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Written by Kate Thompson Last updated: May 22, 2015
What will you wear to your wedding – top hat and tails, casual lounge suit, military uniform or traditional kilt? Your wedding style and theme should guide your choice, as will your personal style, and your bride is likely to have an opinion too! Here is the latest word on menswear for today’s grooms.
There are just three main aspects to consider when deciding what to wear on your wedding day:
1. Your suit should fit your wedding style or theme
If you and your bride are planning a formal, monochrome, city style wedding, then black tie will fit. If, on the other hand, you are planning a colourful, casual country style wedding, then a more informal suit will fit the occasion far better. A bespoke, made to measure suit will be extra special as not only will it be made to measure but you can play a part in designing the whole style suit yourself, and you’ll get to wear it for years to come.
Choose from: morning suit, lounge suit, frock coat, evening suit, modern informal menswear or traditional outfit such as Scottish kilt or military uniform.
A morning suit is still a popular choice for a formal wedding and can be a flattering style for all. A contemporary or retro suit will look more fitting at an informal wedding. Whatever you wear should coordinate with your bride’s style and with your best man and ushers.
2. Accessorise the suit
Add a waistcoat and tie or cravat, handkerchief and buttonhole, and if you’re wearing morning suit, consider adding a top hat to complete the look. Wear shoes to go with the style of suit and you could even wear ‘Groom’ socks! Make sure you’re not late by adding a stylish new pocket watch.
3. Make sure you stand out
If you’re the groom you will want to stand out from the rest of the groomsmen. Wearing a waistcoat in a different colour to the best man and ushers is one way to ensure you stand out as the groom.
If your bride is wearing ivory then consider wearing an ivory waistcoat or an ivory tie while your best man and ushers wear another neutral colour to match each other.
If you’re not wearing a waistcoat, consider having a tie and handkerchief to match your bride’s dress and buttonhole to match her bouquet. And if you’re wearing a kilt, you already stand out. Just make sure your tartan or accessories are different to any others.
Your beautiful bride gets to keep her dress so why shouldn’t you get to keep your suit too? If you have the budget and would like to keep your suit to wear after the wedding then you should either buy off the peg, or have a suit made to measure. If your budget is tight however, and particularly if you are planning to wear a morning suit and would like to co-ordinate with the rest of your groomsmen then you should hire.