It's the Lapel- the difference between a suit and a tuxedo

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Your big day is coming up, and you’re faced with a decision for which you aren’t prepared. Suit or tuxedo? How can you make the call if you don’t know the difference?

"Tuxedos are the black ones, right?" 007 may have you think so, but not exclusively!

Tuxedos are categorized mainly by two things- the lapels and the buttons. The lapels are the most obvious difference to spot, and are a great place to start when distinguishing a suit from a tux.

A lapel on a suit jacket will be the exact same color, pattern, and fabric as the rest of the jacket. The lapel on a tuxedo will be different, usually silk satin.

These two jackets, though worn very similarly, actually have some important differences. The tuxedo jacket on the right has a black silk satin lapel.

The silk satin on the lapel can be subtle. Even if almost all the lapel is the same color and fabric as the rest of the jacket, the inclusion of a silk satin embellishment puts a jacket in the tuxedo category.


This jacket may look like a suit at first glance, but the silk satin piping on the side of the lapel makes it a tux.

The other major distinguishing factor is the button. Tuxedo jackets will include fabric-covered buttons, and suit jacket buttons will be bare.

Even without seeing any other part of the garment, we can tell this jacket is a tuxedo because of the covered button.

We can tell this jacket is a suit because of the bare button.

The other difference you may see in a tuxedo is the silk satin strip down the side of the pant leg. It’s quintessential to the classic black tie tuxedo, but in modern fashion it is either shrinking in width to complement a more tapered, slim-fit pant look, or disappearing altogether.

By Liz Preston 11/05/20

Is Paper Passé? Alternate guest book ideas

Friday, July 10, 2020

The most important people in the whole world are all coming to your wedding- your friends and family! Never before have you been able to look into a room and see your best friends from college, your parents and siblings, your extended family, your longtime Taewkondo instructor, and three of your buddies from 1997’s Girl Scout Troop 751 all in once space together. You want to have a record of this momentous occasion to keep forever, but you have a problem. A plain guest book is just… not your style. You need something flashier, something cleverer. Something your guests will love writing on and that you’ll be excited to display in a prominent location of your home. Here are some fun alternate ideas to a paper guest book.

Recipe Book

You’re getting married, so that means you’re a real adult now! You’re going to need to know how to cook. A great way to get to know someone is to learn about what foods mean the most to them. Have your guests bring or write out a recipe card for their favorite dish, with ingredients, instructions, what that meal means to them, and their message to you for your wedding! You’ll get a meaningful keepsake and a ton of amazing food to try. Score!

Flower Pot

A marriage is an ever-growing thing that requires love, patience, and attentiveness, just like a ficus. Have your guests sign a flower pot in which you can sow a long-lasting plant that will add air and beauty to your home. Or, if you’re not a green-thumb sort of person and fear the metaphor may be lost if the plant dies, you could use it for paint brushes, trinkets, or a realistic looking artificial plant.

Giant Jenga

As well as a super fun yard game for your guests to play during your reception, Giant Jenga can be a great way to immortalize your wedding day while also giving your guests enough space to adequately congratulate you in writing. Plus, every time you pull it out to reread it, it’ll be in a new and exciting order.


Instant Camera

Don’t you just love the look of a vintage Polaroid picture? So do your guests! They’ll have a great time snapping pictures of themselves and then writing their message to you on the back. Then put the pictures in a book, string them up on your wall with twine and clothespins, or keep them in a box to pull out and enjoy on your anniversary!


Remember when you were a kid and one of your friends had a globe in their house? You would immediately think, “Wow! This family is distinguished!”  Or maybe that was just a me-thing. Either way, globes are a very cool addition to any living room, and they make an awesome guest book. Your guests can sign the spot on the globe that means the most to them, their dream vacation spot, or their birthplace. Or if they need more room, the middle of an ocean. Every time you give that globe a spin, you’ll be reminded of your wedding day and how much love your friends and family have for you and your spouse.

We’d love to hear your ideas on alternate guest book ideas! What did you do at your wedding? What’s your favorite idea? What did we miss? Leave a comment and let us know!

 By Liz Preston 7/10/20

Wear the Flare: Why not to fasten the bottom button of your jacket

Monday, June 29, 2020

Wear the Flare: Why not to fasten the bottom button of your jacket

The world of fashion has adopted some odd rules over the centuries, and many of them are based in traditions that hardly even seem relevant anymore. Why are men’s and women’s buttons on the opposite sides of garments? Why can’t I wear white after Labor Day? Why did those kids at the pier call me a shoobie simply because I wore athletic socks with Birkenstocks? I can’t wait to answer all these questions for you in future blog posts, but today, I want to address an issue that I consistently lose sleep over: Why do we keep the bottom button of suit and tux jackets unfastened?

