Tuesday, April 23, 2013

wedding suit

This week we will talk about wedding suit. How to choose it?
How to adjust the groom's suit by the bride's dress?
How to adjust the suit to the events style and the wedding season?

How to choose the perfect wedding suit for the groom?

Here is our guide for how to dress the groom.

Quite often it is that the bride has the biggest say in what the groom wears and the choice of the wedding suit which is almost as vital as the bride's dress. So here are some top tips for dressing the groom and choosing his wedding suit.

Let’s face it; most men aren’t exactly the most avid shoppers. So when it comes to choosing the most important outfit of their lives we understand you may have your concerns. Visions of pastel top hats and ruffles Dumb and Dumber style spring to mind.
With this and the frightening prospect of him looking like a penguin, it is essential that time is taken to make the right choice. To help ease the suit choosing process here’s our guide to choosing the groom’s suit.

To rent a suit or not to rent?

One of the first things you should consider when choosing the suit is whether to rent or to buy. If you look at the decision in purely economic terms renting clearly makes more sense. However, you should view buying the suit as an investment. Unless you intend to choose a very formal suit, you will be able to reuse the components again and again. Consider that renting a suit could cost you close to half of the price of buying a new one and you will be faced with a fine if it is not returned in perfect condition.

What suit will suit his style?

Depending on the style you and your partner have chosen for your wedding the type of suit you choose to buy/rent will vary. There are many, many different styles of suits at your disposal from the traditional and elaborate to the more modern, trendy versions. Here is a quick rundown of the various options available to the modern or traditional man.

Morning jacket:

The most classy and formal option available for your groom. Single breasted with a large tail at the back, coats are usually black or grey. Traditionally worn with a top hat, striped trousers and waistcoat this is a sophisticated look often worn by royals so ensure this is in keeping with the style of the wedding.

Stroller jacket:

More casual and slightly shorter this version can be nicely dressed with a crisp shirt and waistcoat. This style is more common as it is more relaxed and subtle.


Among the more formal styles is the classic tail coat. With two long tails at the back it should be worn with braces and a white shirt. And to complete the look, razzles dazzle cane!

Traditional tuxedo or black tie:

Usually the choice for an evening soiree , with plenty of options including a variety of different lapels. Choose black or grey for the classic look or lighter shades for a fun or more casual look. Usually worn with a bow tie (preferably not clip on) and flat-front trousers . You can easily modernize this classic style to achieve a more contemporary look. However, important to note is that if you choose a more modern jacket you can update the black tie look by choosing a darker shirt and a regular tie rather than a bow. You can also substitute the braces for a regular belt.

Dark suit:

Is a tuxedo a little too 007 for your tastes? If so consider a more subtle dark suit. If you go for this more understated of options then − as with the updated black tie − replace the bow tie with a regular one.

Dinner jacket:

Probably the most casual option available and great for summer weddings , usually white or cream. Wear with dark, possibly striped, trousers.

If the wedding suit fits

Whatever wedding suit you choose, the most important part of the suit selection process for all male members of the wedding party is proper fit. As much as we love Charlie Chaplin we don't want to take styling tips from him! Baggy trousers and stretched jacket don’t scream sophistication.
Ensure your groom tries the suit on with all other components of the outfit he intends to wear. Any decent tailor will advise on the suit’s fit but you should look for a few things:
With arms at his sides the cuffs of the shirt should peek out and the sleeve should sit comfortably at the top of his hand.
The trousers should just touch the shoe’s heel at the back and sit comfortably on the top at the front - exposed socks are a no-no
Most of all, consider all the options: try different lapels, consider a waistcoat, or even a hat
Take the groom’s build and shape into account and finally, try to get him as involved as possible. After all you’ll (hopefully) only be doing this once and looking at the results of your choosing for years to come. You don’t want to hear any ‘why did you make me wear
that?’ a few years down the line

2013 Groom wear Trends:

What Is the Difference Between a Wedding Suit & a Business Suit?

Men’s fashion dictates wearing suits for social or professional occasions such as weddings, formal parties, dinners and business meetings. Suits come in many styles and materials that are paired with a range of complementary accessories including shirts, ties, cuff links and cummerbunds, generally falling into the category of wedding or business suits. Does this Spark an idea?

Wedding Suit Description

Although wedding suits can be made from any fabric or color, the most common wedding suits are black or dark gray with single-breasted jackets. Materials range from silk to wool, depending on the season. They are typically worn with white shirts with French cuffs fastened with understated gold or silver cuff links. A vest in a matching or coordinating color adds a traditional flair to a wedding suit. Wedding suit slacks have flat or pleated fronts.



