If you’re a groom with style (and especially if you’re a groom without style), you’ll be looking for inspiration for what to wear on your wedding day. Will you hire from the high street or treat yourself to a designer suit? Here are the options, our pick of the top menswear wedding designers and outlets for 2014 and their styles for the groom, best man fathers and ushers.
Cameron Ross menswear for the groom, best man and ushers
Off the peg or made to measure
When it comes to buying a wedding suit, there are several options. You could buy a style you like off the peg in your size and have it altered to fit. This is certainly the cheaper option but there are benefits to having a suit made for you, to your exact requirements in any colour, style or fabric. It will be tailored to fit you perfectly and be an investment that you will have for years to come.
For a formal wedding, the classic morning suit with tails or evening tailcoat will always look sophisticated. Alternatively you could go for a Prince Edward or a Prince Charlie jacket or Frock coat. If you’re wearing tails, don’t forget your top hat.
Formal designer groomswear with traditional tails as seen at the National Wedding Show
A contemporary groom’s suit or more formal dinner suit is also very smart and, for a wedding abroad a linen lounge suit is just right.
To turn heads go for a retro 1950s/60s suit with colour or a neutral suit to which you can add colour in the tie or waistcoat and button hole, or even your shoes or a flash of socks.
Dove grey suit with waistcoat and bow tie as seen at the National Wedding Show
Colours and styles
For a stylish look match the colour of your ties or cravats to the bridesmaids’ gowns or bouquets. A coloured waistcoat is a great way to match your ushers though the groom should stand out with a different coloured waistcoat, for instance in ivory to match the bride’s gown.
Sharp suited modern designer menswear as seen on the catwalk at the National Wedding Show
Pick of the best
From designer to high street, here is our pick of UK wedding menswear designers and outlets:
King and Allen
Hugh Harris Formal
Perfection Bridal and Menswear
Jack Michael Menswear
A Suit That Fits
and of course, Moss Bros.
Cameron Ross kilts for the bridal party. Steady boys…
Suits for all
It’s not just the groom who will need to be suited for the wedding; the best man, ushers, fathers of the bride and groom will also need suits for the occasion, and if you’re having a little page boy he will also need an outfit.
You’ll find more suits and style for the groom, best man and ushers in Menswear in Dresses and Style.
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Kate Thompson is Confetti's features editor and wedding expert, and has worked in the wedding industry for 15 years. A widely published lifestyle writer, she has made BBC television and radio appearances discussing wedding trends in the UK.