Dressing the Gents

Now that we’ve covered my bridal clothing ad nauseum, it’s time to share the spotlight with the men.

Mr. Rucksack is quite a dapper dude. He’s a lover of all things preppy, so his closet is very full of oxford shirts, bow ties, and embroidered pants. Since he’s definitely a man who knows what he likes and because he has such great taste, I’ve left it up to him to choose the attire for the guys’ side of the bridal party.

Luckily being on the beach, it was an easy decision.


Peppermint Bliss Real Wedding via The Shoreside Bride

Our boys will be all prepped out in Nantucket reds—an item which I’m pretty sure at least half the boys already own. They’ll pair those with white button downs, navy blue blazers, and a playful patterned bow tie of their choice. We’re trying to keep things as simple and inexpensive as possible for our entire bridal party, and that comes with the added bonus that they get to feel comfortable with their choices. Plus, I think it’ll be really cool to see a bunch of cute boys with mismatched preppy bow ties.


Mr. Rucksack chose this tie from Country Club Prep

I’m so happy with his choice and I think our boys will look great. I’m also happy that they won’t have to spend much money, an issue we may have had if we had gone with tuxes or Mr. Rucksack’s second choice: seersucker suits.

What are your guys wearing? Did your man choose his own outfit?


Mrs. Rucksack

May 16
Branford, CT
Wedding Date:
August 2013
Wolve's Winter Wedding: We Cocktail
Gallery of the Day: July 18, 2013


  1. bluewhale Member
    bluewhale 638 posts, Busy bee @ 8:05 am

    As I’m not really a preppy expert, does “nantucket red” mean pink? I’ve never heard of such a color.

  2. rucksack Member
    rucksack 518 posts, Busy bee @ 8:08 am

    @Mrs. Blue Whale: It’s a faded red, almost salmon color. They were created first on Nantucket, hence “Nantucket red.” They’re a prep staple!

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 8:18 am

    Fun! I love the more casual look (rather than tuxes, etc.). Mr. Veggie chose his own tux. He isn’t in charge of my dress, so I really didn’t think it seemed fair to choose his suit.

  4. mstreasure Member
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:04 am

    Yay for Nantucket Reds! Mr. T and I went to Nantucket on our honeymoon and both bought a pair of Nantucket Red shorts from Murray’s Toggery, the original maker. We wear them all the time! :-)

  5. mswaterfall Member
    Mrs. Waterfall 1403 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:52 am

    I agree that tuxes might look too formal for a beach wedding. But oh how I loved seeing my man in a tux! Yummmm 😉

  6. mswallaby Member
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:56 am

    Interesting… I’ve never heard of Nantucket reds! I like how you guys picked out some laid-back attire for the guys, they’ll be so much more comfortable than wearing tuxes!

  7. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:06 pm

    This is the perfect look for a New England beach wedding, the guys are going to look great!

  8. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 1:19 pm

    I love this! Quintessential New England dressy beach wear, right? I think they’ll look great and fit right into your wedding theme!

  9. jetsetter Member
    jetsetter 535 posts, Busy bee @ 2:41 pm

    Love me some Nan-reds and a preppy bow-tie – can’t wait to see your guys!!

  10. gondola Member
    gondola 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:08 am

    I love the idea of New England wear for a wedding! Gorgeous!

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