13:20 (GMT+2), Tue, 26 August 2014| Comments
Picking that perfect suit can be tough and to find a suit that fits well, even harder. Over the last couple of years the general trend has been towards more informal and individual trends in groomswear. Choosing the right attire for your wedding day needs to be a combination of individual taste, time of day and style of wedding.
First Question for the Groom: Formal or Casual?
As a groom when it comes to choosing a suit for your wedding, the first question, essential to have discussed with the bride, is: are we having a more formal wedding or a more casual wedding? Because this is how you could loosely bundle up the options for the groom.
Formal options include:
The Morning Dress/Suit: A traditional choice consisting of a tailcoat, waistcoat, and (striped) trousers. This is a very posh option. Morning suits should only be worn for noon/early afternoon weddings.
The Tuxedo: Classic black tie evening wear, complete with satin-striped trousers and bow tie (cummerbund optional). Should be worn to evening weddings only. But rather try avoid coloured dicky bows and cummerbunds as these are really old fashioned and out dated.
White Tie and Tails: The evening equivalent of the morning suit, white tie (and tails). This may be very rare in some countries, but it is an extremely elegant choice for a formal evening wedding (ceremony should be after 5pm) but it could be difficult to hire full evening dress complete with top hat.
Are You Even A Suit and Tie Man?
Over the last few years the combination of tighter budgets, more informal workwear (less suits) and an increasing interest in menswear and fashion, has meant that grooms taste when choosing a wedding suit has changed significantly. For many grooms now preparing to get married, the formal look has been replaced by a more informal, laid back look.
So in the Casual Corner we have:
CasualSuit/Jacket: A linen or cotton suit makes a casual and very comfortable wedding outfit for the summer groom. In winter a wool jacket and trousers instead. Either can be accessorised with a great bow-tie to make a groom stand out in a fun and relaxed way.
Modern Day Suit: Simple, elegant, preferably slim-fit (depending on the groom) two piece suit and easily accessorised with a fun colourful tie to coordinate with the bridal party.
Slim Cut 3 Piece Suit: This is a dapper and fun alternative for a man who wants a touch of formality and yet look modern and fresh. Smart choice of cufflinks and tie are essential, while a pocket watch would add a retro/vintage feel. This look is defined by a well-cut suit, so choose wisely.
Waistcoat & Bowtie/tie: Relaxed and informal look for a groom and absolutely perfect for
a summer wedding. In the South African context, this has become a favourite amongst grooms and designers alike.
Or Are You Mr. Fashion Forward?
Or if you're a complete maverick and have your own very individual style you could go wild and have as much fun as the bride fashion-wise. Think colour, personality and individual
accessories - each groom has a particular style that you can stamp all over your wedding day because it's not all about the bride you know! (Info sourced from: onefineday.com)
Here is some hands on advice! This video shows how a fashion guru helps a groom by giving him some handy tips when picking the best suit for him! Take a look!