If there is one day when you need to look and feel your best is your wedding day. They say all eyes are on the bride, but you don’t want to let her down with a poor choice of suit! Plus, there are going to be lots of photos and probably a few videos too, so you will never be able to erase a wedding day style fail from your memory. To make sure that doesn’t happen, read on to discover some top style tips for grooms.
Keep it simple – There is only one place to begin, and this is with keeping it simple. This is the golden rule. Of course, you want to look your very best, and you will. But you should never try to upstage the bride. And, as you don’t know what style of dress she is going to be wearing, going for a bold and over-the-top style of suit certainly isn’t going to go down well if your bride is a classic and elegant dress. Try to keep things classic and don’t over complicate your attire. After all, you need your choice of wedding attire to stand the test of time. You want to look back on your wedding photographs 20 years down the line and like what you wore.
Don’t follow current trends – This leads on from the former point about choosing something that stands the test of time. If you consider yourself a bit of a fashion follower, you may want to bring your favourite current look to your wedding day. However, think about your favourite trend from a year or two ago. What do you think of it now? You probably think that it is boring, dated or even a bit weird. That’s exactly what you will think of current trends in a few years time. This is why it is important go for timeless and classic garments that are going to look just as good in ten years time as they do today.
Start shopping early – Most brides will start shopping for their perfect dress from the moment they get engaged. Most grooms seem to leave it until a week before the wedding! This is a big mistake. There is a lot more that goes into choosing a wedding suit than choosing a suit for an interview or a formal party. You will need to determine the style and colours you want, and source a supplier offering the best made to measure suits. You will then need to have fittings before the big day. It is best to have your first fitting roughly three months before your wedding. This will make sure that there is plenty of time to get the tailoring, fabric, finish and fit perfect. Plus, you may be having your groom party in all of the same suits, and so you will need to make sure there is plenty of time to get everyone suited and booted.
Consider the venue, the time of year, and the overall colour palette – Unfortunately, choosing a wedding suit is not as simple as merely selecting your favourite style and colour. You need to consider the venue. Is it modern or traditional? You need to think about the time of year, as this will also influence colour choice and fabric selection. You also need to think about the overall colour scheme your bride has chosen, as you need your suit to fit the scheme. If your bride has gone for pale pink, cream and gold, and you rock up in a suit that completely clashes, such as burnt orange, you may end up with the shortest wedding ever!
Prioritise your shoes – While a sleek suit is a must, you can’t let down the overall look with a shabby pair of shoes. There are a few things you need to remember when choosing your shoes. Firstly, all groomsmen should have matching shoe styles and colours. This does not mean that everyone needs to wear identical shoes, but they need to fall in line with one and other. If you are wearing black shoes, make sure they are polished. And finally, your shoes should be worn in, but not worn out. Don’t make your wedding day the first time you wear your shoes. If you do this, they are going to be uncomfortable and stiff. It is a good idea to wear your shoes for a week before your wedding so that you can break them in.
Style is in the details – When it comes to perfect wedding day style, it is all about the details. This means your tie bar / clip, watch, cufflinks, and pocket square. A black suit goes from a boring and generic piece until it is teamed with all of the details that make it one of a kind and unique to you. It achieves that classic and sleek look that you should be aiming for on your wedding day.
Get the fit right – Last but not least, this is undoubtedly the most important point of them all. It does not matter what style of suit you have gone for, if it does not fit correctly, it is not going to look good. When your suit is tailored and fits your body, you will be able to get away with almost anything.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for choosing your wedding day suit, as well as deciding on the accessories and the grooming routine that should go along with it. With a stunning bride on your arm, you need to look the part, yet the key is to never overcomplicate it. You want to look classic and the best you can, yet you don’t want to upstage your beautiful bride.