Groomsmen Getup

When I purchased my first bridal magazine, it was not long after we got engaged. As I was flipping through it, I saw an ad for a rentable tuxedo, and I knew I was looking at our groomsmen’s tuxes.

Vera Wang Black Tuxes from Men’s Wearhouse via In Style

 I originally thought I’d want the black tux for the groomsmen (Sparky didn’t really care), but as our colors shaped into blue and gray I thought it would be great to have them in the gray tuxedos instead.

Once that was decided, we started thinking about tie style. Sparky knew he wanted a bow tie for himself because “that’s what you wear with a tuxedo.” That was just fine with me—I like bow ties.

Since the ladies will be wearing royal blue, I thought it would like nice if the fellas were in royal blue bow ties. Sparky vetoed that for himself (he wants a black bow tie) but was more than happy to let the guys sport a pop of blue.


Duchess Satin Bow Tie from The Dessy Group / Sparky will have one like this in black.

To finalize the look we decided to go with suspenders (a personal favorite of mine) and royal blue pocket squares.

Now, for the dads we decided to go with a basic black tux (still Vera Wang). I’ve never seen my dad that dressed up, so I’m excited to see what he looks like—sharp, I hope!

Instead of bow ties for the dads, we decided to change it up a bit and give them longer ties. This way they are congruent with the overall look but are still set apart. I actually stumbled across the perfect ties when I was shopping with MOH Tart and purchased them at a great price.

The ties are PRETTY close to this Michael Kors tie. / Image via K&G Men’s Wear

I’m really happy with our choices, and hopefully the groomsmen and dads will be, too!

How did you plan the looks for the important men in the wedding? Any chance encounters like me and the bridal magazine or just your regular trip to a rental store?


Mrs. Campfire

Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
September 2013
Classifieds: June 4, 2013
We Mini-Moon!
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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:49 pm

    I pretty much just sent the groom off with his friends to the tux shop. I figured that his and his groomsmen’s attire was one thing he’d probably have an opinion about, and I think he’s generally pretty a pretty snappy dresser.

    I actually didn’t think he’d want to share his attire with me since I was keeping my dress under wraps, but he came back from the tux shop very excited to show me the very same tuxes you’ve picked out. They looked great! He chose gray with a bow-tie for himself and black with regular ties for the groomsmen, plus some suspenders and some snazzy shoes. The only complaints were that the shoes were uncomfortable and the pants were a little wide-legged for our trendier groomsmen.

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    ms_purple 2675 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:59 pm

    I love those grey vera wang tuxes, I’ve looked at them for my wedding too! No decision yet but FI liked them too. My FI is anti-bow tie however so we will be going with the longer ties.

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    Sloaner 84 posts, Worker bee @ 3:11 pm

    We, and by “we”, I mean the groom, chose the same tuxes, only in black with regular ties. The material is a lighter weight than a regular tux and he wanted that. I really didn’t long as they weren’t burnt orange and/or leisure suits :-)

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    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 4:36 pm

    I love the look of suspenders on a guy! Mr. Jet will be sporting them as well!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:00 pm

    Love the bow ties, you are going to have some stylish men at your wedding!

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    Mandy Vigil, Guest @ 8:13 pm

    Found your blog while searching for wedding stuff online. I have been engaged for about 9 years now and just barely started to plan. Thanks for your info as it is less thing to add to my to-do list is he goes! :)

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    curlytop24 459 posts, Helper bee @ 9:43 pm

    My fiance picked out the same ones for him and his guys, the Vera Wang Black in gray. I was pleasantly surprised! Our colors are plum and gray. They’ll be wearing them with black shirts and plum vests. The groomsmen will have plum bowties, and my fiance will have a plum long tie. He picked it all out himself (I wasn’t even with him), and I know it’s all going to look great :)

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    priyathescientist 1514 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:08 pm

    Can’t wait to see how your looks come together!

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    ladyartichoke 3426 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:22 am

    Love bowties! And the royal blue is fab. Is Sparky wearing a cummerbund as well?

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:04 am

    Sparky has such a classic, yet modern style. I can’t wait to see how all your men look in their Vera Wang tuxes!

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    mrscvsomeday 164 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:54 am

    Same tuxes for my man, and his men! :) We bought them ties from, but I’m still wavering as to whether I’ll have FI wear the black bowtie that we picked with his rental, or go with the navy blue / white dot option I bought him. I love the drape and cut of these tuxes!

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:10 am

    @anemonie: I’m hoping that the Vera Wang tuxes won’t have those wide legs. We told the groomsmen to wear their own shoes if they wanted.
    @Ms_Purple: They are just so nice!
    @Sloaner: Ha, Sparky definitely had a voice but was fine letting me choose.
    @Miss Jet Setter: Yay, suspenders!
    @Mrs. Pony: I certainly hope so!
    @Mandy Vigil: Glad to help!
    @CurlyTop24: Plum and gray sounds lovely!
    @priyathescientist: Ah, me either!
    @ladyartichoke: He is! (At least – I think he is!)

    @Blonde17Jess: I’ll tell him you said so. :)
    @MrsCVsomeday: Oh, the navy blue/white dot would be awesome!

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    anemonie 1578 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:40 am

    @Miss Campfire: Unfortunately, the tuxes DH chose are the exact same Vera Wang tuxes and so will probably be a little wide-legged. Not that we minded; they looked very dapper, but I know that slimmer legs are on trend right now.

    I think rental tuxes tend to go the more wide-legged route because it’s more likely to suit (ha) a wide audience. But you’ll be able to see the fit a little better once Sparky and the groomsmen go in to be measured, assuming one of them is close to the sample size.

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:43 am

    @anemonie: Oh… Oh, well! Sparky bought his tux so he’ll be able to alter his to his liking. I’m not sure the groomsmen care as much as Sparky does! :)

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    scarlet_letter 369 posts, Helper bee @ 1:53 pm

    We’re considering that gray tux as well.
    Still deciding what we want to do for bowtie vs long tie, and Mr. SL has made it clear he wants to wear a vest and not a cummerbund. (No complaints here!)

    Sparky will look fabulous, as usual. :-)

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:02 pm

    My brother kept complaining the whole time that the tux wasn’t tight enough because he loves his suits super fitted, but I thought the slim cut of the Vera Wang was much less wide than the other tuxes we looked at. We also chose that tux for all the guys and considered cobalt blue bow ties but weren’t too sure on how that would look. I’m excited to see the final product :)

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    campfire 1045 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:26 pm

    @scarlet_letter: It’s so funny (and awesome) how everyone is different!
    @Miss Waterfall: I haven’t actually seen the tuxes on a person since the one we went to didn’t have Sparky’s size for him to try on. I do love the modern look, though!

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