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Choosing a tux might just be the easiest wedding-related decision you’ll make. After all, it’s hard to go wrong with a suit that has changed so modestly in the past 120 years. In fact, if you compare today’s tuxedo with the one your father wore at his wedding, you’ll likely see only slight variations (provided dad didn’t wear a ruffled shirt). According to the International Formalwear Society, the most popular tuxedo rental in the past few years has been the single-breasted notch lapel tuxedo, a classic look that never goes out of style. Searching for your own take on the traditional tux? From ties and vests to buttons and shoes, here’s the straight talk on your options, along with styles that best suit your groom’s silhouette.

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TIE ONE ON
When it comes to ties there’s standard, and then there’s spectacular. While the classic bow tie will always be a perennial favorite, there are other options for grooms who choose to venture outside the norm.

When it comes to ties there’s standard, and then there’s spectacular. While the classic bow tie will always be a perennial favorite, there are other options for grooms who choose to venture outside the norm.

One of the most popular styles, the four-in-hand, is similar to a standard business tie.  Paired with a matching full-backed vest in a subtle pattern, a four-in-hand is the top choice for grooms today.

Worn most often with a stroller jacket in a formal, daytime wedding, the ascot is a loosely knotted tie that is similar in appearance to a scarf. If your groom is a little bit country, a bolo tie is the only way to go. Also called a string tie, the bolo is a simple black cord with finished ends and a decorative clasp. Add his favorite boots and a Stetson and you’ve got a stellar combination.

Finally, if a tie just isn’t something your groom can see himself wearing on any occasion, there’s always a tuxedo shirt with a band collar. No tie is worn with this style; the collar is fastened instead with a stud that matches the button covers on the front of the shirt.

VESTED INTEREST
Cummerbunds may have reigned supreme in the 80s, but the full-backed vest is the way to go for today’s savvy grooms. Available in a variety of patterns and colors, a full vest gives grooms and their attendants a finished, more polished look even when they remove their jackets for some serious party time at the reception. And while cummerbunds add the appearance of weight to the midsection of a man’s body, the vest gives a sleeker appearance, making it the best option for a man who’s less than content about his abs (or lack thereof).

JACKET REQUIRED
The key to a flattering tuxedo often lies in the jacket. The right one can whittle the waist, lengthen the torso, or add the appearance of broader shoulders. The most common jacket is single breasted with a shawl lapel. This look is perfect for both short and tall men with more of a stocky or husky appearance. The same jacket with a notched lapel would flatter a short, thin groom because the notch in the lapel gives the appearance of broader shoulders.

A double-breasted jacket is great for thinner men because the eyes are drawn to the two rows of buttons at the midsection and gives the illusion of girth. With a double-breasted jacket, the shoulders can also be padded a bit to give the wearer the appearance of broader shoulders while still retaining the look of his trim waistline.

SOMEWHERE BETWEEN BLACK & WHITE
The color of your groom’s tuxedo is up to the two of you. Take into account the formality of your celebration, along with the time of day. If you’re planning an afternoon ceremony, a gray tuxedo with a stroller jacket is the standard look. A more casual celebration closer to evening might call for a white dinner jacket with black trousers and tie. A formal evening affair warrants the classic black tuxedo. Keep in mind, however, that traditions are just that and the two of you should choose the style and color that you want, no matter the time of day or the formality of the occasion.

Now that you’re versed in the basics of tux talk, it’s time to get out there and finalize the details. The most important detail in men’s formal wear is fit, that’s why it’s essential that your groom be fitted by a formal wear professional.  The same goes for his attendants; though they may be scattered across the country, each should be measured by a professional.

Finally, complete the formal look with matching socks and shoes. The guys’ socks should either be the same color as their shoes, or show some personality and match the colors in your wedding,, which make for some great photo ops. Nowadays men are choosing less formal shoes and also showing personality with matching “Chucks” or “Toms.” But if needed, formal shoes can be rented from your formalwear company. Styles vary from slip-on versions with a parade shine to mock wingtips in classic black. 

For almost as long as there have been weddings, flowers have played an important role in the celebration. In selecting the flowers for your bridal bouquet, you’ll want to consider blooms that best express your personality, complement your wedding gown and tie in with the general look and theme you’ve selected for the day. Here is a guide to the different styles of bouquets available to help you get the perfect bouquet for your big day.

