So, you've been asked to be a groomsmen in your buddy's upcoming wedding. Contrary to popular belief, it does entail more than wearing the chosen suit and taking advantage of the even't open bar. We've compiled a checklist breaking down the duties for groomsmen during the various stages of wedding planning to make it easy to do right by your friend.
• Offer to help the best man plan the bachelor party.
• Attend any engagement parties or couple’s showers thrown for the engaged couple.
• Get fitted for and pick up your tux or suit one or two days before the wedding day-this will give you enough time to make sure everything fits.
.THE WEDDING DAY
• If all of the groomsmen are getting dressed at a central location, make sure to arrive there on time.
• Smile for all of the photos.
• Make sure that the groom is relaxed and has had something to eat.
• If ushers aren’t being used, escort wedding guests to their seats as they arrive.
• Either escort a bridesmaid down the aisle or walk out with the groom (depending on which method the couple has chosen).
• Be introduced at the reception – and soak up the limelight!
• Dance with your bridesmaid partner if a wedding party dance is on tap.
• Help carry gifts o the car afterward.
• Help the bride’s family clean up after the reception is over
If you can follow these easy steps for success while being a groomsmen, you will not only have an appreciative groom, but your buddies make just take the time to do right by you when it's your turn to walk down the aisle.
Whether you're about to rent your first tux for a dance or prom, or you've picked out the suits you'll be using for the wedding party at your upcoming nuptials, let's face it, there are still some guys who don't care about clothes all that much. Although it is always best to have the seasoned professionals at Mr. Burch professionally fit you at one of our convenient locations, busy student schedules and groomsmen/ushers living out of town may warrant to collection of their own measurements.
When following these 10 steps in self-measurement, you're a lot more likely to have a fit success story that a nightmare.
Determine your weight by using an accurate scale.
Measure your height. Take off your shoes and stand with your back against the wall. Place the tape measure at the bottom of your feet and measure to the highest point on your head.
Measure your waist. Tuxedo pants fit higher than jeans or dress pants. Measure around the top of your hip bones and across your navel to determine an accurate waist size.
Calculate your hip measurements. Place the tape measure around your hips. The measurement should be determined by looping the tape measure around your pants and over the biggest part of your rear end.
Determine your out seam while wearing shoes. Make sure the shoes are similar to what you'll be wearing with the tuxedo. While facing forward, place the tape measure on the outside arch of your shoe. Pull the tape measure up your leg, past your hip bone and to the height of your navel. This measurement helps determine the length of pants you will need.
Measure your chest. Raise your arms to the side. Run the tape measure around your shoulder blades, under each arm and around the fullest part of your chest. Lower your arms and assess the measurement.
Determine your over-arm measurement. Put both arms at your side. Place the tape measure around your chest and both shoulders, and record your size. This measurement is similar to how you measured your chest, except now you're including your shoulders.
Assess the size of your neck. Circle the tape measure around your neck and record the measurement.
Calculate your sleeve measurement. Allow one of your arms to hang straight at your side. Place the tape measure near the bottom of the back of your neck. Run your tape measure over the top of your shoulder and then down your straight arm to a point approximately one inch below the center of your wrist.
Record your coat in-sleeve measurement. Put the tape measure on the inside of your arm slightly below your wrist. Pull the tape up into your underarm for the complete measurement.
Remember, that professional formal wear shops, like Mr. Burch, are usually happy to measure for no charge, but if you have to DIY, stick to this plan. Good Luck!
Most Bridal parties are made up of the bride and groom's nearest and dearest, and the gifts selected for these attendants should be just as special. Whether your budget is unlimited or meager, gifts for your groomsmen should let your big brother and your buddy from the playground know how much they mean to you.
Some grooms may be more traditional and stick to classic commemorative gifts that symbolize not only the importance of the relationship between friends and family, but the importance of the wedding event itself. These gifts might be engrave able keepsakes such as flasks, money clips, and cuff links and are still very popular today.
Other grooms may feel more comfortable with individual gifts for each particular groomsmen. Wedding parties can be comprised of all ages and while your dad or big brother may favor a tool set or beer mugs, your college roommate may be a collector of rare vinyl albums. So, gift accordingly.
