Week 17: Bridal Showers + Tux Fittings


Do these things this week
Collect groomsmens' tux fittings from last week
Select rentals company and sign contract
Purchase wedding dress accessories
Let bridesmaids know which accessories to purchase
Provide guest list to bridesmaids for bridal shower
Begin browsing for calligraphers
Book appointment with calligrapher for next week

SIGNING THE RENTAL CONTRACT

Last week we talked about rental companies and finding a few that may work for you.

Once you find a rental company that suits your needs, arrange a time to sign the contract. Your contract should include the information below:

  • Who: name and contact info (your’s and their’s)
  • What: everything they’ll be providing
  • Where: the location of your events
  • When: dates and times of service and when items will be delivered and picked up
  • How much: cost per item, delivery and set-up fees
  • Receipt: the deposit paid, the balance due and due dates
  • Uh oh: cancellation policies and emergencies

Share this with your wedding planner, venue manager, or catering manager so that everyone is on the same page.

BRIDAL SHOWERS

Showers are a fun opportunity for everyone to get together and mingle before the big day, but technically showers are optional, and it’s completely up to your loved ones as to whether or not they want to hold one. Typically your bridesmaids, family members, or close friends will take the lead in planning a shower. Share your wedding guest list with your bridesmaids and close family members, and let them handle all invitations and planning and hosting duties.

Some hosts choose fun themes and coordinate all of the gifts and games to go along, but if you’d rather keep things simple, just let them know. Make the thank you note process simple by having a good friend keep track of the gifts received and who gifted them.

SEND HIM ON TO A TUX FITTING

You want your man to look good (chances are he does, too).

Almost every suit, no matter how expensive it is, should be tailored to the man wearing it. GQ’s guide to suits can’t be beat when it comes to finding the right suit for your groom and his groomsmen, and a few of our favorite tips are below:

  • Buttons: A two-button suit is classic and looks good on everyone.
  • Shoulders: The suit jacket should fit snugly across the shoulders with no extra room. If there is extra room, try a suit one size down.
  • Length: If you put your hands at your side, the jacket should hit no lower than the beginning of your fingers. Most designers make short versions of suits. If the length of the jacket, sleeves, or pants appears long, try on a short suit. It can give a more fitted appearance.
  • Sleeves: A good tailor can take the sleeves in so that they’re more fitted to the body. In addition, your sleeve should show a bit of cuff at the end and should never extend past your wrist.
  • Pants: Go short and slim here but not too short. An ideal pant leg hits right at the shoe with no puddling.

If you’re renting, collect all the measurements for the groom and groomsmen, find out what’s included in the rental, and inspect every item at the store to make sure all buttons and zippers work and that there are no major stains or holes. Also, double check the size before you leave the store!

CALLIGRAPHY AND HANDWRITING

You’ll need to get invitations in the mail at a minimum of 8 weeks before your wedding date, so if you plan to use a calligrapher for your invitations or envelopes, begin looking early! Whoever you hire will need plenty of time to address everything before it’s time to drop it in the mail. Schedule a consultation with him or her so that you can see samples of the calligrapher’s work and talk through your calligraphy needs for the invitations and any other paper goods.

If you’re working with a calligrapher, plan to have the envelopes back before then so that you have time to get them in the mail.

Don’t feel the need to stick to “formal” calligraphy – handwriting artists do amazing work! We’re in love with the amazing pieces by Sally at La Happy and Julia Manchik.