Archive For 17th June 2016

How to choose the perfect suit for your wedding abroad


So you’ve decided to get married abroad and whilst we all think that grooms tend to have it easy when it comes to choosing what to wear for their wedding, a wedding abroad can present a whole set of outfit problems.

As a wedding planner I increasingly find myself helping couples to organise weddings in exotic and far-flung locations across the globe. The most popular destinations seem to be the Caribbean and islands such as Mauritius and The Seychelles, but more unusual locations aren’t off limits and I recently helped to plan a wedding in Iceland.

Can you take the heat?

Obviously the location of the wedding will have an impact on what you wear and for grooms who are getting married in very hot countries, the heat should be taken into consideration. If you’re going to enjoy your big day you’ll need to feel relaxed and comfortable and the last thing you want to worry about is sweating buckets! Since overseas weddings have become more popular, suit designers and tailors have started stocking up on lightweight, breathable fabrics suitable for tailoring.

Linen is the most popular fabric for summer and lightweight suits: cool against the skin and naturally breathable, a bespoke linen suit can look incredibly stylish and is the ideal choice for an informal beach-side wedding. However, linen has one major drawback in that it creases almost as soon as you put in on and if you’re planning on getting married somewhere very humid, Thailand for example, you could end up looking like you’ve slept in your suit rather than having just put it on. Other materials are suitable for wearing in hot temperatures and light weight wool mixes or cotton can be used to make stylish wedding suits.

Think about the colour

Dark fabrics act like a magnet to the sun’s rays so by wearing a lighter coloured suit you’ll feel much, much cooler. Light coloured suits can look cheap but buying a bespoke suit is a good way to avoid this as the garment will have been made to fit your exact measurements and will flatter your body shape. Colours such as light blue, beige, sand or even ivory make stunning suits for overseas weddings. If light colours do absolutely nothing for you don’t panic as dark colours such as navy blue can look incredibly stylish.

Less is more

For the majority of weddings here in the UK the groom is likely to be wearing a traditional three-piece suit or morning suit. Whilst this is the ideal option for our unpredictable British weather, all these layers will make you feel hot, flustered and uncomfortable if you’re planning on getting married in a hot climate.

When the temperatures rise, the less layers the better and a stylish two piece suit is likely to be the best option. Ask yourself whether you really need to wear a tie: if yours is going to be a relaxed and informal wedding, a shirt unbuttoned at the neck looks smart but casual.

If wearing a suit whilst standing under the blazing sun sounds really unappealing, you could, of course, always ditch the suit altogether. There are no hard and fast rules that say you have to wear a suit and if you’re getting married somewhere really hot, you could try wearing tailored Bermuda shorts and a shirt – after all, not only are you getting married; you’re on holiday too!

Stylish suit ideas for groomsmen


Long gone are the days when the default attire for the groomsmen at a wedding was a cheap rental suit. At the modern wedding anything goes and if you’re struggling to come up with ideas for suits for your groomsmen, there’s a wide range of stylish options available and no need to feel constrained by convention.

Wedding planners see a lot of wedding outfits; from the sharp and stylish, through to the boring and unflattering, but luckily it does seem that the days of the hired shiny grey morning suit and patterned waistcoat do seem to be numbered. These days there are so many stylish options available it seems a real shame to miss the perfect opportunity that a wedding presents to look your best and wear a great looking suit.

As a wedding planner many of my clients start out by assuming that I’ll be concentrating on what the brides and bridesmaids will be wearing, leaving the groom and groomsmen to head off to the hire wear shop to get kitted out in morning suits with cravats in the same colour as the bridesmaids dresses. This is not the case and whilst the majority of grooms I meet definitely don’t want to upstage their bride, they do want to look great and feel confident on what is, after all, their big day too. So here are a few of my favourite options for the modern groom and groomsmen.

Timeless style with a three piece suit

A three piece suit will never go out of style and by choosing suits which are super sharp and incredibly stylish, these can be adapted to suit the individual style of the groom and the ‘look’ of the wedding. Three piece wedding suits can be any colour you like, from classic navy or grey, through to pastels or strong colours such as burgundy. Remember that there’s no rule to say you all have to wear the same colour suit and at one wedding I was involved with recently, the groom and his party looked fantastic wearing three piece suits in different but complementary colours.

