Are there wedding bells ringing in your future? Well, let me first congratulate you (and your fiance) on getting engaged. Marriage marks the ultimate form of commitment between two loving individuals, as it symbolizes the union of two families and the beginning of a new life. But now that you’ve officially announced your engagement, it’s time to get the ball rolling on planning the big day. There are dozens of tasks that go into planning a wedding, some of which include choosing a venue, selecting your wedding colors, hiring a photographer, choosing food and beverages and more. Additionally, though, you’ll also need to choose the attire for your groomsmen. If you’re still scratching your head trying to determine what your groomsmen should wear, keep reading for some helpful tips. We’re going to walk you through the process of choosing the right attire for your groomsmen.
Choose YOUR Suit First
Don’t make the mistake of trying to choose your groomsmen suits before choosing yours. As the groom, it’s important to select your suit first. Failure to do so could result is mismatching colors and styles. For instance, if you choose brown-colored suits for your groomsmen and then decide that you want a black suit, it isn’t going to look well together. Brown and black clash with one another, which is why it’s best to avoid using both of them in your wedding attire. You can avoid many of the fashion headaches associated with wedding attire simply by choosing your suit first. After selecting your suit, you’ll have an easier time choosing suits for your groomsmen that match. It’s just that simple.
Consider the ‘Big Picture’
What does it mean exactly to consider the big picture? Basically, you want to create a cohesive look in which everyone’s outfits flow together in a cohesive manner. This includes your outfit (the groom), the bride’s outfit, the bridesmaids’ outfits, and the groomsmens’ outfits. Why is this important? Well, think about it: when it’s time for the wedding to commence, you, your bride, and both sides of the wedding party will be standing alongside one another for the ceremony. You can expect the photographer (and videographer is you hire one) to capture these moments. This can either be good or bad depending on what everyone is wearing. If everyone is wearing colors and styles that match, it’s going to allow for better pictures and video. On the other hand, if everyone is wearing mismatching colors and styles, it has the opposite effect by creating poor photos and video. So, consider the big picture when selecting suits for your groomsmen.
What About the Fabric?
Don’t underestimate the importance of choosing the right fabric for your groomsmens’ suits. In addition to affecting the appearance of their attire, fabric will also affect their comfort. Generally speaking, it’s best to choose thicker fabrics for the winter and lighter, thinner fabrics for the summer and spring months (for obvious reasons). Cotton and linen, for instance, are excellent fabric choices for groomsmens’ suits during the summer, whereas wool suits are often preferred for the cold winter months. Of course, you can find groomsmen suits available in many other fabrics, including twill, tweed, corduroy, and various blends. Your choice of fabric isn’t going to necessarily affect the appearance of your groomsmen’s suits, but it will affect their comfort level — and that’s arguably even more important than the appearance, so always consider the fabric when choosing suits for your groomsmen to wear.
Buy or Rent from the Same Shop
If possible, try to buy or rent your groomsmens’ suits from the same shop where you bought or rented your own suit. This ensures your groomsmen look similar to you, which is exactly what you should try to accomplish when choosing wedding attire. If you buy your wedding-day suit from one boutique and your groomsmens’ suits from a different boutique, it may result in clashing styles. The bottom line is that you should try sticking with one store or boutique for your wedding-day attire.
What colors do you intend to use in your wedding? Whether it’s red, beige, blue, yellow or any other color under the rainbow, you should identify your wedding colors before attempting to choose your groomsmens’ suits. This is because your choice of wedding colors will ultimately influence your groomsmens’ attire. You want to choose suits that flow with your existing wedding colors; otherwise, you may face an uphill battle trying to create a clean, sophisticated look at your wedding.
Sometimes it’s best to go back to the basics when choosing attire for your groomsmen. Assuming you plan on having a traditional wedding, your groomsmen should wear a tux with a bow tie and vest. You (the groom), however, can wear a more formal version with a white tie and white vest. This is the traditional attire for weddings, with most grooms today choosing it when getting married.
Get Custom Sizing
I know this probably sounds like common sense, but it’s still worth mentioning that you should have your groomsmens’ suits custom sized for the right fit. Sure, you may get lucky and find a suit that fits one of your groomsmen just right at the local retail store, but this rarely happens. And furthermore, you’d have to find a perfect-fitting suit for all of your groomsmen, not just one. So, how do you get groomsmens’ suits that fit everyone in your party just right? The answer: custom order their suits from StudioSuits. When you order a suit (or several suits) here at StudioSuits, you can specify your own measurements during checkout. Our experts will then customize your suits so they fit just right. This takes the burden of finding the right sizes off your shoulders, as you can simply custom order your suits with the right sizes. Just remember to ask your groomsmen for their appropriate size before placing an order.
Hopefully, this will give you a better understanding of what groomsmen should wear on your wedding day.