The Budget Groom Feat. Scott McCarrey
July 12th, 2013
It’s wedding season and if I’ve learned anything from helping friends plan their big day, it’s that getting married can be very expensive.
But it doesn’t have to be.
Alex’s close friend Scott McCarrey recently got married at the Montauk Club in Brooklyn, NY.
Scott is a writer whose plays have been performed at reputable venues across the country such as Cherry Lane Theatre in NYC and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. He has also written scripts for film and television, and contributed in development for shows on Nickelodeon and NBC. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their pug.
Here he shows us how he was able to dress through the big weekend on a budget, and still look great.
1. Rehearsal Dinner
“Our idea for the rehearsal dinner was to throw a more casual spring/summer garden party to balance the formal event to follow. In that spirit, I wanted to wear some brighter colors to reflect the season and the fun of the gathering.
I’m not someone who often travels to adventurous areas of the color wheel, so the coral tie and royal blue trousers were bold moves for me. Then again, I was getting married the next day, so who was gonna check me?”
Scott kept it simple and invested in smart pieces that he will get plenty of wear out of: whipcord seersucker jacket, white oxford shirt, summer knit tie, navy chinos, suede bucks…
The overall outfit was less than $300.
Seersucker + suede bucks: a combination that stays true to Scott’s Texan roots.
2. The Main Event
“Our venue for the wedding was the historic Montauk Club in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The building is such a cool relic of a time and place, and it really inspired a timeless look for much of our wedding.
Once I decided to wear a tux, I knew I wanted to keep the accessories as traditional as possible. That included wearing a bowtie, shirt studs, and a cummerbund – a decision my wife really had to be talked into. In the end, I was very pleased going the classic, conservative route, and it marked the last time in my life I will ever win any argument.”
Scott’s midnight blue tuxedo looked really great for his big day, especially given the price. I asked him to share some dirty details about his experience finding a proper custom fit on a budget.
Here’s an honest review of his online experience with Indochino:
“This tux was the second suit I’ve purchased from Indochino, and in the end I’m happy with both. That being said, I don’t think it’s what the process of buying a suit should be. Measuring yourself (I had my tailor do it) and ordering is pretty easy. When the suit came, I was very happy with the quality of the material and the construction. I think the suit looks better than what it costs, which is always nice. The fit is decent but not perfect, and unfortunately the process for making alterations to your suit once it’s in your hands is kind of a nightmare. Indochino gives you a $75 alteration credit which probably won’t even begin to cover all the various nips and tucks that need to be made, and filling out and faxing in the alteration form is a pain. God forbid you have to contact customer service, as I did when I found they made the button on my one-button jacket too low and the entire piece needed to be remade. I was passed from person to person, arguing my case anew each time. In the end, they solved the problem, but it sure wasn’t without a lot of effort on my part.
I’m an odd-shaped guy and off-the-rack rarely works for me, so I’ll probably be sticking with the custom route. That being said, the next suit I have made will be by someone I can actually speak to face-to-face. Even when you’re paying a bargain price like Indochino’s, a suit is too big of a purchase to leave to trial and error.”
For the sake of longevity, Scott made the right decision by going with smooth leather rather than patent. The advantage of being the groom is you can where all of the pieces from your wedding for future occasions. These shoes for example, are perfect for any kind of business attire.
Ideally I would have liked to see a plain-toe oxford with the tuxedo, but the captoes in this case are super subtle.
The overall outfit was less than $800.
3. Day After Brunch
“The day after the wedding, all the adrenaline I had been running on for weeks vacated my body and I turned into a puddle of goo. Fortunately, a brunch in the park is a great place to dress comfortably while still looking presentable.
Also, I had recently found a pair of white jeans at the back of my closet, and really wanted to wear them while I still had a little wedding-week infallibility on my side.”
The pug watch matches his minimalist wedding band perfectly, very clever.
Hard to go wrong with a pair of brown boat shoes for a casual day in the park.
The overall outfit was less than $100.
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Scott, and his beautiful wife Kara, for participating.
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.