The venue has been booked, the wedding dress chosen and the invitations have been sent out. There’s just one thing missing – the perfect wedding suit for the groom. No groom wants to upstage the bride but if there’s one day in your life when you want to look your very best, it’s certain to be your wedding. But how do you choose a knockout suit?

Off-the-peg or bespoke?

As any self-respecting tailor will tell you, when it comes to wedding suits, hire wear simply won’t cut the mustard. At best ill-fitting and shapeless, or at worst downright worn and incredibly cheap looking, hiring a suit for a wedding should be avoided at all costs. This leaves a choice between buying an off-the-peg suit or going bespoke.

Off-the-peg suits can look great you really do get what you pay for so try to spend as much as you can afford and stretch your budget as far as possible. Some well-known high street stores now stock perfectly acceptable off-the-peg suits for weddings, with a couple offering a compromise in the form of off-the-peg suits which can altered to suit your measurements.

If you do decide to buy an off-the-beg suit, it must fit you perfectly and flatter your shape. Double-breasted suits tend to look better on taller, slim men whilst single-breasted suits are great all-rounders which look good on most builds.

Bespoke ensures a perfect fit

Bespoke suits are made for the wearer and as such guarantee a perfect, flattering fit. Granted a bespoke suit will cost a lot more than off-the-peg, but it can be well worth looking upon the suit as an investment and as something you’ll wear for many years to come. Buying a bespoke suit isn’t complicated or difficult; the process involves having detailed measurements taken by a tailor, who will then create a pattern from which your unique suit will be created.

You’re the designer

The bespoke tailoring process allows the wearer to become the designer and you’re likely to be offered a choice of thousands of fabrics and lining materials, plus an almost limitless choice over the details of the design. From the shape of the lapels to the stitching; you’ll be able to create a truly unique suit that reflects your style and personality. You’ll also have the opportunity to match your suit with those of your groomsmen, or why not choose a lining to complement the colour of the bridesmaid’s dresses?

Many bespoke tailors also have the expertise to design and create everything from made-to-measure shirts through to waistcoats and ties; a great way to ensure your suits enhance the outfits of the rest of the bridal party.

Most UK towns and cities boast at least one bespoke tailor but if you’re struggling to find one near you, you’ll find that there are several national tailoring firms who offer a door-to-door service, designed to make it easy to order a bespoke suit from the comfort of your own home. If you’re in or around the Yorkshire or London areas, then you might try Norton & Townsend who create bespoke wedding suits for many clients.

Buying your first bespoke suit can seem daunting but the process really is straightforward. Relax and enjoy the experience; remember that you’re buying a truly unique suit that’s guaranteed to give you confidence and ensure you look like a million dollars on your big day.