Monday, January 2, 2017

Wedding Show Tips!

Congratulations! You got engaged over the holidays! Now begins the crazy exciting time of planning your wedding! But where to begin?! Lucky for you, the beginning of the year is prime time for wedding shows! Here in Wisconsin, two of the biggest shows are coming up, The Wonderful World of Weddings show in Milwaukee, January 7th and 8th; and the PMI Wedding Show-Winter Edition in Green Bay, January 20th and 21st. Both shows offer a vast amount of vendors so you can get ideas on everything from THE dress to the guest favors, and everything in between. As mentioned, it's an exciting time, but your first wedding show can be overwhelming too. There is just so much information and so many people to talk to. That's why we've compiled a list of helpful tips to make your wedding show experience the best yet! 

1. Pre-print labels with your contact and wedding information on them. 
A lot of vendors will have drawings you can enters or slips to fill out if you'd like to receive more information from them after the show. Which is great! Until you are at the 8th booth and your hand already feels like it's about to fall off. Trust me, I've been there. You never thought of labels until you saw another bride slap one on a entry form and move on. BRILLIANT! Include whatever information you feel comfortable with, most vendors will like your name, phone number, email address, wedding date, and address. You can also include your fiancé's name if you like. Your hand will thank you!

2. Bring a bag.
Some shows will give you a cute market bag when you enter. But it's a good idea to bring a bag with in case they don't. You'll be getting a lot of information from potential vendors. Plus wedding vendors love giveaways like pens, candy, can coolers, and all sorts of things. You'll want something to carry that all in. 

3. Be selective about who you bring.
Bridal shows can get big and crowded, and as much as you want your entire bridal party and close family members with you, choosing just a few people to take along can make the experience more enjoyable. You'll also want to make sure you are bringing people who's opinion you trust and respect. We suggest having you and your fiancé attend the first show together and then bring bridesmaids and mothers to any subsequent shows. 

4. Wear comfy shoes.
You will be doing a lot of walking and standing. A lot. So while the temptation might be there to get glammed up and sport your newest pair of heels, your feet will thank you if you go with flats. 

5. Don't forget your check book.
If you and your fiancé have already decided on what vendors you'd like to go with, wedding shows can be a great opportunity to save money. Some vendors will offer discounts if you book the day of the show. 

6. Bottled Water
You'll want to double check that carry-ins are allowed at the event first. If you can, bring a bottle of water with. Between all the walking and talking, you run the risk of getting parched. 

7. Have fun!
This is one of the most exciting times of your life, don't let the stress overshadow it. There is gorgeous photography to see, amazing floral arrangements to smell, and loads of delicious desserts to sample. If you start to feel overwhelmed, or can't stand the thought of trying one more piece of cake, it's time to call it quits for the day. Give yourself a day or two before sorting through all the goodies you received at the show with your fiancé. 

We hope these tips help make your wedding show experience an enjoyable one! Already attended some shows? What tips do you have?

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Our History

Dan and JoAnn DuBois, the founders of DuBois Inc., came to Green Bay in November of 1954 with a dream of owning their own business. Dan had many ideas for a business, but found himself unable to choose just one. To solve this problem, legend has it that Dan took the Denver yellow pages, set them down next to the Green Bay yellow pages, and started going page by page to see what Denver had that Green Bay didn't. This simple, yet elegant, process of elimination narrowed it down to a nut shop, a pizza parlor, or a formalwear shop. Needless to say, Dan chose the formalwear shop.
The first thing Dan and JoAnn did was get in touch with a men's clothing manufacturer. They soon bought 15 midnight blue tuxedos, 60 white dinner jackets, 8 dozen shirts, and 60 pair of shoes. With the merchandise on the way, Dan and JoAnn were now in the tuxedo business. There was only one problem: They had no place to keep all their tuxedos.
Dan walked the streets of downtown Green Bay, until he happened upon a gentleman named Lawrence Fieges, who ran a women's clothing store called "Feiges." Mr. Feiges told Dan he could rent the space above his store. The space proved large, but it needed quite a bit of work, as it had previously been used for storage and painting window props. With a lot of hard work and many gallons of paint, Dan and JoAnn made their dream come true. "DuBois Rent-A-Tux" located at 115 S. Washington Street, was established. Shortly thereafter, JoAnn's father, David, found the company's first sewing machine - a blind stitch machine used to alter the length of pants. That same machine is still employed by DuBois Formalwear to this day.
As the business continued to grow, Dan soon found himself working 60 to 70 hours a week. He decided that it was time to hire their first employee. Richard Owen, then a sophomore at East High School, joined the team, learning the formalwear business from the bottom up. He stayed with company until he retired in 2004.
Some time later, Dan and JoAnn met Aleck Gingiss, one of the original owners of Gingiss Formalwear. They called him the Godfather, as he always wore a homburg hat, a velvet-collared overcoat, and was never without a cigar in his mouth. The Godfather soon became a good friend of Dan and JoAnn, as well as their main salesman. He pushed Dan and JoAnn to expand their business, not only locally, but as a wholesaler as well. He succeeded on both counts, as Dan and JoAnn soon opened another store on Cherry Street in Green Bay and opened their first wholesale account in Escanaba, Michigan.
The big move came in April of 1968, when the company moved into the location on Broadway Avenue. Thanks to the large new facility, Dan and JoAnn were now able to do their own dry cleaning. They also had one store on Cherry Street, another storefront on Broadway Avenue, and an expanding wholesale division.

