Glad rags for dads

Written by    Last updated: June 6, 2006

The bride usually has strong preferences on what she wants the men in the wedding party to wear. You should expect to be consulted, but basically, if the groom is wearing morning dress…

Father of the bride fashion tips

If a wedding were a film, the parents of the bride would also take star billing. You and the bride’s mother are second only to the lead characters in the show ‐‐ the bride and groom themselves ‐‐ so you want to look good.

The bride usually has strong preferences on what she wants the men in the wedding party to wear. You should expect to be consulted, but basically, if the groom is wearing morning dress, you should too.

Co‐ordinate

Unless you already have a suit of your own, consult with the groom about hiring similar outfits so that you achieve a co‐ordinated effect on the day. Ideally the groom, best man, ushers, bride’s father and groom’s father should all look similar.

Remember that a hired suit needs to be fitted and ordered well in advance so that it is ready for the big day. Of course, as father of the bride you can wear ceremonial attire such as a kilt, or dress uniform if you are entitled.  

Even when you’re dressed like the other guys, you might still want to look a little different. Do this through a different colour waistcoat, special buttonhole, or fancy cravat.  Don’t spring any wild colour or pattern surprises on your daughter!

From tying a tie to choosing a morning suit, you can find out all you need to know about men’s wedding attire in our Fashion and beauty Men & menswear section.

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