What Should I Give My Groomsmen? 10 Groomsmen Gift Ideas

They stand next to you on your Big Day so gift them something thoughtful and useful. Don't worry, we can make it easy.

How much should you spend on Groomsmen gifts?

Customarily, the Groomsman gift should cost 10-25% of the amount the groomsman will spend to be in the wedding.

Most of the Groomsmen gift ideas below can be added to your Nicholas Joseph custom wedding attire order, but we've included a few other favorites you can easily find online.


A Custom Shirt

Your Groomsmen need a white dress shirt to wear on your wedding day. Give them a custom clothing experience they will never forget - and know they’ll look great on your Big Day, from $119.


A Custom Suit, Jacket, or Tux

Invest in your friendship…and Wedding Day photos. Make the biggest impression and gift a custom clothing experience your Groomsmen or Best Man will never forget - and know they’ll look great on your Big Day, from $625.


Custom Cufflinks

We can help you create a custom gift for each groomsman by selecting a style, metal, stone and engraving. They’ll treasure these years to come, and even pass down for generations, from $225.


Italian Tie + Pocket Square

2. Italian Tie and Pocket Square - available in a variety of colors, patterns and fabrics, choose one that you groomsman will know you thought of him when you saw it. And one less thing they will have to purchase themselves for their attire on your big day. Most of our pocket square inventory are one of a kind, see one you like? We can order more in time for your Big Day if you’d like your guys to match. Ties from $110, pocket squares from $45.


Dress Socks

Complement your weddings color scheme or make a fun statement, what gentleman doesn’t need a new pair of socks?! Socks from $15.

Here’s a few other gift ideas we’ve found online:

-A Cocktail Subscription Box - for the budding bartender, a fun gift he can experience for months to come that arrives on his doorstep. From $49  -Gentlemen’s Hardware - The toolbox that fits in your suit jacket. For the groomsman that is ready for anything! From $15  -Personalized Flask - Keep your scotch concealed and stylish the whole wedding day with this fun gift that will bring back great memories every swig. From $17

Cocktail Subscription Box

For the budding bartender, a fun gift he can experience for months to come that arrives on his doorstep.

Gentlemen’s Hardware

The toolbox that fits in your suit jacket. For the groomsman that is ready for anything!

Personalized Flask

Keep your scotch concealed and stylish the whole wedding day with this fun gift that will bring back great memories with every swig.

Wedding Shoe Guide: What shoes should the Groom wear?

Once your custom suit or tuxedo is nailed down for your Big Day, make sure the rest of your ensemble matches and makes a lasting impression. All eyes will be on you, so keep your shoe game as strong as your suit game! Here’s our Wedding Shoe Guide:

The Black Tie Groom:


Patent Leather Tuxedo Shoe

Patent leather is the most classic and traditional black tie shoe with a bright shine for the picture perfect wedding photos.


Patent Leather Loafer

A sleek and shiny option to accompany your tuxedo.


Velvet Loafer

Less formal than patent leather, but statement footwear no doubt. Velvet loafers look best with a velvet or patterned dinner/smoking jacket.


Patent Leather Loafer (with Grosgrain band)

A slight twist on classic tradition, this version has an eye catching grosgrain band for detail

Not Black Tie? Shoes for the Suited Groom:


Dark Brown Oxford

The most versatile dress shoe works for your all non-black suiting: navy, blue, grey, light grey, khaki, or green suits. All of the shoes shown here are great additions to your footwear style after your Big Day.


Dark Brown Monk Strap

If you’re looking for a formal shoe option that’s more eye-catching than an oxford, the Monk strap is for you. Single or double strap, it’s up to you, they both garner compliments.


Honey Cap Toe Oxford

Honey, cognac, or tan leather shoes are great for warmer weather, outdoor weddings with lighter color palettes.


The Leather Sneaker

For the envelope pushing Groom, try a fun sneaker that will complement your perfectly tailored custom suit. Or maybe just put them on for dancing!

Every wedding is unique - for more personal recommendations, ask our Designers and we can find the perfect shoe recommendation to complement your wedding suit, style, venue, personality and Bride.

3 Groom's Trends for 2018 Wedding Looks

3 Groom's Trends for 2018 Wedding Looks

Newly engaged and planning your wedding for next year?

Our Designers have gathered the Groom's 2018 wedding trends there’s one commonality - go bold!

These bold looks remain classic and elegant but add a touch that will make heads turn. While some of these trends began in 2017, they’re carrying over to 2018 and are bolder than ever.

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You Can Pull off these 4 Sport Coat Looks this Fall

You can easily pull off all 4 of these looks with your sport coat this Fall - at home or on the road.  Let us help you create that perfect sport coat or blazer and fill in the missing pieces.


1. All Tied Up

  1. Custom sport coat that's made just for you, from $675

  2. Crisp white custom shirt, from $119

  3. Italian tie and complementing pocket square, from $110/$65

  4. Custom belt in brown leather, from $225

  5. Custom trouser for everyday, from $250


2. Layered for Cool Fall Days

  1. Custom sportcoat that's made just for you, from $675

  2. Custom V-Neck sweater to add some warmth and texture, from $250

  3. Custom shirt in a novelty pattern, from $119

  4. Italian bold pocket square, from $65

  5. Finish with a fitted custom trouser, from $225

3. Casually Speaking

  1. Custom sport coat that's made just for you, from $675

  2. Patterned custom shirt chosen from dozens of new fabrics, from $119

  3. Denim for your casual Fridays

  4. Custom belt, from $225


4. Super Comfy in a Long Sleeve Polo (or V-Neck Tee)

  1. Custom sport coat that's made just for you, from $675

  2. Custom Long-Sleeve Polo - comfort yet polished, from $185

  3. Custom belt, from $225

  4. Denim to finish this casual but put together look

Seen on TV: Chicago's Best Custom Tailor: Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors

