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All eyes will be on you so it’s natural that the groom will want to look their best on your wedding day. While a lot of focus and attention goes towards the bride and her style, we can’t let our guys feel left out on looking just as stunning. Between matching the formality of the event, considering personal style, and coordinating to the wedding palette, it can certainly feel overwhelming at times. Not to forget, this is an outfit they will also want to look back on years later and still love. There’s a few things to consider when beginning to plan the groom’s style and outfit for the big day so here are a few tips to help you say yes to the tux.
Dress code is a hot topic for your guests but it stems from what the happy couple will be wearing too! Are you leaning towards a classic black tie event or are you aiming for a more casual cocktail hour dress? While black tie might be the standard that most think of when imagining a wedding, it doesn’t mean a full tuxedo is needed. Dark color suits and a matching tie is the way to go for this dress code. Keep the shirt a clean white color and embrace a simple tie that matches your coat. With a cocktail dress code, this offers the groom some more casual and flexible options. It’s a great option for the groom who wants to incorporate some more whimsical touches, be comfortable for the mingling of reception time and still look polished. This is a dress code that allows the options for a nice sports jacket or even ditching that coat all together. Semi-formal or dressy casual can be tricky as so many have varying opinions on what this means. Take the approach of slightly playful on tailored attire. Non-traditional suits fit well here, embrace the brighter color suits or match the season with fabric. A linen suit for spring and summer will offer form and function in this scenario. Special mentions include festive and themed weddings or the casual wedding. Themed and festive weddings are a fun way to break the more traditional rules of weddings. Adding a velvet jacket over a dress shirt and trousers is one way to embrace the non-traditional colors and style. Casual doesn’t need to mean everyday errand attire. We aren’t going to be sloppy just because the dress code is leaning into the laid-back category. Wearing a polo with well fitting jeans and a nicer pair of boat shoes is the perfect laid-back style that still looks polished. For the cooler seasons swapping for a knit sweater or turtleneck offers the same level of comfort and style.
With dress-code picked, lets move onto color palette. Should you add subtle hints of the colors to match the bridesmaids such as a coordinated tie or pocket square? Are you leaning more into a noticeable and cohesive look by choosing a non-traditional colored outfit? This might look like a navy suit to match the bridesmaids dresses or even choosing the complimentary colors of the chosen palette. This isn’t to say you need to embrace the wedding colors at all! Staying within the classic black and white style or picking colors that are complimentary to what the rest of the bridal party is wearing will still lead to photos that look natural and fitting together.
We’ve got the dress code, the coloring, and now all that is left is to figure out how you’re bringing your personal touches. For a bride it might look like footwear or statement jewelry and surprisingly, grooms have the same options! Opting into using a tie or pocket square as their statement piece offers great opportunities for fun florals or patterns. Wear a pair of funky socks or some non-traditional dress shoes. Incorporate a slightly more hidden approach of custom lining your suit jacket- as the night goes on you can unbutton and show off those glimpses of your personality.
Your wedding is one you’ll want to look back on with fondness and being comfortable, confident, and feel like you look good is a big part in that. With so much effort going into the bride’s attire, the groom should match that energy but also know it doesn’t have to be so overwhelming. With our tips for consideration, hopefully you feel less stressed and ready to customize your outfit to showcase your personality and feel your best.
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