With Father’s Day just around the corner, we couldn’t help but share gift box ideas for the OG man in your life (*ahem* Dad). The card for Dad is just the beginning, so we laid the groundwork in case you wanted to write some sweet nothings to your groom before the big reveal, and even added a thank you printable for the groomsmen to boot. Now that we got a few important men in your life covered, it’s time to grab these free printables!
Whether you’re a bride helping out your beau or two stylish grooms, we’re here to give you more deets on just how flawless a suit rental process can be. Gone are the days of treks to the rental store and ill-fitting duds. George Zimmer’s Generation Tux is changing the game on how tux rentals work. With super 130’s wool suits, they offer the finest of the fine and will have anyone donning them looking like a perfect TEN.
Anytime leading up to the wedding, your groom can test drive his outfit with a free Home Try-On Session to get a taste of Generation Tux firsthand. They make the process as simple as can be so all you have to do is fill in the blanks! First, you can browse through their Generation Tux Studio to try out different color + style combos. Their variety of wool suits and silk ties, pocket squares and leather shoes is actually quite large – so we’d say that this is a suitable service indeed! And for the boys that are a little less decisive, there’s a team of personal stylists at the ready to share their advice and help style complete looks.
Once your groom + groomsmen has their look down, it’s time to talk logistics. Generation Tux offers a lifesaver of a service that keeps all the gentlemen in the bridal party updated throughout the rental process. They’ll receive automatic email reminders to collect measurements, payment and shipping info for each individual. The event dashboard also allows the bride or groom to see where everyone is in the ordering process. Grooms with 5+ suit rentals in their party receive theirs for free to boot!
Ten to fourteen days before the wedding, the suits will arrive. So all you have to do is get dressed up and remember your lines. After the wedding, you can just mail the suit back in the same package it arrived in, using their prepaid return label. With all the to-do’s that go into wedding planning, this is the kind of service that can really help you breathe. Not to mention make an entrance.
Visit their Generation Tux Studio today to figure out your favorite looks. You might surprise yourself!
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While we love paying attention to all things bridal, we hate to see grooms and groomsmen fall by the wayside. Because of this, we have a very special spot in our hearts for our sponsor, Groomstars. No matter if you’re searching for a gift for your soon-to-be-husband or his father, shopping for the men in your bridal party couldn’t be any simpler!
Groomstars is the premier online luxury source for high end personalized wedding gifts. Whether it’s a gift for the groom, groomsmen, best man, or father of the bride or groom, Groomstars has a large selection of unique gifts that allow you to select the perfect item for each individual.
Our Calling all Grooms promotion for gifts for groomsmen is going on right now, and we are extending it through September! Every month, Groomstars will be giving away a $1,000 gift certificate to one lucky winner. All you have to do is sign up and complete the profile for a chance to win!
By now, the majority of us are familiar with one of our fabulous sponsors, Paloma’s Nest’s and its superb Ring Bearer Bowls. What some of you may not know, however, is that Paloma’s Nest is quickly expanding her art and has loads of precious wedding keepsakes for you and yours. We particularly love the quirky “Key to my heart” in a keepsake bag and the new ceramic picture frames, perfect for swapping with your spouse-to-be or new in-laws!
Until May 1, Paloma’s Nest is offering a special coupon code to get free standard US shipping on any item from her new “For the Gentlemen” collection (the code is FORTHEBOYS). We picked just a few of our very favorites for you to peruse…We just love the vintage feel of this monogram pin pictured above!
Be absolutely sure to head over to Paloma’s Nest to check out all the other goodies, and don’t forget to take advantage of the free shipping by May 1st!
Once you have the shirt and suit picked out, the fun truly begins. Thanks to creative etsy sellers and whimsical shops, there’s now an abundance of fanciful and playful accessories for grooms. Sadly, as we’re unable to include them all, we’ve selected a few of our favorites to provide a jumping off point for your accessory search.
