Groom Style: What to Wear for a Late Afternoon Wedding?

Q:

What should a groom wear for a 3 p.m. wedding ceremony? We are having a cocktail hour immediately following the ceremony and then a dinner wedding reception. It seems odd for him to wear a gray tailcoat into the evening.

A:

It used to be proper etiquette that tuxedos were not worn before 6 p.m., but the rules are more relaxed today. For a late-afternoon wedding ceremony with a dinner wedding reception to follow, it's fine for your groom and the other men in the wedding party to don tuxedos. Besides, they'll look more appropriate for the evening party.