How To Pick the Wedding Suits

Who doesn’t love a man in a great suit? Think Harvey Specter, Chuck Bass, Ryan Gosling and James Franco. All of these men look amazing in their well-fitted suits – so why shouldn’t your man? Picking out the suits for the groom and the groomsmen is a very important step when planning your wedding – just as important as picking the perfect wedding dress. You want the groom to look dashing and handsome to complement the beautiful bride. There are many factors to take into consideration when picking the Wedding Suits. We have some helpful advice to ensure the perfect look for your Groom.


Wedding Suits: Should You Hire or Buy?

The best advice on whether to hire or buy the wedding suits is “Hire what you will not want to wear again, Buy what you would want to wear again.” If your groom has always wanted a tailor-made custom suit, take this opportunity to splurge a little and have a suit made which he will wear for years to come. If he is unlikely to wear a full suit ever again, rather hire and save a little.

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Choosing a Suit Style & Colour

The time of day and season that you get married in will play a huge role in what type of suit he will wear. For summery, midday weddings you can opt for a light coloured suit made of breathable fabrics. If the wedding is a little more informal, you can also have open neck shirts without ties. Some grooms even choose shorter length pants with a collared shirt and suspenders.

Another element to consider when choosing your suit is where you will be getting married. In most cases this will not have a big impact, unless you are choosing to have an outdoors or beach wedding. When getting hitched on the sandy beaches, you might want to ditch the dress shoes and maybe opt for shorts. It depends on the theme of your wedding.

If you’re getting married in the cooler months, go for a darker colour like navy or grey, made from heavier fabrics. You could even go for waistcoats to create a very formal look. The classic tuxedo is always a winner but should be updated by having the pant leg fit a little slimmer. The most important part: the suits must be tailored. A well fitted inexpensive suit will always look better than an ill-fitting expensive suit. Spend a little to have the suits fit perfectly.

What Accessories Do You Need?

This is where your groom and groomsmen can have a little fun. Gone are the days of boring ties. There are so many options on the market lately, from skinny ties to bow ties, even wooden laser cut bow ties and boutonnieres. Even ties and bowties don’t have to match perfectly, and many grooms choose to have all the groomsmen wear ties with different patterns and fabrics, but with similar colour schemes. If you are going with a plain solid suit colour, your accessories offer the opportunity to add a dash of colour to your look.

The Basic Menswear Extras You Need to Look At:

  • Shoes & Socks
  • Ties
  • Cufflinks
  • Suspenders
  • Boutonnieres
  • Pocket Squares
  • Watch


Pocket squares are also very trendy at the moment, as men return to the fashion of yesteryear. Make the pocket squares interesting by using fabric that matches the colour scheme but with patterns, or use this as an opportunity to add a pop of colour. If you choose to go for suspenders, you could add a splash of colour to match the wedding colours. We have also seen plenty of weddings where the groom and groomsmen wear interesting socks – from complementary colours with unique patterns, to really quirky bright socks.

Lastly, remember that too much input is worse than no input. Only involve the groomsmen and bride when making the decision. She will have to make sure it will match the look and feel of the wedding, but they must be comfortable and happy with their outfits.


Need more tips for the man of the hour? Have a look at our The Groom board on Pinterest.

Image Credits: ZaraZoo Photography, Eurosuit

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