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Guide to Groom Tuxedos and Wedding Tuxedo Hire

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Also referred to as a tux, dinner jacket, DJ or 'black tie', wedding tuxedos are a sophisticated choice of outfit for the Groom and his Groomsmen.


Ideal for any evening wedding, wedding tuxedos can be made to look equally at home for an event taking place during the daytime. Sometimes used as a ‘theme’, where all the male wedding guests are asked to go ‘black tie’, the tuxedo is a popular style of men's outfit that is worn at weddings across the UK. 



What Do Wedding Tuxedos Look Like?


Available in both single or doubled-breasted versions, the bottom of the wedding tuxedo jacket comes down to around the hip area and will usually feature between 1 and 3 buttons on each breast.


Two types of lapel are available, normal and shawl, the latter being a more rounded lapel with a ‘draped’ look. It is possible to get a satin finish to the lapels that will match perfectly with the traditional dress trousers (see below).


Normally only available in two colours, black and white – UK outfitters will sometimes label the black version a Dinner Suit or DJ with the white version being referred to as a tuxedo.



Essential Wedding Tuxedo Extras


Traditional dress trousers are the order of the day for wedding tuxedos. Black, and featuring a thin black satin band running down the outside of each leg from waist to toe, dress trousers are simply a must.


Waistcoats (the more conservative ones) sometimes accompany a wedding tuxedo, although the norm is to choose a cummerbund. Bow ties, worn with a winged collar shirt, are the neckpiece of choice and they should match either the waistcoat or the cummerbund.



Wedding Tuxedo Accessories


When it comes to accessorising wedding tuxedos, you main focus should be to keep it simple. Handkerchieves (often contrasting in colour to the jacket or to match the cummerbund or waistocat) and a smart pair of cufflinks to accompany a double-cuff shirt should do the trick. For those winter weddings, a formal fringed scarf also looks the part. In lieu of a belt, a smart pair of braces can add a nice finishing touch.



How Much Will Wedding Tuxedos Cost?


Hiring wedding tuxedos will normally set you back around the £30 to £60 mark and for this you'll normally get the jacket, dress trousers, neckpiece and cummerbund. A winged collar shirt may or may not be included in the package, so be sure to double check with the outfitters.


Some Groom's will opt to purchase a wedding tuxedo outright, and for any guys with important work functions, award ceremonies or formal parties coming up, this can be a wonderfully cost-effective option. If you're thinking about heading down this route, a tuxedo can be picked up for as little as £75 these days, but on average expect to pay around two to three times this figure.



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