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One very common denominator among Springfieldians is that they tend to be extremely down-to-earth. 

And in places like Springfield, which is planted firmly in the middle of a wide, expansive, rural southern Missouri countryside—there are a lot of people who would probably feel more comfortable in a casual outfit than in something ‘stuffy’ and ‘formal.’

And sometimes, this plays out at formal events.

For example, it’s definitely not outside the realm of ‘normal’ to see a groom wearing a pair of jeans with a nice blazer at a less ‘buttoned down,’ more casual, wedding affair.

Now, to a point, this is super understandable.

We all like to be comfortable in the clothes we enjoy wearing most. 

And to a point, this is even understandable on a wedding day.

However—as a bride getting ready to plan out your big day, you may very well have a groom who’s pushing back a little bit on the idea of wearing a traditional tuxedo. 

In fact, you may even find yourself asking:

“Is a tuxedo really that important? If he feels more comfortable in jeans, shouldn’t he just go that route?”

These are great questions. 

However, there are also many compelling and powerful reasons for why you may want to reconsider this wardrobe choice, and raise the vote for him to officially don a tuxedo instead.

Here are 5 of them.

1. Jeans Aren’t As Formal

A wedding is a formal occasion.

In fact, it could be said that there are few occasions that live up to the importance of the formality of this specific event. 

This isn’t just a relationship ceremony.

It’s also a legally binding matrimonial ceremony—a sacred event that represents the joining of two families together to become one.

As such, it deserves a truly formal attention to wardrobe detail.

2. One Day, You’ll Look Back On It And Wish He Had

Even though you may not feel like the tuxedo vs. jeans issue is a big issue right now—you may feel differently when you look back on the event in the future.

Here’s the thing about little compromises…

When we make them in regards to our wedding, we tend to look back, shake our heads, and think:

“Why did we do that?”

To a point, this is just a fact of life—and could even potentially add a memorable (if a bit comical) element to your future wedding memories.

However, it’s always a good idea to consider the idea of romance as well. 

And the simple truth of the matter is that a tuxedo is definitely a more romantic touch than a pair of jeans.

3. This Is An Occasion That’ll Live Forever In Memory, Images, And Video

Nowadays, there are many different ways to capture your memories and preserve them forever. 

As such, those images are really going to stand out—not just in the immediate future, but also for years down the line.

When you take this into account, are jeans really the image you want to look back on?

The truth is that you’ll probably eventually wish you had made the event more sophisticated and romantic than that. So hey—you may as well shoot for what you actually want! 

4. There’s A Certain Amount Of Pride Involved In The Tradition

A wedding isn’t just a ceremony that involves the marriage of two people. 

It’s also a sacred, traditional institution that holds a lot of meaning for the families—and even for the greater community as well.

As such, it can be said that we all have a responsibility to do our very best to make this occasion a truly great event.

And even though it may seem ‘stuffy’ at times, the formality is also a salute to the importance of the concepts of family, commitment, and tradition.

Speaking of commitment…

5. Looking Your Best Displays Your Commitment 

Yes, a wedding is a community event, and in a sense an ordeal — one that involves the whole family. 

But bringing it back to the baseline, it’s also about you, your future husband, and your commitment to each other.

This is a pretty big deal. 

And when you think about it in those terms, it definitely makes sense that you’d want to start this commitment out on the best possible foundation.

Dressing your best, with you in a beautiful gown and him in a handsome tuxedo, really sets the tone for a successful expression of this important commitment.

In Conclusion 

There you have it. 

5 reasons for why your groom should wear a tuxedo (and not jeans) on your wedding day.

Hopefully, this post has inspired you and given you a little bit of extra food for thought. 

Of course, this is your wedding day. So the two of you get to make all of those big choices together as a couple. 

Need some help planning out the details? 

Stop in at MK Bridal anytime. 

We’d love to help you pick out the perfect gown and prepare for your special day.

And if your man needs a locally-sourced tuxedo for the occasion—consider checking out the pros over at Karl’s Tuxedos!

