One of my favorite wedding tasks so far has been selecting attire for the guys. We decided to go simple by dropping in at Men's Wearhouse. They really make it easy since they're affiliated with David's Bridal, so you can match your color easily. Luckily, we had great associates helping us, and they offered tips and advice on choosing attire for your men. I've brought them to you in a list of do's and don'ts.
The Do's and Don'ts of Groomswear
- Check out Pinterest for ideas first. BSB founder Jessica has a whole board dedicated to groomswear. Gone are the days of basic black suits with matching vests for all of the guys. There's so many options now from suit colors to ties to suspenders and more!
- Find a way to make your wedding party's looks cohesive. This could be from matching the color of the bridesmaids' dresses to the groomsmen's vests to coordinating a look for their bouquets and boutonnieres.
- Set your man apart from the others. This is something I didn't think about before we chose the tuxes, but it makes total sense! You could do this by putting your man in a different color than his guys or by having a different boutonniere than they do.
- Add a simple detail. I once attending a wedding where the groom loved to yo-yo. He wore a yo-yo hanging from his belt loop…what a creative way to bring in the groom's personality!
- Discount the pocket square. Don't feel like a boutonniere is necessary? A lot of brides and grooms opt for their men to wear just a pocket square on their coat. A simple and sophisticated look. (Note: one of my wedding colors is purple, so since I went with purple vests and ties, we opted for a white pocket square. I LOVE purple, but I decided to give the guys a break.)
- Forget to consider your season and venue. Whether your wedding's in the summer on a beach or in the winter in a ballroom, make sure you take that into account when selecting your guys' attire. Since ours is outside in late April, we decided on a gray suit and got all the guys extra shirts. We want to keep the cool during this extravaganza!
- Be afraid to be different by opting for the mismatched wedding party look. One way we're doing this is by having our fathers wear striped ties, and the groomsmen wear solid ties. A small detail goes a long way! (This also applies to your bridesmaids!)
- Follow the rules. With all of the tips and advice out there on wedding planning, I say, Break the rules! If there's something you and your guy love and want that doesn't fit in with “the typical,” whether it's ditching the jackets or going barefoot, go for it!
Hope this helps you in your groomswear search!
Editor's note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more resources for planning a pandemic wedding here.