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SO OFTEN THE focus is on the bride when planning a
wedding, forgetting that the groom and his attendants
are just as important.
The groom should choose his formal wear based on the
formality of the wedding, the time of day, the season
and the bride's gown and choice of colours for the
A semi-formal or formal wedding needs a tuxedo or
formal jacket. The most popular colours are black, white
Formal evening weddings should see the groom in a
black dinner jacket, matching trousers, white dress shirt,
bow tie, cufflinks, cummerbund or vest. A black tailcoat
with matching striped trousers and white wing collar shirt
can be worn for a very formal evening wedding.
Modern weddings that take place on beaches or in the
outdoors can call for the groom to wear anything from
board shorts to a diving suit. Whatever the theme of the
day, the groom should match the bride and her attendants.
Most grooms and their attendants opt to rent their
wedding day suit from a formal wear hire store or men's
outfitters. This ensures that everyone wears the same style
and colour of suit.
Suit jackets must be well fitted and give the groom range
of motion. A too-tight jacket can spoil the look of the
photographs and memories of the day will be those of
discomfort, rather than pleasure!
Modern grooms choose to wear colours that will blend
in with the rest of the bridal party or flowers.
The groomsmen can complement the bridesmaids by
wearing a cummerbund or shirt in the same colours as
the bridesmaid's gowns. This has a great visual impact in
photographs and when standing in line for official duties.
Is he suitably
The groom must stand out from his attendants, so ensure
that not all the men wear the same accessories.
It is important that the groom and his attendants go
shopping together to tailors or suit hire shops to ensure
that everyone is happy with the selection. Arrange to
have regular fittings and a final fitting no later than a
week before the wedding.
The groom and his attendants normally all wear
the same colour shoes, traditionally black, but not
necessarily of the same style. If possible, take the shoes
along to the first fitting to see if different shoe styles are
Ask to reserve your suits several weeks before the
wedding and plan to pick them up a few days before
ensure enough time for alterations and any possible
changes to styles.
Any male members of the wedding party who live out of
town can be sized at their own local suit hire shop and
their measurements forwarded to your outfitter to allow a
suit to be allocated for the day. ■
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