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 www.tuxedofit.com to find a convenient fitting location from the International Formalwear Association.  Measurements can then be submitted online, emailed to info@duboisfw.com, 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!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

How To Choose Your Tuxedo

Choosing a Tuxedo style for your wedding can sometimes be last on your to-do list.  We're help to help!  Here are some tips to help simplify the process of selecting a tuxedo style that will make you and your groomsmen look your absolute best on your wedding day.  

1. Choose a tuxedo that fits with your theme

This is the first thing you should think about when picking your tuxedo style.  Will your wedding take place during the day or at night?  Outside or inside?  Winter or summer?  Rustic or vintage?  These are all things to take into consideration, and they will help you select a tuxedo or suit style that will fit in with your wedding theme.  Undoubtedly, thinking about these different factors will help you coordinate your formalwear with the overall look of your wedding.  

2. Formal vs. Informal

In addition to considering your wedding theme, you should also choose your tuxedo based on whether your event will be formal or informal.  For example, if your wedding is going to be very formal evening wedding, a Black Full Dress Tuxedo with matching trousers, a white formal shirt, a black bow tie,  cummerbund, and black patent leather shoes would be most appropriate.  If you are planning a more informal wedding, a suit, dress shirt, tie, and polished dress shoes may suffice.  For more information on traditional wedding etiquette, click here.

3. Consider the Weather

Weather can play a big role in what tuxedo style you decide on for your wedding.  In summer months or in tropical climates, you will want to be comfortable in your formalwear.  We suggest choosing a light weight fabric in a lighter color, such as our Allure Men Tan tuxedo; this will help you stay cooler in the heat.  If you anticipate taking off your jacket at some point throughout the night, you may want to opt for a fullback vest; it will make you and your groomsmen look much cleaner and polished when the coat is off.

Additional Tips That Will Help you Look Great in your Tux:

There are several tips and etiquette rules that you may want to take into consideration regardless of what tuxedo style you choose for your big day: 
  • If you are wearing a 2 or 3 button coat, always leave the bottom button undone. 
  • Wear your cufflinks! These are essential to your look.
  • Choose your shoe and sock color based on your pant color; shoes should always be the same or darker than your trousers.
  • The tips or flaps on a formal shirt should sit behind your bow tie, not on top of it.

Thanks for reading!  We hope this will help you pick out the perfect tuxedo for your big day!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Fold a Pocket Square

There are many different ways to fold a pocket square.  
Check out some of our favorites below! 

Flat Pocket Square
1. Lay the pocket square flat so that it resembles a square.
2. Fold the left side over to meet the left, making a vertical triangle.
3. Fold the top down just short of the bottom.
4. Tuck the pocket square into your pocket, with the folded side up. 

Three Point Pocket Square
1. Lay the pocket square flat so that it resembles a diamond.
2. Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner.
3. Fold the left corner up to the right of the top point, making a second peak.
4. Fold the right corner up to the left of the top point, making a third peak.
5. Tuck into pocket with the folds facing out.

One Point Pocket Square
1. Lay the pocket square flat so that it resembles a diamond.
2. Fold the bottom corner up to meet the top corner.
3. Fold the side points in just past the center, aligning the folded edge, making 90-degree angles on each side.
4. Tuck into pocket with the folds facing in.

Winged Puff Pocket Square
1. Lay the pocket square flat so that it resembles a diamond.
2. Fold the top corner down to the bottom corner.
3. Fold the right and left corners in to the bottom corner, making a smaller diamond.
4. Fold the left, right, and bottom corners of the diamond in to the center.
5. Tuck into pocket with the unfolded corner facing out.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Stay Comfortable on Your Big Day!

Stay Comfortable on the Big Day!

Your wedding day should be filled with happiness and celebration.  However, often times there are things that can take away from this, such as your feet hurting or your outfit not fitting exactly right.  In order to look and feel your best on the big day, we have compiled a list of things you can do to stay comfortable at your ceremony and reception:

1. Make sure it fits!  For both brides and grooms, it is common and typically recommended that you have two to three fittings to make sure that your garment is altered properly and fits you perfectly for the big day.  You should even test out the shoes and undergarments you plan to wear to make sure they are comfortable enough to wear for a full day of wedding festivities. At DuBois, we require a "final fitting" where the tuxedo is tried on and any last minute changes or alterations are made so that you will feel your best.

2. Break in your shoes!  You will be on your feet for most of the day.  Nobody likes worrying about painful shoes hurting your feet when you're walking down the aisle or busting a move on the dance floor.  Wedding experts typically recommend breaking in your shoes a week or two before your wedding if possible.  If your shoes are not very comfortable, but you really want to wear them on your big day, consider bringing a more comfortable pair to change into at the reception.

3. Perfect your hair and make-up!  About 3-4 weeks before your wedding date, get your hair and make-up done as if it were your wedding day in order to make sure you love your look and will feel comfortable with it.  If you've never used fake eyelashes before, you may find that they are not very comfortable.  If your hairstyle doesn't stay in place or isn't comfortable, having it done in advance will give you enough time to change your look if desired.