I spend an inordinate amount of time visiting stores and undoing the bottom button on mannequins that other well-meaning patrons have fastened, thinking it was undone by accident. It’s how I get my Fitbit steps in. But why does it look so much better to leave it undone? The answer lies in early 20th Century history, all the way back to King Edward VII.

Edward VII reigned from 1902 to his death in 1910 (Encyclopedia Britannica). He was well-liked and I’m absolutely certain he did some very important political things, but ask any historian and they will unabashedly say his most important contribution to our world is his innovation of the bottom button (don’t follow up on this with an actual historian, just trust me). Ed was a man of a certain shape, and found that when he fastened the bottom button on his jacket, it bunched up and was tight around his middle. He stopped buttoning it for comfort and found that the way the jacket consequently flared out made it much more flattering. This was back in the day when fashion was dictated by the royals, and it didn’t take long for fashion designers of the day to notice what he was doing and start implementing it into their styles. They began constructing jackets to actually fit better when the bottom button was left undone. The trend stuck so firmly that they’re still following the tradition today.

These two tuxedos are brothers- constructed exactly the same way. See how much better the charcoal looks flared out with the bottom button undone, and the light gray bunches oddly around the middle?

So when your big day comes, whether it’s your wedding, an important interview, or an enchanted royal gala during which you hope to meet your one true love, show up looking stylish, informed, and flattering with your bottom button unfastened. 

By Liz Preston 6/29/20

Groomsman Gifts: What to get the guys who are always there for you

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Groomsman Gifts: What to get the guys who are always there for you

It’s a longstanding tradition to give the friends and family who stand by you at your wedding a gift of appreciation. Your groomsmen are the people who mean the most to you- your sibling, your dad, your best friend, the ride-or-die family who support you through the most meaningful moments of your life. They deserve something that says “Thanks for being there for me.”

But the larger the party, the harder it may be to pick something personal and useful to the whole group. We have some suggestions to get you started!

Much of the time, your groomsman gift is something they can wear or use at the wedding. A popular choice is to engrave something like a tumbler or shot glass with the names of the bride and groom and the wedding date. It commemorates the day, but could impact the amount of future use. If you’re personalizing, consider making it about them instead of you!

Personalized Cufflinks

Most formalwear rental shirts will come with a versatile French cuff sleeve, meaning you can wear it with the bare button or you can use a cuff link! Anyone would feel fancy with cufflinks engraved with their own initials, and they can use them again in the future! Maybe you and your groomsmen have bonded over a certain fandom- this Etsy shop sells Avengers cufflinks! 



Want everyone’s shoes to match? Not renting shoes with your groomsmen suits? Get everyone a slick pair of oxfords, and they can wear them again and again to interviews, other weddings, or for super fashionable day use. If your wedding is on the fun and quirky side, color-coordinated, matching, or rainbow Converse will stand out and make awesome memories (and awesome pictures).


Everyone looks good in them, and they add a ‘cool’ factor for any look. Not only will your groomsmen be able to use them again, they can use them every single day. And you and all your groomsmen wearing their matching aviators and suits makes for a fantastic photo-op.


On a budget? Your groomsmen will definitely get a ton of use out of a new pair of socks. And because I’d never play favorites between Marvel and DC, here’s an example of themed superhero socks.


Other personalized items

There’s tons of stuff out there that you can engrave or monogram pretty affordably. Shot glasses, tumblers, Zippo lighters, bottle openers, tie clips or money clips would be awesome gifts!

By Liz Preston, 6/11/20


Guys Like Presents Too: Groom shower ideas

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Guys Like Presents Too: Groom shower ideas

The tradition of bridal showers goes all the way back to 16th Century Holland as an alternative to the dowry system (and in our opinion, we definitely prefer the bridal shower). It’s a time for a bride to celebrate with all the special women in her life- including moms, grandmas, aunts, friends, and kids. Traditionally, it’s strictly females only (although in modern times with gender lines blurring and losing importance, these standards are becoming less rigid). However, since many grooms still have never attended a bridal shower, here’s a quick rundown of what happens: There’s usually champagne or cocktails, some fun party games (a crowd favorite is making wedding dresses out of toilet paper) and gifts for the bride, often from her wedding registry. The guests may write down marriage advice or recipes for the bride to guide her in her new life.

Throw a cookout

If you invited your dad, uncles, brothers, and best buds, there’s sure to be at least one grillmaster in the bunch. And if ever there was a time to splurge on some top-quality meat and veggies, your groom shower is definitely it. Throw in some yard games like cornhole, touch football, or bocci ball, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic party.