1. Liberty print bow ties from Etsy seller something’s hiding in here / 2. Belsay navy & white nautical stripe woven tie / 3. Granville Bow / 4. Caxton pink & white grenadine tie / 5. Southside Bow / 6. Manor navy & white Prince of Wales narrow tie
Today, we have a special two-part treat for both brides and grooms. With such a bevy of utterly gorgeous bridal gowns, shoes, and veils available in the fashion world, groom’s looks can easily appear, well, a bit mundane after a while. We scoured the internet to find the best shops and clothing available, from etsy sellers and handmade artisans to our partners Jos A. Bank and Charles Tyrwhitt. Luckily, with spring quickly approaching, there are so many fresh and exceptional options available for your future husband! So, whether you’re searching for looks for a vintage groom to match your style or americana charm, look no further:
1. Grey Birdseye Jacket / 2. Charcoal chalk stripe waistcoat / 3. Stone unstructured jacket / 4. Navy twill suit waistcoat / 5. Summer tweed dogstooth jacket / 6. Mid-grey twill suit waistcoat / 7. Summer Tweed Jacket / 8. Charcoal sharkskin waistcoat / 9. Navy blazer
1. Aikin pink large gingham check dress shirt / 2. Wilkes pink mini-grid non-iron slim fit dress shirt 3. Pearson lilac Prince of Wales non-iron classic dress shirt/ 4. Priestley navy and green fine stripe non-iron classic dress shirt / 5. White twill non-iron slim fit dress shirt / 6. Wentworth pink and white Bengal stripe non-iron classic dress shirt / 7. Prestwich pink gingham non-iron classic dress shirt 8. Wilkes green mini-grid non-iron slim fit dress shirt / 9. WollAston blue Bengal stripe non-iron slim fit dress shirt
Continuing with our DIY Contest weekend extravaganza, next project up was created by Alana Olsen. She created the perfect boutonnières for fall and winter weddings, but the woodsy feel is adorable year round.
What you’ll need:
– 3 sprigs of a hearty stemmed herb, such as rosemary, as used here, lavender, thyme, etc.
– 2-3 small/baby magnolia leaves
– 4-6 birch branch tips, or curly willow tips or any small twig tips found outside!
– 2 pins
– ½ yard of vintage ribbon
– Guinea feather
– Floral tape (can be found at craft stores)
Step 1: Take 2 small magnolia leaves, turning one back side up, hold ends of leaves together and tape with floral tape. Floral tape is tacky and sticks to itself, it may take a couple tries, but just pull the tape and wrap around and it should hold!
Step 2: Cut the feather down to appropriate size for the boutonnière and attach using the same technique with floral tape.
Step 3: Take 4-6 twig tips and trim down to appropriate size. Tape together with floral tape and then attach to rest of boutonnière, again using floral tape.
Step 4: Take 2-3 herb sprigs, trim to size and strip any foliage that will be taped and place on boutonnière and tape in place.
Step 5: Take ribbon and leaving one end at the top, wrap from the bottom up, tie into a small knot and trim ends at an angle.
Step 6: Insert pins and your fabulous fall inspired boutonnière is ready to wear!
Such types of boutonnières are very hearty and can be made days ahead of an event. Just spritz with water, place in a zip lock baggie and place in the Frigidaire!
We’re on a lace kick today! Next up is Aimee’s DIY non-floral boutonniere, made with crochet doilies, gold paper leaves and feathers. Our favorite part? The versatility. You can bookmark this project whether you’re having a winter or summer wedding. More to come!
What You’ll Need:
– Floral Tape
– Floral Wire
– Hot Glue Gun
– Satin or Wired Ribbon
– Faux Berries
– Embellishment/ Scrapbooking Leaves
– Vintage Buttons
– Wooden Flower
– Crotchet Doily
Step 1. Gather all of your neat supplies and millinery items you have collected and bring them to your work space. Have your glue gun hot and ready!
Step 2. Begin by choosing anything with stems that you will be using for the boutonniere such as leaves or faux berries. Cut/arrange the stems into a position that you like. Take the wire from a stem or floral wire, and begin to wrap around the rest of the wires. You may also use a floral pick or toothpick to wrap the wired stems around. Using a hot glue gun, neatly glue down items without stems such as feathers, ribbon, lace, flowers, or whatever else you plant to use into their desired positions. Only a small dab of glue will be needed to adhere your items down, this will ensure the glue is not visible on your completed boutonniere.
Step 3. Once all items are in place, take your floral tape and begin to wrap it around your stems until they are no longer visible. You may want to adjust the length of your stems by cutting them slightly shorter. The average size boutonniere is anywhere between 3 -4 inches long from top to bottom.
Step 4. You’re almost done! Once you have chosen your matching ribbon, glue one end of the ribbon at the top of your wires neatly. Glue down so that the ribbon is angled downwards and slowly begin to wrap your ribbon around the floral tape covered stems. The floral tape is sticky but not stick enough to hold down the ribbon so be sure to wrap around snugly.
Step 5. As you make it to the bottom begin to wrap back up the stem neatly as this will be the pattern you see. Again, pull snugly and space the over lapping ribbon as you desire. For additional embellishment you may add a thin string, or colored wire up the ribbon covered stem for an extra pop of color. In this case I have simply tied a little piece of lace in a knot.
Step 6. You now have your perfectly cute and unique boutonniere. This is sure to be an easy DIY project that is nothing short of fun and creativity!
