Grooms and their groomsmen might think they have the easiest wardrobe setup in the entire wedding party; trousers, shirt, jacket, and make sure everything is clean. Done. Actually, no. Even if there isn’t a nervous bride giving you advice on colour, or style, men still have a lot to think about when it comes to choosing the perfect suit for them, as well as their best man and ushers. You might even find yourself visiting just as many shops as the bride does when searching for her perfect dress. Fortunately, you can make the whole experience easier on yourself by following these essential tips.
Whether you’re renting a suit, or buying one yourself, you need to get measured before you start browsing the shelves. Most people tend to cut this corner, but it will pay off in the long run to have everyone in your wedding party get measured for their suits with a professional. This is the most important day of your life; you will be wearing this suit for a whole day, you will have hundreds of pictures taken, and you will also dance in this suit.
You want a suit to feel snug but comfortable when you’re walking, standing and sitting down. It shouldn’t feel too tight on the legs when you sit down and shouldn’t be so tight on the chest that your buttons feel as if they might pop open at any moment. Take your time to experiment with sizes and fabrics to see what looks and feels best. It’s also easier on your budget to get it right the first time, as altercations can cost more than the initial measurement that you could have had.
If you’ve been paying attention to the planning, then you know your wedding has a theme. This could either be the colour scheme, the decor, or the venue of your reception. If the wedding is in a stately home with elaborately manicured gardens, your best option for a suit might be a simple black tie suit. If you’re getting married in a barn or country manor, then you might be able to get away with something a bit more smart-casual. Take a colour sample with you when you go shopping for ties or pocket squares so that there’s no clash with the decor, or get one of the bridesmaids to help you find suits for your wedding party since she’ll know what colour goes best with her outfit for the day.
Adding your personality
Although weddings are fairly formal occasions, you don’t have to be generic with your choice of suit or accessories. Collaborate with your future spouse about the different ways you could both make your outfits reflect your personality, without making the other uncomfortable. You could honour your heritage by wearing ceremonial wedding clothes like a kilt or turban, or your could both have special wedding trainers made for the big day. Whatever you think of, make sure you both agree to it.