Good afternoon my friends, and happy Thursday!

Take over Thursday is back, and there’s no time to waste. Time is a commodity we don’t  have on our wedding day. In fact, time goes by so quickly, in the blink of an eye, your whole wedding day could be over. Really there are not enough hours in a day for a wedding celebration. That is why it's a good idea to have a professional team like MLP to capture the details you are likely to miss. This week’s post is going to be on the pros and cons between name brand department stores versus locally owned businesses to rent your tuxedos from? I hope you find this information useful.  

     The biggest thing I hope you take from all this is to double check everything no matter where you get it from whether you buy or rent. There are a few details that can be forgotten easily. Small details matter a lot because they complement the suit and yourself as a whole. It's the small details like the pocket square, socks, belt, cufflinks, watch, and deodorant that can be overlooked. Cologne is recommended, deodorant is a must especially for me. These are things to think about if you are getting ready at a hotel or somewhere abroad. Every small detail counts guys. If something is dear to you. Then you must include it on your wedding day. We encourage it! The more personal the better. For example, I have a small collection of Fedora hats, and I just had to find the right one for our wedding day. I looked, and I couldn’t find something. Up until two weeks before our wedding, I found the right hat. I was so happy, and I felt lucky to have found the right hat. At a recent wedding, one of our grooms had the coolest bullet shaped cufflinks I’ve seen yet. He actually ordered them online. Two weeks is the magic time frame so that you're not rushing doing last minute shopping. I couldn’t find my hat online, but if you are ordering online you should plan for at least a month in advance for delivery or return issues. Rush delivery can be an option, but I would just stick with a month for online shopping. It’s also a good idea to try everything on two weeks prior, just to make sure you are still comfortable. Whether you lost or gained weight this is the time to get it altered and get comfortable. Since the day goes by so fast, it’s important to prep weeks and even months in advance. It sounds crazy, but it will make your life so much easier the day of. I almost forgot my socks the day of, so don’t let that happen to you.

     A lot of times big name brand stores are missing pieces to the suits or they send the wrong sizes. It's more common than what we would like. That is why it's important for everyone in the wedding party to double check every little detail and try it on. This is most important if you buy or rent your suit from out of town. You have to make sure everything is right from the start, and the main thing after that is not to lose any pieces. Like my socks. The personal relationship between people is one of the many pros of choosing a locally owned business. The only time I’ve seen someone personally come out on the wedding day was Mr. Tuxedo himself. Some of the groom's men needed different size shoes, and he made sure they had them before the ceremony. We're not perfect, but he took the time to make it right. Lucky for everyone it was all local. That's why locally owned businesses like Finos’ Menswear and AJ’s Tuxedo are a good choice. Plus, they have a wide variety of colors and different styles to choose from. I’m pretty sure some have package deals that always offer the groom some type of deal or discount. Be sure to check with your local tuxedo dealer for the latest styles and trends.

     I feel like the slim fit is what’s trendy right now, but is it for everyone? Honestly, there is no right or wrong choice when it comes time to choose a suit style. It’s totally up to your style of choice. For a bigger guy like my self, a slim fit can seem a little restrictive, but we must remember that everything is tailored and custom to fit our bodies. That’s why it's important to try different styles and get a feel for the different suits. The tailor usually measures you, but if you're like me and don’t like to feel choked up. Then neck size is very important, so for me so I memorized it. I won't take anything less than 17.5 in the neck for my dress shirt. The measurements for a dress shirt are the following first the neck, then the chest, and last the arm length (17,35,34). Fitted always looks better because it looks custom. You want a suit that looks like it was custom fitted to fit your body, and you deserve it. At the end of the day, you and your wife to be will be confident and look like a million bucks. You will compliment each other in a special way. You’ll have an awesome time with our team, and we will capture your best moments in your finest wear. I hope you learned something other than to double check everything. Have an awesome afternoon.