Now that you know about my dress, I’ll talk to you about what Sparky is going to wear.
If you haven’t realized yet that Sparky is a pretty classy guy then I am here to tell you: Sparky is a classy guy. He takes care with his daily dress and generally looks great in what he wears.
Dinner at the Corson Building / Personal photo
I love how he dresses (most days), and the more weight he loses the more confident he has been in the styles he wears. It goes without saying that he wanted to translate his personal style into a well put together and attractive wedding get-up.
We call this one his Mad Men shot. / Personal photo
I had entertained an idea that Sparky would wear a gray tuxedo (since our wedding colors are blue and gray), but he said very early on that he wanted to wear a black tuxedo. Since it’s his wedding too and it’s what he’s going to be wearing, I fully supported this idea.
The first day we went looking for tuxedos we stopped at Nordstrom. Nordstrom, like most places, didn’t have a large selection, but he did get to try one on and I nearly cried because it made me so happy to see him in a tuxedo, knowing he’d be wearing one the day we get married.
Tuxedo from Nordstrom / Personal photo
During that excursion we happened into Brooks Brothers. While there, we discovered they were having a sale on custom-fit tuxedos. We pondered this, left, and almost immediately came back. My dress will be custom fit, Sparky wanted his tuxedo to be, too!
Fitzgerald Tuxedo from Brooks Brothers
Sparky got to pick the lining for the tuxedo as well as the actual material. He went with a pretty standard all-season wool and a navy satin lining. He’s had the tuxedo altered to fit him better and will have it altered again closer to the wedding. (Not from Brooks Brothers, though—they kept telling him the pants/jacket were slim enough but they were still pretty wide. They definitely fit things old school and not modern like Sparky’s style.)
Being the fancy-pants that he is, Sparky quickly found some cuff links that he loved. Of course they were Burberry and (thankfully) he wasn’t quite ready to pay $185 for them. Luckily for me, I happened to find them on sale right before Christmas and was able to pick them up for a steal!
Burberry cuff links from Lyst
One of the many things that we have in common is a love of shoes (and nice clothes in general). In fact, for one of our engagement outfits we went looking for a specific color/type of shoe for him so we could get a matching shoe shot.
These are, hands down, my favorite pair of shoes. / Photo by Love Song Photo
Knowing that shoes were super important, Sparky and I set out to find him the perfect pair. We found them by chance and then had to let them go. Everything about them was awesome except one thing: the $700 price tag.
Salvatore Ferragamo Cipro from Nordstrom
I can feel his pain on these ones—they are gorgeous shoes. I have a pair of insanely priced shoes that I covet, too.
I wasn’t willing to give up on finding awesome shoes for him, and I didn’t want him to feel like the $700 shoes were his only option. (He might like the excuse, but I can think of better uses for that money!) I’m a champion online shoe shopper, and I finally stumbled on a pair of similar shoes by a brand that Sparky really likes.
To Boot New York “Lucca” (sold out everywhere)—similar style here
Sparky also knew early on that he wanted to wear a bow tie. “That’s what is appropriate with a tux,” he told me. I thought maybe he’d wear a blue one, but apparently that’s not traditional, either. Black bow tie it is! (I love him and his opinions.)
Like the one the groomsmen will be wearing but black (From Dessy)
Sparky’s day-of look will also include a custom-made tuxedo shirt (not yet received, but ordered from Indochino) and a pocket square (he says white, but I’m hoping he might allow a bit of color on that one and go with blue!).
I absolutely love that he’s put so much thought into how he’ll look. No ill-fitting rental tuxedo for my future husband! In thinking about price breakdown for both of our outfits, I think we’re pretty similar as of right now. It’ll be interesting to see what the final cost comparison looks like.
Am I the only one with a very opinionated husband-to-be? Do you love it or hate it?