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Official Wedding Attire Question/Answer/Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by unbelragazzo, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. Veremund

    Veremund Well-Known Member

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    Both. Red for the groomsmen, white for the groom.
     
  2. Van Veen

    Van Veen Well-Known Member

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    Red's not happening, I will tell you that. That's not a battle worth fighting.
     
  3. Veremund

    Veremund Well-Known Member

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    I'm not gonna fight you on it.
     
  4. Van Veen

    Van Veen Well-Known Member

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    I didn't mean with you, I meant with the bride. Wedding colors, and all.
     
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    I need your help and expertise. Now I'm sure all of you own suits and a majority of you are of the MTM variety (which is what I need). I recently got engaged and planning the wedding for next November (2014) and decided to buy suits rather than rent because I think it is pointless to spend that type of money for one day and nothing to show for it in the end. Half of them don't own a suit either, so it would help them a great deal. I have 9 guys to dress, plus the to fathers. We are all different sizes which leads me to the MTM course.

    My issue is where to go for the suits. I've looked at Indochino, MySuit (I live in NY BTW), Jos. A. Bank and the like and seen a lot and price vary drastically

    To all of you out there..Where can I go (online preferably) for the most affordable yet quality MTM suits?

    Pricing is a range right now which is why I'm planning this far out. I don't want to break my groomsmen's pockets but I don't want them looking crummy either.

    Any and all suggestions are welcomed.

    Also, any ideas for shoes, Dress shirts, ANYTHING!!!
     
  6. RogerC

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    Suitsupply will help you out.
     
  7. MrDaniels

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    Suitsupply and Indochino are very good choices. But since you have some time, I would watch Jos A Bank for one of their sales (which are usually buy one, get one free). It will probably be easier to deal with live, in-person fittings and most of the men in your party should have one nearby. And don't get scared by snobbery, Jos A Bank is a good store (I did not say GREAT store) and it is well-beyond what you would get at Men's Scarehouse.
     
  8. Van Veen

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    Here is the stock SF answer, which is basically what I'm doing. Just let them get a charcoal gray solid suit (or navy, or allow them to choose). This would be the most versatile suit they could own and is formal enough for a wedding. Then, assuming your wedding is at least somewhat formal, have them wear black dress shoes and a white shirt and provide coordinating (not matching) ties. This could be a traditional "wedding tie" (a black and white or silver tie in a small-scale pattern such as houndstooth, glen plaid, or shepherd's check) or a tie that coordinates with the wedding colors.

    Now, if you insist on getting the exact same suit, from all I've read, online MTM such as Indochino is very hit-and-miss. If it fits your budget, Kent Wang has very positive reviews, but that's probably too much for your groomsmen. I would bet you'd have better success at a lower price point having them buy OTR suits and take them to the tailor. SuitSupply would also be an option since you're in NYC. That way those who want to pay for MTM have the option, those who don't can get probably the best suit they will get for under $500.

    BTW, is it common now to dress the fathers with the wedding party?
     
  9. GusW

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    Try Proper Suit MTM in NYC. They have a solid charcoal or navy starting at $750. I saw a wedding party picking theirs up and they all looked great.

    From what I have seen of Suitsupply they do a good job but their style tends to be a bit more fashion driven in style (peal lapels, higher button stance, much more fitted, etc). From what I've seen Proper Suit has more of a classic modern look that is appropriate for more formal and business settings. Check them both out and see what suits you..

    I think you will increase your chances of success with any MTM if you write down a clear list of what you want in fit and details. Take in a photo or an example of a great fitting suit or jacket. Too often there is a communication breakdown between the Sales Associate and customer. Words like "Trim" or "classic" , "narrow", "wide" take on very different meanings with different people.

    The good news is that there are some good options all under $1000 a suit. Good luck!
     
  10. unbelragazzo

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    All the weddings I've been to recently the fathers have been dressed differently from the wedding party.
     
  11. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Well-Known Member

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    I am guessing this guy is looking to pay $200-$300 per suit.
     
  12. Van Veen

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    Probably. I don't think it's right to ask much more than that, considering that's what a decent bridesmaid dress costs. However the problem with $200-300 suits is not only the quality, it's that salespeople at the chains that sell them are clueless about fit.
     
  13. Veremund

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    Why do you particularly need MTM suits?
     
  14. GusW

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    A guy can get much more use and wear out of a suit than a woman can get out of any bridesmaid dress. No comparison.
     
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    Believe it or not, there are a lot of guys out there who only wear suits to weddings and funerals.
     
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    TRUE.
     
  17. MrDaniels

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    Asking a member of a wedding party to pay more than $300 for an outfit, be it purchased or rented is pretty outrageous if they are working class. And we have not even gotten into shirts, shoes and ties....possibly pocket squares.
     
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    That is true in some cases, but in most cases women never wear their bridesmaids dresses again. Even if it only comes out for future weddings and funerals, it's still more practical.
     
  19. Digmenow

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    Three things about this thread.


    1. It can be like a fantastic balloon that often soars into the stratosphere of great advice in a perfect world with UBR as its pilot.
    2. MrDaniels is the anchor that keeps it from floating off into the blackness of space.
    3. I forgot what the third thing was.

    That's all for now. :satisfied:
     
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  20. Van Veen

    Van Veen Well-Known Member

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    There are also gender/cultural issues at play here. If a bride asks a friend to be a bridesmaid, that friend fully expects to shell out $200 for a dress she probably won't wear again. My fiancee actually started with the idea of "you girls just buy whatever dress you want as long as its in these colors. I want you to have something you can wear again." The bridesmaids unanimously freaked out about it, so now they're going with the traditional $200 polyester bridesmaid dresses.

    It's not the same for men. The expectation (in the US) is to shell out $150-200 for a tux rental. If you asked me to buy a MTM suit (likely at least 2-3x the cost of my plate since this isn't a high end wedding) I would not be happy at all. IMO you either rent, buy in the $200-300 range, or allow the groomsmen to wear what they already own.
     

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