I jumped out of my chair when I saw Kodi of Adam LeSage Photography email with images from Jeline’s wedding. Jeline, the stylish bride, wore a charming tea length wedding dress and yellow suede ankle boots that matched the yellow bridesmaid dresses they purchased at Modcloth. Jeline found her wedding dress at, drumroll please, David’s Bridal. Isn’t it a gem? CJ, the stylish groom, wore a slim fit white suit to contrast with the black suits the groomsmen wore. More from their sweet yellow and white wedding below:
We’re really excited to share this wedding with you, the Jilane (the bride) has such great style and the couple worked hard to keep the wedding affordable yet beautiful. It was a fun day that resulted in some great images. Both the ceremony and reception were held at Heritage Hill State Park, the ceremony at 11:30AM and the reception immediately following. The centerpieces at each table were birch logs tied with ribbon with pies made by a family friend of the bride on top of them, and guests were assigned to tables based on the kind of pie which they then ate for dessert. After the meal everyone participated in swing dancing lead by friends of the couple. Jilane is also a photographer and gave us complete creative freedom to get the images that she wanted.
Wedding Vendors (Green Bay, Wisconsin)
More images coming up soon!
It’s my first time to WPPI and I even though I thought I’d never say this, I am loving my time in Las Vegas! Ever since I posted this vintage wedding last week, I’ve fallen in love with their animal bouts from Drinking Stars. Their current bouts are themed by touristic locations with a retro flair: Las Vegas and Coney Island. When I spotted the Las Vegas collection I thought it was only appropriate to share! Coney Island themed bouts are perfect for a carnival inspired wedding.
Nathalie from Luxe Fête sent over this photoshoot and instead of focusing on decor I thought it would be great to spotlight the couple’s style – and how you can do it on a budget. The bride’s fluffy short wedding dress with layers and layers of tulle is by Dolce & Gabbana, but you can find an equally gorgeous short wedding dress for a more affordable route (see our round up of 15 Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses for under $500 and last year’s 10 Vintage Inspired Wedding Dresses for under $500). The groom’s vintage tuxedo is from C. Madeleine’s Vintage Boutique, proof that grooms can also find vintage clothing to wear for their wedding.
I am loving the black gloves – it reminds me of this post I made about darling gloves for vintage weddings nearly one year ago.
Photography: Ambrosio Photography / Wedding Dress: Dolce Gabbana / Groom’s Black and White Tuxedo Jacket: C. Madeleine’s Vintage Boutique / Furniture Rentals: Ronen Bar and Furniture Rental / Florals, Decor and Styling: Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio / Hair and Makeup: Brittany Lammon/ Models: Maya Breykin and Buddy Krueger
We’re kicking off this week with a sweet city wedding shot by photographer Heather Waraksa. I always get very excited to share NYC weddings, not only because it’s where I live, but its atmosphere emits such an amazing sense of style that it comes off effortlessly. Jess and Mike are no different. While on a modest budget, they had a meaningful and intimate wedding surrounded by close friends and family.
From the stylish bride, Jessica:
My dress was borrowed from a friend who was a stylist for many years, the coat was also borrowed from this friend, the gloves were vintage and a gift. My shoes are Dieppa Restrepo, unisex handmade shoes by two young Colombian/New Yorker designers. My bracelet is by Aesa (Randi Mates), a close friend and amazing jewelry designer, who also made us our rings. I bought the flowers for my bouquet at the flower market in Chelsea and two of my best friends put it together. The locations are my friend’s Randi and Gregory’s apartment in Brooklyn, City Hall and the Chelsea Hotel. Mike wore clothes found at various thrift stores, and Spanish handmade boots we’d bought this summer while in Andalucia.
Check back soon for their wedding!
If you follow me on Twitter, you might remember my tweet about how much I wished for snow. Well, I’ve changed my mind. With a snowstorm coming up this weekend, I am longing for warm weather. Loving these cheery vintage inspired, handmade boutonnieres. So pumped for spring!
Here are some of my favorite finds, and first up are striped bouts:
Orange and aqua bouts (loving the leaves on the side):
Vintage inspired bouts. The vintage beach bout is beyond adorable (loving the doily detail, it reminds me of coral):
Michelle and Dave’s gorgeous rockabilly inspired wedding took place at the Baldwin School in Philadelphia. The bride’s gorgeous vintage inspired look is just perfection! Another beautiful wedding shot by the talented Nadine from Love Me Do Photography. Fabulous hair and makeup by Alanna from I Love Salon Blush.
See more photos from this 50’s inspired wedding on Love Me Do’s blog here.
The Sartorialist is a huge source for groom style ideas. Here are some of my favorites:
Glenplaid suit and striped shirt combo. Loving the mix of patterns on the photo on the left.
