Yes he is.
Because it’ll be the height of summer, Mr. Big has settled with a lighter coloured suit. Most of the wedding will be under cover, but during photography, we’ll have the sun beating down on us. Mr. Big has since told me that he doesn’t intend to wear a suit jacket because of this, with which I agree wholeheartedly. The jacket will be a prop—something to sling over his shoulder during photography. The fabric that we’ve settled on is cotton—which is light and breathable in the heat. It’ll hopefully negate most of the heat. He’ll also be wearing a vest over his custom-tailored shirt (more on that later!). The guys won’t be wearing boutonnieres, but we’ll be getting some for our fathers.
When we first started thinking of the groom and groomsmen wear, I was stumped! I’ve never been very good at fashion and men’s fashion is completely out of my league, so I was completely out of my depth. Mr. Big, however, is very good at knowing what to wear with what. When we went shopping at the local “super mall” back in November 2012, Mr. Big was explaining what would look good with what and what he wanted.
He knew what he wanted to go for and it impressed me. I always knew he had a good eye for things, but seeing it in action during shopping was awesome.
Unfortunately, that trip didn’t yield much in the way of results. We basically jumped from store to store, tried a few things on, grabbed some ideas, and left for dinner with Mr. Big’s Auntie Pen and Cousin Em who were visiting us from New Zealand. However, six months later, during a trip to DFO (Direct Factory Outlet) with my family, we were searching for the perfect suit for Papa Bighorn.
During this trip, we came across a huge menswear store—Connor. Connor is a franchise of menswear stores spotted all over Sydney. The store at DFO was having a sale, and being in the market for new suits anyway, Mr. Big and Papa Bighorn checked it out.
Now, early in our relationship, Mr. Big had expressed dissatisfaction for all things Connor. The shirts were for smaller men, the suits were for smaller men, the customer service he experienced was utterly craptacular, etc., etc. So it was puzzling when Mr. Big paused in front of this store. I figured, however, that he was doing so for my father, whose build is rather small.
However, Mr. Big came across a suit that he thought would fit himself and his groomsmen. Enter the Grand.
The three-piece Grand slim suit / Image via Connor
It’s a nice slate grey with a maroon lining.
It’s not too formal for the wedding, and because there’s a vest, they don’t have to wear that suit jacket all day. He tried on some jackets at the DFO store, and after losing a lot of weight at that point, the suits fit him nicely. He talked with the friendly clerk there who gave him more information about wedding-party purchases, and Mr. Big then proceeded to text all of his groomsmen.
A few weeks later, we got all the sizes for the groomsmen and we headed off to our nearest Connor store (thank goodness for franchises). We talked to the ultra friendly 2IC there, who went through all of the options, including ordering sizes one bigger and one smaller just in case the sizes that we were given weren’t correct.
After a few weeks, the orders came in, and I snapped this picture!
A happy, but loaded-up, Mr. Big! / Personal image
During our whirlwind New Zealand holiday/e-session trip, we took all the suits over to the Kiwi guys and hit a small bump in the road. I won’t go into specifics, but you can say the Bighorns thanked their lucky stars that 1) the 2IC ordered one size bigger on all the suit parts and (2) a big department store in New Zealand sold Connor suits so the guys could get their true sizes in slim-cut suits.
Back in Australia, we picked up the correctly sized suit pants, grabbed a coffee, and voila! All we have to do now is ship across the correct suits so that the groomsmen in Kiwi-land can get their alterations done.
And before you guys go away, yes, Papa Bighorn did get himself a suit. Wanna see?
Told you he has a smaller frame! / Personal image
My dad’s suit has since been altered and fits him nicely! Next up, I’ll tell you guys about the shirts!
Did anyone else find themselves turning to a retail store you didn’t expect? Who else has a fiance(e) who had their own “vision” of their wedding suit?
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
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