Wedding Attire Q&A

Should I Wear A Tuxedo, Dinner Jacket, or A Suit To My Wedding?

At Jaxson Maximus, we do weddings every day and are a great resource to consult you with this very question. Your choice will depend upon the destination, venue and look and feel of your wedding.

Two pieces of advice we give to every groom. First, think of your pictures in 20 years. We’ve all seen pictures of a crazy uncle in a light blue tuxedo that may have been the hottest thing at that time… but today, not so much.

Second, seek really good advice from industry professionals. Jaxson Maximus specializes in weddings, any of our custom stylists would be a great resource for you. A true industry professional will ask you lots of questions and guide you through the process to help you make the best decisions for you.

Tuxedo

This typically is chosen for your most formal weddings. A tuxedo is simply a matching based fabric for the jacket and the pants typically with highlighted accents in satin or grosgrain. If your goal is to be formal in the look and feel of your wedding and pictures – this would be a great choice for you.

Jaxson Maximus Wedding Custom Tuxedo

Dinner Jacket and Formal Pant

This is typically chosen for weddings where the groom and bride want to be tastefully expressive when they present themselves. Dinner jackets have grown in popularity over the last two decades. In fact, recently they rival tuxedos as a groomsmen’s solid choice for their special day.

A dinner jacket and formal pant consists of a jacket made with a fancy base material, typically done in a color that is non-black and quite often has a texture or pattern to it. It is then typically accented contrasting satin or grosgrain. The formal pants are done in a contrasting but complementary color to the dinner jacket fabric you choose, most likely black, navy or a shade of grey. The formal pant will be accented on the waistband, out-seam stripe and on the front and back pocket piping usually in black satin or grosgrain.

Custom Dinner Jacket

Wedding Suits

This would be a great choice if your goal is to increase your daily suit rotation for life after the wedding. This is a good choice if you do not have many needs for traditional formal wear and feel the need to add another great suit to your rotation would help you capitalize on your wardrobe investment. This also is a great choice if your venue is a destination wedding such as a tropical beach location where the bride and groom are being married on the beach.

Jaxson Maximus Wedding Custom Suit

IF I CHOOSE TO BE MARRIED IN A SUIT OVER A TUXEDO WHAT ARE MY BEST OPTIONS?

Should you choose a wedding suit over a tuxedo or dinner jacket outfit here are your best options:

Black:

Black is considered to be very formal. It is a good color choice for those on the cool side of the color spectrum meaning a winter or summer color skin tone. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

A black suit has limited use for life after the wedding. It should only be worn for weddings, funerals and evening formal events. It’s to Darth Vader’sh to wear for day to day business.

Best tie colors are black, silver, gold red, dark purple, dark green, and burgundy.

Best shoe color is black.


Light Grey:

Light grey is considered to be the most stylish of the grey tones. It is a good color choice for those on the warm side of the color spectrum meaning a spring or autumn color skin tone. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

Light Grey can be worn frequently for life after the wedding. It is best worn in the months of April through September as it’s considered to be a seasonal spring through summer color.

Best tie colors are black, silver, light blue, light pink, lavender or light purple, light green, aqua blue or navy.

Best shoe colors are light brown, medium brown or black.


Medium Grey:

Medium grey is considered to be the most neutral of the grey tones. It is a good color choice for those in all of the skin color tones. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

Medium Grey can also be worn frequently for life after the wedding. It is considered a seasonless color so you can wear it in spring, summer, winter or fall. It is a staple of a businessman’s wardrobe.

Best tie colors are black, matching gray, medium blue, medium pink, medium purple, teal, burgundy, red or navy.

Best shoe colors are medium brown, dark brown or black.


Charcoal Grey:

Charcoal grey is considered to be the most traditional of the grey tones. It is a good color choice for those on the cool side of the color spectrum meaning a winter or summer color skin tone. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

Charcoal Grey can also be worn frequently for life after the wedding. It is best worn during the fall and winter months. It is a staple of a businessman’s wardrobe.

Best tie colors are black, matching charcoal gray, dark pink, dark purple, teal, burgundy, red, silver or gold.

Best shoe colors are dark brown, burgundy or black.


