Bride-to-Be Blogger Danielle: Well-Dressed Men

One day, in a moment of weakness, I promised Tim that he did not have to wear a tux, or a tie, or even a suit, to our wedding if he didn’t want to. We weren’t even engaged at the time. From that conversation, we somehow decided upon a beach wedding, figuring that more casual attire would work in that setting.

Fast-forward two years and ten months later, and it was time to select attire for my groom and his groomsmen. Tim decided to wear a light-colored linen suit that he purchased a couple of years ago at Les Richards Menswear with an open-collared shirt. Since we are getting married in the sand, we are both going barefoot, but he will put flip-flops on for the reception.

We decided the groomsmen would wear khaki pants in a color that matched his suit, along with an open-collar shirt. We’re going to spring for the shirts, and we’re asking the guys to purchase their own pants. I figure that they will jump for joy at the cost vs. what it would be to rent a scratchy polyester tux. My only “bridezilla” moment was to insist that they tuck in the shirts and wear belts because in my mind I kept seeing their shirts blow up in the ocean breeze and make them look like the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man… or worse.

Now all we had to do was to find pants that matched and pick out shirts. We trekked out to the King of Prussia Mall, and I expected to have to drag Tim around all day trying to find shirts that coordinated with my aqua bridesmaid dresses. I pictured him with his heels dug in resisting shopping at all costs. He asked if we could start at Macy’s, which I was fine with — since we’re registered there, we earn reward points for everything we purchase leading up to the wedding.

I took a deep breath as we entered the dress shirt department. We turned a corner and I could practically hear singing and see sunshine: There was an entire table of shirts that either matched or coordinated with my maids’ dresses! I was in shock. Happy shock, but shock no less.

Tim selected a shirt with a narrow aqua windowpane check for his guys, and he opted for one with stripes for himself. It took us no more than ten minutes to find and purchase a shirt for all the guys, including our fathers. To say I was pleasantly surprised was an understatement.

Shirts in hand we went over to find khaki pants that matched Tim’s suit. There were about five styles of Levi’s Dockers that came in a matching color.

The entire shopping trip took less than 20 minutes. All we have to do is email the guys with the information on the pants, hope they either have or purchase them, and we’re good to go!

Who decided the groom and groomsmen’s attire, you or your fiancé? Is your future husband opinionated on what he wears, or does he not care? Do you worry about fitting the attire to the wedding style, or matching it to the bridesmaids’?

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