Technically a wedding suit, tuxedos are more formal matrimonial attire. They are traditionally black or white but come in a wide range of colors and patterns as well as in contemporary or classic styles. Tuxedo pants can be flat or pleated and may be adorned with a strip of satin down the outer pant leg. Shirts worn with tuxedos often have pleats or other decorative trim on the front, as well as French cuffs, and are white or pastel colors. A cummerbund, a classic tuxedo accessory, is frequently worn around the waist and made from fabric that matches or complements a solid color silk tie or decorative jacket pocket square.
Formal Business Suit

This style of business suit is similar to a wedding suit but is normally available in more colors, materials and styles. Color choices generally include black and shades of brown, blue, green and gray. The fabrics for formal business suits include wool, silk and natural or synthetic blends and include pinstripe designs and natty textures such as tweed. The shirts worn with formal business suits range from pastel to dark colors and have French cuffs. Ties and pocket squares worn with formal business suits are usually patterned rather than solid.

General and Casual Suits

General business suits are often not suits per se but tailored sports coats paired with trousers in a similar or complementary color. Shirts worn with general business suits have buttoned cuffs and tie designs are more colorful and patterned than those paired with formal suits. Casual business suits are comprised of knit or khaki pants paired with collared sport shirts worn without ties, sweaters and casual sport coats.

Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Suit: More
You Decide
when choosing your wedding suit, don’t be influenced by anyone except yourself and maybe your bride.  The “typical” formal wear suits hire offering often consists of heavier more durable fabrics with the design or fit being very square or generic.  If you feel comfortable in that then that’s great, but don’t be persuaded by the sales assistant to go for something you don’t want just because there is nothing else on offer. Any decent company should offer you a variety of designs, fabrics and fits, with a variety of prices accompanying these.
Suit Styles:
this is becoming a tricky area as many a groom and his groomsmen are being heavily influenced by the “fashion suit”.  This is a very tight, shorter style suit.  I like this style but it isn’t very practical for a long wedding day, and more importantly can make a groom look no more special than a guest.  It also raises that age old problem “my photos will look dated”.  I have had many couples visit with this specific “modern man suit” idea in their minds who actually end up in our Designer Hire stuff, especially the tail coat.  We say have an open mind when setting out.
How Do I know if a Suit is “The One”?
I love suits so when someone says to me that I am being fussy, well it’s true.  I am often asked how you know when a suit or outfit is “the one”.  It is difficult to explain, and this will sound weird, but when you try on that perfect suit or outfit, you will just know.  Again, don’t be influenced by others apart from the important people such as your bride.  In theory the company you choose to supply your suit should also be able to offer experienced yet impartial advice, to agree with your choice or even nudge you in an even better direction.
I Might As Well Be Color Blind…
Not everyone is blessed with being creative or indeed brave enough to try something new.  One of my biggest challenges with staffing our Formal Wear business is to ensure that you are not only looked after by a trained individual, they need to have an element of individual creativity and their own thoughts as  how to help you find that perfect combo. Full knowledge of our products is one thing, knowing how to put it all together
is another
Short Video - How to choose a wedding suit…

My husband, with his wedding suit-(12 years ago).

See you on the next post,

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

wedding shoes

This week we will talk about wedding shoes,
How to choose them and what you should know ...
Here are some tips:
 Leading shoes designers from Etsy   
wedding shoes treasury

