Should the Groom Wear a Suit or Tuxedo?

How do you decide on the attire your groom should wear on the big day? This is one decision that sets the standard for black-tie, white- tie, formal, or semi-formal affair. But what if you don’t really have a preference? Well, we’ve got you covered! We’ve provided a simple guide on how to decide whether a suit or a tux is just right for your groom and your wedding.


First, What’s the Difference?

All suits and tuxedos are not created equal. The biggest difference? Satin. This is usually seen on the detailing of a tuxedo, decorating the buttons, lining the lapel, or commonly seen on the side-stripe down the pant leg. Suits are made using one type of fabric, which makes them slightly less formal. You will find when accessorizing a tuxedo, you’ll include a waistcoat, cummerbund, and bow tie. That said, these accessories aren’t needed for a tux.

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Formality Check

The most polished option, and if you’re planning to have a black-tie wedding, a tuxedo is a must for your groom and the perfect way to set the tone for your formal event. If you set black-tie as your wedding dress code, you’ll likely have a several guests arrive wearing tuxedos, so keep in mind, do you want anyone to look more formal than your groom?

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Time of Day

Typically, it’s customary that your groom would wear a tuxedo at evening events only. If you’re planning to marry during the day we recommend that a suit would be a better option for your groom’s attire.

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The Price Factor

The costs can be an important deciding factor, so we recommend being thoughtful when it comes to how much your wedding party will be spending to make it to your big day. Men are more likely to get additional use out of a suit than out of a tuxedo. That said, it is possible to rent a nice tuxedo and it’s often a more affordable option than purchasing a new suit.

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Express Yourself

Your personal preference is extremely important to your big day and is your groom’s decision. If he’s more excited to dress up in a tuxedo, let him have fun with it! If you find he really enjoys accessorizing, a suit might just be a good fit. Use the time and style of your wedding to guide you to the best decision.

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Dueling Weddings – August Edition

Hannah and Chris’s sophisticated, yet glam, outdoor wedding on the lot of a secluded, majestic mansion and Alex and Tyler’s elegant barn wedding on the lot of an apple tree orchard both occured on August 12, 2017. Compare elements of each wedding below to see what elements of each fit your style best! (Hannah and Chris pictured on the left side of the page, and Alex and Tyler are pictured on the right.)

Wedding Style

Amongst the common trend of neutrals, we have color! Both brides had their bridesmaids dress in similar looks, or the same dress even, but styled different. Hannah’s maid-of-honor dress stood out in sea blue, which matched the groomsmen’s ties. Her groom, Chris, also stood out as the only white tie wearer. Pictured on the right, Bride Alex and Groom, Tyler, stayed consistent with their deep purple color for all the maid’s dresses and men’s ties.

Ceremony and Reception Venues

Hannah and Chris’s held both their ceremony and reception outdoors at the Haseltine Estates in Springfield, MO. The reception was an elegant backyard party surrounding the mansion’s pool. Alex and Tyler’s wedding ceremony was also outside surrounded by an apple tree orchard at the Meadow Barn just outside Sioux Falls, SD. Enter inside the barn for their reception to see rustic tables and chairs among gorgeous chandeliers hung from traditional post and beam framed ceilings.

Wedding Details

Pictured left is the elegant reception scenery at Hannah and Chris’s backyard oasis. Translucent and white stacked centerpieces were placed on mirrors and white linens surrounded by formal chairs in gold. Alex and Tyler’s wedding reception is a contrast bringing things indoors to a romantic rustic-inspired atmosphere with wood tables, chairs and framing.

Wedding Desserts

Along with cake, both couples offered almost interchangeable cupcakes as a wedding dessert, but Alex and Tyler opted for a an ombre purple wedding cake, while Hannah and Chris kept it classic with white.

We are obsessed with both of their outdoor ceremony spots, reception seating styles, and overall unique reception venues with chandeliers acting as the cherry on top. We wish these two couples sweet, sweet happiness and a happy one year anniversary!

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Cute Engagement Photo Ideas

How do you get the most out of your engagement photo shoot? We want to help give you some ideas to get you ready to go into your engagement photography session with full confidence! Here are five different photo ideas for your engagement session:


Flash the Bling

After getting the engagement ring, who doesn’t want to show it off a little!? Go ahead and flash that bling to the camera; it might just be the most fun thing about getting engaged!

Classic Portraits

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose! A great portrait is timeless. These photos show the true you and age well, so you can be sure to cherish these photos for years to come.


Go ahead and have some fun during your engagement photo shoot, you deserve it! Plus, your engagement photographer will probably capture some unique photographs that show you and your partner’s fun personality!

After Dark

Use natural elements and lighting to your advantage. If you get into a situation where the sun’s going down, take some moody nighttime silhouette pictures!

The Proposal

Of course you’d need to be sure to hire a photographer for the ACTUAL proposal to capture these in-action photos. If you or future fiancé can get a photographer booked for the moment you say “yes,” you won’t regret it!

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