Wedding Suit Guide

What you need to know before you buy…

Choosing your wedding suit and the suits for your groomsmen is about more than matching the bride’s colour scheme. It’s all about the right pocket style, how your waistcoat fits, the right tie knot and more. We’ve set up the perfect way to purchase a suit that’ll make a massive impact and have your groomsmen looking ultra suave.

Material

When are you getting married and where? These should be your first questions when choosing your suit. For example, a linen suit wouldn’t work in Newcastle in winter, you’d freeze your balls off! Choosing wool for a summer beach wedding would leave you in a puddle of sweat. Here are the best materials based on season and temperature:

Wool & Tweed

Getting married when the temperatures are cooler, in autumn or winter, or are you getting married in a cool climate like Iceland? Wool and tweed are the best choices for the fabric of your wedding suit. It’ll keep you warm so you can concentrate on the best day of your life.

Cotton & Linen

Whether you’re getting married on the beach in Marbella or your having a summer wedding in London, you’ll want to keep sweat at bay. Choosing a wedding suit made out of cotton or linen will keep you cooler than the heavier fabrics. Just remember, if you sweat a lot, make sure you wear an undershirt to keep those sweat patches from appearing.

Pockets

Did you know that the shape or type of your pockets could determine how formal your suit jacket is? If you’re doing a dramatic wedding, kind of like the ostentatious one (link to most expensive wedding) you’ll want to go with jetted pockets. They’re the most formal. If you’re doing a casual affair or a beach wedding, a patch pocket or ticket pocket would be the most casual.

Button holes

If the bride’s got a floral theme that you want to go along with you’ll need to wear your button hole correctly. Most suits will help you with this. Simply stick the stem of your chosen flower through your lapel hole and secure it with the button hole latch that’s located on the back of your lapel. The last thing you want to do is lose your flower before the ceremony!

Lapels

What look are you going for on your big day? Modern or traditional? Your lapels speak volumes! Most suits come with the common lapel style: Notch. If you want to be a bit contemporary and show your own style, go for either the Peak or the Shawl.

The peak style lapel has exaggerated ‘peaks’ where the typical notch of a lapel would be. While the shawl style has no notches or peaks at all. It’s these little touches that allow a groom to bring out his personality in the wedding attire.

Ties

Since we’ve discussed lapels, we must discuss ties. There’s so much to think of when it comes to these little accessories, from the width to the type of knot and the colour.

Width

So you’ve chosen your suit jacket and it’s time to get a tie that compliments the wedding theme. Your tie should be the same width as your suit lapel, so if you’ve already purchased that make a note of the size and ask the tailor for ties within that size.

Colour

You could keep it simple and match your tie to the bride’s wedding colours. When it comes to looking sharp at the altar, you’ll want to choose the right pocket square to compliment your tie. The pocket square shouldn’t be an exact match to your tie. Instead, it should compliment the colours with a bold pattern.

Knots

Not all of us can be knot tying gurus. There are five knot styles that can suit a wedding and before you say, ‘But I can’t tie a tie’, don’t worry. There are loads of YouTube videos that’ll teach you everything from the most basic simple knot to more advanced knots like the Eldredge.

Tie knots can make an impression, especially with the men among the wedding crowd. Things to remember when tying a tie is that practice makes perfect. The most popular knots for weddings are the half windsor and the windsor. They aren’t the simplest but they aren’t the most difficult either. Just remember the all important tie ‘dimple’ for that polished look.

Belt

You can’t just throw on any ol’ belt on your wedding day. It would make your entire ensemble seem thrown together. Here are our ways to make your belt the perfect accessory:

  1. Match your belt to the colour of your shoes.
  2. Belts with a shiny finish are acceptable if your shoes are shiny.
  3. Belt width should be between: 3.1cm - 3.5cm
  4. Avoid large or unpolished buckles.

Waistcoat

You can’t just wear your mates waistcoat from work for your wedding. There are many things to consider when choosing the proper waistcoat for your wedding attire. First, it must fit well to your body. The shoulders should be loose against your body. For a proper fit, they should lie flat.

The waistcoat should be the proper length. If you can see your shirt from the back, it’s too short. If it comes down past the top button of your trousers it’s too long. Also, to keep from damaging your waistcoat, ensure that you keep the bottom button undone.

Once you have done all these elements are sorted you are wedding attire ready, you’re welcome

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Date Posted: Thursday 14th September 2017

Author: Barry ONeil