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Do’s and Don’ts of Wedding Menswear | Outstanding Advice

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Attention men! It may come as a surprise that what you and your groomsmen wear on your big day is as equally as important. There are several things that play into the overall theme and general aesthetic of the day. If fashion isn’t your forte, you’re in luck! Our team at Outstanding Occasions put together a few do’s and don’ts of wedding menswear. Keep reading to avoid some major wardrobe malfunctions!

Don’t wear a belt with your formal suit. Wearing a belt makes your look appear heavy and awkward. Resort to a chic pair of suspenders if you wanted to elevate your look and add in something unique. 

Do wear a complementary tie. This is important because it adds to the overall aesthetic of the day. Make sure to pick a tie that coordinates with the color scheme of the day. Have your groomsmen wear matching ties in order to create a uniformed and polished look. Try to avoid gaudy, patterned or bold colored ties that could potentially take away from your sleek look. 

Don’t wear short socks. When you sit down or cross your legs, you definitely don’t want exposed skin to show, so make sure you wear a pair of calf length socks, preferably ones that match the color of your suit. If you want to add something a little fun, opt for a patterned sock or a bright color! Matching socks also serve as a thoughtful gift for your groomsmen. 

Do have your suit tailored. Even if it’s the most expensive suit on the market, it will look and feel terrible if it doesn’t fit just right in all the proper places. Make sure you put in the necessary time and effort needed to meet with a tailor in order to make certain that your suit fits right. Keep in mind that the jacket sleeve hem should fall at your wrist, exposing 1/4-1/2 of your shirt sleeve. Also make sure that the collar lays flat, without any bulging or buckling, and finally– be comfortable in your pants when you sit, stand, walk and dance! 

Don’t over-accessorize. Add in a classy pair of cufflinks or a tie clip in order to elevate your look to the next level, but certainly don’t over do it. Limit yourself on the accessories because you don’t want to come across as too flashy. A beautiful watch and a simple boutonnière is honestly all you really need! 

Hopefully these helpful hints will guide you in your wedding wardrobe! Beyond everything, it’s your big day, so don’t be scared to add in your own personal flare to reflect your personality!

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Two Outstanding Occasions Weddings Featured| Fantastic Features

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Our team at Outstanding Occasions could not have been more thrilled than to see not one, but two of our beautiful weddings featured on 100 Layer Cake and Wedding Chicks! Kristen and Nick’s fun and bright desert El Chorro wedding was featured on 100 Layer Cake. We were so thankful we got to be a part of this cheerful and unique celebration! Head on over to the full feature here to scroll through some more of these gorgeous details!

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We were also beyond thrilled to see Christal and Ryan’s gorgeous wedding featured on Wedding Chicks. This elegant and traditional wedding perfectly captured Arizona’s beauty in an outdoor ceremony at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. We loved every second of planning Christal and Ryan’s big day! To check out more of the pretty details, click here!

 

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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So happy to be kicking off the month of May with a fabulous wedding weekend! On Saturday, the Outstanding Occasions team will be taking over El Chorro‘s beautiful Casa Paloma Lawn for both the ceremony and reception. We can’t wait for all of the romantic details that will make Paige and Sam’s special day absolutely unique and perfect; like dancing under the stars in a cocktail-casual reception with amazing lounge vignettes and a one-of-a-kind Southern-inspired menu with cool signage. We are so excited to work with an incredible team of wedding professionals including Vienna Glenn Photography, Carly G. Media, Prim Unique Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen, MT Sounds, Local Donut and Freed Hands. Stay tuned on our Instagram story @outstandingoccasions for all of the behind the scenes sneak peaks!

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5 Sneaky Hidden Wedding Costs | Outstanding Advice

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To be frank, there is so much that goes into planning the final budget for your big day, and sometimes a few things tend to slip through the cracks. Don’t stress– that’s where our team at Outstanding Occasions comes in; we’re here to help! We’ve compiled a list of 5 sneaky wedding costs that brides and grooms often forget about.

