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Mr. Horseshoe wore a slim cut, deep navy Hugo Boss suit (similar here). Nordstrom provided us with in-house tailoring—they did a fantastic job. His bow tie is by Ted Baker, and his linen pocket square was made by me. His dress shirt was purchased at Holt Renfrew—I believe it is a house brand—and was tailored by them. His shoes, purchased a few years ago, are from gravitypope.
When I asked Mr. W what he wanted to wear for the wedding, his answer was simple: “a tux.” But knowing that could mean anything from baby blue and ruffled to white-tie formal, I pushed him further and got a very simple answer: “I want to look like James Bond.”
So naturally, being the loving, supportive person that I am, I showed Mr. W a bunch of pictures of Daniel Craig in a swimsuit, and handed him a workout plan. I’m lucky we have similar senses of humor—he took it the right way.
And even though I LOVE the look of a navy tux, he wants to be James Bond. And that means a classic black tux. Slim cut, bow tie, but no cummerbund. I’m good with that—Mr. W looks GREAT in a tux. And luckily, classic black tuxedos are pretty easy to find, both for rent and for sale.
One place that I have absolutely not been a bridezilla is in the area of what OTHER people are wearing. I’ve been uncomfortable in wedding garb before, and I know it impacts your whole experience! I told my sister to find a gray or black dress that she liked, and gave my mom free rein altogether.
When it came to Benjamin, I was a little more hands-on—but not much. I know next to nothing about menswear, so I just browsed a little online and then we went to Men’s Wearhouse together. I had seen this Vera Wang tux online and really liked it, but Ben was lukewarm.
I feel like I should use the word “sharp” here. | Image via Men’s Wearhouse
Did you even know that the main difference between a suit and a tux is just the presence of satin? Because I did not. Until just now, when I Googled it. Anyway, we got to the shop and Ben pointed out a mannequin wearing a tux that he liked. Joke’s on you, ol’ chap, because that’s the Vera Wang I originally suggested! He tried it on and it was just lovely. It reflects the gray we’ve used elsewhere and feels fresher than black.
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This post comes to you with a bit of a rant. But a short one, I promise…
I have threatened Mr. Ice Cream Sundae several times that he will have to walk down the aisle naked. I swear, I cannot motivate this man to come with me to pick out his tux! I have tried several times, to no avail. To his credit, though, he does work some pretty awful hours and rarely can spare a minute extra. His free time is pretty limited, and I do feel quite guilty asking him to take those spare minutes to spend on wedding things. So I don’t really blame him all that much.
Instead of dragging him to the store and asking him to try on multiple option so that I can decide, I’ve resorted to scouring the internet (and Pinterest, of course). I’ve come up with a few options, and would love your opinions to help us make the final choice!
For Mr. Ice Cream Sundae himself, I love the look of a three-piece suit. I love the crisp white shirt with the ivory vest and ivory tie. I’m not positive that I’m completely sold on the pocket square just yet, but I would go with ivory for that as well. I read somewhere that you should not dress in a white shirt and an ivory vest, but I actually like the look, especially with the black suit. I think it would look a bit ridiculous if he were wearing an ivory shirt. There—that’s settled, then!
When we last left off, Mr. Eel and I were told the suits for our bridal party would cost $230 each. If I purchased my wedding gown from the bridal salon, the cost would go down to $150 per suit. I haven’t said much about my dress hunt yet (more to come later), but long story short, I had decided on a dress from another salon but hadn’t put down a deposit.
We were about to walk away and look for a more reasonable suit alternative elsewhere when I noticed a dress on a mannequin. I asked the front desk if I could try on the dress, and luckily they were able to squeeze me in for a quick appointment.
As I mentioned in a previous post, it is local custom for the bride and groom to pay for their wedding party’s attire for the big day. Since I had already found an awesome deal on bridesmaids’ dresses, my next item to tackle was our groomsmen’s suits. I knew from very early on that I wanted Mr. Eel and his boys to wear suits as opposed to tuxes.
In an earlier blog post, I mentioned that when Mr. Eel and I were first engaged we laid out our priorities for the wedding. One of Mr. Eel’s priorities was his wedding attire. It was important to him to have a say in what he wears, particularly his shoes. Mr. Eel’s biggest “want” for his wedding attire is to wear “Aloha Dunks.” Now if you are like me and know nothing about shoes, you are probably thinking, “What are Aloha Dunks?” Don’t worry, I asked the same question. A few clicks on the Google and I was presented with the famous Aloha Dunks.
I was dead set on not seeing Mr. S the day of the wedding until our first look, but things changed a bit once we saw how the resort was actually laid out. It would have been nearly impossible since we were all staying at the same small resort. We thought planning on seeing one another in the morning, then staying put at our “getting ready” spots would be better than randomly running into one another trying to do just the opposite. It was just what worked for us at our location. I woke up before the sun. I could not sleep because I was so freakin’ excited.
Watching the sunrise over the ocean on our wedding day!
We met up with some people at breakfast and then had a relaxing, low key morning enjoying coffee, sunshine, and the beach.