You’re about to start your new life with your spouse. If you’re a person who likes a stocked liquor cabinet, your groom shower is the perfect time to request your favorite top-shelf brands.

Poker night

It’s all in good fun. Go ahead and order or make some hot wings, nachos, and other delicious finger foods. Deal the cards, and see if that soon-to-be-married luck is on your side.

Party games

You’re about to be a married man, so spend a little time feeling like a kid! Try pin-the-tie-on-the-groom or steal some popular bridal shower ideas, like trivia about the couple, or make a suit and tie out of toilet paper. Play “vow mad libs” or have your guests unscramble words relating to the wedding or you and your spouse-to-be.

Video game tournament

Break out that old school Mario Kart and may the best man (or preferably, the groom) win!

Gifts of wisdom

Have your guests fill out cards with advice about marriage, advice about life, or just well-wishes. They can be signed or anonymous, and you or one of your crafty friends could fashion them into a keepsake book to turn to whenever you’re in need of guidance from the people you most look up to. As a bonus, if you have kids at your party, hearing what they come up with as ‘marriage advice’ is usually hilarious.

Your groom shower is an excellent opportunity to celebrate your upcoming marriage with the guys in your life who mean the most. It’s a time for family and friends to wish you well before you start your new chapter, so have a blast and enjoy!

By Liz Preston, 5/26/20


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

If you haven’t noticed, we are endeavoring to help you check off your wedding “to decide” list bit by bit. Today we are going to tell you about the hottest flower trends for 2016. You may see that some of the trends we have seen for tuxedos, gowns, dresses, and colors have flowed over into flowers. Makes sense, right? Including these trending elements throughout your wedding creates a sense of harmony and ties everything together. Flowers are a great way to showcase the style of your wedding. Not to mention that the bridal bouquet will be front and center for most of the wedding, so you want it to be stunning. All of the styles really bring the wow factor, but they won’t all work for every wedding, which is why we have compiled a list of the top 5 flower trends for this year to get you started.  


Adding feathers to your bouquet can add a glamorous feel to the arrangement while either adding colors or balancing with a neutral. To add that pop of color try a peacock feather. The luminescent way it catches the light be sure to add that little extra something. Maybe you already have an array of colorful flowers but still need that last bit to push it over the edge, try a pheasant feather. The soft browns and blacks will compliment the colors perfectly.

Berries and Herbs

Want to add a just-picked natural feel to your arrangement, why not try some colorful berries or fragrant herbs. The berries will not only add a different texture to your bouquet but can give you shades of colors you wouldn’t easily find in flowers. The herbs not only smell wonderful, but they truly add whimsy and character to your bouquet. This trend is perfect for the effortlessly beautiful look, which incidentally isn’t always effortless.  


Going for the earthy or woodsy feel for your wedding, adding large greenery and foliage is the way to go. Nothing says earthy and elegant like beautiful greenery matched with a few gorgeous well placed blooms. This is also a great way to stretch your flower budget and get a bigger bouquet for your buck without sacrificing style.

Clashing Colors

Does this sound familiar? Going bold and colorful definitely seems to be the defining trend of 2016. Carry this trend over into your flower arrangements for a real wow factor. They bouquets will stand out and give your wedding the vibrancy and energy you are looking for.


Do you want your bouquet to be a statement piece, but bold colors aren’t your style, then the cascading bouquet is for you. This elegant but bold approach is so versatile it can be used with so many style weddings. Are you leaning towards a natural, outdoor feel, then use a bouquet with trailing foliage. Want a more modern approach, then try a bouquet with large flowers that waterfall down before you, simple, elegant, and awe-inspiring.

Flowers are such an easy way to really add to your wedding décor without going overboard. Your bouquets, boutonnieres, and table arrangements do so much work for so little cost and effort. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all of the flower options that are available, so we hope that this list has helped you find the style you want so you can more easily narrow down your options. Happy flower hunting!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

If you have seen any of our previous wedding blogs (if you haven’t, I would highly recommend them) for 2016 then you should know that bold colors are very trendy this year. Or as Mugatu would say “They are so hot right now”. But if you are complementing colors challenged like some you may not be able to choose the best colors to go along with your bold color of choice. No worries, it happens to the best of us, which is exactly why we wanted to share some of the best bold color palettes trending for 2016.

Purple and Green

Don’t scroll past just yet! Believe it or not it is one of the biggest growing color trends for weddings, and when done right it is absolutely stunning. I know the thought of purple and green may not scream elegant wedding to you, but let us show you some of the best ways to pull it off.

