If there is one thing I have learned while wedding dress shopping and figuring out centerpieces, it's that it is a little too easy to forget about the guys! Over time I had conjured up a picture of what I wanted the guys to look like at our wedding, but I realized one day that I had never actually spoken to my future groom about his vision…whoops! We quickly sat down and got to gabbing.
Before our vision search we threw together a few basic goals for our groomsmen attire:
– No tuxes. Our wedding is going to be informal and the ceremony will be outside, tuxes did not really fit in to our vision.
– Fly kicks. Immediately my fiancé latched on to the idea of converse sneakers paired with slacks. He loved the look, and loved the shoes!
– Affordable. SUCH a buzzword for this wedding, but seriously. I’ve mentioned it before and I will most likely mention it again, we love to cut down costs. All the groomsmen are young and newly employed, so we want to keep the load light.
-Dapper. Yup. The end product needs to be easy on the eyes.
After what seemed like days of poring over wedding blogs and pictures of strangers’ perfect outfits, we came up with a general idea of the look we were going for. We wanted lots of grey with yellow accents [following our color scheme] as well as a few homemade touches like a ribbon-wrapped Billy Button boutonniere.
We ended up deciding the groomsmen would wear custom Converse*, grey slacks, white shirt, suspenders, and a tie. The fiancée and I are going to spring for the suspenders and tie, making the get-up more affordable for the guys. Although I know it is sometimes frowned upon to give wedding wear as gifts, we're going to package the ties and suspenders up pretty because we know our groomsmen will love them!
[More on the wedding party gifts another time!]
*If your groomsmen/groom wants to rock Converse, the custom made option is the way to go. Head over to converse.com to check out their abundant color options, I promise you won't be disappointed. Here is a look at ours…