The Budget Groom Feat. Scott McCarrey

July 12th, 2013

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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.


  • Seersucker Blazer by Uniqlo
  • White OCBD by JC Penney
  • Blue Chinos by Uniqlo
  • Coral Knit Tie by The Tie Bar
  • Navy Patterned Pocket Sq by Hillside
  • Tortoise-shell glasses by Shuron
  • White Suede Bucks by Florsheim
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  • Deacon

    Props, awesome tux! Love the detailing and the colors. Keep up the good work guys.

    • Dan Trepanier

      Thanks Deacon!

  • Julia

    Great tips. The midnight blue tux is the perfect choice for a summer wedding, and the black detailing really makes the tuxedo stand out. As for keeping with tradition? Great stuff. A wedding is the perfect occasion to keep classy with a conservative style.

  • Matt M

    First time I’ve seen one of the features where I would wear every outfit shown. Nicely done Scott! Looks great!

  • Christopher

    These are great tips for those that are conscious of their wallet! I like posts where you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg. As a recent video from TSBMen says, ‘money can’t buy style’.

    Just a quick question though. I’ve always wanted a summer wedding as well, but feel that outfits become too weather dependent. Would these outfits still work if it were pouring rain on all three days? I can see the tux working still, but the other two? Maybe with a ‘man’s umbrella’, it’d still work!


  • Alan

    It seems to be the thing in the US, but I can’t get my head round wearing a tux to a wedding. It’s daytime!

    • Dan Trepanier

      It’s a thing brother.

  • Brent Kuz

    Anyone know which model Levis are in look 3? Over all a big fan. Sad but after hearing his complaints on Indochino and there recent large price jump will probably be staying away. Awesome looks and congrats!

    • Milby

      It’s likely the 513 in Bright White (Product code: 08513-0122), which was introduced in Sp13, and is available at Levis retail stores (not available through Wholesale channels). Source: I work in product analytics at Levis, and read TSB daily. Good luck!

      • Dan Trepanier

        Thanks for the love Milby!

        Big things in the works!!!

  • Brady P

    First of all, great post and congratulations to Scott. This one really hit home for me, considering I’m getting married in September. SO MANY similarities here for my wedding, blue pants and OCBD w/ silk knit and semi stament blazer for rehearsal dinner, classic tux and bowtie (self tie obviously) for the wedding w/ my one splurge item, black AE Park Aves! I love it! I also rock the timeless side part and thick rim glasses. Scott, it’s like you paved the way for me my man. You looked great for your big days and I can only hope to do the same. Fantastic post at just the right time

    • TO

      Your wedding? Congrats Brady P!

      • Dan Trepanier


  • Anonymous

    You just keep coming with the great original content!

  • TO

    Exquisite post, great read. That is one dapper and happy groom!

    Had to point out, TSBmen is ahead of the game:


  • Adam

    Is that a true seersucker from Uniqlo, or the blue/white cordlane that they are offering now?

  • Adam

    Can’t tell you how much I love this…I honestly love pretty much all the posts and outfits you guys feature, but this is one that I can really afford close to everything on my budget. Although I’m not getting married, I could definitely see myself in looks 1 and 3 in tons of occasions. Also, for everyone else reading, Uniqlo has some great sales going on their blazers right now. I love mine, I say snag one if you can.

  • cam

    looking sharp on a budget indeed…major hair envy over here