Experience gifts have become popular as well. Treat your favorite guys to a casino weekend or golf at a special club. The quality time will appreciate your pals while making great memories.
As is true with most modern wedding trends, anything goes with gift giving these days, so be true to yourself and you won't go wrong with selecting the perfect gifts for your guys.
Trend Alert! Weddings and other formal events have men of all ages donning bow ties and suspenders again. No matter the formality, weddings are seeing a trend toward away from the vest and traditional tie look and back to bow ties and suspenders. The look is seen on the beach without jackets and in the dressiest of churches, and is very flattering to most men.
Suspenders serve a function as well as making a fashion statement-they keep your pants up!
Replacing cummerbunds with suspenders discourages the under the belly placement of pants look that has unfortunately graced the pages of more than a few wedding albums. Suspenders are also an accessory where grooms and groomsmen can make a statement of personality. They are a great place to add a splash of color or element of theme.
Bow ties are versatile as well. Formal wear rental locations, such as Mr. Burch offer a wide variety of styles from pre-tied solids to uniquely patterned originals. These ties are another area where wedding parties may add a touch of whimsical to the look of the event. Perhaps each groomsmen could sport a different color representing his sports team alliance or favorite superhero. Custom ties are great ideas for groomsmen gifts as well.
Its great to see men's fashion as another way to highlight a couple's personality at their wedding, and this trend is no exception. The seasoned professionals at Mr. Burch would love to help you create your unique wedding look. Stop by one of our many convenient Birmingham area locations today.
Although a wedding is the bride's day, all family members play an important role in the event, particularly mothers of the groom. Coordinating dress color with the bride's mother may seem unimportant while planning a wedding, but can cause embarrassment or ruffled feathers when ignored. Colors complementary to the wedding party and the mother of the bride's dress are ideal.
The goal with dress color is to blend in, rather than stand out or match. Solid hues and small or subtle prints are very appropriate. Look for soft or medium colors, like blues, greens, peaches and yellows. Find something that goes well with your hair color and skin tone in a style that flatters your body. Avoid red and strong, flamboyant colors that attract attention. Large or busy prints and plaids should be saved for another day.
Traditionally, the mother of the groom should wait until the bride's mother has chosen her dress, then see it or view pictures. This will prevent matching or clashing dresses. By coordinating colors andstyles they create a flawless bridge between the two sides of the new family. The groom's mother should not wear the same color as the bride's mother, but try to find a dress of similar length and formality.
For traditionalists, black is taboo. For the modern woman, however, it is considered stylish for evening or more formal weddings. Black is appropriate to wear if the bride does not object. Beige, sometimes seen as a means to blend into the background so as not to upstage the bride or her mother, is more often considered bland and unimaginative.
Weather, date and wedding location also play an important role in finding the right color. Some colors do not match well with certain seasons. For example, pale pink would not be suitable for an autumn wedding any more than a rust-colored gown would be in June.
One color guideline never seems to change: Don't wear white. No longer the automatic choice of the bride, that door is still closed to the groom's mother. Practically speaking, it is also a poor choice because it shows spots and stains easily, making surviving the ceremony and reception without spilling, dripping or smudging a challenge. Instead of white, try a subtle silver or gold.
When you're the Mother of the Bride, you want to stand out and feel special, without upstaging your daughter. Follow the instructions below and you will be sure to receive compliments all through your special day.
The wedding's venue and level of formality will help dictate the type of dress you're seeking. A black-tie wedding calls for a glittering cocktail dress or full-length gown; a beachside wedding may mean a pretty linen sundress.
An A-line silhouette - fitted at the top, flared at the bottom - works for most figures. A sheath dress looks beautiful on a figure that's proportional, equally large at the bust and hips.
Select a hue that works with the wedding palette so the dresses don't clash in the wedding photos. Skip black or white at the wedding - white is generally reserved for the bride, and black may seem like you're mourning your daughter's marriage. Dresses with wild patterns don't photograph as well as simpler, solidly colored gowns in rich fabrics.
You'll likely be on your feet through the bulk of the day, helping your daughter get ready and greeting guests, so be sure your dress fits well and will be comfortable for a long haul.
Start looking for your dress at least six months out from the wedding date, so you have time to look and to special-order your dress, if required. Consider buying the dress at the same salon where the bride bought her dress, and ask if you can receive a discount on the price.
