My wedding is coming up. Should I wear a Suit or a Tuxedo?

Suit vs. Tuxedo

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As one of the single most important days in any man’s life, your own wedding is one of those very few exceptions where everything must be perfect. From the location to the guestlist and even to the “just married” car, every single aspect of a wedding must be reviewed with the utmost diligence in order to ensure the exquisiteness of the event. Included in the rather daunting task that is preparing for a wedding is the groom’s choice between wearing a suit or a tuxedo. Though that decision may seem trivial to some, it is actually one of the most important choices that the groom is expected to make on the day all eyes are turned on him, and his bride.

Before choosing between a suit or a tuxedo for your wedding, it is critical to first understand the main differences between a suit and a tuxedo. As highlighted in this past post, the primary difference between a suit and a tuxedo is the satin detailing that always adorns tuxedos. That subtle detail certainly makes a world of a difference in ensuring the traditional formality of a tuxedo. Accordingly, the satin trim that graces both the lapels and the sides of the pants is what makes a tuxedo the most appropriate male attire for strictly-formal black-tie events like galas, public dinners and even red-carpet events. However, that added formality also translates into an added cost that renders the single-use tuxedo an impractical option for the everyday man.

In addition to the single-use aspect that characterizes tuxedos is the fact that it is only available for renting. That paramount element is notably what creates the need for the affordable and truly functional alternative that is the suit. By being barren of purely-ornamental details like shiny patent shoes and the optional cummerbund, the suit is certainly a more practical option for the man who places a subtle preference on function instead of form. Though not as formal as the tuxedo, the suit can be accessorized in a manner that recreates the traditional allure of the tuxedo. A great example of an accessory that can formalize any suit is the matching handkerchief that complements the color of the tie. Another example is a rather simple one that is often overlooked: the bow-tie. As an undeniably fashionable yet timelessly classic accessory that is quickly making a resurgence in contemporary menswear, the bow-tie can effortlessly create an air of sublime elegance for any suit, especially when color-coordinated with the vest and aforementioned handkerchief.

The main benefit of the suit is that, unlike the tuxedo, it can be worn during a wide variety of occasions, that range from formal to casual to business. With that said, the suit is evidently the more economical option seeing as it can be dressed both down and up, depending on the nature of the event.

Notwithstanding the superior practicality of the suit, when it comes to choosing between a suit and a tuxedo for a wedding, there’s one additional pivotal element that must be taken into consideration: you. Despite the suits ability to mimic the classic formality of the tuxedo, it remains nothing more than a suit. Consequently, as the groom of the entire celebration, you must be the one to decide if, on the standout day that is your wedding, you value lavish formality more than classic pragmatism. Be it one kind of allure or the other, the choice is completely up to you.

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