Weddings

In case the invitations piling up under your refrigerator magnets (or—congratulations!—your own impending nuptials) weren’t enough, the photos pervading the internet in recent days of Kim and Kanye’s wedding have offered a more-than-sufficient reminder that summer wedding season is officially here.

Keep reading for 10 helpful hints on how to be a winning groom (getting the girl is not even half the battle)—from holding up your end of the planning process to properly outfitting the noble gents standing next to you.

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Has your mailbox (and consequently, your calendar) filled up yet with invitations to summer weddings? First, check out our tips from last wedding season on how to handle yourself at such auspicious occasions—whether you’re a guest or a groomsman.

That still leaves the question of what to wear. Our Nordstrom Wedding Suite team earned national buzz recently for a video they put together with a cameo (and backing track) by hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. (Watch the official video and take a look behind the scenes, on our Wedding Suite blog.)

Besides displaying some confidently ridiculous dance moves (a requirement for any wedding guest worth his weight in free drinks), we think these guys pulled together an ideal mix of formal and funk when it came to their celebratory regalia. Recreate their reception-ready rigs with our picks below:


Macklemore: Dolce&Gabbana grey suit | Robert Stewart Bow Tie | Ben Sherman shirt


Ryan Lewis: Deus Ex Machina shirt | Calibrate tie | Versace navy suit

For more wedding-attire ideas, shop:
Tuxedos & Formalwear | Suits & Sportcoats | Ties & Pocket Squares
Plus, check our Wedding Suite picks for Grooms, Groomsmen & Fathers.

 
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You’re probably familiar with some of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’s recent hits (visit their official YouTube for all the videos)—but did you know they’re Seattle natives, just like us? One of the pair’s first breaks stemmed from this song, a tribute to late Seattle Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus:

And, for a wider perspective on Seattle’s burgeoning hip-hop scene, check out The Otherside, an indie documentary that recently world-premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival:

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Inspired by our new Summer Suiting Guide, we decided to apply our five favorite looks to real-life situations. You know, the important ones—when T-shirts and shorts simply won’t cut it. Here’s how to look your best this summer, when the stakes are as high as the temperature.

 


1. SUMMER IN THE CITY. We were about to suggest this kit for the warm-weather “morale-booster” benevolent bosses often pencil in around now—but seriously, this is what most of us should wear to work all summer long. Lightweight blazer + clean-cut jeans + a pop of color = business casual done right.

Beverage of Choice: Local microbrews, if your workplace knows how to plan a party. Otherwise: Sparkling cider it is.

Pro Tip: See that buttonhole on your jacket lapel? It does in fact serve a purpose. Drop in a lapel pin for extra style points.

[Shop: This Look | More Shirt & Tie Combos]
 

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2. BRUNCH DATE. Breakfast in baggy sweats is for amateurs. Play your cards right—with a shirt that buttons, shoes that aren’t sneakers, and a “third piece” (i.e., a vest, blazer or cardigan) to tie it all together—and that special someone you’re meeting for breakfast might stick around for dinner, too.

Beverage of Choice: Bloody Mary—or black coffee, depending on how the previous night unfolded.

Pro Tip: Skip the tie if you so choose…Unless your brunch date is your mom on Mother’s Day, in which case it’s a nice touch.

[Shop: This Look | More Vests]
 


3. YACHT CLUB. The blazer-with-shorts look is everywhere as of late—but we can’t think of a scenario it’s more befitting than a classy affair on the water. Don’t own a boat (or have a friend or father-in-law who does)? The same rig would be spot-on for a dinner date at a high-end seafood spot.

Beverage of Choice: Something with rum? Or a refreshing Jamaican lager, if the sun has you parched.

Pro Tip: If you’re actually on a boat (as opposed to just near one), trade the dress shoes for boat shoes.

[Shop: This Look | More Sportcoats & Blazers]
 


4. KENTUCKY DERBY. “The fastest two minutes in sports” is this Saturday. Whether you’re Louisville-bound, or just looking for an excuse to sip whisky on your friend’s party-ready patio—be sure to channel your inner Southern gent with dandified finishing touches and flashes of go-to-hell color.

