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Don't Be a Cookie-Cutter Groom! Your Bride Dresses For Success, Why Shouldn't You?

Updated on June 27, 2018
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Deborah McCoy is president of the American Academy of Wedding Professionals and is the author of bridal-reference books.

This is NOT a tux!
This is NOT a tux!

Formal-Wear These Days Is Gorgeous!

Why do grooms suffer from wedding-tux-syndrome? Why do they think they have to wear a tux on the day they marry?

Yes, tuxes are appropriate for formal and semi-formal weddings but don't you, the groom, want to be unique?

Read on to see what your options are!

The elegant "stroller"!
The elegant "stroller"!
The "white dinner jacket".
The "white dinner jacket".

Cutaways and Strollers are Chic!

Semi-formal morning or afternoon weddings require a "cutaway" or "strollers" (see photos). They're debonair, different and proper.

Dark blue suits are also appropriate with white or ivory shirts, and subtle striped or navy tie. A boutonniere makes the outfit.

Tuxedos are perfect for semi-formal or formal evening weddings or how about the James Bond look of the white dinner jacket (if the wedding is held in tropical climates or in summer)?

Formal weddings, held in the evening, demand tuxes and/or white dinner jackets (if the wedding is held in tropical climates or in summer).


When it comes to weddings, credit cards are the "insurance policy" in your wallet!
When it comes to weddings, credit cards are the "insurance policy" in your wallet!

Formal-Wear Shops! Rent For Success!

* Always use a credit card to make deposits and pay the balance due. They are your insurance policy in your wallet.

* Be aware of "shop at home" tuxedo services. When it comes to weddings, it's better to rent from a reputable shop.

* Always take out tuxedo insurance, available from the rental shop. You never know what can happen at a wedding, which may damage a tuxedo/formalwear-and they're expensive to replace.

* Get everything in writing in a receipt.

* Be sure to try on ALL formalwear at the shop, when you pick it up. If you get to the wedding and parts of the outfit are missing, you're out of luck!

Deb's Advice

The above information is strictly a guideline but one that gives your groom options. Take a look at the cutaway and stroller and the gorgeous "James Bond" look of the white dinner jacket. You might be pleasantly surprised.

The good news is that the groom can look different! You have options!

P.S. Visit Deborah McCoy, AAWP: www.aa-wp.com

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