The wedding date is set, the venue is booked, and now it’s time to decide what you’re going to wear on this very special occasion. You’ll want to look just as amazing as your partner does when you tie the knot. Traditionally, the men of a wedding party wear either a formal wedding tuxedo or wedding suit.
How is a tuxedo different from a suit?
Although the definition of a tuxedo has evolved over time, there are nonetheless several important elements that set a tuxedo apart from a suit. The primary distinction is that tuxedos have a satin trim – typically on the lapels, buttons, and pockets. There are also satin stripes down the legs of the trousers. Standard suits, on the other hand, are generally made from the same material throughout.
Another key distinction between men’s suits and tuxedos are the accessories. Classic wedding tuxedos involve a cummerbund and bow-tie, although modern tuxedo styles tend to be less formal and allow for long ties and vests. A tuxedo shirt is solid white with either a wing or turndown collar, whereas suit shirts can be made from a wider variety of styles and colors. Finally, men’s tuxedos are generally worn with black patent leather shoes; suits can be worn with a variety of dress shoes.
Tuxedos are worn exclusively for formal, evening events. Suits are more versatile; they can be worn at any time of day, for both casual and formal events. Tuxedos tend to be more expensive than suits, but this can vary based on material, brand, and quality. If cost is an issue, groom tuxedo rentals are an affordable way to experience luxury attire at a fraction of the price. If you’re not sure whether to rent or buy your groom tuxedo, check out Should You Rent or Buy a Tuxedo?
Whether you opt for a modern look or full-blown formal tails, there are a number of choices to make if you’re interested in wearing a tuxedo on your Big Day. First, select a color(s). Many grooms go with black or white, but you can find men’s wedding tuxedos in every color of the rainbow. You can coordinate tuxedo accessories – such as vests and ties – to match bridesmaid dress colors and/or flowers. Be sure to discuss menswear preferences with your partner to find the most cohesive look for the entire wedding party. Your wedding photos (and your fiancee!) will thank you for it!
Next, choose a jacket style (traditional, formal tails, or Mandarin/Nehru); a lapel style (notched, peaked, or shawl), a shirt collar style (wing, Mandarin, or spread); cuffs (one-button or French rounded); neckwear (bowtie, necktie, ascot tie, bolo tie, or Euro tie); accessories (vest or waistcoat, suspenders, tie bars, cummerbund, and cufflinks). With so many options, The Knot can help you find the perfect wedding tuxedo.