Suit or Tux? The great debate

When it comes to formalwear, there are so many unwritten rules of dress. If you are an Average Joe with a special event coming up, you might currently find yourself in the quandary: suit or tux?

Thus begins our lesson.

Perhaps the very first distinction to note is the definition that separates a suit from a tuxedo. The answer is simple: satin.

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The real decision lies within your intention for the event. Ask yourself this series of questions:

What vibe do you want to send out to the people around you? Is this a dress to impress event with influential people? Does this event commemorate a milestone in your life? You may consider going with a tux. This is the exact reason that most weddings call for a tuxedo. The tux is not worn every day and because of this it retains a reputation of being saved for meaningful events. It makes your date feel special to be with you and your associates to think of you in high regard.

On the flip side if this is merely a day in the life of our Average Joe and a meaningful, yet somewhat mundane formal event, a suit is most likely appropriate. Suits still convey a sense of pride in one’s appearance and can communicate a bold sense of personal style. Suits can be worn on a daily basis and still add a certain flair to your person.

The great news? Black Tie Formalwear can help! Visit any of our convenient Chicagoland locations and our friendly staff would be more than happy to help you find the perfect formalwear for your upcoming event. We tailor your choice, suit or tux, to best fit you .

5 offbeat wedding trends for 2017

Weddings are an age old tradition. While love is timeless, many wedding “must’s” have gathered some rust. Here are 5 offbeat trends to kick off the dust and propel your wedding into 2017!

Give it away

One of the hottest trends for 2017 is a heartwarming one. Many couples are opting to encourage friends and family members in attendance at their weddings to consider donating to a charity registry over receiving a gift for themselves. Interested in learning more? Check out this great resource on charity registries.

5 offbeat wedding trends for 2017

Tasty Trucks

What’s more unique than offering your guests a variety of tasty options served from local food trucks? That’s right! These moveable meals are a cutting edge trend for wedding receptions around the nation. Ready to choose your chow down options? Check out The Chicago Food Truck Finder and reserve yours for your wedding reception today!


Indulge in Industrial

These trends are on the rise for wedding venues. Instead of lavish ballrooms, opt for the industrial look. Rent out spaces in old warehouses, factories or even find unique venue spaces on AirBNB! You’ll be surprised what whimsical locations are in your neighborhood. Speaking of whimsical trends…


Win with Whimsy

One surefire way to create a memorable wedding is by letting your ideas run wild. Are you a superhero nerd? A passionate vintage aficionado? Obsessed with a cult tv series? Make your passions a part of your big day to make it truly shine and shout “YOU”!

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We won’t drone on

Cinematic wedding videos are amongst the biggest trends for 2017. Instead of hiring last year’s wedding videographer, hire one who has experience with drone videography! Check out this great article on The Knot about Everything you Need to Know about Hiring a Drone for your Wedding.

Top Unique Places to get Married in Chicagoland

We’re big wedding goers here at Black Tie Formalwear. Our tuxes have traveled all over Chicagoland and we’ve finally decided to share some of the top places to get married in and around Chicago! Here are a few amazing places in Chicago that you can get married:

The Morton Arboretum

The stunning setting of the Morton Arboretum is the perfect picturesque location for your wedding nuptials.

Top places to get married in Chicago


Revolution Brewery

Perk up them ears, boys, because you and your beloved can be betrothed in a BREWERY!

(Photo courtesy of Krefft Szopa, Two Birds Photography)

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Thalia Hall

This landmark venue was originally designed as an opera house in 1892. It now hosts concerts by well-known bands (many of which are Chicago natives!). Rock out in this unique setting and have a wedding truly worth remembering!


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The Adler Planetarium

Want a wedding that’s truly out of this world? Get married under the cosmos at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago! This venue offers unique and beautiful spaces, great food, and a view of Chicago’s skyline that will take your breath away.

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PRESS RELEASE – The Knot’s ‘Best of Weddings’



Eleventh Annual Best of Weddings Awards Honor the Top Wedding Vendors Across America

Chicago, Illinois/January 5th, 2017—Black Tie Formalwear (IS/ARE) pleased to announce that they have has been selected as a 2017 ­­winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, an award representing the highest-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on The Knot, the leading wedding brand and marketplace.  This is the 7th year Black Tie Formalwear have been selected for The Knot Best of Weddings.

In 2017, only 2% of the 300,000 local wedding professionals listed on have received this distinguished accolade. In its eleventh annual year, The Knot continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors with The Knot Best of Weddings 2017, an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the top wedding professionals across the country. To determine the winners, The Knot assessed almost one million reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more. These winners represent the best of the best for wedding professionals that a bride or groom would want to consider in order to inspire, plan and book their own unique wedding.