Wedding shoes are important to the complete bridal look ever since the Prince Charming slide the glass slipper onto Sleeping Beauty's delicate foot. The range of shoes bride-to-be’s can select from include jeweled heels, funky flip-flops, leather boots or even the proverbial glass slippers with kitten heels! With so many glamorous glitzy shoes on the market it is quite a dilemma for a modern bride-to-be to choose the right shoes which will grace her feet on her special day!
How to choose wedding shoes that will complement your dress and also show your own sense of style
 ♥ First, you need to decide on the heel height. Your options are high stiletto heels, kitten heels, flat pumps or even flip-flops (for a destination beach wedding).
When selecting a heel height consider what is going to be comfortable for you and what height you are normally comfortable wearing. If you don't normally wear three inch heels, don't wear them on your wedding day. Choose a kitten or slender one or two-inch heel in an attractive style instead so that you will be comfortable. Better yet, how about a lovely court shoe or ballet-style flat that compliments your dress.
of course, if you are used to heels, you don’t have a problem! From a style point of view, high heels really help to define a women’s shape, give her a lift and create a longer flattering line in her wedding dress.
Do take your groom’s height in consideration. You don’t want to tower above or cower beneath your groom. Wearing flat shoes was not even a consideration for me at my wedding, as I am 5 foot  and my groom is 6 foot!
Wedding Shoe Toe Styles
The next consideration is the toe style of your wedding shoes. For summer weddings or weddings in warm destination, open-toes, peep toes, sandals or strappy wedges displaying your beautifully pedicure are the perfect choice.
Alternatively, a pointed, square or rounded close toes style shoes are always fashionable and more appropriate for winter weddings, colder climates or inclement weather.
Wedding Dress Length
Consider the length of your dress when choosing your wedding shoes.
If you have opted for a tea length or shorter wedding dress, remember that whilst your dress will, be sure to garner your guests’ attention, so too will your bridal footwear as your guests eyes will naturally be drawn to your legs and feet as they are more on display.
If you will be wearing a long wedding dress, a closed toe shoe will look far more elegant.
Whilst features such as ankle straps on shoes, it can make them much more comfortable to wear, when they are combined with a shorter dress they can tend to make the legs look shorter too. If you are determined that you will not wear skyscraper heels on your wedding try a small kitten heel as this will be a lot more flattering with a shorter dress.
Nowadays it's important to make sure that the shoe you choose is not only complements the style of the gown you are going to wear but  also comfortable.
Remember to keep comfort in mind
Your wedding gown is going to be the real focus of attention amongst your guests. In many cases, your gown is going to cover most, if not all, of your shoes, so don't choose a shoe just because it is "gorgeous" if you know it is going to be excruciatingly painful by the end of the day. No one wants to see you hobbling down the aisle or being stretchered off before the first dance! Remember that you can be posing for photos, mingling with guests, walking around and probably dancing in your chosen shoes for minimum 5 hours. As you are likely to be on your feet for most of the day, comfort should be your priority over looking trendy!
Whilst it is important to strike a balance between comfort and style, you must also choose shoes which are practical too.
Choose functionality over fashion
Consider what time of the year you are getting married on. There is no point in looking at strappy sandals if you are getting married during the winter in a location which usually experiences sub-zero temperatures!
On the other hand if you are getting married in a hot climate, it would make a perfect sense for you to wear a pair of open-toed sandals or flip-flops which will give your feet a chance to breathe.
Think about your wedding location. Are you getting married outdoors, on an exotic beach, in a traditional church, a rustic chapel or at a backyard barbeque?
Consider whether your wedding shoes are compatible with the type of floor surfaces you are going to encounter on your wedding day.

 Will you be walking down an aisle? If so, is it carpeted or hard-floored?
 Will you be walking on grass? If so you should avoid spiky heels which are likely to sink into the soft ground! Opt for a flat wedding shoe or if you have your heart set on high heels try a platform shoe, thick block heel or wedge which offers more support than a sleek stiletto heel.
 Will you be walking on gravel or loose stones? If so opt for a closed toe shoe otherwise you might face spending your wedding day picking gravel from in between your toes!
 Will you be walking on a sandy beach? If so a simpler slip on sandal, thong sandal, flip-flop or even bare feet might be more practical for walking through the sand.
Match fabrics as well as colors
When choosing the color of your wedding shoes use a swatch of material to match the exact color of your wedding dress. The last thing you want is to choose shoes which completely clash with your dress.
Next, decide whether you would prefer shoes in exactly the same shade as your dress or would you prefer a complementary shade or color.
Remember to take the color of your accessories in consideration , your bouquet, headwear, wedding bag or gloves.

