What Are the Groom’s Responsibilities? A Quick Checklist

What Are the Groom’s Responsibilities? A Quick Checklist
You may feel there is a lot on your shoulders as a groom-to-be. With those four little words—”will you marry me”—you’ll agree to take on the life of another human being for better or worse, in sickness and health, until death do you part. So the added pressure of putting together a wedding ceremony can feel like a lot to handle.

But countless grooms have made it through the ordeal of their wedding day, and you can too. It’s just a matter of taking your responsibilities one at a time. What are the groom’s responsibilities? A quick checklist will help you prepare to take them on.

Buying the Wedding Band

The ring is one of the most significant pieces of jewelry you and your spouse will ever own, so you want to do your due diligence in choosing one for your spouse-to-be. Unlike the engagement ring, you can get your partner in on choosing the band. Pay attention to the cut, metal, and carats of the ring and what it looks like with the engagement ring.

Communicating With Your Side of the Family

Whether it’s a small wedding or a large one, trying to get everyone from so many different social circles in one place is one of the biggest challenges of any wedding. The best way to get it done is to divide and conquer with your soon-to-be spouse. You should make it your responsibility to make sure those on your side of the family get an invitation.

Choosing the Groomsmen

Your groomsmen are your partners in crime, so make sure you choose them wisely. Naturally, you’ll want people who are close to you in your circle, but you also want to make sure they’re dependable. Otherwise, you may have groomsmen who are late to the rehearsal and ceremony or unwilling to buy their suits. Also, keep in mind you will need to give them groomsmen gifts.

Deciding on Attire

Speaking of suits, choosing one is also on the list of important groom’s responsibilities. Finding one that fits and matches the aesthetic of your wedding is key. A few aspects to keep in mind when looking for the perfect suit include:

  • Color scheme of the wedding
  • Theme of the wedding
  • Time of year of the wedding
  • Location of the wedding
  • How the suit looks with your partner’s clothes

Since your groomsmen’s suits will match yours, choosing their suits will be part of choosing yours. Having your best man involved will help make this process easier.

Making a Speech

The best man and maid of honor are known for making speeches at the reception, but you will have to say a few words as well. Not to worry—this speech is much shorter than the others; simply say a few heartfelt words thanking everyone for coming and expressing your appreciation for your spouse.

Being a groom is no easy feat. Fortunately, a trip to Emanuele’s Tuxedo’s wedding suit store will help make at least one of your responsibilities much easier.

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3 Things To Consider When Purchasing Your First Suit

3 Things To Consider When Purchasing Your First SuitWhether you’re standing up in a relative’s wedding or going to your first corporate interview, a time comes in every man’s life when he needs his own suit. But choosing a suit at all can be intimidating, let alone your first suit. Knowing a few things to consider when purchasing your first suit will help you make that choice.

The Function

One of the most important things to consider when you buy your first suit is the occasion, as that will determine the suit’s style and color. After all, a suit you wear to your wedding may be different than a suit you wear to your prom.

If you expect to wear your suit regularly—for example, if you work an office job—choose a neutral-colored suit that’s professional and practical. If you only plan to wear it to formal events, you may have a little more freedom to change the color or style.

The Fabric

The function you plan to wear your suit to will also determine the appropriate fabric. Some of the more common suit fabrics include:

  • Wool
  • Cotton
  • Linen

Wool tends to be the standard for men’s suits because it’s breathable, water-resistant, and sturdy. Cotton and linen are suitable for more causal scenarios, and linen especially is best for warm-weather events.

The Fit

Regardless of the occasion or wearing your suit, picking a well-fitted suit is essential. These are a few traits of a well-fitted suit:

  • You can button the jacket properly.
  • With the jacket buttoned, you can still slip your hand between your chest and the jacket’s front.
  • The shoulder pads rest snugly against the shoulders.
  • When you have your arms resting at your side, you can see one-fourth an inch of your shirt sleeve, and the bottom of the jacket reaches your knuckles.
  • The jacket follows the line of your waist.
  • The trousers end just before the top of your shoes.

It takes some experience to develop the intuition to know when a suit fits properly. For your first suit, there’s nothing wrong with enlisting help from the experts.

At Emanuele Tuxedo, our Chicago tuxedo rental and sales associates can walk you through the process to help you choose a suit that’s perfect for you.

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What Is a Chambelan (and What Do They Wear)?

What Is a Chambelan (and What Do They Wear)?

The fiesta de quince años—or a girl’s fifteenth birthday party—has been a staple of Latin American culture for hundreds of years. Even so, misunderstandings about the tradition abound. These misunderstandings can make it difficult to know what to do and what to wear if you’ve been asked to be part of the event as a chambelan.

If you’re asking yourself, “What is a chambelan and what do they wear?” our guide is here to help.

Introduction To the Fiesta de Quince Años

Historically, a girl’s fifteenth birthday has marked their transition to womanhood. To mark this milestone, families have held a celebration called a fiesta de quince años (or the quinceañera, named for the girl being celebrated). The celebration traditionally consists of a mass and a large party comparable to a debutante ball in Western cultures.

While individual traditions vary, the fiesta portion of the quinceañeras often includes events such as:

  • A dance between father and daughter
  • A waltz and other choreographed dances
  • The father of the quinceañera giving his daughter a last doll, marking the end of her childhood
  • A celebratory toast
  • A ceremony where a male relative changes the quinceañera’s flat shoes with a pair of high heels

The Role of the Chambelan

Another important tradition is for the quinceañera to choose a corte de honor (court of honor.) This group of friends is similar to a bride’s wedding party and includes several female friends called damas and male friends called chambelanes. One chambelan has the special privilege of being the chambelan de honor (escort of honor.)

