Destination Wedding Attire for the Groom: Options to Rent

Like a traditional wedding, a destination wedding also involves a bit of planning. You’ll find yourself researching locations, logistics, travel expenses and many other things. One important aspect of the destination wedding you will be deciding on is the attire for the groom. We’re happy you came across this article because we can make some great destination wedding tuxedo and suit rental suggestions to help you decide.

One of our most popular destination wedding ensembles is the Lord West Tan Havana. Truly a suit, because there is no satin on the lapel which defines a tuxedo, the Havana is an excellent choice for any beach wedding. It’s light tan coloring means it will reflect the sun and be a cooler, comfortable style to wear. Plus, being a neutral color, you can accessorize it with a variety of colors. We have found light colors and pastels look the best.

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The Lord West Havana Destination Wedding Suit shown with a turquoise Windsor Tie.

Gray tuxedos remain very popular for weddings and certainly should be a color you consider for your destination wedding. One of our newest styles is the Gray Aspen. It’s a lightweight, medium gray, slim fit tuxedo featuring a slimmer notch lapel edged in fine satin. The Aspen tuxedo and matching pants can be rented with a coordinating fullback vest in gray – or – you can complement the tux with any number of colorful vests and ties.

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The Gray Aspen Slim Fit Destination Wedding Tuxedo shown with a coordinating fullback vest and a Rose Petal Windsor tie.

Should you like the Gray Aspen Tuxedo’s styling, but were thinking of a darker color for your destination affair, the Slate Blue Aspen may be the tux to choose. Styled and tailored the same as the Gray Aspen, the Slate Blue Aspen is also a slim fit tuxedo with a narrower lapel and satin edging.

Slate Blue Aspen Slim Fit Tuxedo

The Slate Blue Aspen is identical in styling to the Gray Aspen, but could be the better choice for your destination wedding if you are looking for a darker color.

The Slate Blue Aspen is a beautiful tuxedo, particularly up close. You’ll love the fabric the coat and pants are tailored in. You can accessorize with a coordinating slate blue vest or any number of colorful fullback vests. We’re particularly fond of pastel colors with this style.

If your destination wedding is being held in a cooler climate where a darker tuxedo may be most appropriate, we would suggest renting the Tony Bowls Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo for your wedding party. The Manhattan is a great choice because it is tailored in Super 130′s wool for the most comfortable fit and feel available in any of our tuxedo styles. Your gentleman will love the fit and feel of this garment. Plus, being a slim fit style, it is very flattering and can be worn by many body types.

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The Tony Bowls Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo. Tailored in Super 130′s wool, the Manhattan is a very comfortable tuxedo to wear for a destiantion affair.

All of the destination wedding tuxedos featured in this article are available for rental from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer. If you were planning to purchase the destination wedding attire for your gentlemen instead, you are in luck. We have the Stephen Geoffrey Riviera Destination Wedding Suit to show you. Click here to see it!

Destination Wedding Attire for the Groom: An Option to Purchase

If you have been considering a destination wedding and are wondering what the groom could wear to such an affair, we have some style suggestions to help you decide. Your options include a style you can buy (see below) or a number of styles you can rent.

The Stephen Geoffrey Riviera Destination Suit is a very popular look for a beach wedding. The Riviera is tailored in light, breathable linen fabric and is comfortable to wear. It comes with a coat, a pair of pants, and a shirt making it a versatile ensemble – versatile in that the groom could wear the entire suit, coat included, for the actual ceremony and then remove the coat later on in the day.

Riviera Destination Wedding Suit for a beach wedding

The Riviera Destination Wedding Suit is a complete ensemble including a coat, a pair of pants, and a shirt.

The Riviera’s pant features contemporary flat front styling and adjustable waist tabs. The Riviera’s companion shirt is very stylish – it features an open collar, a straight bottom hem, and vertical pintucks.

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Tailored in a cotton blend, the companion shirt to the Riviera Destination wedding suit features many attractive details.

