Bespoke Edge – Groom’s Guide to Wedding Planning
We are often asked what is the best way to improve your style. And the answer may surprise you – focus on the basics and do them really well.
It’s easy to think that good style is all about complex matching and playing with colors. After all, that’s what we see on Pinterest and Instagram, right? (At least, we do!) But it doesn’t need to be that complicated. The single best way to improve your style is to focus on the basics and do them, really, really well.
A great example is Brett’s style in the following images. He’s dressed in black tie attire, which may seem pretty standard and straightforward, but let’s look closer.
The first thing you probably notice is that he’s wearing a perfectly fitted suit. If you read this blog regularly, then you know that fit is the most important thing when it comes to clothing.
Brett’s also wearing a pocket square. As opposed to a bright color, it’s just a basic white. However, it’s crisply pressed – yes, that means ironed. There’s just about a quarter to half an inch showing and with his white dress shirt, it helps to frame the overall look.
Then there’s the tie bar. It’s appropriately sized for his neck tie, meaning it doesn’t cover the entire tie, and it’s nice and horizontal. Yet it’s not showy or bold in any way, it’s very basic.
And then there are two details of his suit that are very bespoke – the contrast button hole stitching in grey and the working button holes on the sleeves. These are relatively subtle, but very much nods to bespoke suiting. Also, Brett has a great lining. The rich purple pattern is very elegant. Perhaps you think it’s very bold (you obviously haven’t seen our other linings!), but the reality is that this lining is very versatile for dressy occasions – it’s a very sophisticated look.
The jacket lining, the contrast stitching, and the surgeon cuffs all work together to reinforce the black tie look.
Are you starting to see how easy it is to boost your style? There’s plenty of time to get down into the weeds with complex matching and clever layering, but if you’re just starting out, focus on a couple of the basics and ace them!
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On a recent trip to the desert, I met with Liz Marcou, founder and owner of Twenty-Five Event Management. Liz, like myself, has a history in the corporate space, before she ventured out into the world to start her own business.
When speaking with Liz, it becomes clear very early on that she has a real passion for event planning and execution. She’s super organized, intelligent, and believe me, gets things done! I can’t recommend Liz enough for anyone in the Scottsdale and Phoenix area.
Here’s a bit about what we talked about…
[Ryan] Can you tell us a little bit about Twenty-Five Event Management? What makes your approach to event planning different?
[Liz] When people hear Twenty-Five Event Management, the next question is, “What does Twenty-Five stand for?”
February 25th, 2012 was my wedding day and inspiration behind Twenty-Five. In the months of planning my wedding, I realized I could take my professional experience of large-scale project management and apply it to wedding planning. Except wedding and event planning allows for much more creativity than corporate banking! I found a way to merge my expertise in projects with something I was extremely passionate about in wedding and event planning.
What makes our approach different is we work very hard to understand a couple’s wedding goals. For some couples the goal is to make sure their guests remember the party for a really long time and for others, it’s all about the wedding representing who they are as a couple and their families. Taking the time to genuinely understand their goals allows us to handle all the details of the wedding or event day while making sure we provide the best experience possible.
You’ve clearly planned a lot of weddings to date, what was one that really stood out and why?
This past summer I planned a wedding in the middle of July in Scottsdale, Arizona. Due to work restrictions for the couple, July was the only month they would be able to get married. The temperature on the wedding day was forecasted at 109° and everyone was coming in from out of town.
We had a lot of details to consider to make sure the guests were comfortable during the ceremony and reception. It wasn’t the heat or the challenges we had to overcome that made this stand out, it was the support from the family and friends of the bride and groom and their willingness to brave the Arizona heat to watch two people they all care about tie the knot. With 95% of the guests out of town I was so moved by the amount of people who came out for the couple!
When searching for an event planner, what are the most important qualities that a couple should be looking for?
When looking for a wedding planner there are a few qualities I would suggest as the most important. First, great listening skills are required to make sure your potential planner really hears you and takes your concerns and ideas seriously. They will be the ones responsible to make all of your wedding details come to fruition during planning and the day-of.
Second, your planner should be professional. They will take the “business” side of your wedding very seriously. There should be a planning process available to help you (and your planner) ensure your wedding is moving along and all the details are captured with precise timing.
A professional planner may also have a certification in wedding planning. Although a certificate is not required to plan a wedding, it shows that the planner has some training and is taking their wedding planning business seriously. Lastly, a great personality is an essential trait for a wedding planner to have.
When talking to a potential planner you should walk away with the feeling of “he or she totally gets us!” Just remember to always trust your instincts when selecting the right person for your wedding day or big event!
Over the past couple of months, I’ve come across a handful of really great wedding vendors in the Fort Collins area. You may recall my earlier blog post on Pink Diamond Events. And today, I’d like to share with you my interview with Mark Creery, of Mark Creery Photography. Mark has been in the business a long time – 13 years! And over those years, he has built up an impressive resume and a long list of happy clients.
[Ryan] How would you describe your particular approach to wedding photography? What makes you different?
[Mark] I take a more laid-back, photo-journalistic approach to weddings by anticipating and capturing candid moments and mixing these with artistic portraits that express real emotions. I excel at bringing out the true personalities of my couples while still showing off the amazing scenery that they chose their venue for. My style showcases vibrant, true-to-life colors with clean backgrounds that the couples pop off of, which I think sets me apart from a lot of photographers.
What kinds of things can a groom do to look his best in his wedding photos? Any common mistakes that grooms are making in your experience?
The best thing he can do to look great is to get a custom suit or tux. I’ve seen plenty of baggy rental suits that made the groom look much heavier than he actually is.
Often the groom and groomsmen struggle with putting the boutonnieres on and I end up jumping in to help. If the florist isn’t there to put them on then it’s nice if someone can get a demonstration before they leave. Common mistakes are having the pins showing or the boutonnieres tilting off of the lapel too much. Learning how to fold your pocket squares before the wedding is a good idea too.
With the strong Colorado sun it’s easy to get sunglass tan lines before the wedding, which can show in photos. So wear sunscreen leading up to the big day if you can.
When searching for a wedding photographer, what are the important qualities that a couple should be looking for?
The most important thing is to feel like you connect well with him/her and their style. The photographer will be spending a large part of their day hanging out with you, more than any other vendor, so it’s important to like each other. Finding someone who comes across professional and organized should reflect on the care they take in their business to deliver the highest quality product.