Wedding fashion tips for men

Traditionally, the bulk of the wedding planning responsibility falls on the bride. After all, she’s usually the one with a specific flower in mind for the centerpieces, a napkin design she’ll die if she can’t have and a dream dress she saw in the window of a boutique when she was 15. The groom often just stands happily by while his wife-to-be decides everything, but not anymore! Guys, it’s time to step up to the plate with your wedding fashion. Let Glee’s Darren Criss show you how it’s done.

The 24-year-old heartthrob rocked eight different wedding looks perfect for summer in this month’s issue of GQ magazine. The actor donned everything from Club Monaco to Ralph Lauren Black Label to Prada as he showed off exactly how to dress for summertime nuptials, whether you’re a guest, a groomsman or the groom himself.

The trick to staying comfy at a summer wedding? Light fabrics, neutral colors and a cool beverage or two (champagne, anyone?). We love Darren’s beige suit and powder blue bow tie as a fashionable and comfortable way to say “I do.”

Wedding Fashion: 5 Smart Ideas for Bridesmaid Dresses

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Throughout the history of wedding planning, bridesmaid wedding fashion has usually served as the main source of contention between a bride and her friends. Luckily, today’s options in bridesmaid attire are more stylish and sophisticated than ever before.

Most bridal wear designers and special occasion boutiques offer wide selections of dresses in a range of price points. Here are five additional tips on how to find dresses that you love-and they’ll want to wear.

  1. Look for Bridesmaid Dresses with Your Girls in Mind
    Consider every body type that you’re shopping for. What looks good on a size 6 isn’t may not be as flattering on a size 16. If your attendants come in a variety of sizes, find dresses with simple silhouettes and clean lines that will work on a variety of frames. Also, your bridesmaids should feel comfortable in the wedding fashion you select. Avoid anything too low cut or with a questionable hemline.
  2. Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress Doesn’t Mean Spending the Most Money
    So don’t expect for your attendants to shell out big bucks for their gowns. Chances are they’re running up a pretty large tab with other expenses associated with your wedding events. However, if you are determined to have your girls don dresses that come with a hefty price tag, offer to help pay for a portion of the gown. Their wallets will surely thank you.
  3. Selecting a Practical Style for Your Bridesmaids is Ideal
    For example, a gorgeous a-line dress in a tea-length looks good no matter the function. In other words, find a dress that your bridesmaids can actually wear again.

To read on for more tips on selecting your bridesmaid dresses, visit PerfectWeddingGuide.com. View our links to the left to find additional wedding services in your area and check out our wedding blog for daily tips and advice!

Get Inspired: Top Spring 2010 Wedding Trends

To help you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to planning your spring 2010 wedding, we’ve compiled a list of 10 top wedding trends you’re sure to love.

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  • Bridesmaids Picking out Flattering Dresses: Brides are no longer making their one-size-does-not-fit-all friends wear one style of dress. Brides are giving color guidelines and allowing her wedding party to pick out dresses that are flattering to their figures. Many gown manufacturers are embracing this trend by offering several dress styles in the same color. Some even have mix and match tops and bottoms so you can get the perfect fit!
  • Spending Money on Memories: Great experiences that are captured by great photography and great video are of great importance. Beautiful decor is still in style, but couples want their wedding day to have a special feeling that is shared by all the guests-think video presentations, meaningful speeches and choreographed surprises. (Remember that widely circulated processional video on YouTube?)
  • Alternative Wedding Days: Saturdays are still the primary day for weddings, but couples are choosing alternative days to help save money. Likewise, wedding venues and professionals are capturing more revenue by making special off-peak wedding packages with discounted pricing.
  • Smaller Guest Lists: Gone are the 400-person guest lists that include acquaintances and business associates, now brides and grooms are really putting emphasis on celebrating their weddings with the most meaningful people in their lives. There are several benefits to this, the couple feels as if they can really enjoy celebrating with all of their guests (this alleviates a lot of wedding-day stress) and it saves money.
  • To read our entire list of wedding trends, visit Perfect Wedding Guide.com.