See how easy custom clothing is from See Chicago TV's episode: Chicago's Best Custom Tailor: Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors

"Men need stylish and custom clothing, too. Nicholas Joseph can definitely create a perfect fit and design for every man. There’s individualized collars, cuffs, lengths, sleeves and even monograms. A man walks in and a gentleman walks out"

See the episode:  Guys Night: Nicholas Joseph Custom Tailors

Father's Day Gift Ideas & Summer Essentials: Elevate His Style

Elevate his style this Father’s Day with a unique experience at Nicholas Joseph. Here's our top Father's Day gift ideas in perfect time for summer:

The Custom Polo

Well fitted Custom Polo shirts in a wicking performance or vibrant pique fabrics, he gets to choose the fabric and styling options, including contrasting details. No need to pick between style and comfort, with custom he will always have both.  Custom polos from $165


Custom Short Sleeve Shirt

He will breeze into summer with a Custom Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt. He gets to choose from a very wide variety of fabrics, prints and trims. Keep it classic or add a little flair, whatever you look for in a shirt let us help you design it. Custom short sleeve shirts from $119


Upgrade His Accessories

Bold accessories to match his summer style.  Dad always needs a new belt, right?  Additionally, our clients have also been raving about the new Saxx underwear line, save 15% on 4 or more pairs.

Italian Made Tie $110, Italian Made Pocket Square $65, Italian Made Custom Belts $225, Cufflinks $65, Socks $16 or 4/$55, Saxx Underwear $35 or 4/$119

Italian Made Tie $110, Italian Made Pocket Square $65, Italian Made Custom Belts $225, Cufflinks $65, Socks $16 or 4/$55, Saxx Underwear $35 or 4/$119

Gift Certificates in Any Amount

Gift certificates in any amount so he can customize his gift.  Purchase in-store, online or over the phone for the lucky recipient. Gift Certificates can be emailed or sent via mail. 


What is the Difference Between a Custom Suit and a Bespoke Suit?

A custom tailor will often loosely use the term bespoke when referring to a custom garment. Although the two ways to create a garment are siimlar, there are some key differences you should note. It’s best to do your research and know what truly is the difference between custom and bespoke tailoring.

What exactly is a Custom Suit vs. a Bespoke Suit?

The custom suit process begins by having measurements taken of your body and deciding how you want your garments to fit. Each garment is created specifically to these body measurements taken by an expert tailor. The custom suit or custom garment arrives finished and any fit changes needed will be altered by a tailor.

So what is a Bespoke Suit?

Originating on Savile Row in London, Bespoke means “to be spoken for” and brings a whole new meaning to the Power Suit.

A truly made Bespoke suit is the best fitting garment you can get.   Multiple basted fittings are done with an unfinished garment to ensure that the it fits perfectly in every way.  A basted fitting is a fitting with a garment that is loosely stitched together with white basting thread. It is called the basted fitting because, at this point, the suit is temporarily stitched together with white basting thread.

Although measurements had previously been taken, the basted fitting will be the first time you actually get to try on your custom suit, fitting notes can be made, and the basting thread can be easily removed for adjustments prior to finishing the garment's seams for final delivery.

We Offer Both Custom Suits and Bespoke Suits Made in Chicago

Esquire magazine has recommended us exclusively in Chicago for Bespoke Suits in their Big Black Book of Style.  Once your fabric arrives from the mill in Italy, or other origin, the suit never leaves Chicago.  Our Chicago Master Tailor will create an exceptional and unique bespoke suit just for you that is hand cut, fitted, and sewn, right here in Chicago.  We actually have clients that fly in just for our bespoke service.

Besides making the bespoke suit in Chicago, the primary difference is that the fabric is cut by hand according to your body and measurements, and the garment arrives basted, or loosely sewn, together. At the fitting we assess and see if any adjustments need to be made and the tailor does this as he finishes the garment.  Certain body types may require more fittings than others, but it’s truly the best possible fit if you have a difficult body type.

Our custom suit tailors works exclusively for us since we started in 2005. His team of cutters and apprentices make the majority of our custom suits, in addition to all our true custom shirts. When the garment arrives for a fitting, it is fully made, but can be adjusted easily. If we need to make any adjustment to enhance the fit of the garment, our Master Tailor does that here in house and then a paper pattern is kept on file for easy re-order.

How much does a bespoke suit cost?

Our bespoke suits made in Chicago are our premier line and start at $2795.

Top 3 Benefits of Choosing our Bespoke Suits

1. Superior Fit:

Fittings are performed with unfinished basted garments, allowing our team to perfect your fit during the process.

2. Handmade to Your Body and Preferences:

Approximately 50 man hours go into each bespoke suit from our Chicago Master Tailor and his team of cutters, sewers, and buttonhole makers.  The team pays special attention to each of your measurements as well as your personal style appointments.

3. Increased Confidence:

When you look good, you feel good. Bespoke tailoring brings a man to his full potential and allows him to focus on the task at hand, knowing he is presenting his best self to his audience. 

Nicholas Joseph, Chicago's "go-to custom suit maker" in Haute Living magazine


Haute Living magazine recently featured Nils Westlind, owner of Ronero in Chicago, who dished on his favorite eats, events, jewelers, and, yes, custom suits.  We, at Nicholas Joseph are delighted to be included and see him looking so dapper in the peak lapel, single breasted custom suit made in Chicago.  Bravo, Mr. Westlind!  Read more: http://hauteliving.com/2017/09/ronero-nils-westlind/643558/

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