Grooming the groom

Posted on: 6th February, 2018

Category: Image

Contributor: Louise O'Dwyer

Despite the fact that there are two people involved in getting married, traditionally and still today, it is all about the BRIDE. I suppose the groom has a much easier time, after all…a suit is a suit! Yet, there have been some wonderful changes recently, the traditional suit has been somewhat left behind and there is a move toward more colour or vintage styling. There is a lot more thought put into what ‘he’ will wear now because it’s not just the select few invited to the wedding who will see him decked out; with the tendency to share ‘I DO’ photos online, the door is now opened to a massive audience. Gorgeous shades of blue have crept in, tweed suits have become popular for winter weddings and I recently spotted the most fabulous caramel suit on a groom. Whatever your other half wears on a daily basis, his personal style can now be reflected in the wedding day fashion.

Black tie is not just for cocktail parties – it is having a real moment in the wedding world. It is truly wonderful; think gowns and heels, suave and sophisticated. Elegance swirls all around! Navy has been the obvious choice for the groom for a long time. Right now, brighter shades of blue are creeping in, a more fun and very definitely younger look…teamed with tan brogues. I do believe that it is checkmate when it comes to check suits. It is the most fun way to dress for your wedding…casual, cheeky and just perfect for a rustic affair. The best thing about this look is that the material can vary in thickness – linen for summer, tweed for winter. So wherever and whenever your wedding is, there is a checked suit that is perfect for the occasion.

Catwalk trends for grooms this season might raise an eyebrow or two with burgundy and deep purple taking over as the major frontrunners. On the right man, these shades look fantastic and certainly boast that extra wow factor. But the three-piece suit still reigns, it is a traditional yet timeless option that will never go out of fashion. Exuding elegance, the three-piece need not be frowned upon as boring. Many grooms are now taking the chance to mix things up by adding a twist to their wedding day outfit, perhaps by adding a check, tartan or contrasting colour waistcoat. This is a great look for most men.

Another trend that is emerging is for the best man and groomsmen to dress in the same colour as the groom, but in a slightly different shade. The groom, of course, will kick his accessories and suit a notch above the rest of the group so that he most definitely stands out in those all-important photos. Narrow cuts are still on trend and it’s all about single-breasted jackets with narrow lapels. Floral ties are quirky and very photogenic, especially when teamed with a classic grey suit.

Most grooms dare not get involved in anything to do with the wedding dress – brides DO tend to push their agenda on their significant other. While the groom needs to stand out as the ‘man of the day’, he also needs to look like himself and be comfortable in his attire. Let him make certain decisions himself. Brides – don’t be too set in your ways about what you want him to wear…It’s his wedding too! How about you pick out some wacky socks for him to wear on the Big Day? A pair that will make you both laugh? Give him the colour palette that will work with the girls’ dresses and let him off to find his perfect suit. How refreshing would that be? After all, the groom has no idea what the wedding dress will be like so how about the groom also surprises the bride? Can you hand it all over and trust that he will show up looking every bit the perfect groom? Food for thought!

I think that it is such a wonderful thing that I can finally write an entire article on a wedding suit! Not that terribly long ago, grooms always wore the same thing; they rented formal attire that may or may not have fitted them very well. It just ‘did the job’ and that was that. Now, there are so many choices, so many different looks and most importantly, there always seems to be a look that will suit the personality of the wearer. Isn’t it great? Better still, the groom now has the option to wear his suit again and you know me…practicality is always high on my list!

Have the best time and don’t get stressed out about anything. Your wedding day will only happen once if you’re lucky, so take a few moments here and there to relish how special a time it is.

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