Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dressing the Groom

When I was a little girl dreaming of my wedding (come on, you know you did it too) I used to imagine that my groom would look something like this on our big day:

morning-suit---tailcoat-1Image via Brook Taverner

Prince William and Kate Middleton Engagement Nov. 16Photo by: Ikon Pictures, via OK Magazine

I love the British morning suit with tails!  I think it has something to do with the fact that I grew up in England and it was the popular thing to wear at the time.  Times change though, and a morning suit does not go with the style of our wedding (not to mention the time of day). 

Mr. Gazelle has a pretty distinct idea of what he wants to wear on our wedding day.  Something along the lines of a three piece suit.

hycroft-wedding-19Image by Sakura Photography

Mr. Gazelle wants to use our wedding as a good reason to invest in a great suit.  I think that is a fantastic idea as we don’t want our wedding to be formal with tuxes.  Plus a well tailored suit will be something he can use for years to come.  This past weekend Mr. Gazelle went to scope out suits at two different stores – Harry Rosen and Holt Renfrew and it turned out to be a really informative shopping trip.

Mr. Gazelle learned that he can’t buy a suit off the rack.  He has a pretty broad chest, slim waist and long arms.  In order to buy a jacket that will fit his chest but be nicely tailored everywhere else is next to impossible.  An unfeasible amount of alterations would be required and it likely still wouldn’t look well fitted.  Instead he is going to have to go with a made to measure suit.  His measurements will be taken, a base pattern will be chosen that fits closest to his measurements and it will be altered to him specifically.  Both stores recommended that he order his suit early in the year as that is when lighter weight fabrics for the spring will be out.

Of course this brings up another a-ha.  Even if we had wanted to go with tuxes it would have been next to impossible to rent a tux that would have fit him well.  So while this is a more expensive option for Mr. Gazelle, this is going to be the most photographed day of his life and he wants to look sharp in a well fitting suit.  As the night goes on he can take the suit jacket off and still look dashing and handsome in his vest.

Did you hubs decide to go with a suit or a tux? 


Katie said...

ok, several things.

1. thanks for the comment on my blog!
2. how much DOES it cost to have a suit custom made? my FH has a very broad chest but tiny little legs (it's true). so, i think something custom might be awesome!
3. yay for milk glass! when i started off, i bought a large milk glass bowl for 6$. now i am a real cheapo and won't buy anything over 2$ unless it is SUPER awesome. i did splurge on a hobnail cake stand on ebay.
4. your dog pic that you posted in your very first post is SO cute. is that a westie? i want one so badly!!!!!!!

and lastly, can't wait to read more about your wedding!

Heather said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! My fiance also decided to go with a suit. He is in grad school to get his PhD in History and hopes to be a college professor, so a good suit will definitely be a great investment. Especially considering that renting a tux can cost hundreds of dollars and you don't even get to keep it!

Lovely Traveler said...

Hi Hi! Just found your blog on Wedding Bee and wanted to say hi! Love the post about DIY-Fridays!

My FI had soooo many ideas about what he wanted to wear on his wedding day. It was actually pretty sweet. He could care less about the colors, the invites, or the cake! But when it came to his attire he def wanted to wear a suit. We are getting married on the beach and he's a surfer from LA so I just assumed he'd want to do khaki pants and a white linen button down shirt but he felt like the wedding should be special :D

Well... happy planning. I look forward to following your journey!