a WYou’ll be getting into your wedding dress and having your hair done, so you won’t see it: the groom’s changing room. As part of Bolt Photography, it’s what I witness all the time… and what I’ve seen would not reassure you.
It happens again and again– normally assertive, confident guys reduced to fumbling confusion when faced with a tuxedo rental bag. Part of the problem is obviously inexperience. Unless he’s George Clooney or James Bond, he probably doesn’t assemble a tuxedo on a regular basis. A lot of trust goes into the fitting process, because the person measuring him at the store won’t be with him in the changing room an hour before the ceremony.
As part of a groom’s survival kit, he needs to know what’s expected of him, and be prepared for the unexpected. Depending on the package he chooses, a groom might expect to have everything provided, including socks and shoes.
Here’s my tip: even if socks and shoes are provided, he should bring his own.
In fact, bring enough socks for everyone in the groom’s party. It may sound laughable, but I’ve seen it happen: a necessary pair of dark socks left out of a tuxedo bag, at a remote venue (most locations aren’t next door to a department store). Ever heard a roomful of guys brainstorm about coloring white socks with magic marker or shoe polish? Or covering their ankles with black electrical tape? I have.
If you’re the bride, you probably wouldn’t find such ponderings humorous at all on your carefully planned wedding day. So…yeah. He should bring his own socks!
As for bringing his own shoes, the reason should be obvious. If he’s a size 12 and the tux place provides a pair of size 10 patent leather shoes, he probably won’t be saving the last dance for you. He’ll be limping to the limo.
Audrey and Jason Bolt operate Bolt Photography in the Oklahoma City Metro area. To see examples of the Oklahoma weddings they photograph, please