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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jblumb27, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. jblumb27

    jblumb27 New Member

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    I'm getting married in late August, and was wondering about any suggestions about what to wear. Wedding is on Friday night at 7:30 with 9 piece jazz band and cocktail reception to follow, about 350 guests, no wedding party. Can I get away with wearing a white dinner jacket, Black Tux, or should I wear a dark suit. I am planning on going bespoke so I was looking for some imput.
     


  2. globetrotter

    globetrotter Stylish Dinosaur

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    under these circomstances, I would go with a white dinner jacket. this might be the only good chance in your life to justify buying one. although remember that a black dinner jacket is very flattering.
     


  3. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    But that's a good reason not to go with the white dinner jacket. Unless you are very wealthy, why would you waste a bunch of bespoke money on something you'll never wear again?

    I say go with a regular tuxedo, or a black suit. You'll get far more use out of either, and you'll look just as appropriate. Indeed, for my money, the contrast between the black tux or black suit and the white wedding dress is far more flattering in pictures than a white dinner jacket would be.
     


  4. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Distinguished Member

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    but I thought brides always wanted their dress to be outshined by the groom's jacket
     


  5. Concordia

    Concordia Distinguished Member Dubiously Honored

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    A lot of this depends on context-- where is this wedding, what part of the country, and how fancy do you want it to be? Is there a resort flavor to the surroundings?

    If you're not going to wear a white DJ ever again, it is an expensive one-time purchase.  Good a time as any to invest in a proper black dinner suit, however.

    If you do wear a business suit, eschew black.  Navy blue or Oxford grey, and maybe with a discreet pattern, but no black.

    If the setting is unusually informal, or the weather expected to be very hot, perhaps a linen suit?  There was a thread about this on AAAC.  Depending on how you're built and/or colored, a cream-colored linen DB could be quite stunning.

    Or, as an alternative, a good navy DB blazer.  White trousers/bucks an option, or just medium grey.
     


  6. bryce330

    bryce330 Senior Member

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    A navy blazer with grey trousers?? I don't know many women who would want their grooms dressed like museum security guards.

    I agree with johnnynorman's suggestion of a simple tux or black suit.
     


  7. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Distinguished Member

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    Good, Lord. If he's going to wear a suit -- why Concordia used the words "business suit" I don't know -- make it a sharp black one. This is a wedding, a jazz party -- not a board meeting. If there is an occassion for a black suit, this is it.
     


  8. retronotmetro

    retronotmetro Distinguished Member

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    What will the bride be wearing?

    Remember that ten years from now, nobody will remember what you looked like in person--they will only see the pictures.  Wear something that will not compete with the bride's dress (which usually leaves out the white dinner jacket).  Conversely, if the bride is wearing a white or near-white dress, wearing a black suit or black tuxedo can make it more difficult for the photographer/printer to capture any detail of the groom in an evening setting, due to the broad dynamic range between the dark suit and light dress.  They'll much sooner print the groom as a face atop a black blob than blow out the highlights on a white dress.
     


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    Sounds like a perfect occasion for a beautiful black or midnight blue suit. What is the bride planning to wear? This might make the decision for a suit or tux.
     


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