What a Groom and His Guys Need to Know About Dressing Up for the Wedding

Brides Behind the Scenes, Grooms
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PICK A STYLE
A groom's garb is no longer one-style-fits-all—now he's got plenty of choices. Just make sure his outfit, whether it's funky or formal, works with the time and setting of your wedding.

Informal
A khaki suit in cotton poplin or linen is great for a beach wedding. If the weather is hot or your wedding is ultracasual, he can forgo the tie.

Semiformal/Cocktail
Lighter-colored suits tend to be less dressy (and are good for daytime events); darker suits are more formal.

Formal
If it's after 6 p.m. and the dress is black-tie, choose a tuxedo. Instead of a bow tie, some guys opt for a regular tie, known as a four-in-hand tie.


MAKE A LIST, CHECK IT TWICE
E-mail this checklist to all the groomsmen:

jacket
pants
shirt
tie
belt (for suits)
cummerbund (for tuxes)
dress socks
shoes
studs
cuff links
handkerchief


RENT OR BUY THE TUX?

1) The rule of thumb: If your groom attends more than three black-tie events a year, it will cost him less to buy a tux than to rent.

2) To avoid looking dated in years to come, he should purchase a classic style.

3) If he's planning to lose a few pounds for the big day, he should wait on buying until he's near his goal weight.

4) Even if he opts to go with a rental tux, he'll probably feel more comfortable in his own shirt, tie, and shoes.

—Lexi Dwyer, BRIDES magazine

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