The type of fabric of your shoes should suite the style and details of your dress.
Whilst satin and silk wedding shoes are the traditional and popular choice among brides. Those made from lace, velvet, brocade, leather and suede are also very stylish. Choose a fabric which suits your personal style and complements your wedding dress.
If you are planning an outdoor wedding you should choose a more durable fabric such as leather or suede as opposed to the delicate fabrics such as silk and satin which tend to stain and rip easily.
Many brides are trying to get their shoes dyed so they will match to their gowns and then they are are disappointed when they don't match because that they have looked only at the price and gone with the cheapest material. If you choose a different material than what your gown is made from, the dye, no matter what color you attempt to use, will not be the same, and the light does not reflect in the same manner. Satin, peau-de-soie, silk, brocade and other materials all have different reflective and dye qualities. You must choose shoes out of similar materials to get a good match.
You might think that the fabric which your shoes are made of is simply an aesthetic consideration, but the material can make a huge difference in the comfort of your shoes. Some soft materials such as leather and suede will mould to the shape of your feet whilst satin or other fabric shoes can be stiff without much give in them.
Add attention-grabbing adornments
Ensure that any added embellishments on your wedding shoes, such as crystals, rhinestones, beading or embroidery, matches to the color and style of your dress.
Don’t over-accessories when it comes to your wedding shoes. Remember that comfort and style are far more important than sparkles. It is far better to choose simple, elegant shoes which match your dress rather than heavily detailed shoes which might be eye-catching for all the wrong reasons!
Remember too if your shoes are adorned with jewels and even straps or buckles that they don’t catch on the hem of your dress and snag it. That is why it’s important to try your shoes with your dress when you have it fitted. That way, if necessary, the seam of the dress can be altered or (the worst case scenario) you have advance warning that your shoes are unsuitable for your style of dress and you can choose something which is less likely to catch on your dress.
Don't assume high price means best fit
With most things in life you do pay for what you get. However paying a high price for good quality materials will not necessarily ensure the best fit for your wedding shoes. The only way to know which shoe fits you the best is to try the shoe on. Each brand will run different, and some shoes will fit in one size in one brand and another size in another brand. If you want to dance the night away on your wedding day, be sure to walk around in a few pairs beforehand and check the fit so that you find a pair that not only look great but fits comfortably. You may be surprised to find that some very inexpensive shoes have a fantastic fit.
Consider looking at shoes that aren't "bridal shoes"
Sometimes, when things are prefixed with the word “wedding” their price doubles. Don’t narrow your search for your wedding shoes solely to wedding shoe stockiest. Do some research on the internet for the style of shoe which you prefer and definitely shop around.
Take a look at “normal” shoe shops. Whether you are looking for a specific color of shoe, an unconventional alternative to the wedding style sandal or simply a traditional ivory satin court shoe, you will be pleasantly surprised at how many shoe shops stock a wide variety of fashionable colors and styles of shoes at reasonable prices.
If you buy your wedding dress from a shop most will also try and sell you a pair of wedding shoes too. If you don’t like the range they offer, or you think that they are over priced, don’t feel obliged or intimidated to buy any just because they are selling you a dress.
In saying that, if you are interested in a pair of shoes at the same store where you have bought your dress, don’t be afraid of asking if they would consider offering you a discount for buying both items. Remember if you don’t ask you don’t get!
If you will be doing a lot of dancing or have planned a special dance routine for your wedding day, look into purchasing shoes from a store specializing in dance shoes. Ballet or ballroom shoes are designed to be extremely comfortable and come in a wide range of styles and colors that are extraordinarily versatile and attractive, with plenty of flexibility. Once you try these on, you may find yourself going back to these stores for special event shoes beyond your wedding day.
If your feet are prone to swelling you should buy them in a half size bigger otherwise by the end of your wedding day they could be pinching you.
Whether you have chosen a custom-made dress or an off-the-rack department store dress, always take your shoes along with you when having the dress fitted, so that your hemline ends up being at the right length.
To avoid color clashes take a swatch of your wedding dress fabric or at least a comparable color swatch when you go shoe shopping so that you can match up the colors.
Allow yourself plenty of time to find your perfect wedding shoes. That way you can wear them to dress fittings (so that your hemline is the perfect length), you can wear them in (so that you avoid blisters and sore feet on your wedding day) and most importantly you will have one less thing to worry about in the run up to your wedding!
Consider buying a shoe style which you can be wear again after your wedding - very eco-friendly!.
Weigh up the cost of your shoes against how likely it is that they will be seen. If your shoes are going to be hidden away under a full length wedding dress with just a toe poking out for guests to see think about whether is it really necessary to splurge on designer shoes which blow your wedding budget!


