Wedding Party 101 – Groom & Groomsmen


  • Brush up on your tuxedo terms and take a peek in your own closet before you begin suit shopping.   This will give you an idea of what style you like best – notched or shawl lapel, standard or spread collar.
  • The groomsmen should dress around the groom.  A consistent look is great, but the groom should sport some detail (a boutonniere, tie or pocket square) that differentiates him from the pack.
  • The tuxedo is classic but consider all your options.  Marrying by the beach? Try a more casual jacket and trousers.  Having an ultra-formal wedding?  Pick a cutaway coat, gray-striped trouser, gray vest and ascot.
  • Should you rent or buy?  If you don’t attend many formal events or if your weight is frequently in flux, renting may be the way to go.  If you’ll have three or four more good uses for a tux, the suit will pay for itself.