It’s your wedding day, and it’s not just about the bride, it’s your day too fellas!
We put a lot of focus on what the bride will wear, and the stresses she faces when picking the perfect dress. While it’s true that the bride must be the most beautiful person at the wedding, you are the second most beautiful person, which means you need a suit that allows you stand out from the crowd.
The purpose of this piece is to provide you (aka the Grooms-to-be) with some tips when shopping for your wedding day suit. Before you begin shopping here are a few preliminary points and questions to consider:
- Set a budget with a contingency plan – be strict with it! (Note: You don’t have to break the bank to have a fantastic looking suit!)
- Don’t wait until the last minute. Start to look for your attire roughly four to six months before the wedding to give enough time for shipping and alterations.
- Be sure to request for several fittings – most stores offer three.
- Do your research – look at a few magazines and familiarize yourself with different types of fabrics, patterns, cuts, styles and etc. It will help guide you when you try on different suits.
- Ask the store if their tailoring service is included or if it’s a separate cost ( most often it’s a separate cost). Ask if there are any additional costs.
- Be sure to read the fine print, especially if you rent a tuxedo. Review all terms and conditions, return policy and alteration costs or any other fees. Plan accordingly for when your rental needs to be returned, since most of the time it’s the day after your wedding day!
- How formal will your wedding be?
- What season is your wedding in?
The following are five tips to consider when looking and trying on suits:
- Don’t be afraid of colour – Keep colours classy
Today’s trend is about being as creative and unique as possible and that includes your wedding day fashion. So why not play around with a bit of colour. Relax, i’m not saying be crazy and wear a red suit, but hey if you that’s what you want than its an option. Pick classy neutral colours such as blues or greys rather than your traditional black (black is perfectly fine too if that’s what you like!). Better yet, for the summer wedding, indulge in patterns, herringbone, plaid or houndstooth. When pattern is incorporated correctly, it adds a lot of personality. Remember to keep a balance, having too much pattern isn’t cool either.
2. What season is your wedding?
When shopping around be sure to keep in mind the season you’ll be getting married in. What you wear in a summer wedding differs from what you wear if you get married in the winter. Seasons also determine what your guests and groomsmen will wear. Be sure to do some research (go into a few stores) and see what the latest trends are, so that you can stand out from the crowd. Remember you are the second most beautiful person at your wedding, so let’s give the crowd a fantastic look! Seasons also determine your wedding day decor, so be sure your suit does not clash with the rest of the wedding colours.
This choice depends a lot on the season, where the wedding is (beach vs. local church) and how formal the day will be. Once that’s sorted out, heavier materials such as wool-blended suits are great for the winter, or weddings in colder seasons, they maintain their shape over a long periods of time. For a wedding in the summer or at a hot destination , a linen suit will keep you cool and is breathable – cotton and polyester suits are a great choice.
4. Fit – Find a good tailor
The saying goes “the suit doesn’t wear the man, but the man wears the suit”, that’s only true if it fits the man. The key to wearing a suit well, is to have a well altered and fitted attire that complements your body shape. Doesn’t matter how big, small, short or tall you are, finding a good tailor is key to having a perfect outfit. There are three types of its:
- Classic – Suits that are a little loose, comfortable fit and with room for extra movement. These are ideal for men who with a larger build.
- Slim – Men who are smaller in build, and need more fitted jacket and pant
- Tailored – Suit with an “8” drop, also known as “athletic fit” or “athletic cut”. The suit has a strong shoulder, suppressed waist, and a narrow trouser leg.
5. Accessories – Go easy on these!
This is where every groom can infuse their own taste and let their personality shine. If picked right, these accessories is what will allow the groom to really own his wedding day look. It’s important to think about what accessories would match your suit, and find perfect pieces (eg. a tie clip, cuff-links, pocket square, and etc.), make sure it’s appropriate and chic that will enhance your overall look not take away from it.
“Grooms know this: everyone is watching the bride, but the bride only sees you!” – From the Bride