When it comes to formal wear for your groom and his groomsmen, it all depends on the
Bridal Gown, it sets the standard of formality.
Your first decision is which coat to choose. There are three basic tuxedo styles. The most
popular has a notched lapel and is single-breasted. A popular variation is the shawl cut
collar, which is rounded and isn't notched. A third, the peaked jacket, has a broad lapel that
comes to the collar line and points up and out. Variations can include double-breasted
designs, jacket vents, pocket and button numbers and styling, multi-layered lapels, and
Vests have overtaken cummerbunds in popularity because they don't ride up one's waist. A
growing trend is the full-backed vest, which lets your groom remove his jacket at the
reception while still looking well dressed
Full dress, a.k.a. tails or tailcoat. The tailcoat actually has tails, with a two- to six-button
front. Generally worn at ultra-formal evening weddings.
Tuxedo, a.k.a. tux
A tuxedo jacket can be single-breasted (with a one to five button front) or double-breasted
(with a two- to six-button front) and is worn at formal or semiformal evening events. The
basic tux comes in a variety of flavors. Pick single- or double-breasted with one of three
lapels: peaked, notched, or shawl. Wear it with black, satin-striped trousers.
Mandarin, a.k.a. Nehru jacket, Mao jacket
This jacket features a stand-up collar with no lapel and is worn with a Mandarin-collared
shirt with a button cover instead of a tie.
Cutaway, a.k.a. morning coat
For formal daytime weddings, the groom wears the cutaway coat -- short in the front, long in
the back, and tapering from the front waist button to a wide back tail. Cutaway jackets are
either black or gray and are worn with matching striped trousers.
This semiformal jacket is a semi-formal suit jacket cut like a tuxedo. Usually charcoal gray
or black and typically worn in the daytime.
This broad, V-shaped lapel points up and out just below the collar line .
This lapel features a triangular indention where the lapel joins the collar. This is the least
formal lapel style.
This is a smooth, rounded lapel with no notch. It is often seen on a dinner jacket.
If you choose a formal tuxedo, your trousers should match your jacket in style and color. If
you'll be in a formal daytime wedding and will wear a stroller coat or cutaway coat, wear
gray or gray pinstriped trousers.
The most formal choice and the collar style most often worn with tuxedo jackets, this
stand-up collar has downward points
Mandarin collar, a.k.a. band collar
This collar stands up around the neck, above the tux's buttons. This is currently the most
contemporary-styled tuxedo shirt and is accessorized with a button cover in lieu of a tie,
This resembles a standard button-front shirt but folds over and around the neck with a wide
division between points in front. The wider collar makes it a good choice with a Euro tie or a
standard necktie in a Windsor style knot.
As for sleeve cuffs, you have a few options: standard dress-shirt cuffs held together with
cuff links; French cuffs, which are folded over and closed with cuff links; and cuffs that
close with a button. The choice is yours, but, in general, formal shirts call for cuff links.
Probably the thing to wear with a classic tux. Bow ties come in several colors besides
basic black --- white is reserved for super-formal events, and colored bow ties are suitable
for any occasion. You can match the wedding colors, but basic black is far classier. The
black bow tie is standard, other options are offered at an additional cost.
This wide, formal tie is usually patterned, folded over, and fastened with a stickpin or tie
tack. Usually reserved for ultra-formal daytime weddings and worn with a cutaway coat and
striped gray trousers.
If you're having a Western-theme wedding.
This is a hybrid between an ascot tie and a regular, run-of-the-mill necktie. It's a long,
square-bottomed tie knotted at the neck and worn with a wing collar or spread collar shirt.
The Euro offers a more formal look that's not as all-out as an ascot.
They're also called four-in-hands and are perfect for more casual -- yet still elegant --
These are pleated sashes worn around the waist. Usually basic black, but you can choose
from colored cummerbunds to match the bridesmaid dresses or the wedding colors.
Cummerbunds come standard with the tux rental.
Vests, a.k.a. waistcoats
For an ultra-formal evening wedding, clad yourself in a white tie and waistcoat. Or choose a
colored waistcoat instead of a cummerbund. There are many colors and designs to choose
from that will easily coordinate with the bridesmaids dresses or wedding colors. Vest are
optional and are offered at an additional fee.
If simple elegance is your style, stick with black cuff links outlined in silver. They come
standard with the tuxedo rental. Gold are available for a small additional fee.
Formal shirt fasteners that are considered and sold as jewelry
Formalwear is accompanied by a formal shoe. The shoe will usually be shiny black patent
leather. The shoe may also be white or ivory to match the color of the tuxedo. The shoes
also come in a more fashion forward styles at an additional rental fee.
Once the available accessories are selected they create and set your groom's overall style.
Accessories include ties, vests, cummerbunds, shoes and jewelry.