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Menswear: Suit Vs. Tuxedo

Whether it’s the groom and his groomsmen or the father’s of the wedding, it’s important that all the men on your big day look dashing and dapper. Suits have been taking over the bridal scene, which gives your male attendants more options than ever. It’s key to focus on which style makes you feel comfortable, fits into your budget, and matches the design of your wedding.

MUST Knows:

To give you a general timeline it’s best to start thinking about the look you want for your groomsmen 7+ months in advance, so make those appointments now! Suits should be ordered no less than 4-6 months before the wedding to provide time for order fulfillment and alterations, and tuxedos reserved with 3-5 months before to ensure you get your preferred style with time to get every detail just right.

Regardless of what wedding day attire you choose, we make it our mission to make your life a lot easier! We offer luxurious, thoughtfully designed suits for purchase including the shirt, bow/necktie, and a pair of trendy socks to complete the package! We also have high-end Tuxedos available for rent, and at some of the best prices you can find in (or even out of) town.

We work with your party directly to make sure that your groomsmen are measured properly to get the best fit. For those out-of-town men, we are partnered with a nationwide network so they can be measured by a professional wherever they may be!

You may already know if you want to go with a suit or a tux or maybe you are still on the fence, but the good news is you’ve got the experts on your side and we’ll have your groom walking in on your wedding day like:

Here’s everything you need to know to get your men dressed to impress:

Tuxedo Vs. Suit

You may already know the tuxedo as the sophisticated older brother to the casual cool suit, but you may not be aware of what actually distinguishes the two. Regardless of which wedding look you’re leaning towards, it’s important to remember that suits and tuxedos are not created equal. You will want to make certain you’re getting the best quality products that help make sure those men look their best!

The Tuxedo

There are some subtle differences for the Tuxedo that give it a formal attire feel. The biggest difference is its satin features. You could see satin on the lapel, buttons, on the pocket trim of the jacket, and a possibility of a strip of satin down each pant leg. Tuxedos are also traditionally worn with satin ties or bow ties and a cummerbund or vest.

The Suit

Suits, on the other hand, won’t incorporate any satin and are typically made entirely of one fabric, which can make them feel slightly less formal. They usually have a standard jacket with uncovered buttons, and are paired with a long necktie or a bow tie for a more boho feel. Vests to compliment your events color palette can also be paired with suits for a more formal look.

That being said, modern wedding day parties are opting for various accessories with either look to give their wedding a unique look!

What to Wear for Your Wedding?

Let’s face it, when it comes to wedding fashion, the spotlight has typically shone on the bride and her dress. Luckily, a shift has been taking place in the wedding fashion world with more and more designers opting for high-end suits. Yet the decision of a suit or tuxedo on the big day could still be a challenging one for your guys to face.

To make things easy, the choice really comes down to the overall look of your wedding and your personal preference.

Wedding Style

The groom’s attire sets the standard for the feel of your wedding. This tells your guests and other attendants whether it’s a black-tie, formal, or semi-formal affair so you should consider the different images a tuxedo or a suit can portray. It’s true that suits are a more than acceptable choice for the grooms’ wedding getup, even for a more formal celebration. However, there can be times when a tuxedo is more suitable and vice versa.

As you’re making your decision, there are definitely some things to consider. Keep in mind the time of day, the venue, the bride’s look, and the image you want for your attendants.

Here’s a guide for when to opt for a tuxedo or a suit:

Try out the Tux:

Tuxedos come in more varieties than you could begin to imagine, but despite the never-ending versions of the tux it will generally fall into a more formal category. If you’re planning a black-tie affair, a tuxedo is the most polished option for your groom. If you are planning an evening event in a crystal-covered ballroom for your big day, it’s the perfect scenario for the groom to rock a tux. But most importantly you will want to coordinate with your spouse to be. Your wedding is the best opportunity to show off your style as a couple, so make it a joint effort! If the groom will be standing next to a bride all day, the extravagance of the bride’s dress should be taken into consideration.

 

Sporting the Suit:

Luxe suits have been taking over the world of menswear the past few years. We’re frequently seeing grooms opt for a suit instead of a traditional tuxedo. You’ll see these in all different styles and they can be styled to fit various levels of formality depending on the design of your wedding. For example, if you’re throwing a boho-chic backyard wedding or choosing a vintage theme for your big day, the more casual suit would be a perfect fit. The same can be said if you’re planning a daytime event, it’s often less practical to sport a tux, especially if you’re not going for that black-tie look. The most important thing to consider is the bride’s attire. If she’s wearing a laid-back flowy dress, then the groom can wear a suit and look just as dashing.

