Finding that perfect wedding suit: Q & A with clothier Scott Puncher

Finding that perfect wedding suit: Q & A with clothier Scott Puncher

Paul Puncher is your best source for designer wedding suits. Our impeccable collection of men’s ready made suits, from the world’s foremost European designers, will speak to your unique style and character, elevating the sophistication of your wedding day.

Why buy a suit instead of a tuxedo?

Buying a quality, well-tailored suit is an investment. It can be worn over and over again to a variety of future functions i.e., other weddings, funerals, special occasions. A tuxedo is a more formal garment by nature, and rarely can be used in future functions, unlike a suit. The investment in a good suit, because of this reusable feature, is much more valuable than a tuxedo, which is similar cost to purchase, and rarely worn in future.

What suit brands do you recommend for a wedding?

The suit brands I recommend are determined after a detailed discussion with the client during the initial consultation. Once the information has been gathered from the client, I discover/determine what the client’s approximate budget is. This is critical in determining what particular brands I would recommend, as we have a broad range of suit prices.  Some clients are price sensitive, so I guide them accordingly to some of our opening price brands. Other clients that are less price conscious, I review our higher priced imported Italian brands.

Should I buy a summer suit or a fall suit?

There are 3 criteria I use for seasonal wearability (i.e., summer versus fall).

  1. If it is a summer wedding (i.e., between June – September), the client could choose a suit fabric that is lighter in weight, lighter in colour, or both light in colour and weight of fabric…example being light grey or light tan.
  2. A fall/winter wedding demands a suit that is obviously darker in colour, darker in weight of fabric, or both i.e., darker blue, darker grey, darker earth tones like brown (rare) or black. This season is typically from October – March.
  3. The third option that is often chosen, is to buy an “all season” suit that can be worn year-round. This provides the most value for client because the suit can typically be worn 12 months of the year to all functions. These suits are made of medium weight fabrics that are not too light for winter and not too heavy for summer. They typically are in mid to dark tones, most being in the blue/ grey/ black tones.

Vest or no vest?

A vest tends to add a more formal or sartorial/ elegant vibe to a wedding suit. I personally love/ prefer vested suits, especially if the wedding has a more traditional formal theme i.e. a larger venue, with the bride wearing a more elegant, elaborate gown, as opposed to a more casual setting with a smaller group, less formal etc. The vest provides an additional “look” for the groom i.e. the vest provides the groom with an elegant, polished, more finished look when he removes his suit jacket at some point (which most groom’s eventually do as the reception goes on.

What about my groomsmen?

Our wedding suit programs allow us to efficiently and effectively handle both the groom’s and the entire wedding party’s wardrobe needs. The determination of whether we handle the groomsmen tends to be determined by price/ budget i.e., does the wedding party want to invest in purchasing a higher quality suit which is more costly, versus renting a suit or buying a lower quality and less expensive suit. That is the primary deciding factor in this debate.

Ties – to wear of not?

Choice of whether a groom wants to wear a tie or not is first issue. Majority of groom’s wearing suit want to “properly” to complete the elegant vibe of a suit by wearing a tie. There are some grooms who don’t want to wear a tie because their wedding theme isn’t as formal or traditional, so they wear no tie and maybe a pocket square as an accessory. Actual tie choice for those wearing ties, is obviously based on or dictated by colour of suit. Solid ties tend to be more popular as they give a more formal look, as opposed to vibrant patterns, which tend to be flashier and less formal.


What fit is in style?

The most popular style right now are suits that feature a 2-button, single breasted jacket with side vents at back. These jackets have a more fitted, slimmer cut and are shorter in length. Pants are flat front (no pleats) with a slimmer cut leg with narrow bottoms.

What is the most popular colour?

The majority of our wedding suits are obviously in the core traditional colours of black, navy and grey. Among those colours, there has been a push towards the brighter or more vibrant navy-blue tones, as opposed to the darker midnight blue. Also, we have seen demand for the mid to lighter tones of grey, stealing some of the traditional black and charcoal suit business. The bulk of suits purchased are navy, grey and black.