Long sleeves can be worn down or rolled up and fastened with buttons at mid-sleeve. The details of the shirt include embroidered striping.

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Textured fabric and vertical pintucks highlight the front of the Riviera shirt – also known as a Guayabera shirt.

The Stephen Geoffrey Riviera Destination Suit is available for purchase only from your nearest Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer.

Looking to rent your groom’s destination wedding ensemble instead? We have rental options available, too! Click here to see them.

14 Rules for Wearing a Tuxedo

Let’s face it. Most men may only wear a tuxedo a handful of times in their lives. So it really is no wonder that we get questions about how to wear a tuxedo on almost a daily basis.  Black tie attire is fairly simple to achieve. However, there are some rules that should not be broken and some that are free to be broken, in good taste of course.

This is by no means a comprehensive listing of formal wear etiquette. However, it should be sufficient to get any gentleman off to a good start. Here are some helpful tips to properly don a tuxedo at your next formal event.

1. When wearing a single-breasted tuxedo, thou shall always wear a cummerbund or vest. The primary concern is to conceal the bit of white shirt fabric that will show between your bottom coat button and your waistband.

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A black fullback vest accompanies the Manhattan Slim Fit Tuxedo and is a classy accessory choice.

2. Thou shall never button all the buttons on your tuxedo coat. The only exception to the rule is when wearing a one button tuxedo. On two, three or four button tuxedo styles, the bottom button should always remain unbuttoned.

3. Thou shall not wear a belt with your formal tuxedo trousers. In fact, tuxedo pants should not have belt loops… ever.

4. Pleated front shirts are not necessary. Although they are more formal and traditional, oftentimes a man looks best in a microfiber, plain front shirt with a laydown collar.

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The modern look of the clean, non-pleated front and tapered sides of the Microfiber Formal Shirt creates a flattering silhouette.

5. When wearing a bow tie with a wing collar shirt, the wings should fall behind the bow tie.

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The wing tips on a formal shirt lay behind your bow tie.

6. Thou shall wear formal shoes with your tuxedo ensemble – preferably a patent leather shoe style.

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The Black Dunbar Formal Shoe: comfortable, stylish and an absolute must to wear with any tuxedo.

7. When wearing a cummerbund with your tuxedo, the pleats should face upwards.

8. Thou shall wear a pocket square. They are a must to complete any formal ensemble.  Choose a white satin pocket square with a black bow tie for a classic look, or choose a colorful tie and pocket square to liven up your look.

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Add a splash of color to your tuxedo with a coordinating pocket square.

9. Don’t be afraid to add color to your ensemble with the use of formal accessories. Unless you’re attending a White Tie function where pique’ accessories are required, colored accessories are fair game. It’s not necessary to match, but you shall try to at least coordinate with your date’s attire.

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Color coordination with your date makes the two of you look terrific for a night out on the town.

10. Thou shall wear suspenders with a tuxedo. However, in the event that your pants stay up without suspenders, they are not necessary.

11. Thou shall not wear pants with cuffs. Traditionally, formal trousers should have a satin stripe down the side of the pant, and they should feature a straight leg hem.

12. Thou shall wear white and ivory dinner jackets only during the warmer months (Memorial Day to Labor Day) unless you are visiting or live in a warm weather climate.

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The classic formal wear ensemble for events between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

13. Know your dress code definitions: White Tie Invited, Black Tie Invited, Black Tie Preferred. If you think the organizers of an event meant something else, do not be embarrassed to inquire, since it would be far more embarrassing to show up in the wrong attire.