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As a bride-to-be, you’re probably full of ideas for how you’d like to plan your wedding. 

And if it’s scheduled to take place in July, then you may be asking yourself:

“Should I consider using the colors red, white, and blue, and integrating them into my wedding decor?”

This is a great question. 

For this time of the year, our patriotic colors can be a fantastic way to add some depth and direction to your wedding theme. 

However, it isn’t always so easy to figure out how to incorporate them for maximum effect. 

See, the thing about a red, white, and blue color combination is that it can threaten to be really bold

In fact, it can actually end up being a bit too bold. 

So in this post, we’re going to explore some simple patriotic wedding-themed ideas to help you incorporate these colors without going overboard. 

Let’s dive into it. 

1. Honor Your Family’s Heritage

If you and/or your husband-to-be come from a military, police officer, or fire-fighter family—then you know that these colors probably mean a lot to all of you. 

In fact, this might be the number-one reason for why a family would want to use this particular color scheme in their wedding decor. 

So with this taken into account, think to yourself:

“How can I honor my family’s patriotic heritage while still staying true to other desires I have for my wedding?” 

For example—how can you weave these things together while still making your wedding elegant, luxurious, and/or traditional?

Keeping this question in the forefront of your mind can do a lot to help you overcome the tendency to ‘drift away’ from the most important area of focus…

Honoring your family’s legacy without compromising on how you want your ‘special day’ to look and feel. 

2. Combine Them with an ‘Old-Fashioned Summer’ Theme

One fairly common way to integrate red, white, and blue colors into your wedding is to combine them with decor that throws back to an ‘old-fashioned country summer’ theme. 

With this option, you can even go as far as to simplify the dress code.

For example:

Instead of a black tuxedo, the groom could wear a really nice blue suit, and the bride could wear a white dress with a red ribbon around the waist. 

One of the great things about summer themes, especially when they’re combined with ‘country’ or ‘cottage’ elements, is that you can really loosen up a few of the more stringent ‘formality’ rules without sacrificing on charm. 

3. Go Vintage

Another great way to incorporate patriotic elements into your wedding decor without going too far with red, white, and blue is to focus on a vintage theme.

Think of a style that throws back to the 1950s. 

Vintage cars, Coca-Cola signs, old-time rock ‘n roll, etc.

One interesting thing about vintage decor in this time period is that a lot of it was fashionable and trendy during the post Second World War ‘high point’ of the American patriotic spirit.  

This blending of cultural historic elements with the traditional ‘old-fashioned’ way of American life can serve as a vehicle to capture a really classic romantic vibe—and this can be used extremely effectively when decorating for a wedding, especially a wedding where you’d like to incorporate some of those patriotic elements without making them seem out of place.

4. Combine ‘Old World’ Style with ‘Minimalism’ 

Old-world style is probably best described as a blend of aesthetics that exist somewhere between ‘rustic traditionalism’ and ‘rugged minimalism.’ 

Imagine getting married in a beautifully crafted, romantic, aged wood log cabin church—lit with lanterns and candles—and you’ll get a pretty accurate picture of what this style derives its core elements from

But you can weave patriotic elements into this style fairly easily (and without making them stand out too much) by choosing accent decorations that fit within that red, white, and blue color scheme. 

For example—some simple red and blue flower arrangements, situated atop white tablecloths, could be a great way to bring those colors together without straying too far from the ‘old world’ theme or distracting from the more romantic elements. 

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has helped to inspire just a little bit of creativity in helping you to figure out how you might be able to incorporate some of these patriotic color schemes into your own special day. 

Obviously, we’ve only scratched the surface of the many possibilities at your disposal. 

Do you need some help deciding on a dress? 

Would you like to bounce some wedding decor ideas around with people who literally help to plan these types of events every day? 

Feel free to stop by or give us a call.

We’d love to chat, hang out, and talk about your amazing wedding ideas!

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Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is a big job.

And not surprisingly, many people are turning to the Internet to help them accomplish it. 

Let’s be honest—we all like to order things online. 

