Grooms today are no longer ready to take the second spot when it comes to wedding attire. While brides have always stolen the show with their elaborate gowns, flowers and accessories, grooms are ready to be experimental too!
Men, today, are more fashion conscious than ever and keeping with their demand and aspirations, tailoring houses too, are crafting diverse styles for the perfect bespoke wedding suit.
Crafting a Bespoke Wedding Suit
Choosing the right wedding suit is indeed a daunting task. You want it to reflect your signature style, be glamorous yet comfortable, suitable for the occasion and within your budget.
With so many styles, fabrics, shades and other details to consider, it is best to book a consultation with your tailor months in advance. It usually takes two or even three months for your bespoke wedding suit to be tailored to your specifications. So be sure to keep your dates in mind.
The styling of your bespoke suit depends a lot on how formal or informal you want it to be. With the lady in your life making most of the wedding plans, you have time on your hands to browse through men’s fashion magazine or the internet to do some research. A little knowledge will help you to communicate your ideas better.
There are primarily four choices when it comes to choosing your bespoke wedding suit style.
The Morning Dress
The morning dress is the traditional British attire for grooms. It is a remarkably elegant formal wear that is most preferred for daytime weddings. It comprises a jacket which is always referred to as the ‘morning coat’, contrasting waistbands along with striped trousers. Many grooms also prefer a single colour ensemble where the morning coat, the waistband and the trousers are all of the same shade and fabric.
Typical gray and ‘morning gray’ are the most appropriate colour for your bespoke wedding suit.
The Three-Piece Suit
The three-piece suit is another great daytime option that perfectly combines style with tradition. It comprises a jacket, the trousers and a waistcoat.
The jacket can be either single-breasted or double-breasted. Single-breasted jackets typically have one or two buttons for fastening. A double-breasted jacket, on the other hand, can have four or six buttons with six-buttons being the most preferred choice.
The three-piece suit offers enough flexibility in terms of colour and fabrics to suit your personal preference.
Nothing makes you look as debonair as a classic black tuxedo but it should be worn only for evening weddings. The tuxedo is never a daytime attire for grooms. The classic tuxedo comprises a jacket with peaked lapels and a waistband with the compulsory silk bow tie. Never combine a bow tie with a suit or a full-length tie with a tuxedo.
A tuxedo is immediately identifiable by its satin lapels. Most tuxedos either have a peaked lapel or the more traditional shawl lapel. It should always be in shades of midnight blue or black i.e., after-dark colours that complement the natural ambience of the evening.
The tailcoat is another option to consider if you and your entire family (including the bride’s) are purists at heart. However, the tailcoat is a very traditional design and leaves little room for creativity.
The attire is an extremely delicate one and reserved only for very formal occasions. So think again before investing in a tailcoat as your wedding may be the only day you will be able to wear it.
By now, you have an idea about the styling you like best. But do keep in mind that you are investing a substantial amount on a bespoke wedding suit. It would be wise to select a style that can be worn on other special occasions too.
Next, it’s time to choose the right fabric. Your tailor is always there to offer gentle guidance on the perfect fabric depending on the location and the season. The styling also affects the choice of fabric.
If you are planning for a winter wedding, opt for heavy fabrics that look extremely sophisticated while offering the right comfort. Fabrics such as pure wool or blends of wool and silk or wool and mohair are perfect for a winter bespoke wedding suit. These gorgeous fabrics perfectly dominate the pristine whiteness all around and make you really stand out.
If you love spring or summer weddings (as most people do), the fabric should be lighter so so you don’t feel stuffy on your special day. The most preferred fabric is linen or a blend of linen and cotton. The fabric is light and breezy in keeping with the season and keeps you cool throughout the day. However, suits made of linen, linen-blends and cotton should fit really well. Otherwise, they may not retain their shape and make you look unflattering.
Again, keep in mind the location too. If you are getting married in the UK in the middle of winter, heavier fabrics are your best best. However, if you are planning a tropical beach wedding, linen or linen-cotton blend is best.
The colour is of significance too as not all colours suit all styles. The tuxedo, for example, should always be black or midnight blue (as mentioned above). The morning coat is traditionally grey. A three-piece suit can be in shades of blue from light to deep or grey from light to dark charcoal tones.
Again, like fabrics, the season and the location play a major role. Warm and dark shades are the best options for winter while lighter shades of cream or beige are more suitable for a summer wedding.
You can be experimental too and add a little more colour. For grooms who are unabashed, shades of burgundy or deep green are perfect for leaving their distinct stamp on their wedding day.
There’s nothing better than wearing a bespoke suit on your big day. Christies Tailors craft made to measure suits that will help you look your best on your wedding day. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.