Decisions of the Groom

There’s no denying that weddings can be demanding to plan. Between choosing the perfect date, the perfect place, the perfect cake, and the perfect dress, wedding planning can be exhausting.

Luckily for grooms and their groomsmen, Collins Formal Wear in Kitchener makes deciding what to wear one of the easiest parts and the most interesting.

Joel McDonough, Manager of Collins, explains, “You need to make sure that the groom’s colours match the bride’s. It’s best to keep things simple in order to make things as visually appealing as possible.”

And while keeping things simple is key, there are still some important decisions to be made.

Suit-and-Tie or Traditional Tux?
When it comes to male wedding fashion, there are two options: a classic tuxedo or a modern suit-and-tie option.

“This season, it’s all about the tuxedo,” says Joel. “Part of the reason is because a suit typically has plastic buttons. Once you put plastic buttons next to a bride’s dress, most people agree that a suit simply isn’t formal enough for a wedding.”

Today’s grooms opt for a slim-fit tuxedo to give it a tailored finish, and choose light charcoal, beige, or mid-grey to complement a bride’s dress.

Bow Tie or Neck Tie?
Choosing what type of tie you’re going to wear is something that every groom has to do, but that doesn’t make the decision any less difficult.

On one hand, bow ties are classic, simple and elegant. On the other, neck ties are modern, youthful, and sophisticated

“This year, bow ties have been more popular than in the past – grooms have noticeably been renting more and more bow ties,” says Joel. “Can I say that bow ties have taken over? Maybe not.”

While bow ties offer a number of benefits over neck ties, such as showing more of the wearer’s shirt and offering a classic look, the decision on which tie to wear is simply one of personal preference.

Oxfords or Brogues?
For Joel and his associates at Collins, this question has a simple answer: oxfords, not brogues.

“We don’t carry any brogue shoes for tuxedos,” says Joel. “When it comes to shoes, customers like oxfords – they’re simple, smooth, sleek, and plain. I can talk customers into any number of funky ideas, but when it comes to shoes, almost everyone agrees: they want oxfords, not brogues.”

Just Enjoy the Day
Before making any big decisions, Joel has simple advice for nervous brides and grooms: talk to a tuxedo rental business.

“The Simplest thing is to come to a tuxedo business where people specialize in weddings and where people care about weddings,” says Joel. “As long as we talk everyone through the process, we can make prepping a groom the easiest part of a wedding.”

Once that’s out of the way, there’s only one thing left to do: enjoy your day – it only happens once!