The Meng's Wearhouse

Yesterday we went to Men's Wearhouse with Wil's brother (the best man) and one of the other groomsmen to pick out the tuxes for the wedding. I'm not too sure if I was supposed to be there or not, but Wil said he wanted me there and it's not very often that I say no to him. I'm glad he asked me to go thought because I'll be honest...I've been pretty worried about what the guys are going to wear. Here's the reason why I've been so anxious about this decision: I let Wil pick out the color of the bridesmaids' dresses (knowing that the women would be making every other wedding-related decision) and he picked navy blue.

Navy blue! Can you believe it?! I shouldn't have been surprised since blue is his favorite color, but I thought he would've gone with a different, more exciting shade of blue. But, no, navy blue is what he wanted and navy blue is what he's going to get. My sister (the maid of honor) and I were able to find beautiful dresses in navy blue, but that's not what I have been worried about...I've been worried about how navy blue and black would look together.

I'm no fashion expert, but I do know that navy blue and black are not supposed to go together. How on earth are these boys supposed to wear black tuxes and navy blue accessories without looking like walking advertisements for "What Not To Wear: Wedding Edition?" Well, good thing for us that Kevin, Wil's brother, is a fashion designer. I gave him the responsibility of making sure the guys look "fresh ta def" on November 11th. After a meeting of the minds, we hooked up with a sales person and started putting the pieces together.

We were able to find beautiful Calvin Klein tuxes for the guys fairly quickly. In fact, the tuxes that we're having the guys wear for the wedding are the first that we were shown. The salesman, who was extremely proficient at his job, convinced Wil to purchase a tuxedo instead of renting one. That guy deserves a medal because I have never seen my Honey Love so easily persuaded to spend such an insane amount of money on anything, let alone an article of clothing that he's going to wear once! Maybe it was the salesman's story about how he takes his wife to a super fancy (tuxedo-fancy) dinner every year on their wedding anniversary that convinced him he needed a tux in his wardrobe. Yeah, that must be it; he so loves me.

Next order of business: accessories. Men's Wearhouse has an affiliation with David's Bridal which is supposed to make picking out ties and vests that match the bridesmaids' dresses a simple, painless process. Well, guess what: IT'S NOT A SIMPLE PAINLESS PROCESS WHEN YOU'VE CHOSEN NAVY BLUE BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES! Ugh, and I thought picking out MY accessories was going to be a pain in the ass! We looked at the coordinating tie and vest thingy (that's right, thingY, singular, as in one choice available because NO ONE IN HIS RIGHT MIND CHOOSES NAVY BLUE AS A WEDDING COLOR) and it was just so sad looking. For now, the boys have decided to wear the sad navy blue tie (no vest) with the black tuxes. They also decided that Wil is going to wear a patterned tie to distinguish him as the groom, but they haven't picked that out yet. They also decided on what they're wearing on their feet, which wasn't a shocker: hi-top patent leather Converse All-Star sneakers. If there's anything that screams Wilfredo Rivera, it's a pair of Chucks.

Kevin is going to think of different ways to make pull this look together, but we're open to suggestions, too. Should we add an accent color to make things more interesting? If so, what? Should the guys wear vests? Do they even have to be all matchy-matchy with the girls? I really don't know and if there's one thing I absolutely have, it's not knowing what to do about something. Seriously, guys, what should we do here to make this black and navy blue business work?


Anonymous said... March 20, 2011 at 10:18 PM

Ok you got me thinking.....How about gold or ivory as accent color with the navy....I think vests look good and helps to prevent any stains from showing in the photos if the guys are wearing white or cream colored shirts. I think Wil can wear a pattern print with accent color while the guys wear a solid color. Or you can have Wil with ivory accents and the guys with gold/copper tone and a modern paisley pattern might work.

NancyS said... March 21, 2011 at 10:19 AM

I do not AT ALL like the idea of vests. Ick. Accent color for sure. Different patterned tie also for sure.

Purchasing a Tux IS a better idea than renting one. Men should always have a tux in their wardrobe. It is true that you never know when you might have to attend a black-tie affair. The trick for him is to stay the same proportions throughout married life; No losing his manly physique. He should always be able to say "and I still fit into my wedding tux".

Carol said... March 21, 2011 at 11:16 AM

My first thought for an accent color was silver, but I like the copper suggestion. The orange compliments the blue. Sounds interesting. My cousin had a fall wedding and she went with dark colors: maroon, dark green, navy for the brides maids. The groom wore a black tux and the groomsmen wore multi-colored vests that had the bridesmaids colors, but I can't remember what color tuxes they wore! I'll check with her and let you know.

Jessica Cappella said... March 21, 2011 at 11:38 AM

I'm working on this ....... doing a little Color research....and talking to my never did get to see her house did you? Or her wardrobe..

Jessica Cappella said... March 21, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Navy Blue Tux....white shirt...silver/grey tie

Anonymous said... March 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

They DEFINITELY want black tuxes because Wil is going to buy his (black makes the most sense for a purchase like that). I was thinking about throwing blush in there somehow to tie everything together (blush bouquets/blush shoes/navy and blush ties). I just don't know. :-/

Luli said... March 21, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Black Tux
Navy Shirt
Navy\Ivory or Gold-paisley tie for Wil
same scheme for guys except they'll be striped (I'm talking about the $80-$150 ties in silk damask or similar) My ultimate choice would be a cravat though to cover the whole lack of waistcoat/cummerbund tradition. Cummerbunds (EW!)

Bonus on the purchase. Wil doesn't strike me as the sort that will go all lumpy over time.

Jessica Cappella said... March 22, 2011 at 8:21 PM

If Black Tux....
Go with Crisp White shirt...Blush color tie...BM's bouquets white and blush flowers of choice

Anonymous said... March 22, 2011 at 9:34 PM

Jess, I just talked to the boss and he LOVES that idea! We can put the guys in blush ties and have him wear a navy/blush tie to tie both parties together. The guys can also wear fun navy/blush socks! The girls will have blush bouquets and POSSIBLY blush shoes. Christ, I feel better already! LOL

Jessica Cappella said... March 23, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Heheh...Good To less thing to be worry about :)

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