What to wear to a wedding: the groom’s guide

She just said yes to the magical proposal and you are looking forward to a memorable wedding! The time has come to look for the attributes that are going to make this a dream wedding.

As the bride usually takes charge of planning the wedding with some of your help, you have the great opportunity to have all the time to yourself and focus on your presence at the wedding. The most important decision for the groom is to choose the wedding suit along with the accessories.

Before starting: things to consider

How long before to start the planning the wedding suit?

The process of planning the outfit should start 2/3 months before the wedding. Keeping in mind where your inspirations lie, also depends on are you certain what to wear or you would be needing a style advisor or some self-research.  Your outfit timeline should always be made considering the time of making and adjustments, unless you are opting for a rental one.

If you are going to get the suit or tuxedo made at a busy place and during the wedding season, it is always better to keep in mind that you might not get an appointment at the date you want, so keep your options open and start early. We promise you will have fun choosing the perfect look and fit for yourself which your lovely bride or groom will appreciate with all their heart.

Rental or purchase?

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Every groom to stumble upon this question as soon as the process of wedding picks start, don’t worry we are here to make that decision easy. Rental option for the suit or tuxedo for the wedding is more suitable when you are really on a very tight budget i.e somewhere near 250 – 300 Euro.

If you’re on a budget and you want a designer suit or tuxedo you can hire, but remember that you would not have it after the wedding and after spending a good amount of money we hope you would want to own that piece of clothing.

However, nothing says personal than a piece of clothing made just for you. And remember the wedding day just happens once in a lifetime, why not make it as special as possible.

The reason why buying is better than hiring when it comes to wedding suit: if you’ve always wanted a tailor-made suit and you know you’ll use it again after the wedding. We really believe another life for a wedding suit after the ceremony could be the best reason to invest in made-to-measure.

How to reuse the groom’s suit

If you’re not that kind of man (just like the bride) who wants to wear his wedding suit, just once in a lifetime and then pack it up forever. So, choose the wedding suit considering that how you could re-wear the same suit even after the wedding.

Go for a color that is suitable also for the other formal events or formal office meetings like midnight blue or charcoal grey. This suit will be suitable for interviewscocktails, special dinners, professional events, ceremonies and business meetings. This suit should be simple to match with different shirts, ties and shoes.

When you are thinking about the fabric try to go for a 100% wool suit in a color that you prefer the most for your formal affairs, this way you will easily wear your all season wedding suit again. For the jacket of the suit try to opt for two side vents instead of one, which will be comfortable when you reuse it as a business suit.

While thinking about these options, remember if you want to get married in a tuxedo, it is an option which you cannot reuse after the wedding it is usually worn only on that special occasion.

What are the basic wedding etiquette for groom dressing

Custom-made blue dresses with contrasting gray waistcoats, white shirt, gray tie, white pochette and boutonnière
The three-piece suit is the most traditional choice for the groom for his wedding day.

The type of wedding: formal or informal, and the season or the venue, these details of the wedding help a lot in defining terms of the wedding outfit of the groom. As a type of the wedding attire, the groom-to-be has four classic choices: morning dress, tailcoat, tuxedo or a three-piece suit.

  • Morning dress is for very formal daytime weddings especially in the UK which comprises of a morning coat or half morning coat, waistcoat and trousers.
  • tailcoat is an option which should be worn because your tradition strictly demands it. Morning coats are for the UK for the early day weddings. 
  • Tuxedo is a choice for who have planned an extremely formal wedding which would be happening after 18:00. The classic tuxedo with waistband and shawl or peaked lapels always accompanied by a silk bow tie. For more information, please read our tuxedo guide.
  • Above all, especially for a contemporary groom an option that finds its way between the style and the tradition is a fancy three-piece suit. A three-piece suit gives you a lot of choices when it comes to variations of colors and fabrics, according to the type of wedding or season.

How to choose the groom’s suit

Surely your style and your personal taste are very important when it comes to buying a suit, but to choose the right suit for your wedding you need to consider some factors such as season, time and place of the ceremony.

Choosing the fabric and the wedding suit according to the season

Autumn- winter

While the winter time is not the most popular time to get married in some countries, it is essential to know our options, isn’t it? A beautiful autumn wedding is something you can definitely see yourself in, there is a certain magic about fall colors which could compliment your wedding pictures.

When choosing the textile for your suit make sure to pick heavy materials in 100% wool, wool-silk or wool mohair blend. We all know that the dark colors dominate during autumn and winter.

If you are opting for a tuxedo, it should always be black. But for a three-piece suit the colors blue, dark blue, midnight blue and charcoal grey are best in enhancing the personality of the groom.