SARTORIAL DO’S AND DON’TS WHEN SAYING I DO
GROOMS GUIDE ON HOW TO DRESS
The Day you say I do, has to be that. The crowd’s eyes will be on you from the moment you arrive to the final farewell, and of course, your new wife will remember every moment in detail.
This is all without considering that your look will be captured forever in endless (hopefully, black and white) photographs, to be displayed in beautiful frames in many homes and presented in albums to be thumbed through on Sunday’s; not to mention short video clips that can be shared on every social media site.
If this is enough to bring you out in a cold sweat. It’s time to check out my dos and don’t’s
Strangely many grooms do not consider their look until the last moment, long after the Bride has done her final fitting, sometimes not until the icing is drying on the cake. This brings me to one of my favourite sayings, taught to me by a tailor I know: Failure to Plan is Planning to Fail.
Tradition has allowed us to believe that Morning Suits and Weddings go hand in hand. There is absolutely no rule to say that Grooms must be in Morning Suits, although a beautifully tailored Morning Suit at a formal wedding can look incredible, what doesn’t work is a Groom perspiring uncomfortably in a badly fitting hired suit whilst uttering those lifelong vows.
A beautifully fitted suit, will hide a multitude of sins, it will be tailored to your body, emphasising the things you like, whilst disguising the things you don’t. It can turn a man (no matter how short or stout) into an Adonis. A badly fitted suit will have the opposite effect and people will notice.
Do allow enough time to plan your look, a custom-made suit can take 6-8 weeks.
Once you have the perfect suit, you need to wear the right shoes. General rule says black or grey suits work with black shoes, whilst navy can be worn with brown or black. If you are wearing black tie, your shoes should be black patent.
DON’T wear your everyday work shoes to your wedding.
Do consider the colour and theme of the wedding when planning your accessories to avoid any clashes with bridesmaids, key members of the wedding party.
Do try to avoid the hideous garish waistcoats that have been invented by the wedding industry. Morning dress waistcoats should be grey or cream.
DON’T be fooled into wearing anything that is pre-tied, especially a brightly coloured cravat (another invention of the wedding industry). Correct morning dress features a regular tie, not a cravat.
Do consider the colour of your socks. If in doubt match them to your shoes.