Grooming the Groom

There’s no disputing that the wedding is the bride’s day, but that doesn’t mean the groom doesn’t need to pay attention to his appearance. Take pride in knowing that you are a beautiful couple with a perfect sense of style.

Tuxedo from Jim’s Formal Wear

Whatever the style and degree of formality you choose for your wedding, there are a few key points regarding fit when ordering formal-wear for groom and groomsmen.

Shirt: Whether pleated front panels or traditional smooth-fronted ones, shirts should fit snugly around the neck.

Pants: The bottom hem of the pants should touch the top of the shoes

Jackets: As a general rule, you should be able to cup your fingers under the sides of your suit jacket. Jackets should fit snugly, but comfortably with some room at the waist. Vents on the sides of the jacket should lay smoothly and follow body lines

Sleeves: Sleeves that drop below the thumb or come midway down the hand are too long; if the wrist bone is showing, the jacket is too short

Collar: The collar should hug the neck and the lapels should not buckle

With all the attention given to the men’s clothes, an important detail that is sometimes overlooked is the groomsmen’s hair. Men are generally more casual about haircuts than women, but they should be sure to get a trim two weeks before the wedding to add the finishing touches to their wedding finery.

Tuxedo from Jim’s Formal Wear

A Groom’s Glossary

Tails: The ultimate formal attire, which should only be worn after 6 p.m., this ensemble features a winged-collar tuxedo shirt, ascot or bow tie, vest, tuxedo trousers and tailcoat. The full-dress ensemble comes in black, midnight blue, or grey, with a white shirt and matching or all white accessories.

Tuxedo: Either a single or double-breasted, this formal suit has satin shawl or notched lapels. Matching pants sport a satin stripe down the pant-legs. Tailored in silk, mohair, wool or blend, in black, grey, ivory or white, tuxedos come in a range of styles to suit any taste.

Vest: This is often referred to as a waistcoat and comes in single- or double-breasted styles easily worn with nearly any tuxedo ensemble. With the open back vest, a band goes around the neck and another is fastened across the back. Tails, strollers, white-tie and director’s suits require a different type of vest. 

White tie: Worn only to the most formal evening weddings, this ensemble consists of a black tailcoat and black tuxedo trousers with a white bow tie, winged-collar shirt and white vest.

Information from Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

Wedding Checklist

Three to Twelve Months Before the Wedding:

  • Determine budget with parents/number of guests. 
  • Create a website for your wedding.
  • Type of wedding (very formal, formal, semi-formal).
  • Date, time and place for ceremony. 
  • Visit officiating clergy for ceremony. 
  • Choose bridal consultant if desired.
  • Type of reaction. 
  • Reserve facility for reception
  • Bridal attendants
  • Wedding Dress
  • Attendants’ dresses and mothers’ gowns
  • Start compiling guest list 
  • Wedding invitations and announcements/ calligraphy if desired
  • Thank you notes and personal stationary 
  • Choose photographer and videographer
  • Register for gifts 
  •  Buy a wedding album, gift and guest record file
  • Find a new home with furnishings 
  • Start your makeup lessons, skin care, hairstyling program
  • Start your workout program with personal trainer 
  • Ceremony and reception music 
  • Take dance lessons 
  • Meet with florist
  • Make appointment for premarital examination 
  • Consult caterer 
  • Discuss honeymoon with groom 
  • Reserve a block of hotel rooms for out of town guests

Two Months Before Wedding:

  • Check state requirements for marriage license
  • Order bride’s cake 
  • Address and mail invitations 
  • Develop system for organizing RSVP’s
  • Wedding gown fittings 
  • Shop for trousseau 
  • Coordinate men’s formal wear attire 
  • Select attendants’ and groom’s gifts 

One Month Before Wedding: 

