Hi! Welcome to Suits Avenue’s Blog! Today we are going to go over the in’s and out’s of being a best man at a wedding! It’s one of the greatest honors in life to be asked to be a friend or relative’s best man at their wedding. It’s a role that comes with some key responsibilities as well, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. When you accept the offer, you’ll be feeling proud and pleased, but this can soon give way to anxiety and stress if you don’t get your tasks sorted out as efficiently and promptly as possible. Therefore, you should have a plan of what you need to do and when each task needs to be completed to keep you on track and up to the mark. In this blog hopefully we will help you get on the right track to help the bride and groom enjoy one of the best moments of their lives! Check out the table of contents below to see everything we cover!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- All Clothes
- Don’t forget Accessories
- Caring and Storing the clothes
- Best Man responsibilities
- Bachelor Party
The best man is normally in charge of organizing suit fittings and hiring apparel that isn’t going to be bought. What the wedding party wears will be crucial to the success of the event, so you need to be clear about what the groom wants to wear and how his groomsmen should be dressed.
Organizing a trip to a tailor for selection and fitting of your outfits should be done well in advance to avoid running out of time if there are any delays. Often grooms (or their future wives!) have clear ideas about the type of suit they should wear for the big day, but it’s still a good idea to be thorough in your research and look at all the alternatives.
You’ll also need to manage the distribution of buttonholes and flowers for the wedding party, and liaise with the chief bridesmaid or matron of honor to ensure everyone’s outfits are the way they should be.
In addition, you should arrange collection and distribution of the suits when they are ready, and the return of the clothing after the wedding.
You will need a matching shirt, pants, jacket and belt to start your suits out right. You can click here to read about making sure they match!
The vest is optional, but if the wedding is more traditional, they will probably request all of the groomsmen wearing them. The vest can be one of the more bold accent colors. It will really stand out if you have a light shirt and dark vest or dark shirt and light vest.
This is where the decision to get your suit custom made or tailored comes in. If you have made-to-measure trousers there is no need for a belt as the pants will be suited to fit you perfectly, at that point a belt would detract from your perfectly polished image you are projecting on the wedding day.
These are necessary not only to make a fashion statement but also to help keep your jacket sleeves nice and tight against your wrist.
TIE AND POCKET SQUARE:
Your tie and pocket square don’t necessarily need to match, but for a wedding… it is usually best. They can match the vest if you are wearing one, or they can be the accent in your outfit!
Now that we have gone over the basic needs for your outfit, we are going to share some caring and storing tips for your precious outfit! Following these tips are going to help your outfit stay in its best shape for the big day!
Caring for & Storing your suits:
Rotate your suits!
If you wear the same suit every day, all day long it will never give the fibers time to relax or air out. It will always stay loose and never have the great “first fit” like it did when you first bought it. By rotating through your suits and giving each of them a few days to rest in the closet will make sure your suit is nice and crisp for your next formal adventure!
2. Wood hangers:
Using round, wood hangers will give the suit enough space for air to flow through and getting the smells of your every day out. It also helps keep the suit fitting nice and tight. The rounded edges mock the shoulder make so it won’t stretch the suit out, only create enough space for it to relax in the natural form.
Click here to read about making sure your suit and shirt match!
3. Keep very little in your pockets.
Do not overfill any of your pockets, inside or outside of the suit. Only carry your essentials, cash, business cards, or debit/credit cards. If you overload your pockets it will eventually change the shape of the suit and it will become more lose and unnatural.
4. Brush your suit with a clothing brush:
This will extend the natural fibers in the suit, allowing it to last longer. It also helps keep the fibers up allowing it to breathe more and not hold in strong odors from the day. Be careful not to over brush your suit though, this will cause the fibers to become too loose and eventually fall apart quicker.
5. Roll your suit:
Do this after brushing your suit. Rolling your suit will grab any loose fabric pieces or hair stuck on it. It is a little extra step that takes your look a long way!
6. Steam your suit regularly:
Steaming your suit opens up the fibers, removes stains and marks, as well as the smells from throughout the day. Dry ironing your suit will push the fibers down trapping all stains and stenches, so try to avoid ironing your suits!
7. Avoid the dry cleaners:
Dry cleaners shorten the lifespan of suits. They use strong chemicals to treat the suits so they are clean. It is only necessary to take your suit to the dry cleaners if you absolutely cannot get the stain or smell out of your suit by brushing it, airing it, or steaming it.
8. Cover it up:
When you aren’t wearing the suit, it should be on the wood hanger as discussed earlier, as well as in an appropriate suit bag. This will keep any bugs or dust from getting into the bag or onto your suit. It also protects it from any unfortunate events that may happen, and makes it easier to travel with.
How to: Fold your suit to travel-
Lay the suit face down on a flat surface with the front up.
Flip the jacket over and fold the left shoulder back. towards the right.
Turn the right shoulder inside out, then tuck left shoulder into the right.
Fold it in half lengthwise, then fold it horizontally.
Place the folded jacket in the center of the outstretched trousers.
Fold the trouser bottoms over the jacket and repeat with the top of the trousers.
Click here to read 40 different ways to tie your tie!
Best Man Responsibilities:
Besides the clothing responsibilities, the best man is in charge of the bachelor party.
The best man is responsible for throwing a suitable bachelor party for the groom and all his friends before the wedding. The best bachelor parties aren’t necessarily those where everyone drinks far too much, and the groom ends up chained to a lamp post wearing ladies’ underwear! That kind of night might be right up the groom’s street, but if not, then there are plenty of alternative ways to make this a special day. Escape Rooms are becoming more commonplace, and provide an ideal mix of action and distraction, as well as being highly entertaining. Many experiences only take an hour or so to complete – if you can unravel the mystery! After completing the escape room challenge, you could then head into town for a meal, and follow this up with a club or bar. If drinking isn’t your party’s thing, then games night, movie night, a sports event, or an outdoor challenge like a camping trip to the forest might be a better way of spending the day.
Couples generally hope that their wedding day will be a once in a lifetime experience, and that being the case it’s important that you take your role as best man seriously and make every effort to ensure the bride and groom enjoy the day as much as possible.
Today we went over a few of the major events that are involved with upcoming wedding! Hopefully we were able to help you solve a few worries! Stop in the store today so the ladies can help you and your wedding party pick out their new outfits! Fill out the form below if you have any questions! Check out our Facebook to see our newly imported cloths!
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