Midnight Navy:

Midnight navy is considered to be the most formal and powerful of the blue tones. It is a good color choice for any skin tone. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

Midnight navy can also be worn frequently for life after the wedding. It is considered a seasonless color so you can wear it in spring, summer, winter or fall. It is also a staple of a businessman’s wardrobe and should be the very first suit you should purchase when building your professional wardrobe.

Best tie colors are orange, matching midnight navy blue, burgundy, dark pink, dark purple, dark green, raspberry, red or dark yellow.

Best shoe colors are dark brown, burgundy or black.


Royal Blue:

Royal blue is considered to be the most stylish of the blue tones. It is a good color choice for those in all of the skin tones. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

Royal Blue can also be worn frequently for life after the wedding. It is considered a seasonless color so you can wear it in spring, summer, winter or fall. It is also a staple of a businessman’s wardrobe.

Best tie colors are orange, matching royal blue, burgundy, soft pink, dark pink, light purple, seafoam green, raspberry, red or light yellow.

Best shoe colors are light, medium and dark brown.


Tan:

Tan is a good option for tropical weddings or weddings during the spring and summer months. Tan is a good color choice for those on the warm side of the color spectrum meaning a spring or autumn skin tone. Here are some other things to consider if you are choosing this option.

Tan can be worn frequently for life after from April through September even in tropical climates. It is considered to be a good change of pace suit. It’s a great choice for a casual Friday or more social activities in the workplace.

Best tie colors are light blue, brown, navy, light green, aqua green, lilac, and pink.

Best shoe colors are light brown, medium brown, dark brown or burgundy.

*Style tip: 

For an added touch of style, consider adding a vest to your suit and making it a 3-piece suit. The vest can be made from a matching cloth, same as the coat and pant or a contrasting pattern that works with your wedding colors.

Custom Tuxedo

How Do I Wear A Tuxedo?

Typically when you are asked to wear a tuxedo, it’s time to step up and look you’re very best. In nearly every case you will have your picture taken multiple times, escorting a beautiful woman or significant other and maybe even be prompted to say a few words in front of the crowd to celebrate a special moment.

Selecting a tuxedo and knowing how to wear a tuxedo can be daunting. Here are a few tips:

Seek professional advice

Whether you are renting, buying off the rack or having your tuxedo custom made, spend the time to work with a professional stylist that can guide you properly through the best tuxedo models, silhouettes and styling details that will help you look you’re very best given your body type.

If possible plan ahead and have your tuxedo custom made. Average lead time for a custom tuxedo is six weeks. Once it arrives you also want to budget a week for any fine-tuning adjustments. It’s best to plan eight weeks ahead of your event if having a custom made tuxedo is an option for you.

Pair your lapels with the proper neckwear

Peak lapel – bowtie or formal necktie
Shawl lapel – bowtie only
Notch lapel- bowtie or formal necktie

Finish your look with proper formal shoes

Typically a formal shoe can be patent leather – traditional calf leather or velvet. Styling characteristic of a typical formal shoe is that it is a plain toe with no perforations or designs on the toe. It’s very minimalist.

Never a belt

Tuxedo pants are made with formal brace buttons to wear formal braces. Braces or suspenders are needed to keep your pants up while you are cutting the rug around the dance floor.

Choose a formal shirt collar that looks best with your tuxedo jacket model

Peak lapel – looks best with a traditional spread collar formal shirt
Shaw lapel – looks great with either a wingtip or traditional spread collar formal shirt
Notch lapel – looks best with a traditional spread collar formal shirt

Lapel blossom

Add some color by finishing your lapel with a lapel blossom that highlights your date’s dress, a color in the wedding or perhaps just your favorite color.

Contrast your sock color

For a fashion touch select a colored sock that matches your colored bowtie and or lapel blossom.

Cufflink and stud sets

If your tuxedo shirt has a placket where studs are required . Choose your favorite jewel tone, either silver or gold with a formal stone in black onyx or white mother of pearl stud and cufflink set. If your formal shirt does not have a placket i.e. a fly front and you just need to select your cufflinks – this is a great way to honor your father or grandfather and wear one of their cufflink sets to bring in something old to your outfit and have a great story to tell when you are complemented.