Many of my clients ask for advice about ordering their tuxedos, or when a tuxedo might be appropriate to wear. My simple answer to the groom is that a tuxedo adds formality to any wedding, and that he should be comfortable in dressing up for his special day. He should stand out as the groom, and he sets the tone for the other men's apparrel.
If someone owns their own tuxedo, they will be glad to get use from it one more time. For those that must rent one i.e. the groomsmen , here are a few basic tips to insure that everyone is fitting into their wedding attire.
First, chose a reputable formalwear dealer , and work closely with that specialist to insure that the style of the tuxedo chosen for the groom and the groomsmen will make all the men look their best as well as coordinate with the bride's party.
Once the style is chosen, the groom and the best man should take an active role to make sure all the other male wedding party members get to be fitted well in advance of the wedding date. The formalwear specialist will be taking measurements , but a bit of information about sizing men's suits might come in handy.
For the jacket- A man should be able to fit his hand between his chest and the front of the jacket when it is buttoned. Back vents should lie flat. The coat should allow free movement of the arms.It shoudl fall smoothly across one's back and should not bunch up across the shoulders when the arms move forward.
Jacket length- for most, the bottom of the jacket should reach the curl of the fingers when the arms are held straight down at their sides. This allows the shirt cuff to show 1 inch.
The trousers should sit at the waist and should allow one finger fitting in the waistband. They should be hemmed so that they break as they rest at the top of the shoe, and in the back to just the top of the heel of the shoe. Most formal trousers are not cuffed.
If wearing a vest, it should button comfortably across the chest, and the vest buttons should line up with the front of the jacket and overlap the waistband on the trousers.
Men, enjoy shopping for your wedding attire. There are so mnay choices of colors, accessories, ties, and vests. Have fun matching the bridal attire, and when in doubt call us at FAO events to assist!