Deep purples and greens complemented by an almost gold tone give a very earthy and elegant feel.

Coral and Gold

This combination really jumps out at you, but not in a bad way. The bright coral alongside the shimmering gold create a bold and opulent look for your wedding. Gilded invitations, coral dresses with shimmering gold shoes, there are so many ways this color combination can work.

Blue and Green

Blues and greens have always gone well together, but you don’t have to be planning an ocean inspired wedding to use these colors. Matching the right tones of blue and green with an accenting neutral really make the colors pop.

Yellow with shades of pink and green

There isn’t a happier color on earth than yellow. And your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, right? So putting the two together just makes sense. But you will want to throw in a few softer shades to help tone down the yellow and not let it take over. Soft pinks greens, and a stabilizing neutral color do this beautifully.

Pink and Green

Not big on yellow? That’s ok! Just stick to the pink and green. You can go soft for a romantic feel, but this year is all about the bold color. So don’t be afraid to go all in. You could even throw in a few other of your favorite bold colors, but I would recommend choosing a neutral to try and help bring them all together.


Of course these aren’t all of the color schemes you can choose from, they aren’t even all of the trendy ones, but you may have noticed a theme. Mix and match different shades and hues of your favorite colors and balance them with a neutral of your choice. There are several website that will help you create a color palette of your own! ( is a good place to start) So set aside some time to sit down and play around with colors.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You have picked out the tux and the wedding gown, now you have to decide on bridesmaids dresses. This can be even trickier than finding a wedding gown. Sure, you don’t have as many options, but there are still a ton and you have to find a dress that will be flattering to several people. Plus you have to consider choosing a flattering shade for everyone’s different skin tones. That is not an easy task. Not to mention the pressure to not choose a dress for your bridesmaids will secretly hate (remember “27 Dresses”) So once again we have compiled a list of the hottest trends to help you get started.

Mismatched Dresses

You may have seen mismatched bridesmaids dresses before now. These became more and more popular with the rise of the boho or laid back weddings. Now more people are seeing the light and using mismatched dresses. A few ways to do this would be to pick one color and let the girls pick their dress style. That would ensure each girl has a dress that is flattering to her figure, but your wedding coordination stays intact. You could also let the girls pick a shade of one color, allowing them to find one that works best for their skin tone while remaining in harmony. Overall, mismatching your dresses can look very elegant and make your bridesmaids very happy. Which sounds like a win- win to me.


Similar to the cropped top trend in bridal gowns, more brides are putting their bridesmaids in separates. This look can be very modern and chic or very casual depending on you style it. You could take a bolder approach with a small crop top, especially if you love the look but not for the bridal gown. Or you can mix it up with lace and cotton or tulle for a softer, more romantic feel. This trend also gives you the option to mix and match colors without mismatching your dresses.

Flutter Sleeves

Flutter sleeves are a great way to add sleeves to your bridesmaids dress without truly adding sleeves. These sleeves are typically sheer and add depth to the dress. Depending on which style you choose, your flutter sleeve can look vintage-chic or Greek goddess ethereal. It is a great way to give your girl’s dress a little extra something without it being too much.

Tiered Skirt

In the same family as the flutter sleeve you have the tiered skirt. A tiered skirt can that extra something to a dress without completely overpowering the design and adding bulk. They are soft and elegant but still bold. Definitely not traditional, which is perfect for the non-traditional bride.

Sheer Fabrics

If you saw the previous two trends, then you may have some idea by now that sheer fabrics are very trendy right now. Adding an illusion neckline or an overlay of sheer fabric to a dress really takes it to the next level. Adding sheer sleeves, necklines, and skirts can allow you to stay trendy and classy. If you are going for a more modest feel, sheer elements can give you the modesty without losing fashion points.


These trends do not have to stand alone. In fact, several of these trends will complement each other. Feel free to mismatch your bridesmaids with different separates of sheer fabric. The possibilities are vast! (I won’t say endless because then how will you ever decide) So, go forth! Choose your bridesmaids dresses with confidence now that you no longer have to stress about choosing one dress style in one color. Unless that’s what you want, in which case you have several excellent options ahead of you!


Mr. Burch not only does tuxedos, but we also cater to your bridesmaids dress needs! Go check out our Trussville location to see the trendy styles we have for you!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Themes, and flowers, and color schemes, oh my! Wedding season is here and unless you hired a wedding planner, which we recommend to help your wedding experience be the best it could be, your to-do list is getting longer! Picking a dress, choosing a tux, deciding on flowers, debating over location, all of these things need to be done just to start the wedding process.  Never fear! We have the hottest wedding trends of 2016 to help get you started.