  • Begin dental treatments to whiten teeth 
  • Have programs printed
  • Set appointment to have makeup and hairstyling 
  • Check with groom regarding wedding ring(s)
  • Final fitting of wedding dress and all gowns
  • Make sure musicians/DJ have playlists 
  • Send portrait to newspaper 
  • Complete arrangements for reception 
  • Arrange transportation for out of town guests 
  • Arrange for moving (if necessary)
  • Arrange for party rental equipment 
  • Arrange transportation to ceremony and reception
  • Arrange for your joint or new checking accounts 
  •  Have all charge accounts changed/change of address to post office
  • Acknowledge each gift as it arrives 
  • Arrange for yoga class to help with stress from above 
  • Pick up marriage license

Two Weeks to One Day Before Wedding Day:

  • Arrange final seating for the rehearsal/reception 
  • Write toasts for rehearsal dinner 
  • Check all gowns and accessories/ break in wedding shoes at home 
  • Complete trousseau and going away clothes
  • Write checks to vendors, put in envelopes and give to event planner to distribute. 
  • Give caterer final estimates of attendance at reception 
  • Discuss specific shots with photographer 
  • Make arrangements with Best man to return tuxedo rentals 
  • Attend bridesmaids luncheon and present gifts 
  • Deliver welcome bags to hotel 
  • Arrange any last minute transportation 
  • Put all wedding clothes in one place 
  • Provide any readers scriptures for readings 
  • Arrange wedding day time schedule with event planner 
  • Get lots of beauty rest 

Wedding Day:

  • Relax- Have a leisurely breakfast 
  • Take time to bathe and dress leisurely 
  • Makeup by an artist, manicure, hair styled 
  • Leave all details to those responsible 

This is your day. Enjoy!!!

Information from Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

Addressing Formal Invitations

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Every issue of the Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory contains an excellent guide on “How to address invitations.” It is, however, necessarily brief, and inevitably questions arise as individual cases present themselves. Though formal wedding invitations maintain a sense of tradition, life in the twenty-first century America has given rise to many changes in family life and nomenclature. Your guest list will have many variants from the usual Mr. and Mrs. As a calligrapher I have made a study over the years of correct traditional forms and contemporary practices. Following are a few special cases that should help you avoid common error. 

When a married woman retains her maiden name, the invitation should have her name first, followed by the word and and the name of her spouse. The and indicates that this is a married couple:

Ms. Mary Elizabeth Anne and William Edward Coates 

Married couples using professional honorifics who share the same last name:

Both are doctors:

Drs. Kathryn Anne and William Edward Coates 


The Doctors Coates 

If she is a doctor and he is not:

Dr. Kathryn Anne Coates and 

Mr. William Edward Coates 

If she retains her maiden name:

Dr. Kathryn Anne Turner and 

Mr. William Edward Coates 

Unmarried persons whose invitation will be sent to one address should have their names on seperate lines:

Dr. Kathryn Anne Turner 

Mr. Steven James Smith 

Using Mrs. with a woman’s given name is poor form. Whether married, widowed, or divorced, a woman should be Ms. Mary Smith or Mrs. John Smith. The Mrs. comes with the man’s name. If a divorced woman retains her ex-husband’s surname and wishes to continue to use the honorific Mrs. it should be followed by her maiden surname and her former husband’s surname. If Mary and John Smith divorce, she may correctly be Ms. Mary Smith or Mrs. Jones Smith, but never Mrs. Mary Smith. 

When using first names, it’s ladies first: Mary and John Smith. This isn’t merely etiquette, it logically keeps the man’s name together. 

When children are invited you will need to know their ages and sexes to list them properly. Age is a factor in deciding whether they should be sent separate invitations. The contemporary custom of giving surnames to girls as well as boys creates confusion.  Note that double envelope sets make this somewhat easier, as children’s names can be listed on the inner envelope. Single envelopes can’t support more than two lines for names, so unless the children are of the same sex, separate invitations become a necessity. 

There are bound to be other special cases that are real stumpers. An experienced calligrapher can help you sort these out while maintaining good form. 

Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

Andrea Watson, The Fine Hand: Calligraphy, Etc.

How to Cut a Wedding Cake

The most important thing to remember is to remove the top tier which is usually saved and remove the topper. Then start from the top of the cake and go towards the bottom. If there are more than three tiers, remove the tiers before cutting to avoid having the tiers slip off while cutting. 

General Guidelines

The first step is to use the right knife. You should always use a sharp, thin knife.. The cuts should be made by first inserting the knife straight down into the cake, and the by pulling the knife at an angle toward the outer edge. Before the next cut, wipe the knife clean with a damp cloth. 

Three-Tiered Round Cake 

  1. Start from the top by removing the 6” tier, which is usually the bride and groom’s cake to save. 
  2. Cut a circle about two inches from the outer edge of the 10” tier. 
  3. Work from the circle and make vertical cuts about one inch apart, until the ring is completely sliced. 
  4. Use the same starting procedure and cut another two-inch ring, again slicing into one-inch pieces. 
  5. Repeat the procedure until the tier is completed; then repeat entire process on the 14” tier cake has all been served. 

Three-Tiered Square Cake 

  1. Start from the top  by removing the 6” tier, so that the bride and groom can save it. 
  2. Work from any side to cut a horizontal line abou two inches from the outer edge of the tier. 
  3. Slice from right to left to make vertical cuts about one inch apart, until the entire row has been sliced. 
  4. Cut another horizontal line two inches from the new edge, and slice this row. 
  5. Repeat until the entire tier has been cut. 
  6. You should produce five rows in the 10” tier. 
  7. Move to the 14” and repeat the process for seven rows. 

Heart and Oval Cakes 

Heart and oval shaped cakes are cut in a similar fashion as square and rectangular cakes. 

Hexagonal and Petal Cakes 

Hexagonal and petal shaped cakes are cut up in the same way as for round cakes. 

Information from the Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory of 2019

Red, White, and Blue!

Here at Classy Threads, we celebrated Independence Day in style. Our red, white, and blue dresses are ready for every occasion you may have coming up. Whether you are attending a family event or going out with your friends to celebrate, we have dresses for both occasions. We have short and long dress galore. Some are simple and some are elegant. We are not only for the fourth of July holiday, but any event you are attending in the future!

Our red dresses are elegant and classic. They have a powerful look behind every step. Some of our more popular designers we carry for red is Sherri Hill, Johnathan Kayne, and Jasz Couture. Sherri Hill has more popular short dresses. She is known for her elegant and sparkly looks all in one. A red dress is appropriate for any occasion and looks good on everyone. Classy Threads has a number to choose from, all you have to do is stop by!

White is a color of new beginnings and innocence. So a white dress is represented in a number of ways. They can be used for a number of events and occasions. One of our more popular events is wedding receptions for the bride. We have beautiful long and short white dresses. Whether they be simple or more fancy, we have a variety of both. Come shop our short Sherri Hill white dresses to find your perfect look! 

Wedding are known for having something blue. Here at Classy Threads, we have lots of something blue. Our short and long blue dresses filled with fun! Whether you get a classic short Sherri or an edgy Jasz Couture dress, we have it all! Our dresses are ready to be worn for any and every occasion and we look forward to helping find your gown!

All dresses pictured can be purchased from Classy Threads!

Planning the Perfect Wedding Reception

How to plan for a:

Reception in a Hall or Club

Having your reception in a hall or club is very popular among couples. The number one thing to check for with these are the room sizes and if they are available for your date and time. You have to be sure that you have everything you want before signing anything from the vendors. You want to make sure that the venue will be warming and inviting for your guest and that they will have excellent service while attending. These venues are generally catered, so finding your caterer and food choices are also important while booking your hall or club.