14. Smile; you’re going to look great in your tuxedo!

New Coats and Accessories Added to Jim’s Formal Wear Line

We are excited to show you the Tuxedos and Accessories recently added to our Formalwear line for Spring of 2014…

The Stephen Geoffrey Slate Blue Aspen Slim Fit Tuxedo
First up is the new Slate Blue Aspen, a tuxedo certain to turn heads because of its slim fit cut and beautiful color. The new Slate Blue Aspen is a tuxedo coat and matching pants tailored similarly to our very popular Stephen Geoffrey Gray Aspen Tuxedo  - which means it, like all of our slim fit styles, is a tux many men can wear and look great in. Plus, the slate blue fabric is exquisite in person and makes the tuxedo beautiful and rich in appearance. Our photography is great for this style, but it is a stunner when viewed first hand, trust me!

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Flattering in appearance and cut, the Slate Blue Aspen is tailored in a beautiful fabric.

The Slate Blue Aspen looks very good when paired with pastel colored fullback vests. However, if you want to go for a more conservative 3-piece tuxedo look at your wedding, a matching fullback vest is available to match the Slate Blue Aspen:

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For a true 3-piece look, you can wear the Slate Blue Aspen with a companion fullback vest.

The Camo Tux
And now for something completely different… The second new tuxedo we have added to our formalwear line is the Camo Tux. Camouflage is hot right now and so are camo-themed and rustic weddings. Having a tuxedo style to offer to the bride and groom who are planning this type of affair was a goal of ours for Spring of 2014.

When we conceived this style and worked with a manufacturer to produce it, we wanted the camo pattern to be somewhat subtle. We think we nailed it and created a tux with a classy use of the Mossy Oak camo pattern on the notch lapels and pocket trim.

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Our new Camo Tux introduces a camouflage pattern on the lapels and pocket trim making for subtle and stylish accents.

Herringbone and Expressions Vests – Because Color Matters!
Your wedding is a special day and we know you want everything to be perfect. Presenting a wonderful, well thought out theme for your guests is important and therefore your color matters. You can always count on your Jim’s Formal Wear Retailer to have the right colors to complement your affair through your gentlemen’s tuxedos.

Diligent research into the trendiest wedding colors for the season was performed by our marketing and merchandising teams. We do this annually and incorporated the findings into our color selections for two Fullback Vest and Tie Collections for Spring 2014…

The Expressions Fullback Vest and Tie Collection comes in 27 solid colors and you can complement any Expressions vest you choose with a Solid Windsor Tie, a Striped Windsor Tie or a Bow Tie.

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The Expressions Fullback Vest Program is available in 27 solid colors with windsor and bow ties to match.

You’ll also like the fact that the Expressions fullback vests are tailored with a matching back which makes the gentlemen in your wedding reflect your color even when they have the tuxedo jackets removed.

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Colored backs on the Expressions Fullback Vests reflect your theme when the gentlemen have their tuxedo coats removed.

The Herringbone Fullback Vest and Tie Collection has also proven to be very popular with our nationwide network of retailers and their wedding customers. Therefore, the addition of a number of new colors seemed very appropriate for Spring of 2014.

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The Herringbone Fullback Vest and Tie collection is available in 42 colors – one of our bigger color palettes.

We have added 20 new colors to the Herringbone Fullback Vest collection which brings the total number of color choices up to 42. Forty-two colors… you’ll find your color in this collection!

The Finishing Touch for your Gray Tuxedo: The Gray Allegro Formal Shoe
Lastly, gray tuxedos continue to be very popular for weddings and we offer a number of gray tuxedo styles including the Gray Aspen Tuxedo and the Gray Portofino Tuxedo.

However, we have received some requests for a gray formal shoe to complement those styles – in lieu of a gentleman having to wear a black shoe. Therefore, we’re happy to offer the Gray Allegro formal shoe. Both gray and black tuxedo shoes are appropriate with a gray tuxedo, it’s your decision.

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Complement your Gray Tuxedo ensemble with the Gray Allegro Formal Shoe.

Our new tuxedo styles and accessories may be viewed in more detail online simply by browsing our website. Likewise, you can see our entire product line within the Tuxedo and Accessory Collection catalogs – which you will find in the store of every Authorized Jim’s Formal Wear Tuxedo Retailer nationwide.