What to Know About Having a Microwedding

My dream wedding was a bare-bones affair. After four years of dating, my fiancé, Mike, and I exchanged vows in a courtroom 14 floors above his office last April. His boss, a prominent judge, officiated. Only our immediate families and my two best friends were in attendance. I didn’t even carry a bouquet. When the 10-minute ceremony was over, we snapped a few photos before we dined at a farm-to-table restaurant across the street.

Unlike an elopement, which is organized by the bride and groom in secret, a microwedding retains some of the structure of a traditional wedding, except on a smaller scale. Alisa Tongg, a Life Cycle Celebrant — a sort of personalized ceremony planner — performs over 70 weddings a year in the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania area, and said she defined a microwedding as a wedding ceremony with 15 witnesses or fewer.

According to The Knot, the average cost for a wedding in 2016 was $35,329, with higher averages in places like South Florida ($48,596), Chicago ($60,035) and New York City ($78,464). That’s a lot of canapés, cocktails and cake.

While average wedding costs have ballooned, however, guest lists have shrunk. The Knot’s 2016 Real Weddings Survey reports that the average number of wedding guests was down to 141 in 2016, compared with 149 in 2009.

While there are no firm numbers on how many tiny weddings occur in a given year, experts said more couples were choosing to streamline their nuptials, trim the fat and go micro. - NYT, October 20, 2017

Top 5 Tuxedo Styles for September 2017

Tommy's Tuxedos tracks the rental data for all of the tuxedo styles we offer and determines the top 5 tuxedo styles rented for the previous month. Below are the Top 5 Tuxedo Styles for September 2017! This information is invaluable to our clients because everyone wants to know what’s in style right now. In a constantly changing and evolving environment, having up to date style information like this puts you way ahead of the curve.

1.  Navy Blue Sebastian Tuxedo by Ike Behar: The Navy ‘Sebastian’ Tuxedo is a fantastic formal option for anyone looking for a clean and simple navy tuxedo. Featuring a two button front, satin notch lapels, satin besom pockets, side vents, slim fit construction, and fashioned from luxuriously soft Super 120’s Wool, this tuxedo is a great way to stand apart from the crowd, while maintaining a timeless and elegant look!

2. Navy ‘Blake’ Tuxedo by Ike Behar: The Navy ‘Blake’ Tuxedo is a classy, attention grabbing navy formal favorite!  Featuring a single button front, black satin peak lapels, black satin besom pockets, side vents, slim fit construction, and fashioned from luxuriously soft navy Super 120’s Wool.

3.  Navy ‘Hudson’ Tuxedo by Ike Behar: The Navy ‘Hudson’ Tuxedo is perfect for formal events and weddings!  It features a single button front, black satin shawl lapel, black satin besom pockets, side vents, slim fit construction, and fashioned from luxuriously soft navy Super 120’s Wool.

4.  Steel Grey Allure Tuxedo by Allure Men: The Steel GreyTuxedo by Allure Men was expertly and aptly created in response to the growing demand for quality grey tuxedos. The notch lapels on the coat are self material with a thin satin indented trim around the edges. Other features include a single-breasted, two button front, satin besom pockets and side vents. 

5. Black Desire by Michael Kors:  The Black 'Desire' Tuxedo by Michael Kors is a modern fit tuxedo.  It features a single-breasted two button front with notch lapels.  It also features satin besom pockets, side vents, and is fashioned from the same luxuriously soft Super 130's Venetian Wool.

Who wore Blue Best at the Grammy's 2015?

t the 2015 Grammys, the guys were out in chic shades of navy (sorry gray, better luck next year). Ryan Seacrest was one of the earliest cobalt wearers on the scene, hosting E! Live from the Red Carpet in a navy suit jacket, black bowtie and slim-fitting pants. LL Cool J sported a similar look featuring an indigo jacket with black lapels.

Infographic: The 3 Tuxedo Lapel Types

Have you ever watched (or attended?!?) the Oscar’s?  You’ll see a lot of women in fancy evening dresses that look very different, and you’ll see a lot of men dressed in swanky tuxedos that look very much alike.  This is by design.  Traditionally for very formal occasions, men basically wear a timeless and very masculine uniform known as Black Tie, which ensures they look great, but in a way that doesn’t compete with or steal attention away from the women they’re with.

