By: Serena Mangnall and Kari Bolen
Groom fashion is so fun right now. We’re loving the variety in styles and colours, with trends falling anywhere from brightly coloured suits and suspenders, to options that let the groom add his own subtle and unique style to a classic look. These recent trends are giving grooms the opportunity to stand out and to truly let their personality shine through.
1. For a chic and simple boutonniere, pin a black silk camellia onto your groom’s lapel (Image: Martha Stewart Weddings) 2. This is another great one for a destination, or summery outdoor wedding – love the light, happy colors in this well-fitted suit. 3. Let your groom stand out from the group by differentiating colours, whether it’s their tie/bowtie or the entire suit. 4. We love this casual khaki suit for a destination wedding. 5. The classic tuxedo is always a favourite. 6. Looking for a more unique look? How about this navy blue custom suit with some fun lining that represents the originality of the groom!
We spoke with Daria, owner of Cameo and Cufflinks for some expert tips on choosing a tuxedo:
CBA: What are the benefits of purchasing vs. renting a tux and what do you recommend?
D: Renting is definitely more cost efficient, as rentals range from $150-$300 each, while purchasing will usually be over $800 . If a groom feels that they will need to wear tuxedos in the future, it may be worthwhile to purchase. If you get a basic black tuxedo, the style will last for years as it is a classic look that will never go out of style. If the groom is looking for a colour like grey or brown, rentals are recommended as the colours may not stay in style for a long period of time.
When renting, the length of the pants and arms of the jacket will be adjusted to fit but the width of the jacket is not always adjusted. If they buy, the tux can be customized to their measurements.
CBA: Do you find that most grooms make the choice on their own, or do you get a lot of bride’s running the show?
D: It is usually a joint decision between the bride and groom when it comes to the grooms/groomsmen attire. The groom does want the bride’s opinion in most cases, as they want her to like what they wear (similar to how you probably thought of your groom when choosing your dress). Also, as most grooms don’t know what the bride and bridesmaids are wearing, it’s important the bride is included in the decision to ensure there is continuity. I also believe that most grooms are not as concerned about what they wear so if a bride “takes over” it is mostly because the groom wants the bride to make the decision.