Wedding Planning 101: What is a Swatch?

When you’re choosing a look for your wedding, the number one question you’ll probably hear from various wedding professionals is — What are your colors? It’s important to know this for planning purposes because colors are the driving force for several of the decisions you’ll make. Sometimes you’ll know exactly what colors you’re seeking, or in other cases, you may only have a ballpark idea. This is where swatches come in handy. Swatches are fabric samples of color selections available. (While most other places charge $1 or more per swatch, Generation Tux offers them for free!)

Before you do a home try-on, or really, anything else for that matter, you’ll want to order swatches first. To do this, simply go to and select the “Request Swatches” tab near the top of the homepage. You can choose up to five swatches at a time, and both suit and tux samplings are available, as well as color options for accessories like neckwear and pocket squares. Once you’ve placed your order, swatches will arrive in 7 to 14 days.

Keep in mind that the colors you see on your screen and the swatches you receive may differ slightly. If you’re trying to color match bridesmaids dresses; find a particular color; or get answers for any other questions, feel free to contact our Customer Experience team. We recommend doing this before you place your swatch order to ensure you receive the particular samples you’re seeking.

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