Vendor Meals. During your reception, the DJ or band, wedding planner, photographer and cinematographer will all have to sit down and take a break from your busy wedding day to eat dinner. While vendor meals are not specifically required in each wedding professional’s contract (although sometimes they are!), you will want to consider providing meals for these individuals. Vendor meals are offered by venues at a fraction of the cost of what you’re paying per person at your wedding, and they consist of much simpler fare (not your gourmet steak and lobster dinner!). Additionally, almost all venues do not allow outside food to be brought onto property, so if you choose not to provide a meal for your wedding professionals, then they will require about an hour break to go eat, and come back, which means an hour of your wedding reception that’s not being covered. Don’t forget these people are working about a 12+ hour day for your wedding, and this is their one true break (at least for the wedding planner!). One last thing, don’t forget to account for assistants and second shooters when you submit your vendor meal number to the venue.

A Hotel Room To Get Ready In. It’s still considered taboo to see your soon-to-be husband the night before the wedding, which means you’ll need a place to crash with your bridesmaids! Plus, an early wake up call will (almost always) be necessary for all of the hair and makeup appointments for you and your bridal party. If you have it in the budget, and you’re getting married at a hotel, you will want to consider renting a room for the night before the wedding for these reasons. Especially if you plan to get ready in your hotel room, remember to rent it for the night before, as late check in times (think 3pm) will conflict with your getting ready schedule for the wedding day.

Food For Your Wedding Party. While everyone is getting ready, day-of nerves and anxiety is typically voided with champagne– and lots of it! While everyone is getting ready, you will want to consider providing lunch, snacks, water (and maybe a bit of champs!) for your wedding party. You can arrange for room service like sandwiches, cheese plates, fruit, pastries and other items that are easy to eat throughout the day, or consider bringing in your own food, snacks and drinks if it’s permitted. Whatever to do, make sure you eat something before the ceremony!!

Cake Cutting & Corkage Fees. If you decide to use a cake made by your reception’s venue, then the cost of cake cutting and serving is typically already included in your venue contract. Should you decide to use an outside source for your desserts, or even wine and champagne, then additional fees will usually apply. These fees will pay for the time and effort of the venue staff individually cutting and serving each slice of cake and each glass of champagne, and then cleaning up all of the dishes afterwards. 

Pre-Wedding Beauty Treatments. These beauty treatments may vary from bride to bride, and some brides cover the cost, while others ask each person to cover their own expenses. Aside from hair and makeup the day of the wedding, you and your ladies (or the guys too!) may be interested in manicures, facials, skin treatments, hair coloring, waxing, brow tinting or anything else that will make you feel at your absolute best on your special day. Remember to budget out a few hundred dollars – at least for yourself – to primp the week before the wedding! 

Having the wedding of your dreams can definitely run up a large bill. Before signing any final or permanent contracts, be sure your vendors are extremely transparent with the costs. Don’t be afraid to ask too many questions. The more you know, the less you will be surprised about at the end of the day.

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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The team at Outstanding Occasions has a busy wedding weekend ahead of us! We have the pleasure of planning two fabulous weddings on Saturday to end April on a strong note. First on Saturday, we have Alex and Craig. These Chicago residents will be trading skyscrapers for mountains as they host their luxurious destination wedding at the beautiful Phoenician resort. The Flower Studio, Elyse Hall Photography, Something New Media and La Tavola are only a few of the incredible vendors that will play major parts in this special day. We can’t wait to help Alex and Craig have the best day of their lives!

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On Saturday night, Hélène and Joe will be tying the knot in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony on the Ullman Terrace at the Desert Botanical Garden. This unique couple has chosen an equally unique venue to exchange their vows and we are so excited to see how it turns out! We can’t wait to work with an amazing team of vendors including The Story Is Told, Heather Kadar Photography, Desert House Productions and Fiori Floral Design. Be sure to keep up with all of the behind-the-scenes footage on our Instagram story, @outstandingoccasions.

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