For many grooms, preparing for the Big Day is relatively simple. For the most part, you just have to do what your bride tells you to do. This may involve going to cake tastings, buying the suits that she's perfectly planned for you and your groom's men to wear, or picking up the flowers she's ordered for the reception hall. Aside from this, your main jobs include supporting her, offering your opinion where it's needed and wanted, buying appropriate gifts for your groom's men, and showing up on time to the church. Unless she wants you to take an active role in the planning, or you want to, the bride, her family, and her friends, will most likely take care of all the preparations that she's been dreaming about since she was a little girl.
Despite stepping up and taking care of everything that needs to be taken care for the wedding day, though, you may have overlooked one little detail: what you'll wear to the rehearsal dinner. While you may think you can simply throw together something at the last minute, that really isn't what you want to do. This is an important part of your wedding, and it's something you'll remember for the rest of your life. You may be meeting some of the people in her family at this dinner for the first time, and those first impressions are important. You'll want to look your best for this event.
Preparing for the Rehearsal Dinner
Begin thinking about what you'd like to wear for the rehearsal dinner weeks beforehand. If you're going to wear something that you already own, it may need to be altered, dry-cleaned, or may need to be paired with a new item you'll have to buy. If you're thinking of purchasing something new, you'll need plenty of time to find it, buy it, and make sure it is a comfortable and appropriate choice for the occasion.
If you're going to buy a new tweed jacket or men's suits for the occasion, consider going online to make your purchase first. An online men's clothing store, like Brook Taverner, has many different options for you to choose from, along with helpful descriptions and advice that can make it easier for you to choose the right item. For instance, a traditional store may not separate their suits into categories that reveal where they are best worn like an online store does. Online, you can see what suits work for everyday, which are best for weddings, and which are best used for travel. If you're a first-time buyer or simply need a bit of extra assistance choosing the best suit, this can be very helpful.
Dress Code for the Dinner
Not sure what the dress code is for the rehearsal dinner? Ask the bride. She will be able to steer you toward the right direction, whether it's formal, casual, or something in-between. This will help you decide what kind of clothing to buy.
If you want to figure out for yourself the dress code of the party, take a look at where it will be held and what type of food is going to be served. If the wedding is traditional, your parents will be the ones who will host this event, so discussing the dress code with them may help. Keep in mind, though, that this is an important event, so no matter what the dress code is, you should always put your best foot forward.
In addition to figuring out what the dress code is for the event, take the time to coordinate what you'll be wearing with your bride. While she may be a bit frazzled with all of the responsibilities she has on her plate, knowing what she's planning to wear can be very helpful and can prevent you from looking over-dressed or under-dressed the night of the dinner. After all, if she shows up in a pair of jeans and you are wearing a men's suit that would be acceptable to wear in a five-star restaurant, you are going to look rather silly as a pair. Your clothing choices should complement (not match) each other.
What to Wear
For a formal dinner, the most obvious choice is men's suits. Wearing a suit and tie, while adding in personal details, like the cufflinks her mother gave you last year for Christmas, will make you look spectacular and dressed for the occasion. Not all rehearsal dinners are quite so formal, however. Many times, a groom's parents will create a more casual atmosphere for this dinner when the wedding is elegant and over-the-top. This gives everyone the chance to relax before the big day and really get to know one another. In this case, you can get away with wearing more casual clothing choices, like jeans or chinos. Pair them with a nice shirt and a knit sweater or a men's tweed jacket for a completed look.
Keep in mind that you should only choose clothing that you won't need to use after the wedding on your honeymoon. You don't want to reach your destination and have to spend your first day doing the wash. If you were planning on taking certain suits or a tweed jacket with you, don't wear them to the rehearsal dinner. Instead, purchase alternatives that you can leave behind after the rehearsal dinner.
The Rest of the Details
The littlest details make all the difference, so take care to remember them. Get a haircut a few days before the dinner. Don't wait until the rehearsal is over and attempt to get in a haircut before the wedding. You won't have time. In addition, you'll want to look good for the rehearsal.
Other details to remember? Press your clothing, polish your shoes, and always remember to smile. Get some sleep as well. This may be asking a lot as your nerves take over, but the rehearsal dinner is part of the wedding. This means there will be plenty of pictures taken. You don't want to look back on that special night and see an exhausted groom about to fall asleep in his soup.
Are you ready for your big day? Make sure you prepare not only for the wedding, but for the rehearsal dinner as well.