July 25, 2011

The True Costs of a Wedding- Hidden Surprises

You’ve worked many long and hard hours and prudently saved your money, and now you sit on the cusp of your wedding, basking in all the confidence afforded of, well, being able to afford that aforementioned wedding.

First, we’d like to offer you our warmest congratulations.

Secondly, we formally request that you stop basking, good sir. Stop basking right now.

While it can never be said that people underestimate wedding expenses, it is nevertheless true that few couples-to-be are truly aware of the mountain of fees that are lurking behind the corner of every receipt, waiting to make their ambush against a formerly well-constructed budget.

Fear not, though; we only propose a temporary cessation of your wedding-funds confidence while we outline for you some of the hidden costs that people neglect to consider until they show up on their bills.

1. Taxes

No, nobody really wants to think about having to pay taxes on top of purchases and service fees, but this is one situation where ignorance is so far from bliss that it’s developed a fondness for the financial sucker punch. One cannot avoid sales taxes; rather, one must know to anticipate them.

2. Tips and Gratuities

For every service you procure, you must also be prepared to pay a gratuity, at least if you want to avoid the stigma of inappropriate stinginess. Good tippers offer 15 to 20% of total fees.

3. Postage

The simple fact of the mail system is that for every invitation sent, postage must be paid, while one of the simple facts of wedding planning is that these postage fees are often left unconsidered until the last moment. Wise spenders don’t simply include them in their budgets though; they also take into account the cost of sending announcements and thank you notes, and they realize that the more elaborate the invitation is, the more it will cost to deliver.

4. Alterations

Formal wear can be a difficult beast; rarely will a groom find that the ideal outfit just so happens to come in the perfect fit. As such, everything he wears — from his suit to tuxedo vests and tuxedo shirts — could easily require tailoring before it can be worn with true groom style.

5. Additional Service Charges

Many people neglect to budget for standard expenses like coat check, cake cutting, and rental transport and delivery fees. Others don’t take into account the potential that their wedding and/or reception will run long and thus do not budget for overtime pay. Don’t be one of these people.

There, now we feel productive, and we can only hope that you feel prepared. May your basking recommence.

July 22, 2011

The Art of Choosiness: Best Man Edition

Good day, gentlemen. Today we are going to begin by stating something so obvious that it’s long staked its claim as a persevering cliché: a man’s wedding is one of the most important days of his life. This of course means that it can’t simply be easy. Following his decision to propose, a man is immediately faced with a lengthy string of decisions that ultimately begins and ends with his selection of a best man.

Best men can be an unpredictable breed. While some rise to the occasion with all the grace and valor expected of one man who has devoted himself to ushering another into the world of matrimony, others… well, we’re going to let this video finish that thought for us.

Generally speaking, a good best man can influence and encourage the success of a wedding, but unless he’s domineering control-taker his power ends there. On the other hand, as seen above, all it takes is one unfortunate misstep to wash the event clean of romance.

So what should you look out for (and look to avoid) when selecting a best man?

First and foremost, one can never undervalue the forces of friendship and true brotherhood. The best man should be devoted to weathering the inevitable planning storm, and he should work to ensure that the wedding won’t be turned to a tumultuous affair.

In other words, the man who tends to give half efforts — jovial though he may be — could make a poor choice. That one reliable guy you know however, the one who never thinks twice before offering 100% of himself with a 10% loyalty bonus, might just make all the difference between satisfaction and excellence. Since the best man’s main duties are to keep the rings safe (and dry), deliver a crowd-pleasing toast, and organize the groom-to-be’s last stand — a.k.a. the bachelor party — it’s also wise to find one with whom you are familiar and can relate with on a casual level.

Of course, it always helps to have a fashion-conscious best man by your side; they could prove to be an invaluable source for decisions on the perfect tuxedo shoes and tuxedo accessories.

Finally, it’s not easy being a best man; it can be rather time-consuming, particularly as the wedding approaches. Chronically busy men might not have the freedom to be as gung-ho about your wedding as either of you would like, so it might be wise to take your candidates’ schedules into account.

In the end though, selecting a best man is all a matter of determining who you want by your side as you’re preparing to swear your hand and heart away. And all joking aside about the gentleman above who put a bit of a damper on things, we’re willing to wager that the groom wouldn’t take back his decision, even if his best man took the most unorthodox path possible to ensuring a memorable wedding.

July 18, 2011

Updated: Photo Contest: Vote For Your Favorite Photo!

UPDATED:  This Contest is Closed! The Winner is Megan Schley Photography … Photo #2!  Thank you all for your votes!

