Deciding what the men would wear had a big influence on the color scheme of our wedding. As I mentioned, we had a tough time deciding on our color scheme, largely because I had no idea Mr. Sunbeam was going to be picky about his attire. At first I pictured the guys in brown suits for fall.
But Mr. Sunbeam was not to be caught in a brown suit. He had his heart set on navy blue (which to me was not a fall color), or black. We were not seeing eye to eye here.
I also loved the look of a lighter suit, but Mr. Sunbeam wanted something he considered to be more useful and practical. Black or dark grey. Since our wedding isn’t going to be super formal, I wasn’t into the black suit idea that he was set on. While searching for an alternative in a sea of black suits, I came across images like this:
Yes! The men could wear various charcoal vests instead of black suits! That will give the wedding a casual feel and a sprinkle of personality and Mr. Sunbeam can sport a black or grey suit just like he wanted. Momma Sunbeam and Brother Sunbeam were a little taken aback by our proposal, but in the end they accepted that we just like to do things a little differently and went shopping for a vest. Like the bridesmaids, we let all our men pick out their own charcoal vests and pants, but first we sent a few inspiration photos and links to actual vests to get them started.
Banana Republic, $38 (source)
J.Crew, $125 (source)
Mango shop, now $20 (source)
Sadly the men are not on the ball like my ladies. I think my brother is the only who has his outfit ready to go. In retrospect perhaps we should have send an email saying, buy x, y, or z, but we thought some guys might want to buy a full suit with a vest (like my brother) and others might be happy just finding a vest to match pants they already had. Looks like it’s time to crack the bridal whip.
Are your men going jacket-less for your wedding? Did you give your guys freedom to pick out their wears or did you pick it for them?