While the bride may be the star of the show, the groom is also expected to look his best on their wedding day. A tailored suit is often the only answer to the formal demands of a wedding day, but as with the bride and her wedding dress the groom must make many decisions about the style of his garments before the big day. Here at Hemingway Tailors, we’ll talk you through all of your options and craft the perfect bespoke or made-to-measure suit for your wedding day. While we’re more than happy to explain the entire process to you during our appointments, it helps if you’ve already considered several factors prior to your first consultation.
#1: Just for you?
Are you the only member of the wedding party who requires a suit, or can we also create garments for the best man, the father of the bride or even the entire wedding party? Suits with matching styles, linings and/or materials ensure that your wedding photos won’t be an awkward mismatch of colours, styles and various ill-fitting cuts. Gifting a bespoke suit to your best man is perhaps the biggest thank you that you can give.
#2: Level of formality
Most grooms opt for three-piece suits, but for a more formal, evening event you may wish to consider a dinner suit or tuxedo. If you’re tying the knot abroad in a warmer climate you’ll want a suit made out of a lighter fabric, such as linen. Hopefully you’ll be able to tell us which of these options will apply to your wedding during our first consultation. From this point we’ll have a much clearer idea of the type of suit that you’ll require.
#3: Your preferred style
Within the bracket of tailored suits, there are plenty of variations in style. Your choices won’t only depend on the location and time of year of your wedding, but also your own preferences. If you have a preferred cut, let your tailor know. If you’re unsure which cut will work best for you, discuss options with your tailor. They’ll make recommendations based on your body shape.
#4: An investment
The bride doesn’t get to wear her wedding dress again, but grooms often have the opportunity to wear their wedding suit many more times. If you’d like to view your suit purchase as an investment, consider choosing a colour, shade and style that can be worn in the office or for other formal events. This approach may seem somewhat unromantic, but a bespoke suit is such a high quality, well-fitted garment that it’s a shame to only wear it once.
Cufflinks, pocket squares, bowties, neckties, cravats and buttonholes are commonly worn at weddings. If you’re struggling with what to choose, speak to your tailor during a consultation or fitting. We can offer sound style advice to help you look your best on your very special day.
Planning a wedding for next summer or even further into the future? It’s never too early to kick-start your sartorial preparations. Book an appointment with our visiting tailor service today.