Your wedding day will likely be one of the most important days of your life that you’ll always remember. That’s why it’s key to be looking your absolute best on the day.
You don’t want to be shelling out hundreds of pounds on a photographer to take photographs that all your friends and relatives will see if you’re not looking sharp.
That’s why we have put together a groom’s basic style guide to make sure you’re kitted out for your big day.
Choosing the ideal suit for your wedding isn’t an easy feat. There’s a huge range of styles available including tuxedos, two and three-piece suits as well as many more. There are also different materials you can choose from and a wealth of different colours.
There are a few different factors you can use when deciding what kind of suit is best for your wedding. The key deciding factor is how formal the wedding is. If your wedding is a very formal affair, a tuxedo will be the best option for you. If you’re having a more informal wedding, a styled suit should be better.
Additionally, you need to consider the location of your wedding and the expected weather. For winter weddings, dark wool and tweed materials with a waistcoat will help to keep you warm. If you’re opting for a summer wedding or location wedding abroad, a thin and light colour linen suit is a great choice.
At the end of the day, it comes down to your’s and your future wife’s style and preference. Weddings are becoming increasing more unique and quirky, so whatever you want, you should be able to make it work. Mix and match suit jackets and trousers may be good for a more individual style.
Whatever kind of suit you decide is right for your wedding day, the most important aspect is the fit. Make sure the size and especially the length of your suit is perfect. Wherever you buy or rent you suit from, ask for advice from the staff and your groomsman and bride.
Once you’ve picked your suit, you need to find a shirt to complement it. Various styles are available with different fits and collars to go with your choice of jacket.
In terms of fit, choose based on your body type and your suit. The shirt should be fitted but not too tight. You’ll be wearing it all day whilst eating a big meal so make sure you’re comfortable.
For the choice of collars, classic collars are best with standard ties whereas standup and short collars generally go well with a tux and a bow tie or cravat.
You will also have to choose the colour of your shirt. A classic white is well suited to the majority of suits and tuxedos. If you’re wanting some more colour, try to keep the shade light and match with the colour of your suit and the bride’s dress.
The final choice is choosing between a buttoned cuff of using cufflinks. Cufflinks can finish off your shirt, adding more detail. There’s a huge range of cufflinks available from simple and classic designs that work well with a stylish suit as well as novelty and themed cufflinks to show off your personality.
Like the suit and the shirt, you also have plenty of choices when it comes to deciding on your tie. Classic neckties, bowties and cravats are the most common options for a wedding.
Bowties and cravats are largely used at more formal weddings with a bowtie being a must with a tuxedo. This being said, less conventional bow ties have become popular over the last few years with all sorts of colours and patterns now available.
A necktie works well as part of a suit and classic shirt collar combination. If you choose a necktie, a simple tie clip looks great whilst keeping your tie in place. This is a must if you’re having pictures taken outdoors as your tie will stay in place even in the wind.
One of the final big choices you’ll have to make for your outfit is your choice of shoes. Oxfords, brogues, the derby and loafers are the most common types. Choose the design, material and colour based on personal preference and whether you’ll be indoors or outdoors for the majority of the day. Make sure your shoes are polished and looking fresh out of the box.
A helpful tip is to break in your shoes before the wedding by wearing them around the house. This will help as you will be on your feet for the majority of the day with a high possibility of dancing.
If you’re wearing any kind of formal wear for your wedding, avoid wearing trainers. This tired fashion faux pa should have been retired as soon as it came into existence. It’s not a good gimmick for the groomsman to have at the wedding, so avoid it at all costs.
In years gone by, it was traditional to wear black socks with a suit. It’s now much more common to see a pair of bright socks at a wedding. If you’re opting for a pair of bight socks, try to match with either your shirt, tie or the colour theme of the wedding.
There are plenty of accessories you can add to your outfit to class it up for the big day. However, it’s best to be aware of some traditional fashion rules.
- When it comes to accessorising a tuxedo, you shouldn’t wear a belt. Instead, use braces to keep your trousers in place
- If you are wearing a belt, you should make sure that your belt and shoes match. Belts are recommended with standard suits but not required
- A cummerbund can be worn with a tuxedo. This should be worn around the waist, and in a traditional black or the same colour as the bridesmaid’s dresses
- Unless you’re having an outdoor wedding, avoid wearing sunglasses
- Add a buttonhole, pocket square or both to add in a splash of colour. Try to match the bridesmaid’s flowers and don’t match the tie
The Hair and Beard
No matter what type of head or facial hair you have, you need a fresh trim before your wedding. Try to see you barber a few days before for a full hair and beard cut.
On the day of the wedding, touch up any hairs that have started to come through. Focus on areas like the tops of your cheeks and neck.
Use hair and beard product that suits your style on the day of the wedding. If you’re doing your own hair and beard, practice to ensure you get the right results.
You should also make sure your skin is on top form. Use a non-greasy or oily moisturiser to prevent a shiny face in your photos.
The Signature Scent
A signature scent acts as the finishing touch to your wedding outfit. You’ll spend a huge amount of the day close to people, greeting friends and family, dancing and more, so smelling great is a must.
It can also make you feel more confident and happier, giving you more of an edge for standing in front of a crowd of the people closest to you.
Whether you choose a new aftershave or an old favourite, the smell will act as a constant reminder of your special day, always bringing back happy memories.
Whatever you decide to wear for your wedding make sure that both you and your bride are happy with the final result. You should look good but also be as comfortable as possible as it will be a long and busy day.
Weddings are much less formal than they used to be, so have fun with your outfit and don’t be afraid to push the boundaries a little, especially with extravagant fashion choices.
David Atkinson is a content creator at 1st Choice Cufflinks, a premium manufacturer of men’s accessories. He lives and works in the North East of England.