To Tux or not to Tux?

Susana Tuya

Susana Tuya hails originaly from Peru. She is Director of La 'qua Image, which helps assist all different types of people to maximise their self-image potential.

Groom’s Quick Dress Code.  We all know the planning that goes with the Bride choosing ‘her’ perfect Cinderella dress.  But what about the Prince?  Cinderalla kissed the frog so he could become the Prince but no Bride wants his Prince to look like her Frog.


It is common sense that the proper dress for your wedding is going to depend on a few variables, such as the type of wedding, the location, the theme and the bride.

I think we must not forget that even though the Groom claims that it is not that important, how the Groom looks is also paramount. 

Since it is also his big day, he will want to stand out from the rest of the groomsmen.

It is a good idea for the Groom to reverse colours from the best man and the groomsmen (for example, if groomsmen are wearing black have the Groom wear white, or have the Groom wear a different style or colour than the groomsmen). 

The best weddings we have styled are the ones when the Groom & Bride have been colour coded and dressed in colours that are complimentary to their skin tone & styles to flatter their bodies (e.g. for the Groom:  Black, Navy, Brown, Charcoal or Striped suit.

There is also the decision whether the Groom should wear a suit or a tuxedo, and a black or white tux.  This will depend on your theme and on the time the ceremony is being held.  Evening formal ceremonies tend to have the darker colours, while daytime the lighter ones.  If you are thinking of a suit for the Groom remember that the suit is an expression of the men’s character.  We don’t want the Groom to feel like he is at a fancy-dressed party and  eager to get out of his ‘costume’.  Remember that double-breasted suits can add weight to a man, while a single breasted could be more flattering to his physique -  no man wants to feel like he is carrying extra weight.

nullRegardless your choice of hiring or buying, it is important to begin this process at least 3 to 4 months in advance from the big day.  Just like the Bride’s dress, there will be final adjustments that need to be made and you don’t want to leave this to the last minute.

Finally, accessories give it the final touch!  For example, if the Groom is wearing a tuxedo, you will need some simple but elegant patent shoes which can be easily hired.  If wearing a suit, don’t be afraid to wear your own shoes as long as they are in good shape.

Place the Groom in a different flower in his buttoniere from the groomsmen.  No overseas guest wants to have to question who is the Bride marrying.

As you can gather, the options are limitless.  If you are in need of some Grooming Styling Advice we are happy to help.  However, the most important thing is to have fun, look good and say I do!


Seen Susannah & Trinity on TV or read their books?  You can meet our kiwi version Susana Tuya, Director of La’qua Image.  Proud to be empowering 100’s of New Zealanders to maximise their self-image potential.

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