Menswear: When You’d Like to Describe Your Fiance Using Words Other Than “Clothed”

Believe it or not, bees, I do have opinions on things. While my posts to date have had a pretty lackadaisical attitude, I promise you that there are things that I care about. Menswear, for instance.

Stallion, on the other hand, could not care less about clothes. The nicest thing I can say about his day-to-day attire is that he is fully clothed on a daily basis. (Not mean if it’s true, etc. Also, I checked, and he is not offended by my posting that.) He’s the type of guy that wears T-shirts and enormous basketball shorts year round, including during the winter. Did I mention how nasty the New England winters can be? And then he gets annoyed when I try to save money by turning the thermostat down to 60°, but that’s another story!

Anyway, there are plenty of options for wedding-appropriate menswear. You could go with a classic look à la Mr. Waterfall and Mr. Jet Setter, or you could get a little fancy like Mr. Rucksack and Mr. Bicycle. You could even follow Mr. Genie’s and Mr. Sword’s examples and incorporate cultural traditions.

Thus far, Stallion has been pretty laid-back regarding wedding decisions. So imagine my surprise when he not only knew what we wanted to wear for our wedding, but he had a strong opinion about it. The conversation went as follows:

Me: Stallion, have you given any thought as to what you’re wearing for the wedding?

Stallion: Basketball shorts.


Stallion: Actually, I thought I’d wear a tux.

Me: What? Are you kidding me? That’s such a waste of money! Do you have any idea how much tuxes cost to rent? You could buy a brand new suit and have it tailored to fit you for practically the same price, and then you’d at least get to keep it after the wedding! And rental tuxes are so cheap and crappy and nothing will fit you properly and you’ll look like you’re wearing M.C. Hammer pants. God, you’re such a dodo brain. You’re getting a suit.

Stallion: But I want to wear a tux. I’ll feel like James Bond. It’ll be awesome.

Me: OK.

Clearly, it was a knock-down, drag-out fight. Words were exchanged, points were made, and at the end of the day, it was established that Stallion and his groomsmen would be wearing tuxedos. We’ll be renting, since purchasing a tux is a bit more than we’d want to spend right now, and Stallion doesn’t have much (read: any) opportunity to wear one.

So what factors brought me around, you ask?

  • For all intents and purposes, we’re having an evening wedding—OK, the ceremony is at 5:30 PM, but that’s close enough. The vast majority of wedding events take place during acceptable tux-wearing time (which is traditionally after 6:00 PM).
  • Our venue is formal enough that a tux won’t look out of place. Same for the formal touches we’re incorporating into the reception—a sit-down dinner, a live band, an open bar, all that good stuff.
  • Most importantly: It will make Stallion happy. If he wanted to wear a tux to our 11:00 AM backyard barbecue wedding, at the end of the day, who am I to stop him? I don’t have to wear it, so I really shouldn’t have a say. If he’s happy and feels confident in what he’s wearing, it will show through and he’ll look even more handsome than usual!

All that said, if I were a groom—and I’m not, so my opinion is about as relevant as Miley Cyrus’s thoughts on quantitative easing—I’d opt for purchasing my wedding attire so I’d have something to keep and hopefully wear again after the big day. But realistically, renting isn’t the end of the world. I mean, as much as I’d love to wear my wedding dress again (and again and again), at the end of the day, I’m only wearing it once. I’m not exactly in the position to knock Stallion for dropping $200 to rent a tux, you know?

What will your groom be wearing for your wedding day? Were you surprised to find he was interested in any particular aspects of wedding planning?


Mrs. Filly

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
April 2014
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  1. mspalmtree Bee
    Mrs. Palm Tree 1122 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:26 am

    We went with the gray Black by Vera Wang tuxes and funnily enough, more than one of the guys commented on how they felt like James Bond in them! Our MW experience was AMAZING (so was our David’s Bridal experience – maybe we just got really lucky with our local stores?) and the tuxes looked so awesome on all of the guys.

  2. msfilly Bee
    Mrs. Filly 85 posts, Worker bee @ 3:42 pm

    @kit10: Exactly! We got a deal with MW where, if we have 5 paid rentals (which we should), Stallion gets a free suit for keeps after the wedding. Dude is LONG overdue for a proper suit.

    @Mrs. Waterfall: We’re doing vest/tie – the bowtie looked comically bad on Stallion! Sounds like everyone in our party will be more comfortable in the long ties anyway, so as long as everyone’s happy, I’m happy too. Glad you had a good experience with the VW tuxes!

    @Mrs. Palm Tree: I’m so glad your guys had a good experience with the VW tuxes! I think MW/David’s are just like any other store – the consultant you work with ultimately makes or breaks your experience, and we definitely got lucky there.

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