Some of my groomsmen live in distant parts of the
country. How can we get the same tuxedos?
The only way to guarantee they'll all be the same
is to order everyone's tuxedo from the same company.
Have each member of the groom's party complete the
form on the Sizing page. They can visit a Mr. Tux Formal
Wear store or any formal wear store in their own area to
be measured, and send the completed form back to the
location where the groom registered. Mr. Tux Formal
Wear can service your wedding party at one location or
through any of Mr. Tux Formal Wear Locations. The
tuxedos will be ready and waiting for the groomsmen/
ushers when they come to town for the wedding. You
can also have out-of-town guests send in their
measurements this way.
Can the groom wear a different tuxedo than the
groomsmen and ushers?
With the exception of child attendants, everyone,
including the father of the bride and of the groom,
should wear the same type of tuxedo. What may vary
are the accessories. For example, if the male
attendants are wearing a colored vest or cummerbund,
the groom could wear white or black to set himself
apart from the others.
What is appropriate formal wear for a ceremony
that begins before 6:00 p.m. with the reception after?
In the past, formal wear style was determined strictly
by time of the ceremony. These days the time and style
of the reception often indicate the appropriate formal
wear. If the ceremony is scheduled at five o'clock in the
afternoon and a very dressy dinner will follow at six or
seven o'clock, the men should still wear black tie. (If
a simpler event is planned, men may dress less formal.)
In the daytime, a very formal reception would stipulate
that the groom, ushers and fathers wear a morning suit
(also called cutaways).
When wearing a cummerbund, which way should the pleats
The pleats on a cummerbund should face upwards so
they can catch any crumbs that might fall.
What is the difference in lapel styles? Is one style more or
less formal than the other?
There are three types of lapels on a tuxedo jacket, the
"Peak", the "Notch" and the "Shawl". The three types
of lapels create different looks, but do not differ in
formality. See Lapels.
I recently received a wedding invitation that stated "Black
Tie". Does that mean I have to wear a tuxedo?
Yes, an invitation that states "Black Tie" requires you to
dress in a tuxedo. If the invitation states "Black Tie
Optional" or "Black Tie Preferred", the host is giving you
the option, but you can expect it to be a nice event with
most men wearing tuxedos.
Does "Black Tie" mean I can only wear a black tie?
No, any formal accessories are appropriate, depending
on the function. The words "Black Tie" on an invitation
indicates that you must wear a tuxedo.
What does "White Tie" mean?
The appropriate dress for "White Tie" would be "full dress
tails" with a white pique wing shirt, tie, vest, and formal
When is it appropriate to wear a white dinner jacket?
A white dinner jacket should be worn during spring and
summer only (between Memorial Day and Labor Day)
and should be worn to a semi-formal or formal event.
A white dinner jacket is always acceptable when worn
on a cruise.
I have seen different styles of shoes available for rental.
If I have a pair of black dress shoes, can I wear those?
Formal shoes are patent leather shoes. High glossed
black leather shoes may be worn, but for a truly formal
event, patent leather is recommended.