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Build Your Own Tuxedo App

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There’s nothing quite as dapper as a men in a tux, and today we’re deciphering the essentials of black tie for the guys. Jim’s Formal Wear, the largest rental company in the world, just launched a FREE Tux Builder app for the iPhone and iPad. You will be able to mix and match items to build your own look. Upload a photo of yourself for a true sense of what you will look like on your wedding day. Share the image with your friends and family on Facebook and Twitter. It’s a decision involving many, after all :)

You can also browse their huge inventory with over 50 tuxedo styles to choose from. You will also find designer brands like Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren. Once you have selected your look, be sure to visit in person one of their retailers near you to be professionally fitted for the best fit and best look possible. With over 5000 retailers locations, there may be one right around the corner!

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Black Tie Anatomy:

Neckwear: black (duh) bow tie or long tie, in silk
Pocket Square: silk or linen white handkerchief
Shirt: white tuxedo shirts must have pleats and French cuffs
Lapels: shawl, peaked or notched for a more modern look
Buttons: Tuxedo jackets generally have just one button and are typically single breasted, colors can be black or midnight blue
Cufflinks: traditional materials such as gold, silver or mother-of-pearl
Trousers: same fabric as jacket, must have single braid along outside seams to match lapels, always black
Shoes: black patent leather or polished black leather shoes
Optional: vest, cummerbund or suspenders

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The hot weather alternative is a white dinner jacket instead of black. The only difference is in the jacket color, which can be white (modern, less formal) or ivory, but the shirt is always white regardless of the jacket!

With The Tuxedo Builder, you can also create different looks for all of the men in your bridal party – including your dads. After everyone has chosen their looks, each can go to a retail store near them to try them on – no sweat if your groomsmen are spread across the country. Check out The Tuxedo Builder and start building your look!

Tuxedo images from GQ

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Callista & Company

Callista & Company offers personalized planning and design services for beautiful weddings and events around the world. With meticulous and organized coordination, warm and attentive support, as well as custom and creative design guidance, we create stress-free events that showcase your unique vision. Our team provides the highest level of service and showcases strong relationships with leading venues and renowned professionals to ensure you have an exceptional team on your side.

We are a consultant and collaborator, working with you to ensure your dream day becomes a reality. Callista & Co. offers advice and personalized
recommendations based on years of experience and etiquette studies, while always considering your specific preferences.

Callista & Co. is a boutique company taking on a select number of events per year to ensure every detail is planned to perfection and every client receives the dedication they deserve.

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Nashville Inspired Wedding

DIY Weddings

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When this wedding from Alison Conklin landed in our inbox, we knew within seconds we wanted to feature it. Bride Amber filled the day with details (some taken from Ruffled!) that were personally meaningful for this non-traditional couple, right down to the wedding cake — which was made by the bride’s 15-year-old sister! Keep reading for some inspiration from this 1960s Nashville-inspired wedding:

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From the bride, Amber: Our biggest goal while planning our wedding was to have it be both a reflection of us as individuals, and as a couple. We also wanted to blend both old & new, showing our guests that just because we’re non-traditional ourselves, didn’t mean that we wanted to disconnected ties with all traditions. Lastly – we wanted the whole process and day of to be a lot of fun.

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Our starting point for a theme was 1950s/1960s Nashville. John and I have visited there a couple of times together and have just fallen in love with the music scene, southern hospitality and the food! Because we both love all things vintage, this naturally played a large role in the decor.

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There were a TON of DIY projects involved in this wedding. Here’s a list:
-Hand-painted burlap table runners
-Hand-dyed doily garland
-Groomsmens’ bowties made using vintage fabric
-Bridesmaids’ dress hangers and button rings
-AJ DIY Marquee sign
-Vintage style concert posters, I designed them in Photoshop and had them printed on Vistaprint
-Painted dessert stands
-Banners for around the reception
-45rpm record place cards
-Ruffled streamers
-Here comes the bride banner
-Doily poms at the end of pews
-Flags & lavender sachets for post-ceremony parade

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Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? If you’re doing a lot of projects yourself, it is NEVER too early to get started. Get as much done ahead of time as you can! Also – keep yourself as organized as possible. I swear by a wedding binder. It’s a great place to keep all of your contracts, to do lists, inspiration, etc.

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View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Bridal Party Processional: Four Seasons Spring Movement, Vivaldi
Bride’s Processional: Sonata in A Major, Op. 65, No. 3, Felix Mendelssohn-Barthody
Recessional: Symphonie No. 2, Op. 13, No. 2, Charles Marie Widor
First Dance: “Picture in a Frame,” Tom Waits
Father/Daughter Dance: “In My Life,” The Beatles
Mother/Son Dance: “You’re the One,” The Black Keys

Wedding Vendors (Easton, PA):

Wedding Ceremony: Trinity Episcopal Church / Wedding Reception: Third Street Alliance / Wedding Photographer: Alison Conklin / Wedding Dress: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: made by bride / Wedding Shoes: Discount Dance / Jewelry: Family heirlooms / Hair: Ashley’s Main Street Styles (Coopersburg, PA) / Groom’s Outfit: Express / Bow Tie: Countess Mara / DJ: Soundscape DJ Entertainment / Wedding Cake and Sweets: Bride’s Family / Wedding Invitations: Kevin Maloney / Cake Topper: Simply Silhouettes

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At Good Stone, we create custom jewelry for proposing. Believing that diamond jewelry doesn’t have to be defined by tradition, we celebrate our designs with transparency, quality and integrity. We design rings we like, source the diamonds and gems we want, and offer it all to those who share our tastes.

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Australian Love Shoot

Engagement Sessions

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Longtime Ruffled readers may remember Cath and TJ’s engagement session and wedding in Mornington, Australia shot by Adrian Tuazon. Now Cath’s sister, Ali, is getting married to her beau, Jake. It’s only natural that she recruited the incredible Adrian to photograph their cuteness as they strolled along the beach.

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engagement under trees

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From vintage-romantic to modern-elegant, we’ve got you covered! We are Beacon Lane, a small team who is passionate about perfecting the art of the invite. We design, print and hand craft wedding invitations, save the dates, bridal shower cards, corresponding day of stationery and baby shower/kids invites. Personalize almost everything during our unique ordering process. We would love to work with you, contact us to learn more!

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