A bride will plan her wedding day for months, but chances are good her future husband has his mind more on the honeymoon than the impending nuptials. These five tips will help keep his eye on the ballgown instead of on the bedroom.
Discuss the Tux
A man’s tuxedo is his James Bond to a woman’s Cinderella. He may not be able to vocalize it, but chances are your Prince Charming has some rock solid ideas about his big day day attire just like you do. Go over the finer points of wedding day ambiance with him such as the shade of white, off white or ivory of your dress; vests or no vests; color of the tux itself; and the specifics of the tie. A more modern tux with some spandex blend fabrics might make him feel like a sex god on your wedding night (these make the crotch look good). Write down the decisions and make sure you both agree before you send him off to set the decisions in stone. He may not see the difference between coral and soft pink, but you will: every single time you look at your wedding photos.
A Great Big Hairy Mess
If your man is due for a haircut before your big day, be sure to schedule the appointment a few days before the event. If he accidentally gets a smiley face shaved into his sideburns, it will doubtlessly be at the very last minute.
The Dreaded Bachelor’s Party
It is a time honored tradition for a man’s closest friends to take him out the night before the most important day of his life and get him good and drunk. To make sure your future husband looks and feels his best, defy tradition and celebrate his awesome bachelor status a few days before your wedding day.
To Drink or Not To Drink
A wedding is the celebration of joining two people in the ultimate act of love. It is a cause for revelry, joy and lots of drinking. If your man tends to get carried away in the moment, discuss limits for the reception ahead of time. Your wedding night will be magical regardless of how many times you may have been around that block already, but only if you are both conscious.
Defeat Cold Feet
It is normal for men and women to second guess a trip down the aisle. The best way to calm game day anxieties is open and honest communication. If your husband-to-be approaches you with butterflies, don’t panic. The walk down the aisle is the only first step in a very long journey.
Women are practically born knowing what they want to wear on their wedding days. The same can’t be said for most men. On a day when all eyes will be on the bride, many grooms and groomsmen just rent matching tuxedos, but that isn’t always the best solution. Here are some reasons why you might want to see your groom waiting at the altar in a suit instead.
If you are struggling to keep your wedding on-budget, skipping tuxedo rentals is an easy way to save money. If you’re planning a traditional wedding, chances are that your groom has at least one suit he could dress up for the occasion. Even if he ends up purchasing a new suit, the money is better spent on a perfectly tailored suit he can wear again than it is on ill-fitting rented formal wear.
Tuxedos are called evening suits for a reason. At daytime weddings, grooms should wear suits. Also consider the location and formality of your event when choosing menswear. A tuxedo might look ridiculous on a beach, even at night. Save the swimsuit for the honeymoon and compromise with a suit. Even an open-collared dress shirt with a nice suit gives this monumental occasion the respect it deserves.
Your groomsmen will thank you for not dressing them in matching monkey suits. Not only will they save money, they will also feel less self-conscious at the altar. Expecting them to buy matching suits is a big imposition; allowing them to use their own suits in a specified color or style works beautifully. Add matching boutonnieres, pocket squares or custom made ties for a touch of uniformity.
Rented tuxedos look boxy and awkward. Suits that fit result in much better-looking photos. You’ll also see more of the men’s personalities in their own suits, which makes your photos unique and meaningful. More comfortable in suits than tuxes, there’s a better chance that your groom and his friends will stay dressed throughout your reception. Having all the men in the room looking unbuttoned and untucked as the party progresses makes for reception photos you’d rather not frame.
While a wedding is cause for celebration, the vows you will take are solemn and important. Formal wear should not be optional, but rented tuxedos aren’t always best. Have your groom wear a suit to save money, match the setting of the event, and look and feel his best.