Welcome to FineTuxedo.com’s Photography contest!

One of the best days for us is, of course, the fact that we supplied the finest tuxedos to you and your wedding party. The other part is how good you look in your tuxedo and how those wedding photos turn out! Then we thought, wouldn’t it be fun to find THE best wedding photo out there? We’re glad you agree!

Off to the internet we went and searched through A LOT of wedding photos – some fun, some romantic, some shocking and then we found some that made us really smile! We couldn’t really decide the best from our finalists though. Since we couldn’t decide ourselves – we decided to put it to a vote from the public! (you!)
The following 9 photos and photographers are the ones we selected as our best for a “Tuxedo” theme.

How do you vote for your favorite?
• Send your vote for the best photo by telling us your favorite picture in the comments below or by tweeting your favorite photo on twitter using the hashtag #FineTuxedoVote ! (sample comments and tweets next to each photo)
• We’ll tally the votes by the Twitter hashtag #FineTuxedoVote (must use hashtag to be counted) and by the blog comments below.

Voting points are as follows:

  • Each unique Twitter Mention with Hashtag #FineTuxedoVote = 2 votes
  • If you have a blog and you write about our contest = 10 votes
  • Each unique Blog comment in the comment section below = 1 vote

The photograph with the highest number of votes will be our featured photo and photographer on our website! Here are our picks:

Vote Photo 1 - Justin Mott's Wedding Photography

Vote in the comment below “Photo #1 is my favorite!” or Tweet – I vote for photo 1 for #FineTuxedoVote http://tinyurl.com/6leyv8o

Megan Schley Wedding Photo Contest

Vote Photo 2 - Megan Schley Photography

Vote in the comment below “Photo #2 is my favorite!” or Tweet – I vote for photo 2 for #FineTuxedoVote http://tinyurl.com/6leyv8o!

Light Love Laughter Photography, Military Wedding Photo, Tuxedo

Vote Photo 3 - Light Love Laughter Photography

Vote in the comment below “Photo #3 is my favorite!” or Tweet – I vote for photo 3 for #FineTuxedoVote http://tinyurl.com/6leyv8o!

Haring Photography Photo, Wedding Moment Photo

Vote Photo 4 - Haring Photography

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Emily Harris Photography, Wedding Photo Contest, Tuxedos

Vote Photo 5 - Emily Harris Photography

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Raining Wedding Photo, Cluney Photography, Wedding Photo

Vote Photo 6 - Cluney Photography

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Wedding reception tuxedo photo, Wedding reception photo, Borrowed Blue Photography

Vote Photo 7 - Borrowed Blue Photography

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Dance floor grooms, fun tuxedo photo, Ben Chrisman Photography

Vote Photo 8 - Ben Chrisman Photography

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Amelia Beamish Photography, funny mustache wedding photo,

Vote Photo 9 - Amelia Beamish Photography

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Aren’t those photos great?! May the best photograph win!

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July 14, 2011

Sports and Men’s Fashion Collide at the 2011 ESPY Awards

Where there is an entertainment outlet, there is an awards show, and the world of sports makes no exception of itself. Last night marked the 19th iteration of the ESPN-presented ESPY awards, similarly acronymed lest one forgets where to watch them. We kid.

Just as many athletes are known for living larger than life, so too do they dress to the limits of style and beyond. We went into watching this event with an eager expectation of the unexpected, unbelievable and inconceivable examples of men’s fashion that almost define such affairs.

Overall, the night was alive with color and personality. While some men, like New York Nicks power forward Amare Stoudemire, impressed the crowd in a classic tuxedo styled with black tie sensibilities, the majority of men in attendance dressed to be different. Of course even Stoudemire himself bucked formality, as he was also seen sporting a more casual look of a different jacket — sleeves pushed up to his elbows — worn with a black t-shirt and a large gold chain, bracelet and wristwatch.

Leading the pack with everyone’s focus was the notably eccentric San Francisco Giants’ pitcher, Brian Wilson. Opting to forgo formalwear, at least in the traditional sense, he instead donned a rather form-fitting spandex tuxedo, complete with silver jewelry, a fancy black cane, and a bright orange clip-on bow tie. Don’t try this one at home, gentlemen; though his unique choice was received with positivity toward its cheeky quirkiness, lightning won’t strike spandex twice. At least, that’s what we’re hoping. Oh please, let us be right.

Elsewhere at the event, Dallas Maverick Shawn Marion wore a pink pinstripe shirt and a navy floral tie beneath a saturated blue jacket, while Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat opted for a white suit and pastel green tie to complement his own pink and white checkerboard shirt. Quarterback Tim Tebow looked plum in his own checker patterned shirt, which he wore with a loose tie and black vest.