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CASCADE
A cascade bouquet, also called a “shower” bouquet, is very formal and the most traditional bridal bouquet. Like a waterfall, this bouquet flows and is designed to gently cascade downward. This bouquet is often designed with larger flowers at the top, using smaller blooms as it begins to taper down and land gracefully over the bride’s hands. Lisianthus, lilies of the valley, stephanotis, dendrobium orchids and other smaller flowers are commonly used in this shape of bouquet, along with accents of trailing ivy, vinca, or other delicate greenery. If you are wearing a full-skirted or ball gown-style wedding dress, this shape of bouquet may work for you. However, if you are a very petite woman, another shape of bouquet may be a better choice.

COMPOSITE
If you’re looking for a truly unique look in your wedding flowers and you can’t find a particular variety of flower that appeals to you, a composite bouquet might be the perfect choice. This intricate creation is composed by taking individual petals from flowers (such as amaryllis, roses, or lilies), wiring them together on a single stem and creating the look of one giant bloom. This style of bouquet would be the ideal complement to a simple gown with little ornamentation, or one with a very sleek silhouette.

HAND-TIED
For this more relaxed style of bouquet, a variety of blooms that tie in with the wedding theme are wired or loosely gathered together and tied with a satin ribbon or a combination of ribbon and lace. Some popular flower varieties for this style of bouquet are French tulips, day lilies, coneflowers, purple statice, lisianthus, stem roses and other hardy garden flowers. With its natural, just-picked from the garden look, this bouquet is a nice choice for an informal wedding.
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NOSEGAY
A combination of simple style and elegance, the nosegay is a densely packed mound of flowers and greenery. When choosing flowers for a nosegay, compact blooms such as roses, tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, calla lilies and ranunculus work best. These blooms may be mixed, or for a simple look, you can stick to just one variety. An ideal choice for any style of wedding, a nosegay bouquet can be dressed up or down depending on the flowers you choose and how it’s tied together, with a wire, ribbon or other stem treatment.

PAGEANT
The pageant bouquet, also known as a “presentation” bouquet (think of the flowers presented to Miss America when she is crowned) is a bunch of long-stemmed flowers that the bride carries cradled in her arms. A pageant bouquet can be as simple or elaborate as you’d like, depending on the style and formality of your wedding. Some of the best floral choices for this type of bouquet are those with long stems or branches such as, calla lilies, roses, delphinium, tuberose, lisianth, or French tulips. The blooms are then secured together with a beautiful satin or fabric ribbon. However, when selecting the flowers for your pageant bouquet, make sure the blooms are not longer than what can fit comfortably along the length of your lower arm.

POMANDER
A less-traditional bouquet, the pomander is a small, compact bloom-covered ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter and then suspended from a ribbon that is worn around the wrist. This is a good choice for the bride who wants her hands to be free. A classic floral choice for a pomander is roses, but it may also be made with hydrangeas, delphinium, dendrobium orchids, or any other flowers suggested by your floral designer. While a pomander may not be the look for you, it’s an adorable alternative for junior bridesmaids or flower girls. Just remember to have it sized accordingly so its shape is appropriate for their age and size.
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POSY
Similar to the nosegay but smaller in size, the posy bouquet is perfect for a petite bride with delicate hands, or for a bridesmaid’s bouquet. When selecting flowers for a posy, those with smaller blooms are ideal, such as spray roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus and pansies. However, some large-headed flowers such as gardenias or peonies can also make quite an impact.

ROUND
The classic round bridal bouquet is usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. This shape and style of bouquet is a good choice for a formal wedding, or for the bride who wants a look less conspicuous than a cascade bouquet, yet bolder than a simple nosegay. Many varieties of flowers will work in the round bouquet, but some popular choices are roses, tulips, lilacs, stephanotis, hydrangeas, day lilies, peonies and seeded eucalyptus.