The company opened several additional stores in the years to follow. The first was on College Avenue in Appleton - July of 1971, which was closed in 1994. This was followed by the Sheboygan location in June of 1973. Shortly after this, Dan and JoAnn decided they wanted to get into the Bridal business as well. So in October of 1974 they opened the location on Military Avenue in Green Bay, containing both DuBois Formalwear and the Bridal Chateau. In June of 1984, the Fox River Mall location in Appleton opened. In the spring of 2007, DuBois opened a location inside Elaine's Bridal and Event Center on Hansen Road in Green Bay. Finally, in October of 2012, DuBois expanded to the Milwaukee area with stores in Brookfield, Greendale, Oak Creek and Racine. 
In addition to the nine company stores, the wholesale division continues to grow, currently servicing more than 200 accounts. You can find authorized dealers of DuBois Formalwear throughout Wisconsin, Upper Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa.
Dan and JoAnn always believed that the success of the business rides upon the people who have been faithful in helping them build it. For over 60 years, DuBois has been the leading provider of formalwear in our region by providing high quality and friendly, personalized service to our customers and accounts. Our goal is to ensure that our customers look and feel their best on their special day. DuBois Formalwear has grown to become the best-known formalwear shop in the area, respected for its commitment to quality and service.
Today, DuBois Formalwear is owned and operated by Dan and JoAnn's son, Jim DuBois. We are still owned and operated out of Green Bay, WI! 

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

25th Annual Wearhouse Sale!

Don't miss this sale! Our 25th Annual Wearhouse Sale is going on now at many of our locations! You can't beat these prices!

This is a great sale to get to if you are in the hospitality industry and need tuxedo shirts, vests, ties or bowties for your job.

Have a student in a high school or college choir that needs a tuxedo? We have everything they would needs for unbelievable prices!

We have added a lot of new styles and colors to the sale this year! 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

History of the Tuxedo

When someone is celebrating a big event (such as a 60th anniversary), it is only natural to take a look back at the moments that got us where we are today. We are so happy to be celebrating our 60th this year, and would like to invite our guests to celebrate with us! For more information about our anniversary promotion, click here. For now, let's take a trip down memory lane...

In 1886, Pierre Lorillard IV is rumored to have designed the first tailless black jacket, which he called a "tuxedo" after the name of the city Tuxedo Park, New York. He wore the new tuxedo at the first annual Autumn Ball in Tuxedo Park, New York.

In 1912, the upper class society members went to dinner on the Titanic wearing appropriate clothing for a 'White Tie' event. The picture shown to the right is none other than our favorite Wisconsinite, Jack Dawson. (He's a fictional character, we know, but sooo dreamy!)

In the 1950's, tuxedos weren't all that different than today's look. Just a few of the details set them apart. Ties were narrower, cummerbunds were worn most often, and shirts were always pleated. White dinner jackets were also popular around this era.

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Then came the 70's... 
This era was full of 'freedom', and the tuxedo look was no exception! Coat color choices were endless, and the ruffles were in abundance. Add on a giant, matching bow tie, and your look was complete!

In the early 2000's, the longer version of the tuxedo coat was popular. This style typically had 4 or 5 buttons, and some were as long as 40 inches. (The average tuxedo coat is 32 inches long.)

The long coat trend came and went pretty quickly, and was soon replaced with stripes. Shadow, tone-on-tone, chalkstripe or pinstripe...any option was available (and some still are).
If you are interested in a striped coat style, check out our website to see the options that DuBois Formalwear has available:

Today, the current rising trend is the 'Slim Fit' tuxedo. To meet this demand, DuBois has added the Ike Behar Parker tuxedo to their rental collection. It's made from a luxuriously soft Super 120's wool, and is paired with a flat front pant made from the same fabric. Add a fitted shirt with your choice of accessories, and your ensemble is complete! 

Love this look, and want to wear it for your wedding? Click here for more information!

The tuxedo styles have changed over the years, but some things remain the same. Wearing a tuxedo has always been, and always will be, a way to signify the importance of an event. The timeless, classy (and sexy!) look of a tuxedo on a man really sets the bar for the occasion. It also provides a level of unspoken respect for those moments in life that deserve a little extra celebration!

Thank you for taking the time to read about the tuxedo trends throughout history. We hope you enjoyed it, and learned something new as well!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

We are celebrating! (You should too!)

DuBois Formalwear is celebrating 60 years in business! 

