{ Attire tips } Can I wear the tux I already own to the wedding?


Weddings are all about personalization.  And we find that many of the men out there already own their own tuxedo.  That's great!  If you want to wear your own tuxedo in yours or your friend's wedding, here are some must-do tips for success:

– Check with the groom first to make sure that this is OK! He may already have a look in mind, and if so you should go with his decision.
– Coordinate your accessories with the group for a polished look.
– If you are the groom, you might be able get away with a slightly different style.  However, if you're not the groom, your tuxedo style should not be radically different from the rest of the wedding party.  No mandarin collars if everyone else is in a notch collar!
– If you are bringing your own accessories (tie, bowtie, vest, etc.) don't forget to pack them in your wedding kit.
– Consider renting or buying the same accessories and shirts for the group for a coordinated look (and also to make sure everyone has them!)
– Don't forget to pack dark socks and the shoes that go with your tux.

Hope you find these tuxedo tips helpful!  Next up we'll talk a little bit about ivory vs. white in the wedding colors.

{ Attire tips } Revisiting “Try It On” – When should I try on my gown?


We are knee-deep in wedding season and seeing lots of helpful tips all around to share with you!  This week, we'll be doing an { Attire Tips } series: little bits and bytes of info so you will never run into a wardrobe malfunction at the wedding!

Today I'm revisiting my earlier post encouraging you to try on your gown when you pick it up.  I'm now going to qualify that a bit and say, Try it on after your last fitting, but before it is pressed!  Once the gown is pressed, it really should be on its way to the getting ready site and not fussed with again until you're ready to wear it on the wedding day, due to the chances of it wrinkling.  All of your practice runs with headpiece, jewelry, shoes, and accessories etc. should be done during fitting sessions, but before pressing. (This might not apply to beachy or casual, destination wedding gowns that don't wrinkle easily, but I find it's true for most.)

So yes, try on your gown when you pick it up for the last time… but not after it is pressed and ready to go.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's Thoughts about Tuxes.

Photo: The Bridal Loft