How many fittings?

Typically, we do 2 fittings. We do the initial first fitting, where the suit is marked for the required tailoring adjustments. We then do a second fitting or try-on after these initial tailoring adjustments are complete to make sure they were done properly and that the suit fits perfectly. If an additional adjustment is needed, we do it during second fitting, but this is rarely needed.

How far ahead should I order a wedding suit?

In order to have most effective result, enjoyable process, obviously allowing more time is better than less. If a client can purchase his wedding wardrobe “off the rack” from in stock, this can be turned around fairly quickly (i.e. a month or less). But if there is a particular colour, pattern or style that is not available in stock and has to be ordered in, minimum 8 weeks is required. Most of our custom wedding clients have the initial consultation 4 – 6 months in advance. This allows for less for a less stressful process than last minute approach and allows for most effective results.

How do I get started?

To start the process, contact us to book a wedding consultation.

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How to Spend Your Wedding Day in Uptown Waterloo

How to Spend Your Wedding Day in Uptown Waterloo

Uptown Waterloo has so much to offer couples. From memorable photo ops, delicious food and drinks, and fantastic local businesses, you don’t have to go very far to find what you’re looking for. Here is a list of ideas leading up to your big day and how to spend your wedding day in Uptown Waterloo.

Before Your Wedding Day

Get Fit To Get Married

Brides, grooms and bridal parties can all find their perfect wedding day attire right in Uptown. There’s a great selection of boutiques to help you find bridal gown and bridesmaid dress, as well as everything else you’ll need – shoes, accessories, makeup and clutches.

For the groom and groomsmen, we can help you bring your personal style to life with a designer suit for your wedding day. We can help suit your wedding party in ready made suite or made to measure suits, plus customize your looks with the best accessories.

We’re your Uptown Waterloo destination for your complete wedding day look. Book a consultation to work with a Paul Puncher clothier and get suited for your wedding day.


Capture Your Engagement

Uptown Waterloo has so many fun spots for an engagement photo shoot session. Many couples use engagement photos to show off their favourite spots to spend time together, their personalities, and of course, their love. Here are some fun ideas for your Uptown Waterloo photoshoot.

  • Inside your favourite Uptown restaurant or bar
  • Walking along the train tracks
  • Strolling through Waterloo Park (there’s a unique photo op with some animals!)
  • Inside or in front of your favourite building. There are so many great architectural details around.
  • Skating or playing games in Uptown Waterloo Town Square
  • Maybe you met in Uptown and want to recreate that moment in the exact location!

Applying For Your Marriage Licence

Waterloo City Hall is just a stone’s throw from our Showroom. You can go there to apply for your marriage licence.


Spend Your Wedding Day in Uptown Waterloo

When your special day finally arrives, you can stay right in Uptown and have everything you need.


Start The Day Off With A Coffee

Your wedding day can go by quickly. Start the day off by taking a moment for yourself and enjoying a coffee. A morning stroll to any of the coffee shops in Uptown Waterloo will give you and your wedding party just the kick-start you need.


Get Dolled Up

Uptown Waterloo has a great selection of salons and beauty experts to get your bridal party ready – hair, makeup and nail salons are close by!


Guest Accommodations

With lots of hotel rooms nearby, your guests won’t have to be far away. Plus local public transit offers many ways to get from point A to point B.


Say ‘I Do’ in Uptown

Whether you’ve dreamed of having your wedding in a church, a traditional venue, or something a little different, you’ll be able to find it in Uptown Waterloo. Or if you’re trying to keep things simple, you can have your civil ceremony at City Hall.


The Perfect Backdrop

Once you’ve finished your vows, head to some iconic Uptown Waterloo locations for a unique backdrop in your wedding photos. For years, you can look back and remember the fun you had capturing your bridal party and wedding photos in front of the Seagram lofts, in Waterloo Park, or Waterloo Town Square.