But Black Tie isn’t exactly a uniform.  It’s more of an art form.  It’s just that tuxedos vary much more subtly.  There are actually several elements that differentiate one tuxedo from another.  One of those elements is the type of lapel.  There are three different lapel types that tuxedos incorporate, and they each send a slightly different message about the tuxedo that’s being worn.

You’ll find one these three basic lapel types on nearly every tuxedo, with the exception of an occasional trendy fashion tuxedo that has a mandarin collar and no lapels.

Of course there are also variations on these lapels.  A tuxedo coat may have a pleated or double lapel, a self lapel with satin trim, a satin lapel with self trim, etc.  But the basic shapes are always there.  Knowing not only the physical difference between the types, but also the difference in formality will considerably up your game for your next formal event!

Tuxedos in Movies: James Bond’s Midnight Blue Tuxedo in ‘Skyfall’

Proudly made in the USA, this tuxedo is midnight blue, with black satin shawl lapels and a 1 button front.   Tailored to modern apparel trends, the Midnight ‘Maxwell’ is a modern fit featuring higher arm holes, a slightly shorter length (30.5in), and a tapered waist designed to present a more refined silhouette.  It is available with either matching midnight pants or with black pants.

Tuxedos in Movies: ‘The Great Gatsby’

‘The Great Gatsby’ by F. Scott Fitzgerald is a classic tale of romance, tragedy, and opulence.  In a way, the story itself depicts a setting as much as it does the characters.  The story takes place in the ‘Roaring Twenties’, a prosperous period in America leading up to Prohibition that was marked for wild and extravagant parties.  Because of this, the film features no shortage of very classy, very timeless formal wear!

In December, the 6th film adaptation will hit theaters.  The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann and stars Leonardo DiCaprio.  Sartorially speaking, this film is significant for two reasons.  The first is obvious.  With a large array of formal wear playing such a large role in such a classic story that will reach such a large audience, this is the sort of thing that can set trends, or restore them.

While I doubt that the release of the film will single-handedly see a return to white tie or black tie attire, I do think that the fun side of being formal will begin to percolate through the minds of our culture.  A film like this can remind people that tuxedos aren’t just a uniform to be dutifully worn to a friend’s wedding, nor an uncomfortable encumbrance.  A tuxedo in this context can be a thing that makes fun times better.

The second reason that this film is important is because of the setting.  The ‘Roaring Twenties’ were a long time ago.  To be exact, the beginning of this story takes place in 1922, exactly 90 years from today.  But as you can see from the pictures above and the trailer below, the styles they wore then still look smashing today!  It’s a testament to the black tie standards we’re always going on about.  Some styles come and go, while other styles stay put.  That’s because when you get it right, it’s timeless.

Michael Kors Debuts a Line of Tuxedos for 2014!

Michael Kors is a label that has long been successful in the world of women’s apparel and accessories as well as some men’s accessories.  The Michael Kors label is well recognized as a high end provider of luxurious and fashionable merchandise.  Michael Kors has built up a reputation and expectation of impeccable quality for high end items.  And now, with that guiding principal in tact, they have recently announced that they are entering into the world of men’s rental formal wear with the debut of a new line of tuxedos!  These tuxedos will hit the rental market in Spring of 2014, and will be manufactured by FLOW Formals.

Here’s the really exciting part.  We will be offering two of the new Michael Kors tuxedos in the Spring of 2014, available to rent from a PM Partner near you!  Added to our rental offerings will be the Black ‘Desire’ Tuxedo and the Black ‘Obsession’ Tuxedo by Michael Kors.

The Black ‘Desire’ Tuxedo by Michael Kors is a modern fit tuxedo featuring a single-breasted two button front, satin notch lapels, satin besom pockets, side vents, and is fashioned from luxuriously soft Super 130′s Venetian Wool, for that extra touch of luxury and sophistication that Michael Kors is known for.