Perfect for jazzing up with a natty tie and a pocket square, three piece suits are the ideal way to create an impact without upstaging the bride!

Smart yet casual two piece suits

A two piece suit is ideal if you want to look smart (who doesn’t on their wedding day?) but with a casual, slightly more relaxed twist. Two piece suits can be dressed up or down to complement the style of your wedding: dress a slim-fitting two piece up with a bow tie, or dress things down a notch or two by wearing trainers rather than shoes and losing the tie altogether. Again the range of colours is almost limitless and there’s no need for you to all wear the same shade if you don’t want to.

Dinnerwear to guarantee style and class

Wearing black tie or dinner wear to your wedding will instantly elevate it to a super-smart level. When I suggest black tie to clients many of them assume that it only ‘works’ for evening or winter weddings – I don’t know where this misconception comes from but I do know that black tie virtually guarantees sophistication and style. Another benefit of choosing black tie is that there are no worries about potentially clashing colours as you and your groomsmen will ooze pure class and style.

The casual look for relaxed weddings

The casual look is becoming more popular and is one of my personal favourites as it offers the groom and his team flexibility, without the constraints of worrying about what will match and who will suit which type of suit. Mixing it up is the order of the day with the casual look; put some of your bridal party in two piece suits, some in braces, some with waistcoats – the possibilities are endless!


How to be the best dressed guest

So you’ve woken up this morning to find an invitation to an old friend’s wedding has landed on your doorstop. You knew your friend had popped the question and although you’re absolutely delighted for him, panic is starting to set in as you haven’t a clue what to wear.

A wedding is the one of the most important days in someone’s life and whether you’re looking for a suit to wear to a distant cousin’s wedding or are searching for the perfect outfit to wear in your duties as a best man, it’s absolutely vital that you get your look just right.

Dress to impress

Weddings are the ideal opportunity to impress and don’t forget that the photos will be looked at fondly for many years to come. The type of suit you wear to a wedding will depend on where the wedding will be held and what kind of wedding it’s going to be. Whether it’s a country church or a tropical beach there’s no hard and fast rule to say that you have to wear a suit, but if you’re planning on looking sharp and stylish, donning a tailored garment will make you feel the part.

Stylish weddings

As any wedding planner worth their salt will tell you, rental suits have well and truly had their day. When you think about who could’ve been wearing it and the fact that it’s made in a one-size-fits-all style, formal hire really isn’t worth it. A decent suit is well worth investing in – remember that you can always pull it out again to wear for an important interview, a smart weekend away or even another wedding. If you’re planning on buying one stylish suit in your life go for single-breasted navy and make it bespoke if you can afford it.

Traditional weddings

What is a traditional wedding suit? These days it’s most definitely not a traditional morning suit, however there’s absolutely no doubt that a bespoke three piece suit will still cut the mustard. Three piece suits look great on grooms and guests alike and once you’ve got all hot and bothered doing the conga at the disco, you can shed your jacket to reveal a sharp waistcoat.

Overseas weddings

Whilst an invite to a wedding in an exotic location is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and enjoy a short holiday, choosing a suit to wear in sweltering weather can be problematic. Wool is obviously a no-no whilst a linen suit can look like you’ve slept in it so why not get round the problem by choosing cotton or a lightweight wool blend? You’ll still look stylish provided you go for a light colour and finishing your look with a pair of killer shades.

Country weddings

When I say country wedding what I really mean is quintessentially English. Think country church and a marquee on the lawn. An invite to a country wedding doesn’t mean you have to opt for something plain and simple so if you want to stand out from the crowd, why not try something subtle but adventurous such as a suit in a subtle check or with contrasting lapels?

If in doubt go bespoke

To guarantee that you’ll look stylish on the day, choosing a bespoke suit is a sure-fire way to ensure that you look great. Bespoke suits are a whole world away from their cheap hire wear counterparts and whether you’re looking for something cool and lightweight in linen, or a traditional three-piece, a bespoke suit is a stylish solution to your wedding-wear worries.