Make It Your Own

The best part of your Uptown Waterloo wedding day is that there are so many things you can do to really make your day special. All the little things will come together to create a memorable day;  feeling amazing in your custom suit, saying cheers to your future in your favourite bar, and spending the day with the most important people.

Stylish Engagement Party Looks for the Groom-To-Be

Stylish Engagement Party Looks for the Groom-To-Be

In the months leading up to your wedding day, you are going to be showered with love and congratulations from family, friends and all the special people in your life. Often, this includes special events thrown to celebrate your love.

As a groom-to-be, we want you to feel as confident as you can stepping into an event thrown in your honour. Many couples choose to have an engagement party (or are surprised with the celebration). If you are in the know about your party, celebrate your engagement in style with these engagement party looks for the groom-to-be.

Bright White

Your bride may claim the colour on your wedding day, but you can definitely show up to your engagement party dressed in white or ivory. Try a light trouser with a white sweater, or layer a collared shirt under your sweater to add a pop of colour and break up the light colours.

A Bold Blazer

Engagement parties can range from casual gatherings at home to formal affairs. A bold blazer is a great way to give your casual look a stylish flair and show off your personality. Go with a statement colour or try a pattern.

A Suit

For more a more formal engagement party look, you can’t go wrong with a fitted suit. It may not be the suit you wear on your big day (is that bad luck?), but you’ll show up to your party and stand out as the groom-to-be.

Get Ready To Tie the…Bow

Before you tie the knot, celebrate your engagement wearing a bow tie. With many colours and patterns to choose from, you can definitely complete your engagement party look with a pop of colour.

A Casual Affair

If you’re just looking forward to getting together with some close friends and family for a more casual celebration, put on your favourite printed sport shirt with a pair of designer denim. Find a pattern that really reflects you, and say “cheers” to your fiance.

Don’t Forget The Shoes!

You’re not walking down the aisle yet, but it’s amazing the difference a great shoe can make. From dress boots to oxfords, complete your engagement party look from head to toe with the right footwear.

Let the countdown begin! You’re about to go from groom-to-be, to groom, to husband. We want to make sure you look and feel your best during this special time in your life. Visit our Uptown Waterloo Showroom for the latest in designer menswear. Let’s find you your perfect engagement party look!

Finding Your Perfect Spring Wedding Suit

Finding Your Perfect Spring Wedding Suit

Spring has sprung, and so have new colour pallets for spring weddings. With endless options of materials, colours and accessories, your spring wedding suit can reflect your personal style while fitting into a spring wedding theme.

Every groom should feel his best on his special day, and that’s why it’s so important to have a well-fitted suit. A tailored suit will lead any man to exude confidence, whether he’s about to marry his soulmate, be the supporting best man or a groomsman.

Here are some ideas to inspire your spring wedding look.

Pales & Pastels

Spring time means lots of gorgeous flowers, lovely colours and beautiful greenery. Pale hues and pastel suits fit perfectly into spring wedding colour schemes.

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Light blue and blue-grey suits fit right into the pale colours and pastels category. But blue is also a very versatile colour, offering darker blue suit options which make other colours in the decor scheme pop! With a wide range of options, you’ll be able to find just the right blue suit for the level of formality at your wedding.

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Feel free to step away from a traditional wedding day look by choosing a material with some texture. Or layer texture into your look by choosing a different texture for your tie or vest.

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Spring weddings offer a great opportunity to add more fun into the decor scheme with pops of colour and patterns. A patterned suit can really help you show off your personality and make for a memorable wedding day look. Or, if you’re looking for something more subtle, add some pattern with your accessories.

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Complete your spring wedding look with amazing accessories. This is the perfect way to tie your wedding theme into your look for the day. Add a fresh boutonniere with blooming flowers, a pocket square with personality, some stylish socks, a belt and cuff-links.

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We’d love to help you create your perfect spring wedding look. Book a consultation and let’s get your suited for your wedding day!