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If Your Invitation Reads...

"Black Tie":  If the event you are attending is "black tie" & the invitation says the same, you are expected to wear a tuxedo.  All guests invited to this function are required & expected to wear formalwear.  However, this term does not mean you have to wear a black tie!

"Black Tie Preferred": This means the host of the party prefers to see all guests in formalwear.  You could wear a dark suit, but tuxedos are preferred.

"Black Tie Invited or Optional":  In this case, it is not mandatory to wear to tuxedo, however, you will probably see more tuxedos than dark suits at these affairs.  Black tuxedos & white or ivory dinner jackets with black trousers are appropriate.  However, dinner jackets should only be worn between Memorial Day & Labor Day. 

"White Tie":  This term means you must wear black tails with black trousers & a white pique' formal shirt, bow tie & vest.  This ensemble is known as the "ultra formal look" & if your event calls for it, you should not wear anything else. 

Frequently asked questions:

Choosing the right formal wear for your wedding is an important decision, but it shouldn't be a stressful one. The following guide should help make all aspects of choosing, wearing, and returning your tuxedo fun and easy.

1.    Fashion and Tradition

2.    Registration and Fitting

3.    Final Fittings, Pickups, and Returns

4.    How to Wear a Tuxedo

Fashion and Tradition

  • Who should wear tuxedos in the wedding?

It is customary for the groom and his groomsmen to wear tuxedos or nice suits that match the formality of the bride's dress. When the fathers and grandfathers are part of the ceremony, they tend to wear attire that is matches the rest of the party. Ring bearers are always a crowd please when wearing a child-size tuxedo or suit. Occasionally, ushers will also wear formal attire.

  • Should everyone wear the same tuxedos and accessories?

Just as the bride stands apart from her bridesmaids, the groom often chooses to wear a coat or accessories that differ slightly from the groomsmen. For instance, the groom may wear a traditional coat with neutral accessory colors while the groomsmen's accessories might match the bridesmaids or the theme color(s) of the wedding.

  • Are there other choices besides tuxedos?

If your wedding style is semi-formal, outdoors, or alternative you may decide to have your men wear suits. Depending on the time of day and setting, there are black, navy, grey and tan suits or ivory linen suits. For beach weddings, some parties choose to wear matching taupe or tan slacks with a special wedding shirt. Overall, the formality of the men should match that of the bride and the rest of the wedding. Tuxedos always make for an attractive wedding party and great wedding photos but there are plenty of other choices to fit any wedding atmosphere.

  • Does the time of day or wedding location determine which colors to choose from?

Time of day and location (indoors/outdoors, cool/tropical) can play a factor in selecting garments. Most importantly, the color should match the women in the wedding party. Daytime tuxedo and suit choices might be tan, ivory, white, or an ivory linen suit, although some people wear traditional black tuxedos for daytime weddings. For evening weddings, black, navy, grey or pinstriped tuxedos or suits tend to be popular. Be sure to ask about tuxedos or suits that work better for hot or cool temperatures.

  • Who pays for the tuxedos?

In the vast majority of cases, each member of the party will pay for his own ensemble.

Registration and Fitting

  • How long before the wedding should tuxedo arrangements be made?

Generally, the sooner the better, with our recommendation being to setup your tuxedos about 6 months prior to your wedding date. Should you have less time than that, there's no need to worry; we can still take care of you. Just drop by as soon as you're able.

  • When does everyone need to be fitted?

There's a few factors that affect this: first, for adult men who don't fluctuate in size much, we suggest that you get fitted between 6 months to 3 weeks prior to the wedding. Young children should generally be fitted closer to the wedding (about 3-4 weeks prior) in order to minimize the effects of their frequent growth spurts. The same goes for any of your guys who are planning on gaining or dropping weight in the lead up to the wedding.

  • Can out-of-town party members rent a tuxedo from us?


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Final Fittings, Pickups, and Returns

  • When do party members pick up their garments?

The exact date of your final fitting/pick up will be determined by your date of affair. Typically, we schedule pick ups about 2 days in advance of your wedding so that your party members don't need to rush at the last second.

  • Should party members try on their garments at pick up time?

Advance Formal Wear strongly recommends that all members of the party try their garments on when they come to pick up. This final fitting process is done to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the fit of the garments.

  • Do tuxedos ever need last minute adjustments?

Because of changes in body size or differences between designer cuts, it is sometimes the case that customers feel more comfortable after an adjustment or two has been made to their garments. Most often, these adjustments can be made while you wait. In some cases, however, a follow up visit may be required for some adjustments.

  • When do the tuxedos need to be returned?

We generally schedule garments to be returned the day after use. If you'll require more time, be sure to tell your formal wear consultant at the time of pick up or you may be assessed an extended rental fee.

How to Wear a Tuxedo

  • How should the jacket fit?

While your coat should be comfortable, tuxedo jackets aren't made as athletic wear. In other words, you're not going to have as much maneuverability as you would in your t-shirt. The shoulder pads should not stick out prominently past your shoulders, and you don't want too much room in the chest and abdomen. If the chest and abdomen fit too close, then the arm pits are going to feel overly tight. If you plan on being in a lot of photos, err slightly on the tight side rather than the loose side.

  • How should the trousers fit?

The trousers should fit comfortably and ideally should not be restrictive through the rise (crotch) or the waist. Some men prefer a slight break at their shoe, while others prefer them slightly shorter with little or no break. In all cases, the trouser should be worn at the waist and not sagged below. Doing so will result in awkwardly pulled pleats.

  • How should the shirt fit?

Because rental shirts need to fit a large number of body sizes, it is best to concentrate on the fit of the neck and the length of the sleeve. The neck should not be overly large, but should not be too constrictive either. The shirt sleeve should end just below the wrist.

  • How do the accessories--like studs & cufflinks or ties--go on?

Ties: Unless you purchased a self-tie bow or four-in-hand (long) tie, our ties will have adjustable neck bands, and generally come in two varieties:

    • Clip ties: These ties do not go over your head like a lasso, but rather encircle the neck and hook together.
    • Zipper ties: These ties do go over the head, and are simply adjusted up or down for the proper look.

Vests: Vests wear much like a button-up shirt except that many of them let you make adjustments to the body via an adjusting band in the rear.

Cummerbunds: Cummerbunds are worn at the waistline and should cover the top of the trouser. They clip in the back and should be worn with the pleats facing up.

            Studs and Cufflinks: Studs are the smaller jewelry items that you wear on your shirt chest in place of the buttons.
            Simply slide them through the hole next to your shirt button, and use them instead to button the shirt up.

            Cufflinks are the larger jewelry items, and clip the cuffs of your shirts together. As with the studs, slide the cufflinks  
            through the holes next to the buttons and then through the hole on the other side instead of the button.