If you would like to know more about us, and how we've been so lucky to have served so many guests for the most important events of their lives, please get in touch with us. For now, I'd rather tell you about all the reasons you should be excited about our anniversary 'scratch off' promotion!

1. You'll save money
Who doesn't love that? All wedding parties who register their wedding with us during this promotion will receive at least $40 off every tuxedo in their wedding party. You have a chance to get even more than that if you win $50 or even $60 off! We are giving away other types of prizes as well, such as $100 Visa gift cards. Not to mention the real possibility that you could get each of your wedding outfits for only $60 each. (Wouldn't your wedding party love you for that?)

2. You won't "get what you pay for"
Whoa... that's weird. But it's true. You'll get much more! 
Sometimes people think that if something is inexpensive, it must be junk. Let's face it, we've all bought something for a "steal" that ended up being a disappointment in the end. At DuBois, we believe that our quality and service are worth every penny. but we want to make sure you and your wedding party don't go broke. Since we aren't a "big box" company, we are able to set our prices to match your needs, and not the needs of anonymous shareholders.

3. You will win! For real.
I think Charlie Sheen said it best (but maybe too many times): "Winning!"
When you take a coin to the silver overlay on your promotional scratch off card, you'll feel good knowing that you are about to win something better than our typical everyday promotion (even though we think that's great too!).

4. The odds are not against you
When you come in to register your wedding, you will automatically be entered into the monthly drawing to receive each of your wedding outfits for only $60 each. Your odds of winning are pretty fantastic, because you are only competing against other couples who register with our 9 stores in Wisconsin. Drawings through national chain stores do typically include each of their stores throughout the country. Winning one of those contests could be as likely as winning the lottery jackpot...

5. It couldn't be any easier
You don't have to fill out a bunch of paperwork, or sift through pages of fine print.Visit nearest DuBois location.  Scratch off to reveal your prize. We take care of the rest! Easy peasy.

6. It'll be fun!
We know... coming in to a formalwear company isn't exactly the same as spending some time on the golf course. But, if you really must do some wedding attire shopping for the guys, it might as well be at a place that doesn't make you feel awkward! We believe in having fun, no matter what. We also understand that this isn't something you do every day. You can ask as many questions as you need to, and feel confident that we will not judge you for any of it. Trust us, after 60 years, we've heard it all! 

For even more details, click here!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Measurements Q & A

Do you have a question about your tuxedo measurements?  

Well, you're in luck!  We have compiled a list of frequently asked questions 
regarding measurements, and we also answered them for you!  

When does everyone need to be measured for their tuxedos?
We recommend that everyone is measured at least three months before the wedding.  This time might vary according to your wedding party's particular needs.  Our associates can discuss this with you during your registration.  

Do we need to make an appointment? 
Appointments are not required for fittings.  However, they are preferred for groups of three or more.  If you can schedule some time during the day or early in the week,  we are generally less busy during these times.  The later part of the week (Thursday - Friday) is usually busier with pick ups. 

How long will it take for the fitting? 
It takes about 10 minutes for the first fitting.  It simply involves a few measurements, and possibly a couple try-ons.  We recommend not wearing heavy clothing such as sweatshirts or multiple shirts.  If you must wear several layers, it is very helpful to have a t-shirt on underneath so you can take them off for some of the measurements.  If you are wearing sandals, please bring a pair of dress socks for your shoe try-on.

What measurements are we taking? 
Neck and sleeve measurements are taken for the shirt size, waist and out-seam measurements for the trouser size, and chest and overarm measurements to determine a coat size.  We also ask for height and weight, and tuxedo shoes are tried on for size.  These measurements are not always a guarantee that everything will fit properly; they are guidelines to choose the best sizes for you to try on at your "final" fitting.

How do I order tuxedos for the out-of-town attendants? 
It has never been easier to accommodate out-of-town guests!  They can have their measurements taken (usually complimentary) at any formalwear store or tailor in their area.  See our locations or go to to find a convenient fitting location from the International Formalwear Association.  Measurements can then be submitted online, emailed to, or mailed, faxed or called into the store where the tuxedo will be picked up.  Click here to print off a measurement form.

What is a "final" fitting?
The "final" fitting is usually one or two days prior to the event date.  This is when you try on the tuxedo that was assembled for you based on your measurements.  If any changes or alterations are necessary, we can take care of it at this time so that you qualify for our Proper Fit Program.

What is the Proper Fit Program? 
This is a program set up to guarantee a proper fit to all of our customers.  After trying on your tuxedo at pick up and allowing us to make the final approval, you are guaranteed a proper fit.  This means that if anything goes wrong from here, DuBois will gladly take full responsibility and make it right at DuBois' expense.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Reception Idea - Photo Hunt Challenge!

Many people have disposable cameras available for guests to use at their wedding receptions, but isn't it a great idea to give guests a "photo challenge" so that they capture some great images on your behalf? You can easily print these yourself, and your challenges can be personalized and different for each table if you'd like!