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Tuxedo or Suit: Which is Best for Your Groom

Okay, so we know that you know what you’re wearing on your wedding day, but what about your groom?! When it comes to wedding planning, the groom often gets forgotten about. (Because, hello, it’s all about the bride!) We know you want your future hubby to look his best on your big day. So, you have a choice to make- tuxedo or suit. Which is best for your groom?? We’ve got 5 things for you to think about before making that decision. 


One of the first things you’ll want to consider is your budget. If you want to purchase (as opposed to renting) your groom’s attire, a suit is definitely the more affordable option. Especially because there’s a better chance the groom will be able to wear it again for future events. However, if you really want to go with a tux but can’t afford to buy one, renting one can be very affordable! Just be sure to consider your budget before making a decision. You don’t want to get your groom’s heart set on a tux only to find out you can’t afford it.

Time of Day

You’ll also want to consider the time of your wedding ceremony. Traditionally, tuxedos are worn at evening events. You don’t want your groom to be wearing a tux at a 3 pm ceremony while your guests are wearing suits or even slacks and button-down shirts. Pro tip: make your guest’s lives easier by including the dress code on the invitation (casual, cocktail, formal, or black-tie). 

Wedding Vision

You’ll also want to think about your overall wedding vision. (As if you’re not constantly thinking about your wedding vision during the year or so of planning!) Is it casual, bohemian, modern, rustic?? This will help you choose between a tuxedo or a tux. For example, a tuxedo will look very out of place at a rustic themed wedding ceremony and reception. Don’t forget to consider what you, the bride, are wearing as well. A tuxedo compliments a princess ballgown fabulously, while a suit goes great with a simple sheath wedding dress. 


Along the same lines, take into account where you’re ceremony and reception are taking place. Your venue is probably the first thing you booked and you want everything to be cohesive: attire, venue, and decorations should all work well together. Outdoor wedding venues are usually more appropriate for grooms wearing suits, while a fancy indoor venue may call for a tuxedo. 


Budget, time of day, vision, and venue are all important aspects to consider. But, the most important thing to consider is your groom’s preference. What will he be most comfortable in? Which option is more “him?” If you’re having a fancy shin-dig, but you know your groom will be uncomfortable in a tux, have him wear a suit and dress it up with a bow tie and nice accessories. Traditions continue to matter less and less, so don’t be afraid to mix and match according to your taste as a couple and what you both like, instead of going with what your family members or friends say is appropriate. 

Now that you know what to consider before making the choice between a tuxedo or a suit, and which one would be best for your groom, we’d love to know your final decision! Come join us in our facebook group where we connect local Texoma area brides and vendors to let us know which one your future hubby will be rockin’! If you’re not local to the Texoma area, you can still follow along for more wedding planning advice and inspiration on our facebook page, Instagram, and Pinterest. See you there! 

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