Along with the typical chambelan duties—such as attending rehearsals and taking part in the night’s special dances—this chambelan will be the quinceañera’s personal escort throughout the evening. And since everyone will be looking at the quinceañera, that means the chambelan must look his best, too.

What To Wear as a Chambelan

The fiesta de quince años is a formal event almost like a wedding. So, chameblanes typically wear coordinating tuxedos or other formal wear. Often, they’ll add a detail to their outfit that references the quinceañera’s dress color—like a colorful tie or flower in their lapel.

The chambelan de honor may have an outfit that stands out from the other chambelanes, but it should still be coordinated. A few ways you might do this include

  • Having him wear a vest while the rest of the chambelanes wear dress shirts
  • Adding a special ornament in his lapel
  • Giving him a different colored shirt or tie
  • Having him wear a different shade of the same color as the other chambelanes
  • Switching to a different type of tie

However you decide to dress your corte de honor, at Emanuele Tuxedo, we have a variety of quinceañera tuxedos for chambelanes to help celebrate your fiesta de quince años in style.

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Tuxedo vs. Wedding Suit: What’s the Difference?

Tuxedo vs. Wedding Suit: What’s the Difference?

The world of fashion has lots of jargon, and we can typically go our whole lives without needing to know most of it. Then we decide to get married, and we suddenly face confusing talk of lapels and waistcoats.

One of the biggest fashion vocab mix-ups you’ll face as a groom is the question of tuxedos vs. wedding suits. What’s the difference? We’ll help walk you through this question so that you look sharp on your big day.


The word tuxedo conjures up images of a debonair spy with a vesper martini perched on their fingertips. It’s the gold standard of formalwear. Tuxedos have a few key attributes associated with them. Here are some things that distinguish them:

  • They have satin details like lapels and stripes.
  • People wear them with a type of vest called a waistcoat.
  • People wear them with a pleated sash across the stomach called a cummerbund.
  • People wear them with a white shirt with a turndown or wing collar.
  • They have buttons covered with satin or silk.
  • People typically pair them with a bowtie.

People often associate tuxedos with an evening affair or “black tie” event, though tuxedos aren’t exclusively black.

Wedding Suits

As far as essential factors, there aren’t too many differences between tuxedos and wedding suits. Both involve a jacket, a shirt, and dress shoes. It’s the details that differentiate suits. A few factors that are typical of suits include the following:

  • They have the same fabric throughout.
  • People don’t usually pair them with extra accessories like waistcoats or cummerbunds.
  • They work with any dress shirt type.
  • Their buttons typically have a metallic finish.
  • People often wear them with long ties.

While still dressy, suits are less formal than their tuxedo counterparts and often offer a wider variety of looks.

Which Should I Wear to My Wedding?

Although traditionalists may throw up their hands at such an assertion, there isn’t a “right” answer as to whether you should wear a tuxedo or a suit to your wedding. Both are suitably formal. Tuxedos offer a classic, elegant look that nothing else can match, which is why they’ve stood the test of time. But if you want more laidback wedding attire, especially for an outdoor wedding, suits may be the best choice.

If you don’t know the difference between a cuff link and a cummerbund, Emanuele Tuxedo is here to help. Our Chicago wedding tuxedo rental services will help you find the perfect tux or suit.

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4 Reasons to Shop Local for Your Wedding Tuxedo

4 Reasons to Shop Local for Your Wedding Tuxedo

4 Reasons to Shop Local for Your Wedding Tuxedo

If you’ve ever been involved in planning a wedding, you don’t need us to tell you how stressful it can be. Between coordinating vendors, managing a guest list, and dealing with your own emotions surrounding an earth-shattering life change, the last thing you want is one more thing to think about.

And that’s when you remember you still have to look for a tuxedo. Big-name retailers and online shops can be tempting options simply because we don’t want to think too hard about it. But there are plenty of reasons to shop local for your wedding tuxedo. Here are just a few of them.

Avoid the Pitfalls of Online Shopping

Online shopping offers a slew of benefits. You’re able to peruse at your own pace without leaving your home, and you can have the suit shipped directly to your home. However, online shopping has as many pitfalls as it has benefits. For instance:

  • You can’t try the suit on
  • Suits looking different from their pictures
  • Tedious return policies
  • The possibility of the suit getting lost in the mail
  • Extra shipping fees

You can avoid all these issues when you shop in a store. You’re able to see your tuxedo of choice with your own two eyes, try it on, and simply take it back to the store if it doesn’t work.

Enjoy the Convenience

But just because you have to go to a brick-and-mortar store doesn’t mean you lose out on any convenience. After all, the word “local,” by definition, refers to a business that’s in your area. That means a short commute.

But if you really can’t make the commute, many local stores offer delivery options or even home fittings. We know our Chicago tuxedo stores do.

Get the Expert’s Touch

The average person doesn’t wear a tuxedo very many times in their life, so most of us aren’t exactly experts on them. Fortunately, your local tuxedo store is full of experts who can explain your options, advise you on the best fit, and alter your tux to fit you to a T.

Having onsite tailors is no small deal, either. Sure, you can take your tuxedo to the local dry cleaner for alterations, but shop tailors specialize in tuxedos. Not only that, but if you find your suit needs a last-minute alteration, they’ll be able to handle the job quickly.

Support Your Community

One of the best reasons to shop local for your wedding tuxedo isn’t about the ceremony at all. Weddings are all about family—the start of a new family and the old family’s continuation. When you support a local business, you are investing in local families. Emanuele Tuxedo has always been a family-owned business, and we would love the chance to become part of yours.

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Lionel, grey shawl


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Black Wyatt cutaway


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Thompson Navy Kenneth cole


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Niall, white dinner jacket with a black lapel


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