Wait—you mean MY DRESS isn’t the only piece of important attire on this day?? 😉
Because I didn’t take a whole lot of input from Mr. Llama on what he wanted me to wear on our wedding day, I wanted him to have the same freedom. He has always wanted a three piece suit, so this seemed the perfect time to invest (I’m very punny) in one.
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On the other hand, like many other brides (on Weddingbee and elsewhere), one of my favorite looks of wedding menswear was Vera Wang’s collection of tuxes at Men’s Wearhouse:
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Modern, sleek, and comes in an attractive grey color. Regardless of which direction we ended up going, we were pretty sure we wanted something grey, and not black. Black just seemed so serious for a summer Disney wedding in the heat.
Which leads me to a showdown of sorts. Ladies (and gentlemen? Maybe a couple out there?), welcome to the TUX VERSUS SUITS FACE-OFF.
TUXES VS SUITS:
Round One: Cost. Here was something thing to consider: as I mentioned before, we are having a second reception in Connecticut in September, so Mr. Llama needs to have something to wear two times. If he rents a tux, he’s going to have to rent it twice—and since it’s in two different locations, if he doesn’t go with a chain store, that means figuring out exactly what tux he wants at two different stores. It seems unnecessarily complicated and expensive. Point for Suits.
Round Two: Visual Preference. When it comes right down to it…I just don’t know if tuxes and suits look ALL that different. One of the reasons I liked the grey Vera Wang tux is because it didn’t have the satin stripe down the side of the pants, as well as the satin lapel, which is one of the traditional tux identifiers. On the other hand, the tux (even the Vera Wang one that’s not that different) is every so slightly dressier. It’s a draw here, folks.
Round Three: Heat Variable: Assuming it’s going to be dreadfully hot, Mr. Llama will likely take off his jacket eventually, so the vest is an important component. I don’t love the way tux vests typically look (often ill-fitted, strange satin material)… so again—Point for Suits.
Round Four: Fit. A tux would be rented, and thus is more likely to not fit 100% correctly. His three piece suit would be owned, and all necessary alterations would be made in order to best fit him. Point for Suits.
Round Five: Keep It Simple, Stupid (KISS). By renting tuxes, all the men can easily wear the same suit, regardless of their size, shape, or location. A-ha! Point for Tuxes. I think. I’m not a matchy person, but this makes it at least easy for everyone to get what they need.
FINAL TALLY: 3-1-1
So, Mr. Llama ended up with a three piece suit, if did you didn’t see that coming! Men’s Wearhouse was having a 50% off sale, so on a weekend in March, we headed over there and—gasp—we didn’t even shop around. We liked the suit, and it was at a good price, so we just got it!
This was Egara’s Charcoal Stripe Slim Fit Suit. Frankly, there weren’t a ton of three pieces to choose from, and while Mr. Llama tried on a lighter grey option (what we thought we wanted), he just looks better in darker colors. It fit, he looked terribly dapper, and it was a great price. Sold!
Anyone else go the suit route?