Buying guide to traditional wedding suits
As a wedding planner I hear lots of phrases being bandied about such ‘it’ll be the happiest day of my life’, ‘the most important event’ etc. No pressure then but it would be nice to think that your wedding day should be one of your best-dressed days. When it comes to what to wear you’ll want to get it exactly right and although the focus is almost always on the bride’s dress, looking good is equally important to the grooms that I meet.
How to dress for your wedding
It’s a fact that the vast majority of men still choose to wear a suit on their wedding day. It’s not hard to see why the suit remains the top choice: there aren’t many men who don’t look good in a well-cut suit and smart tailoring is incredibly flattering for most physiques. A good suit oozes style and as soon as you put it on it should give you confidence, helping you to relax and enjoy your big day.
A simple two piece suit is a sure-fired route to timeless elegance. Simple and easy to wear, single breasted two piece suits look great on almost all body shapes, whilst double-breasted two piece suits tend to suit tall slim men. Charcoal grey or navy (my personal favourite) are stylish, modern choices but if you’re worried your suit will look boring, you could always jazz it up with a pocket hanky, for example.
The beauty of two piece suits lies in their versatility as the ‘look’ can be altered to suit the style of the wedding. Formal weddings are a great opportunity to pull out all the style stops and to wear your sharp two piece with a slim fitting shirt and narrow tie. More informal weddings call for relaxed tailoring so why not ditch the brogues and tie and team up your two piece suit with stylish trainers and an open-necked shirt?
A dinner suit or black tie is a sure-fire route to looking sharp and classically elegant. Simple and understated, a bespoke dinner suit is pretty hard to beat but one word of caution: check that this is what the other guests will be wearing or you’ll stand out like a sore thumb.
Traditional doesn’t have to mean boring
A traditional three piece suit is still the garment of choice for the majority of grooms. The classic morning suit is becoming less common and most of the grooms I work with these days much prefer a bespoke three piece suit to top hat and tails. Deciding to wear a three piece suit to your wedding doesn’t mean that you’ll have to look staid or boring though and by buying a bespoke suit, you’ll be able to choose from literally thousands of suiting fabric and lining combinations. Mid-weight wool fabric is probably the best choice for British summer wedding whilst linen looks great if you’re planning on getting married somewhere hot and exotic.
Remember that getting your style right means getting the details right so don’t overlook those all-important ‘extras’ such as the colour of your shirt, cufflinks and shoes.
Relax and enjoy
Looking good on your wedding day will ensure that you feel relaxed and confident, ready to enjoy what is likely to be one of the most important days of your life. Choose something you feel comfortable wearing and whether it’s a traditional grey three piece suit or a burgundy velvet tuxedo and you’ll look and feel like a million dollars.