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Plan Everything for the Groom and Groomsmen at Home

Wed­ding plan­ning is fun, but it’s also a lot of work. There are a mil­lion details and each one is impor­tant. After all, this is the biggest day of your life. Here are some tips on how you can plan one of the most impor­tant parts of your wed­ding, and do it all from home.

 

You’re plan­ning the per­fect wed­ding, and every­one will be look­ing at you, but what will you be wear­ing? A Suit or a Tuxe­do? A tra­di­tion­al Black Tuxe­do or a vibrant Mys­tic Blue Suit? Build your per­fect look with our new builder. Choose your jack­et and pants, acces­so­ry col­ors, shoes, and more.

 

Acces­so­ry col­ors have to be per­fect. The col­or theme of your wed­ding has to match every­where pos­si­ble. Order free swatch­es mailed to you make sure your acces­so­ry col­ors match per­fect­ly.

 

You’ve designed the suit or tuxe­do you like, you have the acces­so­ry col­ors just right, all that’s left is to try every­thing on. Get a Free Home Try-On for the groom deliv­ered to your door and make sure your fit is per­fect with­out ever leav­ing your house. Try it out for 48 hours, make any changes with the help of our Cus­tomer Expe­ri­ence team, then ship it back for free.

Look­ing good has nev­er been this easy. Start build­ing your suit or tuxe­do now.

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WEDDING PLANNER Q&A SERIES: Heather Fier

We reached out to some wed­ding plan­ners, and friends of Gen­er­a­tion Tux, to get their advice on how cou­ples can keep plan­ning for their wed­ding dur­ing an uncer­tain time. In our third Q&A, we talked to Heather Fier; founder of The Wed­ding Hack­er in San Diego, CA.

 

What are some ways cou­ples can con­tin­ue plan­ning dur­ing this time?

Pour your­self a drink, snug­gle up with your love on the couch, and dive into these aspects of your wed­ding plans:

1) Review and tight­en up your wed­ding bud­get

There is too much uncer­tain­ty in the world to lay­out deposits and make large finan­cial deci­sions, but you can still make progress toward your dream day. If your finan­cial sit­u­a­tion has changed due to the cri­sis, this step isn’t nego­tiable… you real­ly need to make adjust­ments to your wed­ding plans. That said, there are many ways to stretch a wed­ding bud­get, so don’t pan­ic. The key to plan­ning on a lean­er bud­get is focus­ing on your pri­or­i­ties. While math and bud­gets may not sound like the sex­i­est date night, I promise that fac­ing the real num­bers and devel­op­ing a real­is­tic plan will make you feel bet­ter. 

Here is an overview of how to cre­ate a wed­ding bud­get that you can actu­al­ly stick to. 

Sort out the real num­bers, so you can move for­ward con­fi­dent­ly.

2) Devel­op your DIY skills 

With wed­ding plan­ning the options on the table often take an invest­ment of mon­ey or time. Well, we all have a lit­tle more time in our day at the moment, so this is a great time to build up to devel­op those craft­ing skills you’ve been neglect­ing. There are so many online cours­es and tuto­ri­als for every­thing from flo­rals, cal­lig­ra­phy, to cre­at­ing bal­loon arch­es. Flex that cre­ativ­i­ty and have some fun. Whether you decide to work on the graph­ic design for escort cards or make home­made mar­malades as wed­ding favors, these DIY projects will often save a bun­dle and will def­i­nite­ly pro­vide for some quar­an­tine enter­tain­ment.

3) Pre­pare for a suc­cess­ful mar­riage

Think beyond the wed­ding day and take some time to pre­pare for mar­ried life. The rela­tion­ship and per­son­al finance experts at this vir­tu­al wed­ding expo dis­cuss how to strength­en your rela­tion­ship, out­line your five-year plan togeth­er, and pre­pare for merg­ing your finances. You can join the Expo for FREE and learn from our amaz­ing line­up of experts from your couch. 

Watch the social media account of your favorite thought lead­ers as many folks are rolling out “chal­lenges” and “vir­tu­al sum­mits” to help empow­er cou­ples at this time.

4) Lever­age the web build out your wed­ding day style

You do not need to leave the house to nail your wed­ding day style. I wrote two arti­cles to help you score an amaz­ing and afford­able wed­ding gown online. 

  1. The process
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And let’s not for­get the gents… You can keep the momen­tum going from home with amaz­ing resources like Gen­er­a­tion Tux. You can explore the styles, fab­rics and fit from the safe­ty of your home by order­ing swatch­es or a suit for a free home try-on.

