CELEBRITY WEDDING COORDINATOR SUSANNA RICHARDSON ON SQUAD SELECTION AND OTHER DILEMMAS
When I rule the World, no man will walk down the aisle in a hired suit. Some years ago, on the US reality show, Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, the style expert Carson Kressley declared the hiring of tuxedos a fashion faux pas. His words stuck in my mind, and I have to say I agree. Every man at some point in his life should have a tailored suit. Even if they don’t go fully bespoke they should at least visit a tailor and have an off-the-peg custom fitted. It’s a rite of passage and a great, luxurious experience. Girls get such a good deal when it comes to weddings and
I do think the guys can get forgotten and left to the last minute – an afterthought. Well no more! They should have just as much fun and a signature wedding outfit of their own. Here are three key areas that all grooms should consider…
The right tailor
It’s easy to assume that all tailors are much the same but they really aren’t. If you’re planning your wedding, choose a tailor who matches your style and who can work with your budget and requirements. The service should be friendly and accommodating, not intimidating and stuffy. Work with your other half, go with the flow, but don’t forget that it’s your day too. Wedding suits need not be dull – yours can be anything you want it to be. While you probably would like something to stand the test of time, you also need it to reflect who you are.
Getting the measure
A good suit is all about the fit, and so fittings are key. Just like the bride, you will need several to get every detail perfect. Some grooms want to shift some pounds before the big day so don’t be afraid to ask for fittings as close to the date as possible.
Budget but don’t budget! It’s fine to set a figure – everyone has to work within their means after all
– but don’t scrimp. This is an investment piece. Girls often spend upwards of £8,000 on a dress they can only wear once, while you can rock that suit time and time again – and you won’t need £8,000 to do it. I’m all for girl power, but make sure you allocate yourself a fair share of the fashion budget!
If funds are available, then there really is nothing more gorgeous than matching groomsmen. This really does tie everything together, and just looks so incredibly polished.
I’ll leave you to have that conversation with your loved one, preferably over a good bottle of wine…