Choosing The Jacket Color

Updated: Mar 28, 2018

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Choosing the color of the tuxedo jacket according to etiquette is determined by the time of day of the ceremony. To choose the color of the tuxedos by etiquette follow these simple rules:


Ultra-formal Daytime


Features a traditional daytime look with a modern twist. The groom dresses in an updated charcoal grey cutaway with pleated, striped, or matching trousers.

Ushers dress in matching stroller coats, which really sets the groom apart. Fathers have a choice of either style.


Check out our cement grey cutaway or black cutaway tuxedo options.












Formal Daytime


This is the most popular style for today's weddings, you set the style! The groom's choices include all types of formalwear in any color. Ushers can match the groom or utilize tails and tuxedo combinations.

Colored accessories compliment the bridesmaids' dresses, while the fathers choose coordinating formalwear. Guests are welcome to wear black tuxedos with fashion accessories.


Ultra-formal Evening


With this look, grooms can choose from a black, white, grey, or other colored tailcoat and matching accessories, or formal white. Ushers' style will be similar, with the most formal look sporting identical tailcoats. Vests and ties can be used to coordinate with bridesmaids' dresses.

Fathers can be outfitted identically to ushers or in matching tuxedos. As an added plus, "Black Tie Invited" is recommended for guests



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Formal Evening

When you want to express your personal preferences, this look is the proper choice. Grooms can choose from a tailcoat, tuxedo, dinner jacket, or any of the new high fashion coat styles. Any color is acceptable, with light colors popular in the summer.

New fashion shirts, vests, and shoes can help you choose your individual style. The wedding party can be dressed similarly to the groom, but if the groom chooses tails to stand out the ushers may wear similar color tuxedos. Fathers can choose coordinating tuxedos, and guests are invited to dress black tie.


Ultimately, the choice is yours! You can’t go wrong. Your vision of how you want the men in the wedding to look is all that matters. Black is by far the most popular and conservative choice in today’s fashion, but grey is coming on strong! With the softer pastels popular in bridesmaid’s dresses, grey is an excellent choice to compliment the color scheme. A professional can help you choose the colors that will make your vision come true!


Celebrity Tux and Tails is a family-owned and operated formalwear company located in the Phoenix, Arizona. We specialize in suits and tuxedos for both men and women and offer a variety of options in rental, off-the-rack retail and custom made attire. In addition to our stores in Tempe and Glendale, we offer full-service concierge across the state of Arizona. From free in-home consultations to delivery & pickup services, we are dedicated to making the formalwear process simple, affordable, and exceptional for our customers! Get the selection you want and the service you deserve!

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