Let a creative color combo inspire and guide your wedding day
By: Kelsey Casselbur

The color palette of your wedding takes a starring role on the stage of the day, inspiring everything from the flowers to the fashion. Because of this, picking hues that you adore makes all the difference.
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In most cases, you’ll need to pick at least three colors, though some designers even recommend up to five. At minimum, choose a dominant shade — this should be your favorite hue; the one that takes up most of the palette — as well as two secondary colors. One of these accent colors can be a neutral, such as white, cream, black or grey — or not, as you might opt for two additional bright pigments and then add a fourth or fifth color in a neutral tone. Let your favorite hue take center stage with two-thirds of the attention, and then add visual interest with a complementary hue to filling out the remaining one-third. Resist the temptation to showcase the two main colors as a 50-50 split because it can overwhelm the reception with too much color.
But which colors should you choose? Take into consideration which colors flatter your complexion. Even though you’ll likely be wearing some variation of white, your bridesmaids — who will be surrounding you — will be wearing the dominant color of your choice. Therefore, a bride who looks best wearing purples, blues or deep greens should translate that into her color palette, rather than selecting less-flattering reds, oranges and pinks. Finally, don’t get hung up on the shades matching perfectly. No one but you will notice nor care if the bridesmaid dresses are a different shade of green than the tablecloths — in fact, purposely using several shades of the same color adds a little something extra to the overall color scheme.
If you need a little help finding the right vibe for your wedding day, take a look at these six color combinations. Unlike some pairings, these fresh groupings won’t look overdone on your wedding day—and some guests just might be in awe of your creativity and taste.

Six Fresh Color Palettes

Dominant color: Emerald green
Secondary colors: Lapis blue, deep mint

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Emerald Green is the Pantone color of the year—and for good reason! This hue is super-luxurious, calling to mind gemstones and peacock feathers; pair with a just-as-rich deep blue for an ultra-glam look. Just think about how gorgeous it will look if your bridesmaids are donning classy emerald green gowns with deep blue jewels (real or faux is dependent on budget) as accessories. Let the deep mint color shine in bits and pieces across the reception as a way to lighten things up. Rather than sticking with matte hues, aim for iridescent versions — it will make it all feel little bit swankier.

Dominant color: Peach
Secondary colors: Blush pink, vanilla

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Rather than follow the bright color trends of years past, take a fresh look at pastels — but not in the 1980s Pepto-Bismol pink kind of aesthetic. Rather, pull inspiration from soft spring hues such as pale peach and a blush pink. Skip the urge to pair this color combo with a bright snow white; a creamy vanilla will keep the palette in the vintage, romantic aesthetic. For a little 1920s glitz – think Great Gatsby – add a sprinkling of glittery gold into the mix.

Dominant color: Berry and Pink
Secondary colors: Aquamarine, muted silver-gray

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Calling all warm-weather brides! This tropical color combo will add pep to any and all nuptials, while a pale grey accent color just gives it a touch of freshness (in contrast to the standard white accent color). Just picture it: The men suited up in a classy grey suit; the bridesmaids in a shade more akin to a pink rose than the neon alternative. The cheeriness of aquamarine – more blue than green – offers a lively complement.

Dominant color: Plum
Secondary colors: Lilac, navy blue

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This color palette really shines due to its versatility — Whether you’re getting married during spring or fall, in a hotel ballroom or on a yacht, a plummy purple highlighted by a lighter shade of the same color and accented with classic navy just works. Dress your ‘maids in deep purple gowns and accent it with bouquets of paler purple and white flowers; maybe even throw in some light blue hydrangeas for good measure. Deep purple is the “it” color as of late, so brides who go for this combination will be in good company.

Dominant color: Lemon yellow
Secondary colors: Grey, navy blue

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‘Twas never anything fresher or brighter than the shades of sunny yellow – except when it’s paired with navy! This is a springtime color combo if there ever was one, but the addition of grey makes it translate to the summer months, too. One of the most popular uses of the sunny yellow hue is in the ultra-hip ombre form, whether on cakes or stationery.

Dominant color: Merlot
Secondary colors: Eggplant, coffee

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How about a color combo that’s just right for the late fall and winter months? The saturated dark red hue inspired by a bold wine provides a stunning base for this cool-weather palette, while the rich purple eggplant and coffee colors offer just the right complement. This is just right for the type of wedding that occurs in the evening, made magical by flickering candlelight and free-flowing wine.