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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

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!


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Laura is a 26-year old school counselor living in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Laura is married to the love of her life Josh, whom she met online in February 2010. He proposed in a beautiful park on January 19, 2013, and they had an intimate and elegant wedding at an Asheville vineyard on April 26, 2014.

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  • Harmony {Rustic Folk Weddings}

    This are such incredible tips as I am in the beginning stages of planning my wedding and my while my husband has an idea of the way he wants his groomsmen to look he definitely need assistance in choosing their attire. Great tips!

  • Jenn

    What a great guideline! We are great at dressing girls, but so many times it is intimidating to dress the guys, at least in something they agree to wear!

  • Ally

    Definitely a good bunch of tips to keep in mind. we’re actually going to look for groomsmen attire tomorrow!

  • I am already doing some of these! Our groomsmen will be matching our bridesmaids while wearing bow ties, and my groom will be wearing a pin stripe suit with a mocha colored tie and vest. It sounds odd but it looks really good! The wedding is in October and the groomsmen and bridesmaids will be in a wine color.

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