Wedding at your home

Many couples decide to have their receptions at home. Home weddings and receptions can be held at any time of the day and can be cooked by family or catered. The decorations can be flowers, potted plants, and even candle or t-lights depending on the time of day. A home wedding and reception can be more intimate than a big venue with a large number of guests. Having your close family and friends there by your side on your big day can be very enjoyable.

The food is also more of an open menu. If cooked by family, they can pretty much make you whatever you want to serve your guests. Caterers you have to order from a menu and it could be pricey. By holding it in your house, you could save money by getting family members to help with the cooking and serving.

Garden/Outside venue

These venues tend to be a little larger because you can always set up tents for additional space for your guests. The tents you rent are a great option for larger weddings because they hold more people, you can rent a dance floor to install, and even a band. You can even rent a tent so they caterers have their own space to serve guests and prepare food.

Information from Pensacola Bridal Directory

Musical Menu

By Martin Steinberg, The Associated Press

For the Procession Down the Aisle

  • “Air on the G String,” Bach: contemplative, passionate
  • “Allegro” from The Water Music, Handel: jaunty, uplifting ditty
  • “Andante” from String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 29, Schubert: tender theme from the opera Rosamunde
  • “Andante” from Piano Concerto No.21 K.467, Mozart: used in the movie Elvira Madigan
  • “Arioso” from Cantata 156, Bach: nice, less-used substitute for “Air on the G String”
  • “Bridal Chorus” from Act Ⅲ of Lohengrin, Wagner: “Here Comes the Bride.”
  • “Canon in D,” Pachelbel: melodious round that keeps growing and growing
  • “The Four Seasons,” Vivaldi: various movements that provide uplifting, classic touch
  • “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Bach: simple, swirling and sentimental
  • “Largo” from the opera Xerxes, Handel: slow, moving melody that builds to majestic climax
  • “Nocturne” from String Quartet No. 2, Borodin: passionate tune in the show Kismet
  • “Romanza” from Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mozart: nothing more beautiful than this stately melody
  • “See, The Conquering Hero Comes” from the oratorio Judas Maccabeus. Handel: bold tune. Perfect for the unabashed bride who idolizes her groom
  • “Sheep May Safely Graze,” Bach: a heart tugger
  • “Traumerie” from Kinderscene, Schumann: dreamy
  • “Trumpet Tune,” Purcell, “Trumpet Voluntary in D,” Jeremiah Clarke: regal Baroque fanfares
  • “Vocaluse,” Rachmaninoff: gorgeous love song with a hint of tragedy

For the Recessional

  • “Hornpipe” from The Water Music, Handel: noble Baroque tune
  • “Ode to Joy,” Beethoven: solemnity meets hope
  • “Rondeau,” Jean Joseph Mouret: theme from PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre
  • “Wedding March” from Midsummernight’s Dream, Mendelssohn: a joyous conclusion to start the rest of your lives together
  • “Hallelujah Chorus,” by Handel: if you really want to make a statement

Information from Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

Honeymoon Packing List

  • His/hers toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo/conditioner, deodorant, brush, comb, nail polish and remover, file and clippers, makeup, shaver, shaving cream, fragrance, sunscreen, lip balm, cotton swabs)
  • Medications, birth control, adhesive bandages
  • Underwear, socks, hose
  • Sleepwear, robes, slippers
  • Raincoat, umbrella
  • Daytime wear
  • Evening wear
  • Shoes (dress and casual)
  • Accessories (belts, ties)
  • Trip documents (passports, visas, drivers’ licenses, marriage license, hotel/plane/rental car/cruise info)
  • Watches, jewelry
  • Traveler’s checks, credit cards, cash, foreign currency
  • List of credit cards, traveler’s checks, checking account numbers
  • Lists of luggage contents (needed for claiming losses)
  • Guidebooks
  • Address book (for postcards)
  • Glasses, sunglasses
  • Sewing kit
  • Adapter plugs (for traveling abroad)
  • Hair dryer
  • Traveler’s alarm clock
  • Camera, film, or CF cards, batteries
  • Cell phone and charger, prepaid long distance phone cards