We hope these tips will help you to stay comfortable on your big day.  After all, you should be focused on having fun and celebrating your marriage, not worrying about comfort!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Reception Idea - Mad Libs!

Couples are always looking for unique and fun ways to entertain their guests at their wedding reception.  Wouldn't it be fun to have Mad Libs at your reception for guests to fill out with advice?  We're sure you'd get a lot of laughs from reading them!  See below for an example of a Mad Lib wedding card we found:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Rice Throwing Tradition

One of the oldest wedding traditions, even dating back to early Roman times, is throwing rice on the newlyweds as they leave the church or celebration.  This custom is said to have originated from the pagan tradition of throwing wedding rice, or grains such as wheat, on a couple to wish them a fruitful and prosperous union.  The grain symbolized the fact that a small seed can grow into something much larger, thereby wishing the couple a lifetime full of good luck, abundance, and fertility. 

This tradition has since evolved, and we have seen many couples forgo wedding rice for other fun materials. We love the new ideas that couples have come up with for their wedding send off.  What do you think of these ideas? 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Out of Town Groomsmen?

Groomsmen Out of Town? No Problem!

If any of your groomsmen are from out of town, you have nothing to worry about!  As a service based industry, almost all tuxedo stores, bridal stores, and men’s clothiers are accustomed to having men drop in and ask to be fitted. This is a professional courtesy that has been observed by all formalwear associations since formalwear was first rented!

Any out-of-town groomsmen will need to follow these three simple steps to get fitted for their tux:

  1. Get measured at their local tux store.
  2. Submit their measurements to us via phone, e-mail, our websitemailfax, or through anyone in the wedding party. 
  3. Pick up their tuxedo up to two days before the wedding! 
It doesn’t get any easier than that!  Plus, there is no reason to be nervous about tuxedos not fitting on your wedding day.  With our 24 hour (or less!) turnaround, changes can be made in as little as one hour! We know that people make mistakes, gain weight and lose weight.  At DuBois, if something doesn’t fit, we will get it fixed. Not only that, but with our warehouse located in Green Bay, we can get the right size to you in no time!

Photo by Adam LeSage Photography

Monday, April 1, 2013

How To: Pull off the Perfect Marriage Proposal

Do you know someone who will going to be "popping the question" soon? Share this post with them so they can read about how to pull of the "Perfect" Marriage Proposal

Monday, March 25, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

DIY Wedding Favors!

Pinterest has been a wonderful resource for creating your perfect, personalized wedding theme. Reception wedding favors are becoming more personal than ever, and really crafty too! Here are some great do-it-yourself ideas for reception wedding favors: 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Allure Men Tuxedos

Wouldn't your groom look awesome in our new Allure Men tuxedo? The Modern Fit style gives you a fitted, contemporary look with beautiful detailing! 

Available at DuBois Formalwear in Tan, Black, and Steel Gray.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Be Sure to Comparison Shop

Most customers like to comparison shop when searching for the best quality and deals in formal wear, and we expect that you will too!  Weddings can be very expensive, and we want you to make sure you are getting a quality tuxedo for the best price.  We hope we are able to save you some of the legwork with our "Compare and Save" checklist shown below. Print out the checklist to compare our pricing with that of our competitors. 

Remember that we guarantee to beat all competitor pricing, and we honor all competitor coupons and deposits! Happy shopping!

Monday, February 25, 2013

The Oscars - 2013!

The Oscars have always been a platform to show off the newest trends in formalwear and fashion.  Many of the designer gowns we saw last night would be great inspiration for a wedding dress.  Our favorite was that of Jennifer Lawrence, who also won the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Silver Linings Playbook.

  Most male actors dress in a traditional tuxedo and bow tie.  Who do you think wore their tuxedo best at the Oscars last night? Channing Tatum, Ben Affleck, or Bradley Cooper?

Monday, February 11, 2013

The Grammy's!

Did you catch the Grammy's last night? Who did you think was the best dressed? 
We noticed that bow ties were a popular choice!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Wedding Color Scheme Inspiration

What do you think of this purple and turquoise color scheme? 

Check out our Pinterest page for more color scheme inspiration!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How to Wear Cufflinks

How to Put on Cufflinks

About every other year or so, a guy will find himself donning a dress shirt and completing the look with a pair of distinguished looking cufflinks.  Some guys may be doing this for the first time on their wedding day!  Whether this is something you do annually or once in a lifetime, it's easy to forget how they should be worn.  Just two little tips will make putting on your cufflinks wonderfully easy:

FIRST... Remember that your cuff should come together like a taco (not a burrito). Regular shirts button like a burrito.

SECOND... Straighten he cufflink pin and insert it from the outside, through both cuff holes and open the bar.  With your arms at your sides, everyone at the event should be able to see your cufflinks facing outward.

Cufflinks are a classy part of the tuxedo, and wearing them correctly will really add to your overall look.