How do you keep the wed­ding par­ty engaged and keep­ing their wed­ding in their plans?

Just because we’re all social dis­tanc­ing doesn’t mean we need to be social­ly iso­lat­ed. Keep com­mu­ni­cat­ing with your wed­ding VIPs. My clients have been hold­ing vir­tu­al hap­py hours on Zoom, keep­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion flow­ing via Slack, and the laughs rolling with House­p­a­r­tyYou can keep momen­tum going and friend­ship strong with all these mod­ern tools. Wor­ried about keep­ing your wed­ding par­ty focused on their to-do list? I’m a big fan of Asana where you can assign out tasks with due dates. Gen­er­a­tion Tux makes man­ag­ing the suits sim­ple with their online plat­form, so your crew can get their look locked in with­out leav­ing the house.

The cou­ple has made the deci­sion to post­pone, what cre­ative ways are they noti­fy­ing guests and wed­ding par­ty of the change?

Com­mu­ni­cate clear­ly and prompt­ly… dig­i­tal is best for speed & cost-effec­tive­ness. The wed­ding indus­try is step­ping up here and many cal­lig­ra­phers and graph­ic design­ers are offer­ing free post­pone­ment tem­plates. Many online resources are offer­ing free re-print­ing of invi­ta­tions. In this unprece­dent­ed time, there aren’t “rules” to fol­low, so email, text, Face­book Mes­sen­ger, or Insta­gram all work well to spread the word to your guests. It can be emo­tion­al­ly drain­ing on the cou­ple to field all the ques­tions from guests and  to have the same con­ver­sa­tion dozens of times. Because of this, I have been sug­gest­ing to my cou­ples that they ask their wed­ding VIPs to help with a “phone tree” to dis­cuss details or note a spe­cif­ic point of con­tact or your wed­ding web­site address to han­dle the fol­low up (FAQs and updates) on your behalf. Last­ly, it is total­ly okay to announce a post­pone­ment with­out a new date set in stone. Just keep an open dia­logue with your guests as new plans firm up.

What is one piece of advice you would give to a cou­ple read­ing this after mak­ing the deci­sion to post­pone?

Take your pow­er back. It is nat­ur­al to grieve the loss of the day you were plan­ning. Feel those feel­ings and then keep push­ing for­ward. Each cou­ple will process this in their own way, but you will start to feel bet­ter once you focus on build­ing excite­ment about the new plans. Stay­ing in that pow­er­less mode will not help you feel bet­ter and will keep you from mak­ing the most of the new wed­ding day you are plan­ning. Look for the ben­e­fits of this new date and allow your­self to be excit­ed about the new plan devel­op­ing. There is like­ly some sil­ver lin­ing if you look for it.

 

For more infor­ma­tion on how Gen­er­a­tion Tux is help­ing cou­ples plan dur­ing the COVID-19 sit­u­a­tion, click here.

 

Heather Fier — Founder of the Wed­ding Hack­er Club

Wed­ding Hack­er Club

Web­site: https://theweddinghacker.com/

IG: @weddinghackerclub

Here are a few of Heather’s favorite Gen­er­a­tion Tux images, see more inspi­ra­tion a the Gen­er­a­tion Tux gallery.

 

Postponing Wedding COVID-19
Tuesday Tip

Postpone, Don’t Cancel

You’ve made the dif­fi­cult deci­sion to post­pone your wed­ding due to cir­cum­stances out of your con­trol (i.e. a glob­al pan­dem­ic). Details are chang­ing by the hour and nav­i­gat­ing through wed­ding plan­ning is a chal­lenge, espe­cial­ly right now. We want you to know we are here to help at Gen­er­a­tion Tux.

Below are a few tips to help make post­pon­ing your spe­cial day swift, easy and still be sure your groom, grooms­men, and fam­i­ly look great for your new date.

1) It’s Okay If Your Date is Still Undetermined

We under­stand this process can take time. You know you need to post­pone, but you don’t have your new wed­ding date yet. Don’t wor­ry, you can select a tem­po­rary future date for your rental while you sort through the details with your venue and/or wed­ding plan­ner. Once you have the new date, sim­ply update your rental date and you’re all set.

Pro-tip: If you’re looking to secure a date in 2020, be flexible and open to a Friday, Sunday or other weekdays.

2) We have a new wedding date

You can move the entire wed­ding par­ty to the new date with the click of a but­ton. Just let us know your new date and any adjust­ments, and we’ll han­dle the details. No addi­tion­al work on your part.

Pro-tip: When postponing your wedding, try to work with your existing wedding pros. If you cancel, you have to start back at step one. Your existing wedding pros have all your details and can transition every last detail to your new date.