Black and gray were the colors of the night, though blues made their own attempt at dominance, and with gentlemen dressed from the strictest standards to casually unbuttoned takes on formal attire, the ESPY awards weren’t just about rewarding athletics; they were about the sport of style.

July 11, 2011

Prince William Goes Formal in Hollywood

It’s hardly news that the worlds latest power couple — the newlywed Prince William and his wife Catherine — spent their weekend on an official tour of California from its glitz and glamor to its inner cities. All news outlets were abuzz with royal interest, and never with more fervor than when the pair attended Saturday night’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (or BAFTA, for the less long-winded among us) formal reception.

After all, we’re a society that finds itself raring and willing to scrutinize both royal and celebrity fashion, and no black tie event should ever be allowed to pass without some commentary on the rule makers and breakers.

True to the “Brits to Watch” theme of the affair, two of the most noteworthy formal looks belonged to William and the young actor Ed Westwick, though each caught our eyes for distinctly different reasons.

Cutting a delightfully dapper image in a double breasted tuxedo that he accessorized with a classic black bow tie and crisp, white pocket square, the prince charmed his audience with a look that was a perfect display of confident and understated regality, proving that sometimes dressing to impress is about making the right subtle choices.

Following his lead were actors Tom Hanks and Chris Evans, and British producer Nigel Lythgoe, each of whom wore classic tuxedos with standard formal neckties. Actor Don Cheadle went a little untraditional with a grayscale plaid tie, while Jack Black erred on the side of a navy tie tucked beneath a one button tuxedo.

On the other side of the style spectrum stood Westwick, who wore a fairly nice notch lapel tuxedo only to, ah, take it down a few notches style-wise by wearing what can best be described as an abomination of a necktie. I suppose we can’t blame the poor lad for wanting to stand out in a crowd that included the Duke of Cambridge himself, but we can certainly fault him for making such a questionable formal wear decision at such a highly-publicized event.

Joining him in the fashion faux-pas corner was director Quentin Tarantino, who for reasons beyond our comprehension thought it was a good idea to wear his tie loose and his dress shirt unbuttoned enough to reveal the collar of a black t-shirt. We hear that he was even wearing, of all things, sneakers.

Then again, we are talking Hollywood here, and it is the land of few fashion surprises.

July 5, 2011

3 of the Greatest Wedding Proposals Ever

A marriage proposal is a big event for any woman, but not all grooms go out of their way to make it particularly memorable. Luckily, before they are ready to pick out tuxedo vests & accessories, some men go the extra mile to make the proposal really stand out. These three guys really shine when it comes to well-planned and romantic proposals.

Movie Theater Wedding Proposal

This wedding proposal makes its mark in the movie theater- watch the whole video on YouTube. Because of the split screen in the video, viewers can see a real-time reaction from the bride-to-be as she realizes that this movie trailer isn’t exactly standard. The prospective groom prerecorded his conversation with his girl’s father, asking his permission for her hand in marriage. It takes a minute for the girlfriend to realize that the voices are familiar, but it slowly dawns on her that this is no ordinary preview. The tears flow freely until the final climax, when the guy walks into the theater, gets down on one knee and officially pops the question. Perfectly timed and planned, he gets an immediate acceptance. After that effort, picking out tuxedo shoes will be a piece of cake for this groom.

The Disney Musical Wedding Proposal

When a couple meets at Disneyland, what better way to propose than returning to the Magic Kingdom? In this proposal, what starts as a fairly standard public declaration quickly turns into a full-fledged musical review. Spectators turn out to be involved participants and it’s clear that a lot of time, planning and practice went into this amazing proposal. The man even picks the ring out of a street sweeper’s dustpan while the girlfriend looks on in almost total shock. At the end of the show, her adorable acceptance is met with enthusiastic applause from the assembled crowd.

The Airport Proposal…With The Whole Flight Involved!

While this proposal lacks some of the theatrical effects of the previous two top proposals, it is extremely romantic and heart-felt. Like the other two top proposals, it is a decidedly public affair, taking place as the prospective bride waits for her man to disembark from a flight. As passengers start to come off the plane, each hands the woman a single red rose. With her arms full and teary eyes, she finally sees her boyfriend walk out the door. He immediately gets down on one knee and pops the question. Of course, cameras capture her reaction as it unfolds. When she’s busy shopping for formal wear, this bride is sure to remember this moment again and again.

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