While the bride is the star of the show, with bridesmaid dresses also receiving a lot of attention, the style of the groom and groomsmen is also crucial to completing the look of a wedding party. With so much focus on the women, men don’t always know where to turn to get advice for the big day. The Black Tux is an online suit and tuxedo rental, popular with the couples whose real weddings are featured both online and print, so you know they understand groomsmen fashion. The company’s fashion director, Brice Pattison, has offered his five tips for grooms to help make sure the groomsmen are looking their best on their wedding day.
- Bring a steamer: There will always be more wrinkles and less time than you expect. Stay ahead by bringing several steamers per dressing room. Easier and faster (and less dangerous) than an iron, everyone will be wrinkle free and Instagram ready.
- Prepare for spills: Bring enough emergency stain remover wipes or pens to cover your crew. Most can fit in your pocket and can be whipped out for any last minute stains.
- Pick up the spare (accessories): Maybe you’d trust your groomsmen with your life, but do you trust all of them to remember to bring their button studs, tie, and pocket square? Someone’s going to forget! Help everyone by bringing all necessary items for the crew.
- Check their fit: You’ll have at least one groomsman who doesn’t usually wear a suit or tuxedo. For photography’s sake, have them text a photo wearing their outfit as soon as they receive it to avoid any photos commemorating the unsightly fit.
- Line-item veto: Some of your friends will probably own some of the items you’ve chosen for their look – white shirt, brown shoes, black belt, etc. But as we know, not all white dress shirts or brown shoes are visually equal. Double check these items and approve – or veto – whatever they have suggested subbing in.