3) How do I postpone?

Resched­ul­ing is hard enough, and we want you to know select­ing a new date for your rental is all you need to do. We will han­dle all the tran­si­tion details of your rental and there is no resched­ul­ing fee. We strive to be the eas­i­est part of your wed­ding plan­ning, and we’ve built a process to make it sim­ple and stress-free.

Pro-tip: We’re all in this together and everyone’s safety and health is our number one priority. Lean on your wedding pros. We want to help you make your wedding day happen as easily as possible.

4) I’m trying to plan from home, how do I get a suit or tux during COVID-19?

Since 2014 we have been assist­ing brides and grooms in find­ing their per­fect suit or tuxe­do for their wed­ding day. We’ve made plan­ning from home eas­i­ly. You can design your per­fect look, get free swatch­es to coor­di­nate col­ors, even get a free home try-on deliv­ered to your door. Find out how it works to get start­ed.

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Natural & Organic Wedding Photos You Must See

Tips for Throwing the Nature Wedding of Your Dreams

Once upon a time, Amer­i­can wed­dings were a lot less diverse. Back when our grandparents—or even parents—tied the knot, cer­e­monies were gen­er­al­ly held in a place of wor­ship and fol­lowed by a night of danc­ing at a near­by hotel. There’s an expla­na­tion for why these wed­dings were so preva­lent: they’re enter­tain­ing! How­ev­er, times have changed, and for good rea­son.

Our gen­er­a­tion likes to do things a lit­tle dif­fer­ent­ly. Mil­len­ni­al wed­dings tend to be unique, and include a lot of per­son­al touch­es. Tech­nol­o­gy cer­tain­ly helps here: things like wed­ding playlists, guest man­age­ment, and even for­mal­wear rentals can be done online. When it comes to venues, the mod­ern engaged cou­ple knows that their options

The Art of the Outdoor Nature Wedding

The truth is, there aren’t many nat­ur­al set­tings that don’t make for a gor­geous wed­ding venue. Even out­door sites with bru­tal­ist or indus­tri­al archi­tec­ture can look incred­i­ble as a wed­ding back­drop when every­thing is in bloom and it’s set with the right plants, light­ing, and decor. 

That being said, some organ­ic set­tings are more impres­sive than oth­ers. You know the ones we’re talk­ing about; Insta­gram and Pin­ter­est are full of jaw-drop­ping nat­ur­al wed­ding pho­tos that fea­ture tow­er­ing trees, lush green­ery, dra­mat­ic skies, and an impos­si­bly attrac­tive cou­ple dressed to impress.

If spec­tac­u­lar nat­ur­al wed­ding pic­tures are one of your Big-Day goals, you might want to con­sid­er the fol­low­ing venues:

1.) An Iconic Landscape

Yes, you can get mar­ried at breath­tak­ing land­mark sites and nation­al parks— often, all it requires is a spe­cial per­mit. We’ve seen stun­ning nat­ur­al wed­ding pho­tos tak­en every­where from the Grand Canyon and Joshua Tree Nation­al Park to Nia­gara Falls, à la Jim and Pam’s wed­ding.

To make the most of your dra­mat­ic set­ting, we rec­om­mend you take the time to match your attire to your sur­round­ings. So, if you were plan­ning to tie the knot at the Grand Canyon, you might choose from indi­go, teal, gold, pur­ple, and tan, as your palette to com­ple­ment the breath­tak­ing col­ors that are on per­ma­nent dis­play. That gives you, your part­ner, and your par­ties lots of options for dress attire. 

One idea? An indi­go suit paired with a long gold-toned tie and pock­et square, and a crisp, white shirt. It’ll com­ple­ment those moun­tains per­fect­ly.

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2.) Oceanside

Soar­ing views, unmarred nat­ur­al light, crash­ing waves, clean colors…it’s no won­der that beach­es lend them­selves to show­stop­ping nat­ur­al wed­ding pic­tures. It’s worth not­ing that beach­es are extreme­ly diverse—depending on your loca­tion and pref­er­ence, your venue choice will vary great­ly. From tran­quil white-sand beach­es to seclud­ed coves and dra­mat­ic coasts, each type of beach will pro­vide a different—yet always impres­sive set of nat­ur­al wed­ding pho­tos. 

Let’s say you’ve cho­sen the rugged Ore­gon coast as your wed­ding venue. An ide­al col­or scheme might be tan, hunter, aqua, slate, or gin­ger. We love the idea of a slate notch lapel suit here. It can be paired with a white shirt and pock­et square, as well as a match­ing slate vest and a steel-blue tie for that ocean­ic touch.