Bow ties, vests and rolled up shirt…
I usually don’t care as much about black suit ensembles, but I love how sharp these two look:
These short ankle pants are not formal wedding attire per se, but they would look so cool for a casual summer wedding.
Gray slim fit suits and skinny ties. Love the simple lines of their pocket squares.
1950s: From 1950s and later, men’s attire were scaled back and much more conservative. Pants, jackets and ties slimmed and lapels became smaller. The gray flannel suit was a staple of menswear in the 50s. Dark brown, navy blue and charcoal were popular colors for businessman’s suits. A hat, pocket square, tie clip and cuff links were must haves in any men’s wardbrobe at the time (along with cigarettes).
How to make it work: 50s fashion is not much different than today’s men’s suits. A slim fit suit and a hat is chic and your fiance can wear them again. A pocket square is a nice alternative to the boutonniere.
(left, J.Crew; Don Draper in Mad Men)
1960s: Men’s suits finally became more fitting. Tailored jackets and narrow lapels worn with narrow collared shirts and skinny ties became popular thanks to Italian designers’ influence. Men’s fashion palettes expanded, which was not surprising, considering that clothing choices for men during the 1950s could hardly have become more conservative. The result is sleek and modern suits that we can see on tv series Mad Men. Popular shoes for men at the time were winkle pickers, an exaggerated pointy toe shoe.
How to make it work: slim fit suit and a skinny tie. The whiskey in one hand and cigarette on the other are optional.
(Brad Pitt in Ocean’s Eleven and Mick Jagger on his wedding day)
1970s: “Menâ€™s fashion between the anything goes and designer groups may be a little less-defined. However, it is evident that men wore either casual or dress clothing of distinct styles. One of the most popular formal wear outfits for a man during this time was the white suit. One of the prime examples of the white suit is seen worn by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever. It is a full suit with a vest and black collar underneath the vest that appears in one photo to either to come from a black shirt worn under the vest, or to be a collar attached as part of the vest”. (source)
How to make it work: skip the tie and go for a retro collar shirt and suit. The guys at Men Style talk about when is acceptable to a man to wear a shirt collar outside his suit lapel here.
(Bottega Veneta and Wikipedia)
1900’s-1920’s (Edwardian Period): A frock coat (a double breasted long coat) was widely worn as part of men’s formalwear during the Edwardian and Victorian periods. By 1910, 3 piece suits became more popular than frock coats, but the slim fitted jackets and trousers were still worn.
How to make it work: Nothing better than a slim fit 3 piece suit like the one above to recreate the period.
(Casual men’s attire during the 20’s – left: Paul Smith and 2)
(Formal men’s attire in the 20’s – left and right)
1920’s: Tail coat, top hat, bow tie and patent leather shoes were must haves in any men’s wardrobe during the Roaring Twenties. Daytime events required less formal attire, such as the sack suit (which consisted of jacket and slacks in matching fabrics), worn with colored shirts and silk ties in small geometric patterns. Wing tip shoes were also very popular at the time (commonly in white/tan or white/black). Informal men’s clothing of this time consisted of baggy pants (called Oxford pants), pullover sweaters and soft caps or fedora hats (which actually dates back from 1882, but only became popular in the 20’s). Tweed and flannel were the most popular fabrics used in men’s clothing during this decade.
How to make it work: what about a trendy slim fit tweed suit like this one? Check out thrift stores and flea markets for tweed suits. Is worth it investing in a good tailor when the quality of the fabric is good (and when you get it at a great price).
(1930’s men’s fashion – left: Dolce & Gabbana; right: Esquire)
1930’s: The old tradition from the 1900’s of wearing multiple outfits throughout the day had come to an end with the 1929 Wall Street Crash. People had little or no money to spend on clothing, and often times men would wear their old suits for their weddings. Double breasted suits became popular during 1930’s, which was also adopted by gangsters at that time. Gangsters often wore bold color shirts, wide stripe suits and bright plaids, making 1930’s fashion their own.
How to make it work: a classic tuxedo will never go out of style, but if your groom is feeling courageous, what about a double breasted suit and wing tip shoes for a gangster look?
1940’s: The beginning of this decade started with strict rationing due to WWII. There weren’t natural fibers available to make clothing other than soldier uniforms, and men’s clothing lost their vests, pocket flaps and trouser cuffs. Grooms often wore their uniforms to their weddings. Formal evening wear was a privilege of the upper class and very few could afford to buy tuxes. Hand painted silk ties became popular at this time.
How to make it work: if your fiance is in the Armed Forces, he can skip the tux and wear his own uniform.
Next week I’ll be sharing groom styles from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, so check back for more!