After finding your dream wedding gown (and possibly falling in love again…), don’t forget about your main squeeze and his entourage.  The formality of your gown will easily dictate what your groom and his groomsmen should wear.  At MW’s lakefront weddings we have seen different types of attire ranging from formal to semi-formal to casual.  There are so many choices for the men to choose from so take care with these details and they will be sure to look amazingly dapper!

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Formal:

The most classic attire is the tuxedo or Black Tie.  The tuxedo usually includes a black coat, trousers with stripe on leg seam, white tuxedo shirt, cummerbund, black bow tie, cuff links and black leather dress shoes.  For a quirky spin – ‘Creative Black Tie’ – on the traditional tuxedo, replace the black bow tie with a fun color that compliments the color palette of your special day or sport a black shirt for a modern look.

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Photo Courtesy of Ben Chrisman Photography, Dave Getzschman of Ben Chrisman Photography & Jennifer Baciocco Photography - All Merrily Wed Weddings.

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For the utmost formal event, it must be White Tie complete with a white bow tie, vest, possibly jacket with tails and a white tuxedo shirt.

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Semi-Formal:

The most common style that we see at lakefront weddings is semi-formal.  Semi-formal usually includes a well-planned suit and tie.  This style can be personalized by using a different color suit besides black.  Some of the popular suit colors we have seen besides black are: navy blue, charcoal gray, chocolate brown and tan.

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Photos Courtesy of (clockwise) Kate Webber Photography, Lisa Leigh Photography, Mulberry Photography and Jay Reilly Photography. All Merrily Wed Weddings.

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Another fabulous look we love is a “By the Lake” style by combining a navy sportcoat and khaki slacks.  This nautical trend is a favorite for many reasons including the adaptability to fit your personal taste.

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Photos Courtesy of (clockwise) Christa Hoffarth Photography, Jennifer Baciocco Photography and Jay Reilly Photography. All Merrily Wed Weddings.

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Don’t forget the details!!  All of these semi-formal styles can look great paired with a tie that pulls from your wedding color scheme.

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Kilt:

Another dapper look for those willing enough (and with the legs!) to pull this ensemble off is the kilt.  A kilt is a classic Scottish and Celtic garment.  It is a knee-length garment that is pleated in the rear and made from wool in a tartan pattern.  Many grooms choose to wear a pattern in their family clan’s tartan to represent their Scottish or Celtic culture on their special day.  Tradition has it that nothing else is worn underneath the kilt…

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Photos Courtesy of Photography by Monique, Organic Photographs and Ben Chrisman Photography. All Merrily Wed Weddings.

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Semi-Casual:

A semi-casual wedding calls for a more relaxed style.  A khaki linen suit or pairing a nice collared silk shirt and slacks are perfect looks for a laid back feel.  If it gets chilly during the evening, a sportcoat is a great addition to the shirt/slack combination.

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Photos courtesy by Ben Chrisman Photography. Merrily Wed Wedding.

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Your groom and groomsmen are sure to look as unforgettably stunning as you (well, almost as smashing!) with just a little care in choosing their stylish look.

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