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3.) The Forest Floor

This is the def­i­n­i­tion of a fairy-tale wed­ding. How­ev­er, instead of car­toon birds and lurk­ing “evil step-par­ents,” you’ll be sur­round­ed by your beloved friends and fam­i­ly. Also, trees. Lots of trees.

Your woodsy wed­ding is sure to make for some mem­o­rable nat­ur­al wed­ding pic­tures. Your palette will, of course, depend on the time of year and what type of flo­ra and fau­na sur­rounds you. If you’re in the “rain­forests” of Flori­da, it’s going to look very dif­fer­ent from the woods of Min­neso­ta. 

Let’s say your venue is amongst the spec­tac­u­lar red­wood forests of Cal­i­for­nia, and you want to rock a tux. For starters, how do we score an invite? Sec­ond of all, you have plen­ty of options for a col­or palette. A pop­u­lar selec­tion here is hunter, gray, canary, tan­ger­ine, and mahogany. Try pair­ing a cement gray notch lapel suit with a hunter tie, brown leather dress shoes, and an earth-toned pock­et square like clover green. You will match the atmos­phere of the for­est and look more than pol­ished.

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If you don’t see your venue idea here, no wor­ries. We’ve only list­ed our top three! Have a browse at our gallery to see more of the nature-themed wed­ding out­fits we’ve helped our grooms to cre­ate. Once you’ve been inspired, you can cus­tomize your own look by choos­ing one of our meri­no wool tuxe­dos or suits and mix­ing and match­ing with our hun­dreds of acces­sories. As an added bonus, we will send you free col­or swatch­es so your spe­cif­ic col­or palette will turn out just right. 

At Gen­er­a­tion Tux, we’ll help you find your fit, as well as your grooms­men and par­ty mem­bers, right here on our web­site. No store vis­its to wor­ry about—we’ll deliv­er your ensem­ble right to your door, and pro­vide a pre­paid ship­ping label for you to return at your con­ve­nience after the spe­cial day. Grooms are also enti­tled to a free advance Home Try-On ses­sion, so they can ensure that the ensem­ble cre­at­ed online looks just as great as they envi­sioned. Spoil­er alert: it usu­al­ly does—but we’re here to help if you want to try again. 

The first step is easy: Get start­ed. Once you’ve cre­at­ed and final­ized your look, you can breathe eas­i­ly. It will show up at your doorstep 14 days before your beau­ti­ful out­door nature wed­ding. When your big day is all fin­ished, you can share your pics with us, and we’ll add them to our gallery, so more cou­ples can find nature wed­ding inspi­ra­tion from your event!

We can’t wait to see what you’ve been dream­ing up—and to help bring it to life. 

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Generation Tux’s Cleaning Process

RENT WITH CONFIDENCE WITH GENERATION TUX

In the wake of recent events, we would like to share infor­ma­tion about our clean­ing process, and the care that goes into your suit or tux rental.

No Shortcuts

Gen­er­a­tion Tux employs a team of clean­ing pro­fes­sion­als in Louisville, KY, led by over 35 years of expe­ri­ence. Using state of the art com­mer­cial grade clean­ing equip­ment, each gar­ment is tak­en through a rig­or­ous clean­ing process, ensur­ing your suit or tuxe­do is per­fect, and clean, for your big day. Upon receipt of every return, each item is man­u­al­ly inspect­ed and placed into a spe­cif­ic clean­ing process that is ded­i­cat­ed to its mate­r­i­al fibers. We take the time, 60 min­utes to be exact, to make sure each suit is cleaned and dis­in­fect­ed appro­pri­ate­ly.

Our Cleaning Process includes:

  • Recy­cling of all mate­ri­als relat­ed to pack­ag­ing
  • Inspec­tion by hand for each returned item
  • Cat­e­go­riza­tion of each item for the ded­i­cat­ed clean­ing process
    • Wool is safe­ly dry cleaned using Green Earth, the safest dry clean­ing solu­tions avail­able
    • Cot­ton items are steam cleaned at 350 degrees
    • Shoes are dis­in­fect­ed and hand-pol­ished with a microfiber cloth
  • Items are placed in plas­tic before stor­age
  • All clean­ing solu­tions are safe­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly dis­posed of 

Commitment

At Gen­er­a­tion Tux, we are com­mit­ted to find­ing bet­ter and CLEANER ways of tak­ing care of our gar­ments that ben­e­fit the safe­ty of cus­tomers, and the safe­ty of our envi­ron­ment as well.