Updated: Jun 12, 2020
With so much of the wedding industry centred around the bride, it can seem like options for men are limited outside of the traditional look. But if you can think outside of the box there are ways that grooms can feel like they’re able to show their unique style. The traditional morning suit is still the most popular option but there is so much more out there.
Some things to consider:
Season – A casual linen, cotton or light wool suit in light colours will suit a laid-back summer or beach wedding, however, if you’re having a winter wedding, you’ll want to look at velvet, wool or tweed in darker colours.
Colour – Black, blue and grey are the most popular colours as they’ll fit in with most themes and colour schemes but don’t be afraid to go for a brighter colour or pattern if you want to, but do so with a matt fabric as shiny ones will reflect the light and look cheaper.
Finishing Touches – Complement the bridal part by matching accessories such as ties, braces or pocket squares to their colours and/or matching buttonholes to the bouquets.
Now we’ll look at where you can find your wedding attire and the pros and cons of each of these:
There are so many high street retailers who sell suits, both in-store and online, and therefore so much choice. Buying online also has the added bonus of you being able to buy a range of styles and sizes and try them on in the comfort of your own home and just return the ones you don’t want. You can also usually buy pieces separately so you’re able to mix and match styles and/or sizes.
As with buying anything on the high street originality is not high and the options available will often be trend-led. You’ll also have to pay extra for alterations if you want a more tailored look.
ASOS often has a great range of more unique suit options.
Obviously one of the downsides is you don’t get to keep the suit afterwards if this is something you would be interested in. There’s also not an option for alterations so the fit might not be as perfect as desired.
If your budget allows then getting one custom made is a lovely option, you’ll have a completely unique suit based on your choice of style, colour and fabric that you can keep forever. It will also be expertly tailored and usually of a higher quality so will fit perfectly.
This option is best if you have a strong idea about what you want as the amounts of options available to you can be overwhelming and you’ll want to be sure you’re happy with it as it’s one of the most expensive options, usually upwards of £1,000.
Shop local by finding a tailor who offers a bespoke service.