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post #1561 of 1663
What is the over/under on the number of posts replying to someone who hasn't proposed yet?
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We only care about his clothes, not his relationship. smile.gif
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Ok folks, wrapping up the details for my wedding next month. Thank-you all, especially @imthegroom. I have my tux ready to go - black herringbone, satin shawl collar, one button, no vent, besom pocket, flat front pants, no cuff, and waistcoat. I am doing a full turndown collar shirt. Two questions, I would love your input. What material do you recommend for the bowtie? Satin? Silk? Also, for studs, I am going with reversible ones from Kent Wang - they are mother of pearl on one side and black on the other. I know traditionally the mother of pearl would be for white tie affairs, which my wedding is not. What do you think? White or black side facing out?

Thank-you in advance. This thread has been immensely helpful.

Studs:
http://www.kentwang.com/cuff-links/black-onyx-and-mother-of-pearl-studs.html
post #1564 of 1663
Satin? Silk? Yes.
post #1565 of 1663
Honestly, and no offense to the OP, but the outfit/haircut combo days "I am the loyal man servant to a crazy old southern lady who lives on a disused plantation and sleeps in bed every night with her husband... Who's been dead for six years". This is the guy who brings the husband his morning paper and coffee.
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Not crazy about the look in post #1551, pressed or unpressed.
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Originally Posted by mikeharo View Post

Ok folks, wrapping up the details for my wedding next month. Thank-you all, especially @imthegroom. I have my tux ready to go - black herringbone, satin shawl collar, one button, no vent, besom pocket, flat front pants, no cuff, and waistcoat. I am doing a full turndown collar shirt. Two questions, I would love your input. What material do you recommend for the bowtie? Satin? Silk? Also, for studs, I am going with reversible ones from Kent Wang - they are mother of pearl on one side and black on the other. I know traditionally the mother of pearl would be for white tie affairs, which my wedding is not. What do you think? White or black side facing out?

Thank-you in advance. This thread has been immensely helpful.

Studs:
http://www.kentwang.com/cuff-links/black-onyx-and-mother-of-pearl-studs.html

Silk satin, to match the collar facings. As to studs, wear whichever side pleases you. Either is correct.
post #1568 of 1663

Here's a picture from my wedding last week:

 

Note that I had on black shoes and no hat for the ceremony, but decided panama and spectators were appropriate for drinks on the lawn afterwards.

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I'm overthinking my wedding outfit much more than my fiancée has for her dress, and so I thought to come to seek some advice before I drown in indecision...

 

1. Is a dinner suit too formal next to a swing dress?

 

I'm getting married in Melbourne, Australia in September (i.e. spring). Venue is an 1860s Victorian mansion, with the ceremony at 4.30pm, and reception directly following. We have said 'semi-formal' on our invitations, which equates here as lounge suit, although I'm happy to be more formal than our guests.

 

My fiancée will be wearing a ivory-coloured lace swing dress (with petticoat):

Ivory swing dress

 

I own a black satin shawl collar single button dinner suit and a white point collar marcella dress shirt with French cuffs and studs.

 

I would love to wear my dinner suit, but does this sound too formal? If too formal, can I assume that a charcoal shadow stripe suit and navy chalkstripe suit are too similar to business suits?


2. What waistcoat?

 

If dinner suit is not too formal, I am thinking of getting a waistcoat to go with it.

 

Would a 3-4 button midnight blue V-shaped waistcoat (no lapels) be too crazy? 

Should I go with a more traditional 3-4 button black U-shaped vest (with satin lapels)?


Thanks for your help! Next step will be groomsmen attire...

post #1570 of 1663
Your dinner suit sounds great. Go with that. Have fun!
post #1571 of 1663
Highly recommend the U shaped vest. I love mine.
post #1572 of 1663
I think the dinner suit sounds fine, particularly as it is the slightly less formal shawl collar version.

As it sounds like the suit is black, I don't know that I'd go with a midnight waistcoat, especially if your tie is black. In fact, for a less formal affair, I'd almost certainly prefer a cummerbund.

If you are at all concerned with being too formally dressed, I would recommend swapping out your current marcella shirt for a pleat front one (the wider, five-pleat version) with mother of pearl buttons or a hidden placket instead of studs. This is a slightly less formal version of the evening shirt and pairs quite well with a shawl collar DJ. And, as it's your party (even though it's not technically in your own home) perhaps a pair of velvet evening slippers, just to add one more slightly less formal element to the ensemble.
post #1573 of 1663
I think the dinner suit is probably okay here (technically it is before 6:00, but I think if you are going straight to a reception that starts at 6:00 or so, you can stretch this rule a bit), though perhaps a bit formal. I suspect your bride will care more about how you look in your dinner jacket than whether your attire is technically more formal than hers. Since the dinner suit is black, wear a black waistcoat or cummerbund. If you decide not to go with the dinner suit, a dark navy suit would be a good choice. A buff linen waistcoat might make a nice addition to your navy suit if you decide to go that route.

Edit - With respect to your other question, I would not wear a self-striped or chalk striped suit to a wedding, especially yours. Stick with the solids.
post #1574 of 1663

Thanks for the super-quick and helpful responses!

 

It sounds like dinner suit is the way to go for me then. We will be having a couple of outdoor photos earlier in the afternoon, but I think I will just have to let our photographer do the best he can with black. Although dark navy suit with a buff waistcoat does sound sharp. Hmmm...

 

One other waistcoat question - must a black waistcoat have lapels? I just wonder whether lapels on the waistcoat will interfere with the look of shawl collar, such that no lapels would look cleaner?

 

Groomsmen outfit

 

So, if I am wearing a shawl collar dinner suit, the next question is what my two groomsmen wear. 

 

Some options I am considering are:

 

1. Peak lapel black dinner suit (hired) with white pleated point collar shirt - I understand this will be more formal than what I'm wearing though

 

2. Shawl collar black dinner suit (hired) with white pleated point collar shirt (hired) - Maybe too similar to my outfit? I would like to be at least a little differentiated from the groomsmen.

 

3. Black notch collar suit with satin piping (hired) - the Black Tie Guide is against this, as it detracts from the whole black tie concept, but it's accessible

 

4. Mid grey lounge suit, and white point collar shirt (owned) - Dark grey would be better, but mid grey is what the boys already own.

 

Which would you advise selecting for groomsmen? Or is there an option I have overlooked?

 

Given the OP, I suppose I don't need to talk about what the bridesmaids are wearing...

post #1575 of 1663
Attending a wedding as a guest this Sunday and will be wearing a dark grey suit. I don't usually wear a black colored tie, but was considering it. Curious on opinions?

I generally view it more funeral or food service attire, but entertaining it this time for some reason.
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