Men’s Wedding Formalwear Tips

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Choosing a Formalwear Specialist

You should look at the reputation and quality of your options. Get referrals from friends and family. You don’t want to compromise on quality or service.  Keep in mind that you want to find a retailer that carries current styles. The last thing you want is a tuxedo that looks like it’s from five years ago! Ask your tuxedo retailer these questions:

  • Is stock replaced on a regular basis?
  • How many times is a garment cleaned, and what methods are used?
  • Is there a full-time, on-site tailor?

Why be measured by a Formalwear Specialist? Get fitted by an expert.

It’s essential in ensuring you get a properly fitting tuxedo. Properly fitted formalwear is a must for comfort and look. Ask for a trained, knowledgeable fitter.

How do we select a style?

Look through men’s magazines and catalogues (the Derks catalogue is available online too) to find styles that appeal to you. Share ideas on what the bride’s attendants will be wearing,  because you want your formalwear to compliment the overall look of the wedding. Once you’ve decided, head to your chosen formalwear location and speak to a specialist.

How can the groom’s attendants complement the bride’s?

With so many choices in accessories,  you can find the perfect colour that will highlight the colours chosen for the attendants. With large selections of vests and accessories,  formalwear professionals can assist you in coordinating the look of all the attendants.

When is the best time to book our formalwear?

You should book your formalwear as early as possible, especially if you’re looking to rent during May through September. The summer is the most popular time for weddings. Booking early will ensure that you get the style you desire. Four to six months in advance is suggested.

Does everyone need to be there when we book?

No. It may be easier to come in alone, or just with your fiancé, when making your decisions. Once the styles are chosen,  your consultant will enter them into the computer system. The rest of your party can then come in at a time that works best for them, but make sure they are prompt.

What happens if someone comes in much later?

When one person waits too long, they might not be able to fit into the same style you have chosen, which can lead to a lot of disappointment. Your formalwear specialist should then inform you of the situation and you will have to decide what needs to be done. Avoid this situation by having everyone come in a timely fashion, no less than three months prior to your event.

What payment is required?

Payment is usually required at the time of booking, full payment speeds up the delivery, but you will need to at least put a deposit down on your rental.

Should shoes be rented?

In order to maintain consistency and complete the formal look, we suggest you rent shoes. You don’t want your groomsmen showing up wearing tuxes and sneakers. Footwear is professionally cleaned and maintained to the highest standards. At Derks, we guarantee style,  quality and freshness.

What should I do in the event there is a problem with my formalwear on my special day?

Check with your formalwear provider to see what their policy is. On Saturdays, Derks has an extra person on staff to assist you, should a problem arise, and Derks can even send someone out to you. Should something be forgotten,  or if something needs fixing, call our emergency service department and we’ll do what it takes to make it right.

When do we return our formalwear?

To avoid late fees, all garments must be returned as soon as possible. Your formalwear specialist should cover all of this information with you, including when the tux should be back, as well as late fees, and the hours your location is open for returns.

Formalwear Checklist

The tuxedo is stylish and always elegant. Worn with matching trousers, a dress shirt,  coordinating accessories, a tuxedo is perfect for any wedding. Here are the elements you should be familiar with when choosing your formalwear:

  1. Collar: Stand up or wing collar complements a long neck; a shorter neck looks best with a laydown collar.
  2. Ties: Bow ties are made of formal fabric like a satin or brocade. Euro ties are made of the same fabrics and offer a more forward look ideal with a three or four button jacket. Ties needn’t always match the colour of the bride’s attendants’ dresses. Black, gold, or silver ties with a subtle shimmer give formalwear a timeless elegance. Distinguish the groom from the groomsmen by choosing a slightly different tie, a solid if they’re wearing a pattern, brocade if they’re in a matte fabric.
  3. Shirt: Traditionally, a pleated shirt is worn with a tuxedo. The proper closures are studs and cuff links in black, pearl, gold, silver or precious stones.
  4. Sleeve: Allow one-half of an inch of your shirtsleeve to show beneath the sleeve of the jacket.
  5. Cummerbund: Made of brocade, silk or satin, it covers the waistband and ranges from mild to wild. Consider the mood and season of the wedding before choosing one and be sure that the pattern and design you want to wear around your middle looks good around your neck as cummerbunds and ties usually match. Always place the pleats upward.
  6. Vest: Made of brocade, silk or satin in a fullback or halfback style, a vest is the most comfortable and popular compliment to the tuxedo. They come in a wealth of choices and add personality to even the most conservative tuxedo. The fullback vest looks terrific on its own and allows the jacket to be removed later in the evening when everyone is more relaxed. It’s not necessary to match vest and tie but make certain you don’t clash with the hue of the boutonniere.
  7. Trousers: can be double-pleated or flat-front and should break about five-inches above the ankle. There’s a satin stripe on the side. The bottoms are never cuffed.
  8. Shoes: Black patent or matte finished oxfords or slip-ons are appropriate choices. A business shoe clashes with the streamlined look of formalwear while formal shoes are sleeker. Match socks to trousers.
  9. Boutonniere: A groom’s bouton niere should complement the flowers and colours of their bride’s bouquet. But they should say something about the groom’s personality, too. Groomsmen boutonnieres should complement the flowers of the bride’s attendants.

Checklist for the Groom & His Attendants

Groom:

  • Tuxedo
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Cufflinks/Shirt Studs
  • Shoes
  • Pocketsquare
  • Bride’s gift
  • Boutonnière

Best Man/Groomsmen:

  • Tuxedo
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Cufflinks/Shirt Studs
  • Shoes
  • Pocketsquare
  • Gift
  • Boutonnière

Father of the Bride/Groom:

  • Tuxedo
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Cufflinks/Shirt Studs
  • Shoes
  • Pocketsquare
  • Gift
  • Boutonnière

Ushers:

  • Tuxedo or Suit
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Cufflinks/Shirt Studs
  • Shoes
  • Pocketsquare
  • Gift
  • Boutonnière

Ringbearer:

  • Tuxedo
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Cufflinks/Shirt Studs
  • Shoes
  • Pocketsquare
  • Gift
  • Boutonnière

M.C.

  • Tuxedo
  • Shirt
  • Tie/Bowtie
  • Cufflinks/Shirt Studs
  • Shoes
  • Pocketsquare
  • Gift
  • Boutonnière

See a sample of this section in our wedding planner PDF