Women's Shoe Size Conversion:
Use this website to identify your correct shoe size:


Never wear your wedding shoes fresh out of the box! To avoid blisters, aching feet and general discomfort on your wedding day it’s really important that you practice walking in your shoes and get used to wearing them.
It’s important that your shoes will be mould to the shape of your feet in time for your wedding day. To break them in before the wedding, wear them around your house. A couple of months before the wedding you should try wearing your shoes around the house for a few minutes at a time. Build up gradually for longer periods of time until you can wear them comfortably for 4-5 hours.
If the soles of your shoes are too smooth you are likely to slip if walking on hard polished or parquet flooring. Prior to your wedding day scuff up the sole so that you have some traction to prevent sliding up the aisle! The best way to do this is:
Use a rough-grit sandpaper to scuff and roughen the sole of your shoes - it will make the surface of them less slippery.
Take your shoes to a shoe repair shop and ask them to fit either a half sole or rubber grip to the shoe.
Scratch the bottom of the shoe’s sole to make it less slippery (use a knife or a harsh brush to score it in a cross hatch pattern to rough up the sole). An easy alternative is to wear your shoes out on the pavement and scuff up the bottoms yourself (watch out for puddles though!).
Remember to include plasters in your wedding-day emergency kit just in case your shoes pinch, rub or you suffer the dreaded blisters. Invest in some felt pads too - these can be applied to the ball of the foot where all the pressure will be (particularly with high heels).
If you have your heart set on a pair of stiletto heels but know that they will be completely impractical once you hit the dance floor, consider buying a second pair of shoes with a lower heel, flats or even flip flops so that you can do a changeover once the dancing starts. Many brides have a second pair of more comfortable wedding shoes as a back-up plan in case they experience aching feet with their wedding shoes later in the day. Just be sure that the “back-up shoes” will suit the style and length of your dress as you do not want it being snagged or dragged along the floor.
Remember, the perfect wedding shoes will strike a balance by being both comfortable and stylish. After all on your wedding day you want your shoes to make you feel beautiful and elegant not squirming in pain!


See you on the next post,

Monday, April 8, 2013


In Judaism, there are several explanations for the custom which the brides veil is covering her face, before her entry to the "hupa".
Before the" hupa," the groom comes to the bride, and covers her head and her face with the veil.
 In some weddings, when the couple is walking together to the "hupa," the couple stops one step before the canopy and the groom covers the bride with a veil.
Some might say that the veil is the bride's request to marry her, and that the customary which the groom asks the bride to marry him and she expresses her consent.

The third reason is called "badkin." It is an old custom at the top of a long list of actions. The custom symbolizes the idea of ​​modesty and conveys , the message that the groom sends to the bride and takes her to be his wife, not only for external beauty, but also by something deeper and more spiritual: her soul and personality. Another symbolic meaning of this act, it is
the groom's commitment to preserve and protect his wife forever.

Selection of veils:
There are short veils, long, lace, tulle fabric, lots and lots of varieties.
We will review them all...


Splendid selection of veils, on some ETSY leading stores:
ETSY-wedding-veil treasury


There are many types of veils, here are some examples:

The length of the bridal veil is one meter to three meters from the end of the dress. This Veil is suitable for such dresses: Ball / Chapel / Cathedral and typical for a classic nature wedding and more formal


Very similar to the cathedral veil, but shorter. The length of the bridal veil is about one meter to two meters from the end of the dress (the trailing behind). The veil is suitable for such dresses: Ball / Chapel / Cathedral. This model is loved by brides that marrying on Christian ceremony

This veil is very long, but it length reaches to the floor and "sweeps" it. This veil is more modern and matches less for formal weddings.


Ballet / Waltz Veil
The length of this bridal veil is between the knee and the ankle line, letting the bride a simple and romantic look.

As its name implies, it reaches to the edges of the fingers and suitable for long dresses. This veil is Suitable for formal and informal weddings

This veil ends between the elbow to fingertips. This veil is very popular and suitable for formal and informal weddings. It is also suitable for unique dresses


This veil covers the bride like a scarf - head and shoulders. It was very popular among brides on the 19th century. This bridal veil is decorated with lace ribbon at the edge.

Source: onewed.com via Anneri on Pinterest

This bridal veil attached to the apex of the head and has a volume. As such, it creates the illusion of a waterfall. This veil ends between the shoulder and elbow, Expands at the end, to create a sense of flow.


This veil has many layers, who reach as far as the elbow. This Veil matches to the less formal and non-formal weddings. When a bride chooses to go with this model, it means that she wants to emphasize the back of the dress


A single layer veil, that covers the face. This veil is acceptable to wear during the reception, but during the ceremony, the bride has to change to a more traditional veil.

Source: wedzu.com via Megan on Pinterest

My Veil
I chose a Waltz Veil, long and romantic veil.
It fitted to my simple gown.
Without any additions and decorations, it was simple and long.

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