I don't have a date set for my wedding, but we're shooting sometime for the end of this year if at all possible, depending on venue availability.
We'll be doing both service and reception in one venue, starting with the service around 5:30, leading straight into cocktails followed by dinner. We intend to send invitations as "Black Tie Preferred."
A number of the groomsmen already own perfectly suitable tuxedos on their own. I see no reason to make them all rent things less nice than they already own just to match. I'd actually prefer they not match at all really. The idea of everyone showing up with their own tuxedo in whatever style they choose sounds classically elegant to me. We'll probably put matching white carnations on each of them, with a red one for me.
One question on the groomsmen, and then a few for me: do any of you see any issue allowing the groomsmen to wear whatever style of tuxedo shirt they own? Fly front vs. pleated, etc.? My gut says it doesn't matter and I'd rather have everyone in well fitting clothing.
For any of the groomsmen that don't own tuxedos, I intend to give them inexpensive options to buy, or point out some nicer rental places in St. Louis. The bulk of the groomsmen are young professionals that ought to own a tuxedo anyways, but I don't want to force them into buying anything against their will.
For me, I already own an older Brooks Brothers one button peaked lapel tuxedo that I bought a few years back on eBay on a screaming deal. It was lightly worn and after some alterations was about 90% of what I wanted it to be. I was on a student budget at the time and 90% was more than good enough, but if there's ever an opportunity to get the "perfect" tuxedo, I imagine it's your wedding.
Ever since I saw Tom Hanks in this tuxedo:
I've been pretty dead set on having a double breasted tuxedo for my wedding. While I love Hanks' shawl lapel, I prefer the cut, stylings, and lapel of Jon Hamm's DB:
Even if I think the fabric choice is too flashy for a wedding. Something about the sheen is off putting.
Since I started getting serious about looking for a DB wedding tuxedo, I'm having a number of issues. Firstly, there don't seem to be terribly many designers or labels that make DB peaked jackets. A few I've found:
In both shots, I can't tell whether the fit is abnormal or the photography is. The Ralph Lauren jacket seems far too short, or perhaps the model's legs are just far too Long. The BB one looks very constricting and the model looks visibly uncomfortable, like he's wearing a straight jacket.
Does anyone have any advice on where I should begin my search for what I'm seeking?