Groom's Guide to Choosing Wedding Attire

It's your day to look dapper AF.

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Here Comes The Guide is an entirely female company—so we gotta admit: Knowing the ins and outs of wedding suits and tuxes isn't exactly our forte. That's why we reached out to our friends at Generation Tux to get some comprehensive info for our grooms, groomsmen, and gals that prefer pantsuits to petticoats.

They answer all your wedding attire-related questions below, from "What's the difference between a suit and a tuxedo?" to "What accessories do I need?" Get ready to look like you just stepped outta the pages of GQ, my friend.



Wedding Suit or Tux?

Ah, the age-old groom's attire dilemma: Should you stick with a wedding suit, or go all out with a tuxedo?

If you're not sure, a good rule of thumb is to follow your partner's lead! If they've chosen a formal gown or tuxedo themselves, then match their look with a tux. It's up to you as a couple to set the vibe (and dress code!) you want for your wedding. Here are some of the differences to consider when it comes to choosing a suit vs. a tux:

Suit

Suits are typically made from one fabric (no satin detailing here!) and can be dressed up or down with a plethora of accessories. Get creative with a colored collared shirt, vest, belt, patterned tie, and matching socks and you'll look sharp when you step onto that aisle! Suits are available in two-piece or three-piece styles (pictured below), and are perfect for a wedding that's slightly more casual or taking place early in the day.

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Tuxedo

Satin details are the main thing that sets tuxedos apart from suits—besides the formality, of course. Tuxes have satin lapels, satin-covered buttons, and a satin stripe down each pant leg. There are no belt loops, so suspenders are used instead of a belt. You can opt for a long tie, but you may have noticed that tuxes are usually worn with a bow tie—hey, you don't want to cover up the snazzy studs on your white dress shirt! Get cufflinks to match those shirt studs, and you'll be ready for your close-up.

Bottom line: Opt for a tuxedo if your wedding is a formal or black-tie evening affair, and stick with a suit for a more casual or daytime event. That said, there's no hard and fast rule—so if YOU just want to feel fancy go ahead and strut that tux no matter what type of wedding you're having!

Grooms in formal tuxedos for wedding

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To Rent or To Buy? THAT is the question.

Let's talk about tuxedo vs. suit when it comes to price. Tuxedos are typically rented instead of purchased since—let's face it—they're expensive. And how many times will you really wear a tux in your lifetime? A suit is more reasonably priced (in most cases) and you'll probably wear it again, but when you throw in all the accessories to complete your wedding-day look, things can really add up!

If you're concerned about your budget or you're asking your groomsmen to wear specific attire, renting is the way to go. Here's why:

Whether you purchase or rent, you'll want to ensure a proper fit. Most brick-and-mortar shops offer measuring and custom tailoring, while Generation Tux uses a proprietary fit technology with free home try-on and free, immediate replacements!

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Basic Black or Pop of Color?

If your wedding will be white-tie or black-tie, you'll want to wear basic black. For all other events, it's totally your call! Here are some things to consider:

Black Wedding Suits or Tuxes

Colorful Wedding Suits or Tuxes

Stylish groomsmen in blue suits with pink bow ties

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What Accessories Do Grooms Need?

A fun (and totally optional!) way to inject some style into your wedding-day look is with accessories! Both suits and tuxedos can be customized, and here are just a few ways to spruce them up:

Dress Shirts

Dress shirts for suits come in every color and pattern under the sun, and even shirts for tuxedos are available in multiple styles—from plain and pleated fronts to a variety of collars and cuffs. Remember to think about which style tie you prefer before shopping for your shirt.

Vests

Adding a vest changes your look from a two-piece suit to a three-piece suit. Also referred to as a waistcoat, it's an easy way to add a colorful pattern to your suited ensemble.

Cummerbunds

Cummerbunds are a tuxedo accessory that cover the waist, and are worn with a single-breasted jacket. Traditionally, men don't wear cummerbunds with long ties.

Suspenders

Suspenders not only pump up your style, they also keep your pants firmly in place while you dance the night away!

Belts

The type of belt you choose usually depends on the color of your suit. Traditionally, a black suit requires a black belt. If you choose a blue suit, though, a brown belt can look terrific. (Just be sure to match your shoes to your belt, since a wedding is a more formal occasion.)

Pocket Squares

A pocket square is basically a handkerchief tucked into a suit jacket pocket. It's yet another opportunity to color coordinate!

Cufflinks

Cufflinks are like jewelry for your dress shirt cuffs. If you're wearing a tuxedo, the cufflinks should match the shirt studs. For a suit, you can get as creative as you like. Beer cap cufflinks, anyone?

Ties

The typical black tuxedo tie or bow tie look is perfect for formal events…but ties come in every color and pattern imaginable, so have fun finding the one.

Socks

Although socks are usually pretty invisible, it's a real kick to see a quirky, patterned sock peek out from under a pant leg!

Floral tie and matching pocket square for wedding

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While Generation Tux has provided a lot of useful information, in the end it all comes down to your personal style and level of comfort. Because no matter what you wear, as long as you're confident, there's really no such thing as a fashion faux pas!


Intrigued by online wedding suit and tuxedo rentals? Check out Generation Tux to see how they've revolutionized the formalwear rental process.


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