choosing David’s tux for the wedding and ensuring it was a great fit. The effort we put into his wedding attire certainly paid off and I can’t wait to share more images of our day soon!
Fashion Advice for a Bride Helping Her Groom Choose the Perfect TuxedoWhen it comes to picking a tuxedo for the big day, most grooms are apt to choose the first one handed to them. But as a bride-to-be, there’s plenty you can do to help guide his choices and find the perfect wedding-day attire.

1. Choose the Best Material

To find the perfect tuxedo, you need to start with the basics. What material will provide the most comfort and style for your groom? To determine this, you need to know when you expect to tie the knot and the type of weather you can expect.

If you set a date during the warmer months, you want to find a lightweight suit that easily breathes — especially if you plan to host your nuptials outdoors. Look for materials like cotton, linen and seersucker. If it’s going to be on the colder side, check out denser fabrics like wool, cashmere and herringbone.

If your groom isn’t sensitive to different fabrics, consider going with a more daring or bold material, such as a velvet jacket or plaid tuxedo. Selecting a unique pattern is a great option for any groom who’s looking to stand apart.

Groomsmen portrait in grey suits with white and green boutonnieres at Temecula Wedding at Villa De Amore, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

2. Think About the Season

It’s a well-known fact that some colors are seasonal, meaning they look more beautiful in winter versus summer. This is true for all seasons. So when your groom is trying to choose a Tuxedo that will stun your guests, consider how you can pick and choose colors that will complement the time of year.

  • Spring: Light and airy colors, such as pink and yellow pastels.
  • Summer: Cool colors, such as navy blue, green and deep purple.
  • Fall: Warm colors, like burnt umber and dark red.
  • Winter: Dark colors, like grey and black.

You don’t have to follow these guidelines religiously. They act as a guide to find what works best for you.

Film engagement photo in a black and rose gold dress and black tux in front of the entrance to Sands Hotel, Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

3. Find a Reputable Tailor

There’s no denying that a tailored tuxedo is more flattering than something straight off the rack. Once you find the right color and style, visit an experienced tailor who can ensure your wedding day tuxedo looks perfect.

An experienced tailor will hem the trousers and sleeves, take in the waist of the jacket, slim the sleeves and much more to provide a look that’s both refined and elegant. The end-product will offer a noticeable difference that will take your groom’s wedding-day attire to the next level.

Bride in Anne Barge sweetheart gown with red ivory and mauve bouquet and bridesmaids in black dresses with groomsmen in black tuxes at Green Acre Campus Pointe Wedding, photo by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

4. Pick the Perfect Neckwear

The right neckwear, whether it be a bow tie or necktie, is what brings your whole ensemble together. If you think your groom will look best in a bow tie, choose one that’s proportional to the size of his face. A bow tie that’s too wide can look cartoonish.

If you opt for the more traditional necktie, find one that matches your groom’s body frame. Having a tie that is too wide or too short can easily throw off the balance of an entire outfit. A sleek, skinny tie is recommended for showing off a professionally tailored suit.

Groom wearing the Black Tux, Pampas Grass Wedding in San Diego on Film by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

5. Showoff Your Style with Cufflinks

Cufflinks are a great, unobtrusive way for the groom to show off his style on his wedding day. There are hundreds of different cufflink designs to choose from, from sweet and simple to downright extravagant.

If your groom wants a keepsake that’s personalized for him, consider cufflinks with monogrammed initials. Or let him show off a favorite hobby, like miniature clubs for the golf-lover or power buttons for the tech junkie.

Bride and groom glamorous smiling at camera portrait with ivory and blue bridal bouquet on film, Intimate Wedding at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

6. Step Into the Right Shoes

As you say “I do” on your wedding day, all eyes will be on you. Don’t let the groom stick out like a sore thumb with a perfect suit ruined by worn-down shoes. Pick out a new, stylish pair that works with the rest of the outfit.

To ensure maximum comfort, have your groom wear his shoes at least 24 hours beforehand to break them in. If you’re on a tight deadline, a hairdryer set on low can be used to loosen tight spots.

Film photo of bride and groom in front of an ivy-covered building with a turret. Bride wearing a Galia Lahav Gala gown with a sweetheart neckline carrying an ivory and green bouquet. Del Mar Country Club Wedding by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

How to Choose the Perfect Tuxedo

If you’re a bride-to-be, helping your groom choose the perfect tuxedo is a great way to bond before the big day while also avoiding common wedding attire blunders. Plus, discovering all the options men have available to customize tuxedos and show off their personalities can be a fun way to get rid of any pre-wedding stress.

Bridesmaids in french blue dressed and bride in strapless lace gown with groom and groomsmen in air force tuxedos. How to choose the perfect tuxedo. Bouquets with anemones, greenery, ivory, and blush flowers in front of a large floral arch captured on film. Wedding at Humphreys Half Moon Inn by Cavin Elizabeth Photography 

About the Author

Kacey Bradley is the blogger behind The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts. Along with writing for her blog, she has written for sites like U.S. News, SUCCESS, Ruffled, and more!

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