The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely theirs. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with and book just the right wedding professional to create their perfect wedding day. Eight out of 10 couples come to The Knot where they can be connected to any of 300,000 local wedding professionals across the country. The Knot marries  great technology with trusted content–and a little love–to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

For more information about The Knot Best of Weddings and a complete list of winners, please visit

About Black Tie Formalwear

Black Tie Formalwear is the only formalwear specialist in the Chicagoland area that can boast winning The Knot’s Best of Weddings from 2011-2017 and Chicago’s only Wedding Specialist to be inducted into the Knot’s Prestigious Hall of Fame.  We have set ourselves apart from the competition by delivering award winning customer service, impeccable quality, and a reputation to match.  We carry the latest styles from Ike Behar, Michael Kors, and Allure available in Modern and Slim Fits.  With our nationwide network of a thousand affiliates nationwide, we can service all your out of town groomsmen’s needs.  Stop in and find out what thousands of our satisfied customers already know, Black Tie Formalwear is the elite place to shop for tuxedos and suits in the entire Chicagoland Area.

About The Knot

The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource and marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right products, services and local wedding professionals they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches a majority of engaged couples in the US through the #1 wedding website, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that’s uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), which helps people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments—from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at and follow on social media: and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

10 easy ways to show your significant other love

There’s nothing quite like the feeling you get when you’re in love. Whether you’re dating, engaged or have been married for 10 years, it’s always important to dedicate time to making your significant other feel loved.

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Here are 10 easy ways that you can do just that:

  1. Read “The 5 Love Languages” together. This book, with over 10,000+ reviews on Amazon is hailed as the secret to unlocking the way your partner experiences love and how to best understand their needs in relationship to yours.
  2. Cook your significant other their favorite meal or treat. Don’t know what it is? There’s plenty on Pinterest to get inspired from!
  3. Pick them up a coffee or tea and bring it to them when they’re not expecting it.
  4. Share with them an embarrassing and humorous story about your childhood and ask them about one of theirs.
  5. Give them the best hug of their entire life. No, really, squeeze them long and hard!
  6. Ask them on a date to the movies and pick one they’ve been wanting to see (even if you think your significant other is a romantic sap or a huge nerd, give their preference a try; you might like it).
  7. Send them a song to listen to that reminds you of them. Better yet? Make them a Spotify or YouTube playlist full of them!
  8. Go on a walk together and leave your phones at home. It’s easy to get distracted when you can reach for your phone during conversation lulls, so it’s important to ditch the devices for some quality time!
  9. Build something together. Whether it’s a piece of IKEA furniture or a gingerbread house during the holidays, spend time creating something together.

There are millions of tiny daily things that you can do to make your partner feel loved. Share with us! what’s one of your ways of showing your s.o. love? We would love to hear from you.

Now get out there and spread the love!

5 budget friendly honeymoon ideas

Congratulations! You’re getting married to the person you love most in the world! All that wedding planning certainly adds up and after the exhausting and costly process of putting on such a grand event, you’re looking forward to spending some well-deserved down time with your betrothed.

Like we said, weddings can be costly depending on your situation, so here are 5 budget friendly honeymoon ideas!

1. Your destination doesn’t have to be international

There are endless possibilities for a romantic and memorable honeymoon within the United States. A great way to get ideas is to make a Pinterest board with your partner of locations that you both want to eventually visit. This is a great way to not only pick your honeymoon destination but also get ideas for future trips together!

2.You don’t have to stay at 5-star hotels

A great trend has emerged among honeymooners: Airbnb! If you aren’t familiar with Airbnb, check them out! Airbnb allows you to find adventures in faraway places or your hometown, and access unique homes, experiences, and places anywhere in the world.

3.Get a better deal on your flight

A great app that we recommend for all honeymooners is Hopper. This app allows you to select your location and dates for travel and will alert you to the lowest rates for airfare!

4.Chow down on local cuisine instead of dining extravagantly

A lot of times, honeymoons get expensive as couples like to pick fancy restaurants or events to attend together. Instead of munching at Michelin Star restaurants, get suggestions from your hotel, hostel or host on cheap eats with a ton of local flavor!

5.Make moments that matter not moments that cost money

Take a walk in this new place that you’ve chosen to visit and bring your camera. Take plenty of photos to remember your adventure together in this new place.

We hope you get some ideas using these 5 tips on planning a honeymoon that truly revolves around your significant other and saves some money too!

