Setting and Theme
The location of your wedding could play a telling part in the suit you choose. A church wedding for example will require a more modest and formal code of dress than a country hotel setting. For the bride, a church wedding will often mean showing less bare skin, and this understatement is typically matched in the choice of wedding suit of the groom and his company. For a more grandiose or more relaxed setting, you’ll have a little more freedom of choice. If you’re having a wedding outside in the summer, lighter fabrics and colours are a sensible idea, lighter greys and pastel shades are classic choices for less formal and summer weddings. Remember, you’ll already have enough on your mind without worrying about over-heating. Taking the jacket off and undoing a top button isn’t exactly an option for a groom during a wedding ceremony.
The style and colour scheme of the wedding setting will often inform some of the choices you make in your suit. You’re certain to have put a great deal of consideration into the setting of your wedding and reception and will have picked it out for a reason. If the style and décor were a big part of that choice then include some details in the details of your suit, the colour of tie or pocket square for example. Consider also the design and theme of the wedding itself, even if this has been something you’ve been keen not to get heavily involved with! From the bridesmaid’s dresses to the centre pieces on the table and the choices of flowers and ornamentation, there will be colour schemes and motifs running throughout the day which can give you some inspiration. Why not select a lining that complements the colour themes of the wedding and continue this through the suit with a lining flash under the cuff and one or more coloured button holes, which all add that extra level of personalisation for what is the most personal of occasions.
The Fit of the Suit
You’re wedding day will be unique to you, so should your suit be. Having a suit that really looks the part can make a great difference to how you feel on the day, so its worth getting it right. You’ll be looking back through the photos for years lets not forget. Consult your tailor on what fit of suit will compliment your figure and build so you can be sure you’re looking your best.
Also remember that the wedding suit is meant to look great when you’re standing more so than a typical business suit, which will play its part in the way the suit is cut. The wedding ceremony itself, along with most of the wedding photography and of course your speech will all require you to be standing, and so with this emphasis in mind the suit will be cut accordingly.
Just as there are certain expectations of the dress code of a wedding which are dependent on the setting, the time of day and tradition of wedding is also a factor. The White Wedding, also known as the ‘formal day wedding’ not only creates stylistic requirements for the bride, but the groom might want to consider the traditional morning suit with morning coat (and tails), or going for a ‘black tie’ or ‘white tie’ look. If in doubt, your tailor will know what’s required for each look, along with all the dos and don’ts.
The evening wedding has grown in popularity in recent years, with it being simply less costly to have a wedding during the evening, and not to have to feed and water a host of guests throughout an entire day. As such, evening tails (typically worn with a peak lapel) and Tuxedos (traditionally a shawl lapel) are increasingly a choice of wedding suit. The etiquette is not to wear these before the evening (around 6pm), but for a wedding that’s taking place in the evening they’re a suitable and particularly smart choice. A smoking jacket is also a great option for evening wear if you want a slightly less formal feel.
Wearing your Wedding Suit again?
Buying a wedding suit can be a big investment, and for many its a sensible choice to opt for a suit that you know you’ll want to wear again. In this case, a formal evening suit may well provide excellent value for money, given the chances to wear it again on a number of different occasions.
Alternatively, a more casual suit can reflect your personal style and preferences a little more and set you up with a suit or jacket that you’ll be happy to find occasion to wear again and again. Unlike the bride, you can consider the versatility of the stylistic choices your making with your suit. Are you going for a colour that you’d typically wear in a casual or business jacket or suit? Get it right and it could represent an excellent sartorial investment for the future.
It goes without saying that weddings require a wealth of planning. This is also true of your suit. Do some research and give it some thought before you first see your tailor, and have plenty of ideas of what you’d like for your appointment, your tailor will of course be able to advise. You’ll need to book your initial appointment for measurements well in advance of the big day. At Norton & Townsend we operate with around a five or six week time period in between the initial appointment and measuring and the first fitting. Bear in mind some minor adjustments may still need to be made at this point, so allow for these alterations to be turned around to make sure you have everything sewn up in good time before the day itself arrives.