Our wedding is in early January 2014, and I'm wondering whether to have the groomsmen wear suits or tuxedos? My fiancé will be in his Navy dress blues for the ceremony, and I'm leaving it up to him to decide whether he wants to stay in them for the reception or change into the shirt, pants and maybe tie from a suit he recently received for Christmas.
It is an afternoon wedding (probably 1:30pm give or take for the ceremony) with a lunch buffet reception; even a sit-down meal with servers is too formal for me. Tuxedos are nice, yes, but I'm not much a fan of the satin look on the lapel, and I'd rather not make the guys (two or three groomsmen altogether) pay a large sum to buy or rent a tux if they'll only wear it once. I'm leaning toward suits because they're a little more casual, which is what I'm going for in the overall "feel" of the wedding. I'm also wondering whether to include vests or just have them wear the shirt, jacket and tie.