Now let’s finish the Groom with the all important accessories!
Last week we talked about the four main pieces of the groom’s wedding day attire. But let’s not forget about what makes his outfit rock! As a wedding consultant, it is my duty and job to keep up on what is popular with all aspects of weddings. And the groom is no exception.
Should you wear a tie, a bow tie or go open collar? And have you thought about your socks? Yes, socks!
When it comes to ties, the options are endless, you can go for silk, wool or tweed, opt for a bright hue, a pin stripe or a coordinating color to your shirt, your jacket, or even the bridesmaids.
We love a skinny tie for a cool, modern look.
Bow ties are now for the really cool groom.
When it comes to bow ties, there are three ways to buy them, pre-tied, self-tie or clip on. While pre-tied can look neater, we love a guy who can tie his own bow, and it also looks great hanging open at the end of the night.
As for styles, the Butterfly is the big blousy kind you see most often, the Batwing is neater with straight sides, the Club Round is a retro style more common among old school waiters, and the Diamond Point is a sharper, more unusual style that’s increasingly stylish. I have a very good resource, Beau Ties LTD of Vermont for bowties that will cover all your man’s needs.
Vests look great on grooms, either as part of a three-piece suit, or as an alternative to a jacket for a casual wedding or a hot weather destination. Vests always adds distinction to the three-piece suit.
– As with the blazer or trousers, you can choose to match your suit, or opt for a contrasting fabric, color or pattern.
– Your vest should be long enough to cover your shirt at the front and sit just over your belt. It can be a little shorter at the sides and back, showing a little shirt.
– Choose a vest with a smooth fit and a tapered waist, if you need a little more breathing space (after your third slice of wedding cake), open the bottom button of your waistcoat.
– If opting for a three-piece suit, the V of your waistcoat should be small enough so it can be seen under your jacket.
Casual threads are becoming increasingly popular for grooms as couples plan rustic, informal weddings.
While jeans, chinos, plaid shirts, or tennis shoes all look cool, pair them with more formal touches like blazers, suspenders, or bow ties, for a contrasted casual look.
Top Tip: Make sure you check with your other half if you’re going casual.
The groom can wear basically anything on his feet for his wedding day, and there aren’t many rules.
Casual shoes are becoming more popular, with tennis shoes pretty popular, as are cowboy boots for a more polished, yet personal finish.
As for colors, keep black shoes for black suits, and brown shoes for navy. Grey suits will go with both, though lighter shades call for a lighter shoe.
Pointy toes look cooler and more modern than round and chunky styles, laced up looks more sharp, and think of retro styles like spats and tasseled loafers for something a little more fashion forward.
Buttonholes and boutonnieres are the classic lapel adornment for your wedding day, and lets everyone know you’re the most important guy at the party!
Match your boutonniere to the rest of the day, usually complimenting the bride’s bouquet. The boutonniere can also match the wedding theme, whether it’s the decorations or centerpieces. While flowers are most popular, we’ve seen lots of succulents, feathers, and foliage of late.
Don’t put on your buttonhole until the last moment to keep it looking as fresh as possible for the photographs.
Pocket squares are a really slick and effortless way to add a pop of color and a stylish finish to your suit. You can choose a pattern to match your tie or a contrasting color for your handkerchief.
Choose a precise Presidential Fold for a sleek sixties look, a Puffed Fold for a flamboyant finish, or a Pointed fold to show off your pocket square expertise.
Cuff links are an essential part of formal dressing, and a great opportunity to show off your personality with your wedding day look.
Choose between fun looks, or opt for something vintage with added meaning behind it. Maybe Grandpa’s cuff links will add to the meaning of the day. This could be the groom’s something old!
Whether you choose blue Lego blocks, simple silver pins, or the brass monogrammed pair passed down from your grandfather, make sure your cufflinks reflect you and your style.
Grooms love socks! Personalized initials, bright colors, or bold prints, socks are another aspect of your attire where you can have a little fun.
Think about your groomsmen, and come up with something meaningful, whether it’s your favorite football team or your favorite super heroes, to sport on your socks as a team for your wedding day.
There’s something special about a man wearing suspenders on your wedding day.
Not only do they keep your pants up, but they look really elegant and handsome too.
Wear suspenders, and you’ll look sharp all day long, even when your tie is lost, your jacket abandoned, and you’re moving on the dance floor like a crazy man.
5 EXPERT TIPS FOR LOOKING SHARP ON YOUR WEDDING DAY
1. If Wearing a Bow Tie, Prep it!
Did you know that only 1% of adult men actually know how to tie their own bow ties? While it is a skill that is easily learned, don’t wait until the day of the wedding.
You will probably be nervous, already had a drink to two with the boys, and there simply isn’t enough time to search YouTube for the perfect bow tie tutorial.
2. POLISH YOUR SHOES
Nothing looks more out of place on a formal ensemble than dirty dress shoes.
Give your shoes the extra shine for your big day, and in case you are wearing new shoes, use shoe trees a few weeks prior to your wedding day to stretch them out a little
3. WEAR A BOUTONNIERE
The boutonniere is a perfect accessory to set yourself apart from your groomsmen and your guests.
This is especially important if you are having a black tie event with everyone dressed in a black tux, white shirt, and black bow tie.
4. LIGHT ON STARCH
Starch will add stiffness to your shirt’s collar and cuffs.
While a nicely shaped collar will give you sartorial style points, don’t overdo it. Tell your dry-cleaner to go “light” on the starch.
5. TIE YOUR TIE TO THE RIGHT LENGTH
If wearing a regular tie, of distinction, of course, tie your tie so that the tip ends near the center of your belt buckle.
A tie that is tied well past your belt or way too short looks way out of place and people will notice.
There you have it! If you have questions or need more information, contact me. I have a fashion marketing degree, along with being a wedding consultant that can make your day awesome.
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