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Summer weddings raise demand for tuxedos

BY DANIEL PAXTON dpaxton@paducahsun.com

As the summer wedding season hits its peak, local formal wear shops experience a needed up-tick in business inbetween prom and homecoming seasons. While most of the attention is paid to the dresses worn by the bride and her attendants, a few local shops make their business off of dressing the men in the wedding party.

Mister Penguin Tuxedo Rentals is one such store. Located at 303 Broadway St., Mister Penguin exclusively deals in tuxes and suits. Vincent Hathcock, co-owner at Mister Penguin, says that while the store is open fewer hours in the summer following prom season, they experience their highest demand of tuxedo rentals for weddings from July to September.

Hathcock acknowledges that picking out the tux for the groom is not typically as sentimental of an experience as picking out the dress is for the bride. In fact, he says, most often the bride will either pick out the groom's attire herself, or provide him with specific instructions on style and color.

"The most popular are the lighter colors. The tans and the greys, but black never goes out of style," Hathcock states of summer wedding trends. "Next year, it may change. Everything comes around though."

Hathcock noted, in some instances, the groom seems have free reign to pick out his tux himself, but his decision may not be final.

"We have some camo tuxes that the men like to pick out. Then they'll come back again with the women and have to find something else," said Hathcock.

Other local stores offer tuxedo rentals in addition to formal wear for women. Amanda Thomas, co-owner at Chrislyn's, 3420 Lone Oak Road, says that while the store is mainly for women, they offer tuxedo rentals mostly as a matter of convenience, especially during prom season.

"It's an added bonus, like a one-stop shop. When the girls come in for prom season, they can go ahead and find something for the guy," said Thomas.

As is the case for Mister Penguin, Thomas states that Chrislyn's experiences the biggest demand for tuxes during the prom season, but the wedding season provides continued business throughout the summer.

Contact Daniel Paxton, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8667.

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