Bold Colors

If you remember in our last few wedding posts we have mentioned that bold colors are making appearances in several surprising areas, like tuxedos. So it is no surprise that bold colors are trending this year. A bolder color palette really pops and makes a statement.  From flowers, to bridesmaids dresses, or even the dress, don’t be afraid to go bold!

Brunch Weddings

Mid day weddings have been a popular option in the past, especially for spring and fall weddings. But in the summer mid-day is the hottest part of the day and you and your guests will be miserable. Enter the brunch wedding! A wedding in the late morning hours will help you and your guests beat the heat and still give you those gorgeous daytime photos. Plus, you have the added bonus of serving brunch food at your reception. Can you imagine the possibilities?

Woodland/Adventure Themes

It is no secret that a lot of couples have been opting for outdoor weddings. Especially with rustic and boho trends taking off and those aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

But some couples have been taking outdoor weddings to the extreme, a new trend called adventure weddings. These couples decide to hold the ceremony on a boat, under water, at the top of a mountain, in a plane, anywhere that represents doing some extreme activity they love.

Locally sourced catering, florist, etc.

 This is one of our favorite trends of the year. You know Mr. Burch is a huge advocate for shopping local, and we are so glad there are couples out there that really take it seriously.

This new wedding trend is all about using locally sourced food and flowers, and using locally made items in their ceremony. A small business wedding if you will. This kind of dedication to supporting your local economy is exactly what will help it flourish!

Natural decoration elements (cement, cork, wood etc)

Following the outdoor trend, more and more couples are using natural elements for décor in their wedding.  You have probably seen weddings use tree stumps or slabs made out of a tree trunk, maybe even moss, but now more elements are being used. Throwing in some stone, cork, or even cement elements add to the earthy feel of the wedding and give it depth.

Now that we have given you some ideas to get started, go forth and plan! And remember DIY may be all the rage right now, but the last thing you want is to be missing elements of your wedding because you were trying to do them all yourself. Not to mention the added stress DIY adds to the entire bridal party. Shop local and let the professionals handle it so all you have to do is show up!


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Choosing a wedding gown can be a daunting task. There are so many styles and designers, it is a bit of a sensory overload. So we are here to help narrow down your choices. Whether you want a classic bridal look or you want to be the epitome of a “modern bride”, we have the latest bridal gown trends for this year, and there is something for everyone.

Elegant V Neckline

In the past the strapless and sweetheart necklines have ruled the wedding industry, and for good reason. They are gorgeous and flattering necklines, but this year is the year of the V-neck. This neckline gives you the flattering and elegant feel of the sweetheart with the edge and sexiness of the plunging v-neck. It really has created a happy medium between the two styles and can be a great match with any style dress. Ball gown, a-line, mermaid style, etc., they all look great with an elegant v-neck.

Blush and Cream colored dresses

Most of you may not know that the white wedding dress trend was made popular in Western culture by Queen Victoria in the 19th Century. Many other cultures have very colorful wedding attire, and our trends are slowly starting to move that way, very slowly. We aren’t’ jumping straight to the vivid colors, although there is nothing saying you can’t do that if that is your style! This year blush and cream colored dresses are trending. Just a few shades away from white, these colors add depth to a wedding ceremony and can be more flattering to all types of skin tones.

Floral and Lace

Lace dresses have been growing in popularity for several years. The rise in boho and rustic style weddings has resurrected the lace dress. However, this year they are adding to it. Lace layers on dresses, floral lace patterns, or floral appliqués added to lace dresses. You can’t go wrong blending the two. Of course, if you want you can always keep the lace traditional or go for a floral printed dress if you want to be untraditionally modern.

Cropped Top/ Separates gown

Speaking of ultra modern, one of the largest growing trends is separates or cropped top gowns, showing just a sliver of skin. If done right it can be very chic and elegant. It is casual meets modern and can be the show stopping number of your modern wedding. Also, if you are getting married in the summer, just think of the extra breezeJ!


Another modern style that has become popular is feathers. Whether your entire dress is covered in them or they are accenting the rest of the dress, you are sure to stun the crowd.


Now that you know five of the biggest trends this year, hopefully we have helped you narrow down your search. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of styles for each of these trends. Just try on as many dresses as you want and as many styles, because you may be pleasantly surprised in a dress that “isn’t for your body type” or a style you would “never wear”. And there is nothing that says your dress needs to follow trends. This is your day and your dress needs to be an extension of you. So if you don’t want feathers, lace, flowers, or a color, that’s ok! If you want a feathery lace dress, topped with flowers, and every color of the rainbow, then go for it! You do you on your wedding day.