Top 20 tips for grooms
If you’re not a keen shopper at the best of times, now is the time to ask for help. It will be more fun, less stressful and will help prevent any bad buys.
- Set a realistic budget and stick to it.
- Start your shopping early, especially if you are having garments made or altered. Tailors require a lot of warning, and alterations take time.
- Don’t rush into anything. Read lots of magazines, but if you haven’t been inspired, consult a professional.
- Get accurately measured for everything.
- Don’t go for tight-fitting wedding clothes. They may look cool, but will be pretty uncomfortable during the reception feast.
- Ask your bride for details about her dress so you can coordinate your outfit with hers.
- Consider your suit hire options. Alongside traditional suits, there are lounge suits, and dress suits with longer-style jackets. But make sure you’re comfortable.
- A morning suit is usually black in the morning and grey in the afternoon.
- Dinner suits and black ties are normally reserved for formal evening weddings.
- If you’re wearing a cravat, a high-necked waistcoat will keep the cravat tucked in.
- On some complexions an ivory shirt can look better than a stark white one.
- Wash and iron your shirt the day before so you don’t end up with fold marks or creases.
- Trousers should be the right length – not too long, nor too short – and the jacket sleeves should allow for one centimetre of the shirt to be seen.
- Buy your shoes a month before the wedding and wear them in, as blisters are not the best accompaniment to your first dance.
- Always leave the bottom button of your waistcoat undone.
- Match your tie or handkerchief to a colour in your waistcoat, as all the same colour can look too solid.
- If you’re wearing a traditional morning suit, only the groom and bestman are supposed to wear cravats. The other groomsmen and fathers should wear ties.
- If you’re wearing a kilt, forget tradition — undergarments are usually worn these days.
- Your buttonhole should match the flowers of your bride’s bouquet.
- Have a professional shave and manicure the morning of your wedding. You’ll be relaxed, nick-free and your hands will look beautiful when you exchange rings.
Photography by Danelle Bohane