by Brandon James Anderson
If you’ve been following this series closely (and honestly, why on earth would you not?), you’ve probably picked up on the fact that my innovative and, at times, grandiose ideas come from a place of care. I care about the guests and I want them to experience a wedding that’s more unique and flat out better than any they’ve ever attended, their own included.
Along with being concerned with “audience experience,” I have kept wedding party consideration in mind as during my wedding preparation. I’ve stood up in nearly a dozen weddings, practically one per year since 2005. I’m not even going to bother doing the math on the amount I spent on tuxes. Whatever the sum is, it’s better expressed with expletives than numerals, anyway.
So, after a decade of helping to keep The Men’s Wearhouse afloat, I’ve decided for my own wedding to go with a suit rather than having the arbitrary collection of outcasts, misfits, and bozos* that are my groomsmen rent tuxes that will be worn once. Instead, my gentlemen have the distinct privilege of wearing a sharp suit that they’ll actually get to keep and wear again.
* I, of course, am joking. A majority of my groomsmen do not fit that description…
Originally, I had the idea of going with a gray suit but, after doing some browsing online and in department stores, I came to the conclusion that the gray suit look is one that was recently a fresh idea but is now getting played out. Given our wedding is in the early fall, a brown or tan suit may be fitting, but Alli and I ultimately decided to go with a suit that goes along with our wedding colors of navy and purple (the colors of royalty, in other words).
I’m glad I was able to find a look for my groomsmen that will both save them some money and be of use to them beyond my wedding day. When it comes to myself, however, I have yet to decide whether or not I’ll be donning this suit come the big day.
I’ve previously discussed the idea of costume changes and while I’m likely not going that route, I could still opt to wear something that will make me stand out on October 3.
There is, for example, the standard classic black tuxedo look:
There’s the more trendy look of a navy tuxedo jacket:
Speaking of color, there’s also the Harry and Lloyd look:
I could also pay homage to my Scottish heritage:
And, lastly, what red blooded American can forget “Macho Man” Randy Savage’s nuptials in 1991?
With just five months until #brandonsbigday, it’s time for me to make a decision. Do I stick with the suit I’ve picked for my groomsmen? Or do I opt to go a little more bold?