It’s convenient, it’s easy, and it’s fast. 

Plus, you have access to literally a world full of products right at your fingertips. 

But some items are just better shopped for in person. And bridesmaid dresses absolutely fall into this category.

Here’s the thing. Your wedding is a very important day. And the bridesmaid dresses are one of the more essential pieces to the puzzle.

If they’re not quite right, you’re really going to notice it—and it’s going to make you wish that you had taken the time and made the effort to ensure that they were perfect for the occasion. 

In this post, you’re going to learn five different, specific reasons for why it’s always better to buy bridesmaid dresses locally, as opposed to online.

1. They Seldom Look Or Fit As Advertised

If you’ve ever ordered clothes online, then you probably know exactly how often this happens. 

You see a dress, a nice top, or a pair of shorts or a pair of shoes while shopping online. 

You order them. 

They get shipped to you—fast and on schedule.

Except, when you put them on for the first time, they just don’t fit.

Or even worse, they don’t even look like they did in the pictures.

Very rarely does this work out to your advantage. 

Then, it can really only be solved with a time-consuming return and refund process. 

By contrast, buying bridesmaid dresses in person assures that you’ll get to not only see what they look like on the bridesmaids, but this process also gives you the power to compare different options to see which one looks the best. 

2. You Can’t Feel The Material

When you order online, you’ll be taking a somewhat wild guess as to the quality of the material

Pictures only do you so much good. 

And even then, they can be deceiving. 

It’s always better to shop for such an important dress in person—because it’ll allow you to actually put your hands on the fabric to feel what the dresses are made from for yourself. Trust us, your bridesmaids will thank you!

3. You Can’t Account For Body Style

Anyone who’s ever purchased a dress knows the underlying frustration that comes from trying to match different types of dresses to different body styles. 

We’re all different and unique.

And yet, it’s nearly impossible to tell how a particular dress will look on someone until they’ve had the chance to try it on. 

And online dresses are the worst for this, because it feels like they’re really only made for one specific body type (in slightly different size variations).

It’s always a better idea to try all of the potential bridesmaid dresses on all of the bridesmaids before making your final choice. 

This will allow you to get a great sense of what everyone thinks about them, how they feel while being worn, how they match with the wedding gown, etc.

Remember, we have in-house alterations to take care of all those little adjustments, so the dresses fit perfectly!

4. Bridesmaid Dress Disasters Are Costly

Imagine ordering three bridesmaid dresses with plenty of time to try them on for the wedding. 

But then, shipping runs late—or the dresses get back-ordered (yikes). 

Then, a month later, they arrive late—and you realize that not only do they not fit well, but that they’re strangely sized about three sizes too small

Plus, the material is a slightly different color than the pictures displayed—and they’re just different enough to not really match with the gown.

These types of disasters can actually be really costly.

They can cut into the valuable time you need to properly plan your big day. 

Shopping in person, however, really helps to eliminate this potentiality. And depending on how many bridesmaids are in your wedding party, it could have been a major disaster. So why risk it?

5. You Could End Up Wasting Money

While many online retailers do offer returns and/or exchanges, it’s not always such a simple process. 

We’ve talked to more than one bride who, in the bustle and the stress of trying to get ready for the big day (and replacing those awful online bridesmaid dresses), forgot to send back the ones she ordered. 

And guess what? 

That can add up to hundreds of dollars just wasted on dresses that nobody is going to be able to wear.

This just isn’t acceptable. 

The way we see it, your hard-earned money should actually go to things that’ll help you to have an amazing, beautiful wedding—and not wasted on dresses that arrive late, three sizes too small, that are a different color than what you ordered.

Conclusion

Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand some of the dangers of ordering bridesmaid dresses online. 

Don’t get us wrong—we love online shopping just as much as the next person. 

But there are just some things that are better to shop for in-person.

We at MK Bridal would love to help you pick out the perfect bridesmaid dresses for your big day. 

You can browse our selections online — then schedule your appointment to see, feel, and try them on!

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