Are you tired of the traditional ‘black and white’ attire that most people choose for their wedding? If you and your bride are a fashion forward couple, there are many ways you can rock your wedding with formal suits and attire that is classic, but not boring.
All eyes will be on the bridal party on the special day, and it’s important to take your time to find the right fit (figuratively speaking) for your wedding. We’ve shared five rules to help you narrow your selection and make the right choice.
Rule 1: The Wedding Theme Influences Choice of Suit or Tuxedo
Weddings are not always cut and dry, formal events anymore. What we love are the new trends that personify the occasion even further. For instance, in the 1950’s through 1990’s you were unlikely to see a groom and his groomsmen performing a choreographed dance for the bride at the reception, and now, that is a fun new way that most bridal parties start the first dance.
The theme or overall tone of the wedding event itself will influence your choice of a suit or tuxedo. And so will the Bride who has veto power over more contemporary and possibly inappropriate choices. You may not understand why the suits have to match the theme, but she does and consulting with the bride for final approval before selection is important.
Rule 2: Size Matters for a Flattering Fit
Do you love a tapered jacket and ‘skinny’ suit leg when it comes to formal fashion? European designs for men are very much about a close cut fit, but that look is not suited for every body type. Even if the suit is custom ordered and fitted properly, if your proportions are greater than the average male runway model in Paris or Rome and you are more muscular, the suit won’t feel comfortable on a day when you want to look and feel your best.
Since no two bodies are really the same, off the rack is never a good option for an important formal event like a wedding. No matter what the price tag is, there is no beating the comfort and the appearance of a truly tailored suit that has been made specifically for your body type and size. If a tailor is not available where you live, a custom made suit online can be a solution for the groom and groomsmen, and an affordable option.
Rule 3: Explore Other Options than Basic Black
Many weddings are themed to feel like a “Black Tie Event” but that doesn’t mean that the groom or groomsmen should be limited to choosing only black and white as an option for attire. While it is a loved classic theme for weddings, the Bride and Groom may wish to express a more fashion forward selection that is still classic, but trendy.
Gray and deep navy with textured lapels are trending around the world in men’s fashion. Shades like ‘sharkskin’ or ‘steel’ are suited for both daytime and nighttime photography, and a refreshing change from the classic black tuxedo. Navy or ‘slate’ tones of blue are dark enough for formal appeal, but fun and a very flattering color on men with dark hair and medium, olive or darker complexions. Pair a grey or navy suit with a matching tie or pair it with a white shirt and white tie for a sleek, monochromatic look.
Rule 4: Keep It Cool and Consider Weather Conditions
If you are planning a destination wedding, or getting married on a beach or in a hot climate, the expected temperature on your wedding day needs to be a consideration when choosing a formal suit. While it is cringe worthy to think of spending at least twelve to fourteen hours in your wedding attire, between transportation, the ceremony, the photography and reception, comfort is an absolute must.
An open weave fabric is a good choice for warm temperature wedding event. While linen is a great choice for casual attire in hot climates, a linen suit is subject to creasing and wrinkles that make it inappropriate for wedding photography. Avoid a fully lined suit for a summer or tropical wedding as well to avoid overheating. Pictures say a thousand words; don’t be red faced or sweating in your wedding photography by choosing the wrong fabric or cut of suit.
Rule 5: Timeless Style and Photographic Considerations
When you are choosing all attire as part of the wedding party, there is ample opportunity to personify your look. However while choosing your suit and shirt, tie, shoes and other accessories pause to consider your look. Wedding photography is forever, and in ten or twenty years or more, will your pictures have a timeless or dated look?
Carefully select classic lines that will appeal and be just as visually appealing twenty or more years from now, as they are today. If you want more evidence of why this is important, consider how odd ruffled dress shirts for men look today. Given the cost of professional photography, design your bridal party wardrobe with classic, common sense for legacy photo’s you can enjoy for decades to come.
One final tip to help the groom and groomsmen select their suits or tuxedos; avoid taking your measurements too early. Sometimes in the haste to finalize details about the upcoming event, bridal parties can submit measurements for fitted fashion six months or more in advance. A custom ordered suit does not take long to be manufactured and the risk is (you guessed it) a change in body size.
Weight gain or weight loss leading up to a wedding is not uncommon. Order your suit no more than three months ahead of the event, and allow for nominal room which can be locally custom tailored two weeks before the event.
Nicola Reynor is a passionate blogger who loves to blog about fashion, beauty, travel, health, fitness, wedding and lifestyle trends. When in leisure time, she prefers to spend time in traveling with friends and family. You can find more about her at Nicola+.