If you’re looking for even more ways to save money, enter our giveaway to win 5 free tuxedo rentals for your wedding party! A winner is chosen every month so enter here.

5 Ways to ask your bro to be your Best Man

We all have that one bro that is our other half. That bro that has been there from the beginning and will always be your Numero Uno, your ride or die homie. But, getting real with them and asking them to be your Best Man in your wedding is not always an easy thing to do.

Well, we’re here to tell you that it can be as formal or as funny as you want! Here are 5 creative ideas to ask your bro to be your Best Man:

I Mustache You a Question… Will you be my Best Man?

Fill up a box with your bros favorites: a bottle of beer, beard oil, snacks, etc. and adorn each with a cutout mustache! On the inside of the box include a note that states: “I mustache you a question, will you be my Best Man?”

5 Creative Ways To Propose To Your Best Man

Propose with Cufflinks

What is your bro into? Working out, Marvel comics, sports? Give your bro a pair of cufflinks shaped like one of his favorite things! A great resource to find cool gifts like these is Creative Ways To Propose To Your Best Man


Beer O’Clock

Invite your bro over for a beer and pop the question when you serve him a cold one in a personalized keepsake mug with his initials emboldened on it!

5 Creative Ways To Propose To Your Best Man

Share your love for liquor

Replace the logo/sticker on  your bro’s favorite alcohol with a customized sticker asking your bro to be your best man. Check out this creative example from Pinterest.

5 ways to ask your bro to be your best man

Celebrate with a Cigar

All celebratory occasions end with sharing a cigar. Why not celebrate your future with your significant other and your new Best Man a.k.a Bro for Life?!

5 ways to ask your bro to be your best man


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Top 6 Winter Wedding Inspirations

“Weather” you like to admit it or not, Winter is Coming.

The bright side of the dark days ahead is the amazing winter wedding wonderlands that are on their way! We’ve gathered 6 amazing wedding examples, tips, and tricks to inspire you for your winter wedding.

Add contrasting color.

Winter is a wash of grays and blues. Why not make your wedding cheery with burgundy hues?
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Baby, it’s cold outside!

Lots of your guests will be wearing gorgeous dresses to look their best on your special day. Remember that this often results in some cold shoulders! Provide little throw blankets or even fuzzy slippers for your guests and hit the dance floor to warm up!

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Hot Cocoa Bar

Another tip for warming up your guests is to serve something piping hot! A fun idea for kids and adults alike is a hot cocoa bar. Spread out some toppings like whipped cream, crushed peppermint and marshmallows and drink in the smiles from your cocoa-sipping friends and family. Another warm adult beverage idea is mulled wine!

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Decor to pine for

What better to match your outdoor surroundings than to bring the outdoor in?! No, not the snow or frigid air! Bring in elements of nature to your reception hall for a truly immersive aesthetic.

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You can even adorn your groom and wedding party with elements of pine!

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Get lit.

While you’re embracing the magic of your winter wedding, add flair by introducing holiday lights to your decor! This brings the perfect nostalgia of the holidays into your memorable day.

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“Sleigh”your centerpieces!

Winterize your centerpieces with fun props like tiny sleighs with table numbers painted on them to direct your guests to their seating. Add fun elements like ornaments and even fake snow to bring the whole look and feel of your winter wedding together!


And that’s it! Oh, one last thing, make sure to deck out your wedding party with matching tuxedos from Black Tie Formalwear! Browse our selection and request your fitting today:


The most nostalgic 90’s love songs for your wedding

Throw it back to the best days of your life with these 90’s love songs for your wedding. From upbeat and playful, to one of the most memorable love anthems of all time, these iconic love ballads will surely set the mood for your wedding, dude!

1. Fly – Sugar Ray

2. More than Words – Extreme

3. Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie & the Blowfish

4. I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) – The Proclaimers

5. I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston

6. Drops of Jupiter – Train

7. From this Moment On – Shania Twain

8. I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing – Aerosmith

9. Angel – Sarah McLachlan

and we’ve saved the BEST for last… BABAAAAY!

10. Kiss from a Rose – Seal

And that’s it! These are 10 of the best 90’s love ballads for all different kinds of dancing. What’s your favorite 90’s love song? Leave a comment below and share this post to your friends and family to start building your wedding playlist!

How To Write The Perfect Wedding Vows

Write Everything Your Remember About Your Relationship

Take time to reflect on your fiancé. Think about all the special times you had with your significant other and use those memories to right the best vows. Some of the things you should take in account could be:

  • How did you first meet
  • Your first date
  • When did you realize you were in love
  • What qualities do you most admire in each other
  • What hard times have you gone through together?
  • What have you supported each other through

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