As the excitement around your big day begins to mount, the endless tasks and boxes to tick can mean that some important aspects of the day are at risk of being neglected. Whilst there’s probably been countless hours spent selecting the perfect wedding dress, arranging the seating plan and choosing romantic floral displays, the groom’s outfit is often at risk of being given slightly less time and attention.
Whilst it might not be as big a talking point as the dress (many assume a suit is simply a suit), the groom’s suit should complement the colour scheme and the feel of the day perfectly, and careful thought should be given - not only to the groom’s attire - but to that of his party as well.
Struggling to know what aspects of the suit to focus on? Chris Burns at Young’s Hire answers some of the most frequently asked questions by grooms-to-be.
What style do I go with?
When it comes to your suit, especially on what is arguably the most important occasion of your life, you don’t have to play it simple with a plain option. A wedding suit doesn’t have to be just your standard everyday single-breasted, two-button jacket. Single-breasted jackets are understated, simple, and dignified, and can be a great option if you’re looking for a smooth, unfussy look. However, whilst a slim fit single-breasted suit is a great look at the minute, it’s often wise to steer away from the latest fashion trends when planning your outfit. They might look great now, but just think about how it might look 10 or 20 years down the line when you reminisce about your big day. Trends will have move on and your photos may look very dated, so it may be a better option to go for a more traditional look. If it’s classic and timeless you’re after, most Young’s customers opt for morning wear, such as a Tailcoat or Prince Edward jacket, as it will always look traditional and not outdated, and you’ll be sure to be looking for years to come.
The importance of accessorising
To waistcoat or not to waistcoat? Whilst this may once have been a quandary for many grooms, the rise in popularity of the waistcoat over recent years has made it a no brainer. The addition of a waistcoat adds a versatile formal edge for your special day.
When it comes to neckwear, you may not consider it as a crucial piece of your attire, yet the position it sits on your body means it will be predominant throughout the day and in all photos. As a result, you need to make sure that your neckwear choice is nailed for the big day. We all know the importance that your wedding photos play, so unless you want to be ridiculed for years to come, your big day is not the time to take a risk with colours or patterns. Absolutely avoid anything that could be seen as a novelty or garishly bright in colour. Opt for stylish, but classic and choose sensibly. Strong primary base colours are always a favourite, and will suit many outfit choices.
Complementing your bride
Although the wedding is a declaration of the love and commitment of two people, we all know it’s the bride that usually takes centre stage. With this in mind, any decision about your outfit should be taken with your wedding’s colour scheme, bridesmaid’s dresses and overall wedding theme in mind. You should be aiming to complement the bridal party and fit it seamlessly with the style of the big day. Although you may have always dreamed of being James Bond for the day, would a tux really fit in with a country style theme? Or if you are going for a formal big day, you need to consider a top hat and tails to channel the traditional groom.
Although you won’t get to see your partner’s wedding dress ahead of the ceremony, ask her advice and that of the bridesmaid and appreciate that on this occasion, she may know more than you.
Don’t put shoes on the back foot
One huge faux pas for many men when it comes to deciding on an outfit is to neglect footwear. Whether it’s around the office, when you’re dressing up for an evening out or for your wedding day, it’s vital that you get your footwear right – your shoes are as important to your outfit as the brides are to hers. If you opt for traditional morning wear, black patent leather shoes are a must, however, they shouldn’t be worn if you’re opting for something less formal, or in a blue or grey colour.
Boys will be boys
It’s hard enough shopping for yourself; but once you thrown into the mix that it’s a huge day in your life, and you need to co-ordinate a bunch of unorganised guys, you’ll no doubt be faced with a situation of nightmarish proportions. To start, organisation is key – it’s likely that you’ll struggle to find a time where all of your groom’s party are available to go for a fitting at the same time, so make sure you get the ball rolling early. Get them to look at the outfit builder at Young’s and consider the options so you get an idea of what everyone feels would suit. Secondly, we all know that some men aren’t the most enthusiastic of shoppers, so turn your fitting into more of a lad’s day out, to bond and have some fun. Add some activities to the day, to make it more alluring for people to attend. Not only will it become less of a chore than just trying on clothes would, but it’s also a great way for your party to get to know each other, if they haven’t already been introduced.