Tuxedo Accessories for LDS Grooms
Tuxedo shoes are basically black, shiny and plain, without any designs as those you would find on wingtip dress shoes. Tux shoes are usually made of plain patent leather. You may need to rent tux shoes. Most tux shops or formalwear shops should be able to help you out on renting tux shoes as part of the tux rental package. Remember it is better to try on the rental shoes in the afternoon when you feet are relaxed, as they will be on the day of the wedding. (Bring your dress socks that you will wear with the shoes for the wedding for the best fit)
Picking out dress socks to go with your tux is easy. You will wear black over-the-calf dress socks. They do not need to be fancy, but be sure and take them to the tux shop or men’s formalwear store when you go for the fitting so you find rental shoes that fit and are comfortable (remember you will be standing in the rental shoes for 4- 8 hours on the Wedding Day). A word to the wise – I recommend men’s support hose type is best, as they will stay up and provide support. And for those of you who want to make a fun or personal statement, think about your socks.
Bow ties are traditional, but the entire wedding party (you and all the men) must all be wearing the same style of tie –either a straight tie or a bow tie! Bow ties can be rented, or purchased, from the tux shop.
If your bride would like you to coordinate the ties colors to match the bridal colors, then all men should all wear the same matching ties. Or, be safe by choosing traditional Basic Black. Of course, you, as the groom, may want your own complementary color so you stand out, and that’s OK too.
If you don’t know how to tie a bow tie -you could learn how by watching a video (courtesy of howcast.com) or get a clip-on variety of bow tie.
The classic tuxedo shirt will have French cuffs and will therefore require a pair of cuff links. A tux shop or formalwear stores will usually have some cuff links you can rent as part of the tux rental package, or you may have to buy cuff links.
Word to the Wise: Don’t buy expensive cuff links as they are easy to lose. From experience, you usually only lose one, making the one you still have totally useless.
NOTE: You and your bride may want to give cufflinks or a matching tie as a nice gift to the other men in the wedding party: The father of the bride, your father, and the best man and the groomsmen. Matching cuff links bring a sense of unity to the men in the wedding party and matching ties (coordinated with the bride’s colors) will be much more visible in the wedding photos and will add a fun splash of color for the men.
Remember, to avoid last minute stress, decide on, and try on and order tuxes and accessories well in advance of the wedding day!
♥ Dr. Howard Edward Haller
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