Beverage of Choice: Mint Julep. It’s official.

Pro Tip: We’re digging the subdued take on summer color above—but feel free to go all-in with a loud-and-proud madras or windowpane plaid.

[Shop: This Look | More Finishing Touches]
 


5. OUTDOOR WEDDING. The last thing summer-wedding attire should be is stuffy, so ditch dark colors in favor of lightweight seersucker (shown) or cotton khaki. The punchy red tie above could prove a bit much; opt for a bow tie in subtler hues if you prefer not to upstage the man of the hour.

Beverage of Choice: Champagne, if you’re wooing bridesmaids. The champagne of beers, if you’re chilling with the groomsmen.

Pro Tip: Beach wedding? Skip the shoes but keep the suit. Just because the groom’s uncle is wearing a Hawaiian shirt, doesn’t make it right.

[Shop: This Look | More Suits]

 


…And for more warm-weather tailored essentials, from
no-sweat suits down to the last dapper detail, shop our complete
SUMMER SUITING GUIDE

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Attending a wedding (or ten) this summer? We have plenty of thoughts on what to wear. (Suits | Dress Shirts | Ties | Oxfords)

More importantly, though, we’re prepared to offer some simple tips on how to act—and how not to—thanks to a little help from seasoned event planner Gina Marie Lillie.

This week, it’s the people who make or break a legendary wedding: the guests. Check back later for advice for Best Men and Grooms, and in case you missed them, read our Tips for Groomsmen.


GUESTS

Pre-ceremony drink limit:
Two. (If they’re serving, that is. Tailgating in the parking lot is strictly forbidden.)

Priorities:
1. Being a civilized guest
2. Having a good time
3. Your date

{Gina’s Tips}
DO: RSVP. The bride is basing the amount of food and beverage on who checked
what box on those little postcards. Send yours or face bad karma.
Or worse: an annoyed bride.

DON’T: Show up empty-handed. If you’re a friend of the bride, stick to the
gift registry. Friend of the groom? Get him something personal
you know he’ll actually enjoy.

DO: Put some thought into what you wear. Is the wedding indoors
or outdoors? Day or night? Beach or church? When in doubt, overdo it.

DON’T: Ditch out on the garter toss (if you’re single). Dance with a grandma, even.
You’ve been fed and boozed for free; the least you can do is help make sure
the party’s a blast for everyone involved.

B&W photos ©Ryan C. Jones, a wedding photographer based in Fresno, CA. View more of his work here.

Color photo ©Ryan Brenizer, a wedding photographer based in New York City. View more of his work here.

Both have been featured on Fearless Photographers—a unique directory of the world’s best, boundary-pushing wedding photographers. Check them out if you’re planning a wedding of your own. (Your fiancée will be impressed.)

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Attending a wedding (or ten) this summer? We have plenty of advice on what to wear.

More importantly, though, we’re prepared to offer some simple tips on how to act—and how not to—thanks to a little help from seasoned event planner Gina Marie Lillie.

This week, we’re speaking to the man of the hour’s official posse. Check back later for tips on being a top-notch Guest, Groom, and Best Man, too.

 

GROOMSMEN

Pre-ceremony drink limit:
Four. (Have a blast! But don’t forget where to stand up there.)

Priorities:
1. Groom’s mental health
2. Guests’ comfort
3. Bridesmaids’ relationship status

{Gina’s Tips}
DO: Be the ultimate wingman. Keep the groom grounded, in good spirits and
looking forward to the marriage (not just the wedding).

DON’T: Scare the poor sap with jokes about how life as he knows it is over.
He’s not laughing—he’s hyper-ventilating.

DO: Get him to the church on time. No wife needs a trump card as powerful as
“You screwed up our wedding” to whip out during arguments.

DON’T: Shirk your responsibilities. Take people’s coats as they arrive.
Answer questions. Valet Grandpa’s truck if you have to. And do it all with a smile.

Photos ©Victor Zerga. Victor is a wedding photographer based in Seattle. View more of his work here.

Victor has been featured on Fearless Photographers—a unique directory of the world’s best, boundary-pushing wedding photographers. Check them out if you’re planning a wedding of your own. (Your fiancée will be impressed.)

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