 

Coordinating Attendants

Traditionally, the groomsmen wear attire that’s the same as or similar to that of the groom, but it’s completely up to you. Even if you aren’t planning for all the men in your wedding party to wear the exact same suit or tux, it’s important that their outfits coordinate in style and feel with yours. (It will look a little bit off if the groom is up there in a tux while his buddies are wearing casual khaki suits). But not to worry, we’ll get all your groomsmen in sync!

Matching doesn’t just end with the guys either; your whole wedding party should have a cohesive style. Consider selecting a groomsmen look that compliments the bridesmaids. For instance, if the bridesmaids have a vintage vibe, the guys can try out a suit and add retro accessories.

Now that everyone is matching and coordinated, it’s time to pick your extras. Even if the groomsmen are in the same attire as the groom, the accessories can still set them apart.

To get a totally unique look, it’s all in the details. Spice things up and wear a special boutonniere or a bow tie, vest, necktie, cufflinks or even a pocket square in a different color or style. If your wedding palette features two colors, the groom can wear one of the shades while the rest of the guys wear the other.

At Fantastic Finds, with every suit purchase, each guy is gifted a shirt, a choice of tie, and a pair of fun socks they can sport on the big day. And with our huge selection of color swatches, we make it easy to find the shade that perfectly coordinates with your bridesmaids to make sure that all your attendants have a cohesive look.

 

Personal Preference

When it comes down to making the final call, personal preference will play a key role in your groom’s decision. If your guy is excited to don a tuxedo instead of a suit, let him run with it. If he’s a guy who enjoys his accessories, a suit with detail options may be a better fit. All that matters is that the groom is wearing something he likes, that fits well, and is consistent with the design of your wedding. In the end, it’s your wedding and the guys can wear whatever you want them to!

Buying Vs. Renting

Deciding whether to buy or rent can be a big decision for the guys in your group, and there are some things to consider. You can decide with your guys if they are wanting to purchase, or rent. The main thing to consider is that it is an all or none situation, meaning you can’t have one guy purchase a suit and have another guy renting that same suit (the styles just don’t overlap). Having that occur could make your party look unorganized and clash in photos. So it’s important to talk to your guys beforehand, and see if they are more comfortable investing in a suit purchase or doing a rental!

At Fantastic Finds, we offer tuxedos for rental (as well as a few suit styles) and suits for purchase.

Buying

There are many perks that come with buying your own suit. These luxurious and thoughtfully designed suits can be worn multiple times after the wedding to all sorts of events. Whether you wear it again at a formal dinner, a job interview, a day in the office, as your Sunday best, another wedding or even the coat or pants separately with other attire. It’s always a good idea for a guy to have a great suit in his closet! Your groomsmen are spending almost as much to rent a suit as they are to purchase it, and in the end, they have nothing to show for it. Whereas spending a little more, they could have a fantastic suit to keep and wear again and again! PLUS you can get a tailored fit that just isn’t possible with rentals. When you make a suit purchase you are able to personalize the fit to you through alterations, ensuring your groom looks his best on the big day.

BONUS: The best plus there is for many groomsmen is not having to return their suit after the wedding. Instead, your men get to keep this baby without any of the hassles of returns.

Renting

There are also some perks that come with renting. If you’re going for a formal look typically worn just for special occasions, renting a tuxedo might just be the way to go! Or if the guys in your wedding go years in between wearing a suit or tux, they may feel like it’s not something they need to add to their wardrobe at this time. In this case, you may want to consider renting. This allows for a different suit or tuxedo each time you rent so you can stay with all the latest fashion trends. Sometimes a unique style only makes it into the rental world an this can be a fun time to sport those trendy looks.

 

Now that you have some expert menswear insight, come check out our available styles today! Give us a call to come on in with your Groom. We will work with you to design the best style fit for your wedding. Make your appointment today and take dressing the men of your wedding off your checklist!

And if you don’t (technically) have a wedding checklist, stay tuned for our blog next week for the ultimate wedding planning calendar to keep you organized and on track to have your dream wedding!

 

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