Warm Weather Tips

  • T-shirts, shorts
  • Swimwear
  • Sandals
  • Light jacket, wrap
  • Sun hats,  visors

Cold Weather Tips

  • Warm pants
  • Sweaters
  • Boots
  • Hats, gloves, scarves
  • Heavy socks
  • Coats
  • Long underwear


  • Corkscrew
  • House keys
  • Games, novels
  • Scissors, pocketknife
  • Plastic cups
  • Large plastic laundry bags (for wet clothes)
  • Tote (for gifts)
  • Hometown doctor’s name, address, and phone number
  • List of sites, restaurants
  • Addresses of US embassies, consuls, American Express offices

Groom Checklist

Three to Twelve Months Before the Wedding:

  • Set Budget and division of financial obligations
  • Buy engagement ring
  • Choose best man and ushers (one usher per 50 guest)
  • Set appointment with clergyman
  • Furnish family guest list to fiance
  • Plan honeymoon with fiance (check passports and visas,if necessary)
  • Order bride’s flowers
  • Order mother’s flowers
  • Plan correct formal attire with fiance and groomsmen
  • Make reservations for rehearsal dinner
  • Take dance lessons
  • Order groom’s cake
  • Reserve limousine and/or special transportation

Two Months Before Wedding:

  • Select your wardrobe for honeymoon
  • Select wedding rings with fiance
  • Choose gifts for ushers and best man
  • Select bride’s gift

One Month Before Wedding:

  • Arrange all needed insurance and review legal/medical/religious documents.
  • Arrange lodging and transportation for out of town guest
  • Have medical examination and blood test

Two weeks to One Day Before Wedding Day:

  • Get marriage license
  • Provide final guest count for rehearsal dinner to caterer or restaurant
  • Arrange for clergyman’s fee
  • Plan bachelor dinner or party with best man
  • Pick up wedding bands
  • Pack for honeymoon

Information from the Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

Reception Checklist

When planning your wedding,set a budget and stick with it. The following checklist will help you keep track of your expenses.

The Location

  • Proximity to the ceremony site
  • Date availability and discount days to consider
  • Rental fee and what it includes
  • Time allowed to decorate the space for the day of the wedding
  • Using the location for a ceremony as well, if desired
  • Whether there will be other receptions that day
  • Number of guests that space will accommodate comfortably
  • Terms of liability insurance
  • Ratio of staff to guest
  • Overtime charges
  • Postponements/cancellation refund policy
  • Gratuities and taxes
  • Availability of valet parking
  • Clean restroom facilities
  • Means of handicap access
  • The availability of a nursery or babysitter

Food and Drinks

  • Meal options, from a seated dinner to a dessert-only reception
  • Special meals to accommodate restricted diets
  • Price per guest
  • Method of payment
  • A date for tasting menu and tour of the site with a wedding in progress
  • Dessert table policy
  • Availability of non-alcoholic beer, wine, and beverages
  • Top-shelf wine and alcohol vs. house brands
  • Cost of open bar vs. one/two hour cocktail service or host’s per-drink tab arrangement
  • Possibility of bringing in your alcohol and amount of corking fee
  • Supplier of the wedding cake and cutting fee
  • On-site wedding coordinator


  • Musicians
  • Florist
  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Cake knife/server
  • Food for band, et.
  • Wedding guest book
  • Seating plans
  • Place cards
  • Decorations
  • Favors
  • List of photos

Basic Rentals for Off-site locations

  • Tent
  • Chairs
  • Tables
  • China
  • Cutlery
  • Glassware
  • Table skirts
  • Dance floor
  • Serving trays and dishes
  • Linens
  • Lighting
  • Heaters and/or air conditioners
  • Restroom facilities
  • Electrical outlets
  • Bar equipment

Information from Tuscaloosa Bridal Directory

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