Bridesmaid dresses are always a hot topic. Often the object of ridicule, the bridesmaid dress is an easy target. Don't believe me? Watch the movie 27 Dresses. They are something people love to hate. However, the trends for Summer 2013 bridesmaid dresses might just be pretty, fresh and modern enough, to turn it all around.
Trend #1 An Illusion: Dramatic, sexy and very popular, illusion necklines add intrigue to these new looks for bridesmaids.
Trend #2 One-Shoulder Winners: Hardly a brand new trend, the one-shoulder look is particularly popular this year.
Trend #3 Razzle Dazzle Red: Fire engine red is not just for the bride this year. Cute cherry colored dresses add a pop to any wedding and bolder hues are dramatic and daring.
Trend #4 Pretty Peplums: Hugely popular for bridal gowns this year. Pretty peplums add both oomph and poise to bridesmaid dresses.
Trend #5 Gray Day: There's nothing gloomy about gorgeous gray dresses for summer.
Now is the height of wedding season. The weather is beautiful, flowers are blooming and brides are getting ready to walk down the aisle. You might be considering having a child or children in your wedding party. An adorable round face might be hard to resist. Before you go shopping for that mini tuxedo, take a look at some of the pros and cons of having a child in your wedding party.
Children are adorable in their cute little outfits.
People love seeing their children participate in the wedding ceremony.
No one will be offended their child was invited.
Family photo’s look great with funny kid pictures.
Children make people laugh during ceremonies.
It makes memories for the children and is a great way to include them.
Weddings are family celebrations and having young and old makes for wonderful memories.
If you don’t invite children, you might upset family members who disagree with your “adult only wedding”
Children cry, scream and throw tantrums. It's not so cute when it happens during your vows.
Children get bored and sitting still during first dances, speeches and dinner isn’t always easy.
Some parents feel letting their child run around the dance floor while guests are dancing is okay. But is that ok with you and your other guests?
Guests might leave early because “little Johnny needs to go to bed”. You spent a lot of money on your big day so it might be nice if your guests to stay until the end.
It’s not uncommon for the cute little flower girl to break into tears at the top of the aisle and refuse to walk.
Kids break things. How much did that centerpiece cost?
Children fight with each other - yes even at weddings.
Photos can be difficult with a tired child that you're trying to keep clean.
Of course, it's your wedding so it comes down to your own personal preference. You might consider letting your younger (under the age of 3) children stay home. There are always other options for those children you really want to involve. Instead of participating in the ceremony, why not have the little girls hand out bird seed or bubbles for your departure? This involves them and gives them something to do during the reception. Ready to rent that mini tuxedo? Give us a call at
Now that you've weighed all your options and you know you’ll be using a tuxedo on at least a yearly basis, buying is definitely in your best interest. Here are some tips that will help you purchase a tuxyou’ll actually enjoy wearing.
- It should be dark. Yes, you could creative and get the purple tuxedo, but black is a much more widely accepted tuxedo color. If not black, you might go with charcoal grey or midnight blue.
- Keep it light. Dancing and tuxedos go hand in hand. Consider wearing a heavy tux that’ll have you sweating by the second song.
- Come see a professional (Mr. Burch of course) As with any major purchase, you’re going to want to look around. Even if you fall in love with the first tux you see, try others. Of course our professional staff will there to help.
- Consider buying a former rental tux. We take great care of of our rental tuxes. Just be sure to try it on first and closely examine it for wear and tear.
- Go for something simple. Tails and vests and other accessories can complicate a tux. Go for the simple but stylish bow tie plus cummerbund combination and you’ll never look out of place.
- Buy the whole set together. The coat and trousers should come from the same designer and match each other perfectly. You’ll probably want to buy the shirt in the same place so you can make sure it goes well with the rest of the outfit.
Okay men, don't complain about buying a buying a tuxedo. After all, women need to buy formal dresses too, and they can’t get away with wearing the same one to every event as easily as you can with the same tux. So if you have lots of formal events in your future, take a day to do a bit of shopping and you’ll be ready for for any fancy shindig on a moment’s notice and for a lot less money than your rental-only friends. For more information on buying a tuxedo, contact Mr. Burch at (205) 252-3602.