Photos by Perry Hagopian/BRIDES
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.
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.
Lighter-colored suits tend to be less dressy (and are good for daytime events); darker suits are more 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:
belt (for suits)
cummerbund (for tuxes)
RENT OR BUY THE TUX?
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.
To avoid looking dated in years to come, he should purchase a classic style.
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.
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