So you’ve decided together that you would like to formalise your union, picked a wedding planner and perhaps decided that you want to hire a chateau for your wedding. You may even opt for Château Bouffémont, on account of its aristocratic charm, refined interior decor and spectacular manicured French gardens.
Indeed, as an exclusive venue, we are used to many of those who decide to get married with us asking about the finer points of picking a suit for the groom. So, here are the tips that will help you and your beloved to make the right choice of wedding suit sooner.
- Consider the setting
We mentioned our venue above, and this has greater influence on the suit and gown that you choose than you may initially presume.
Those who pick a chateau for wedding their beloved are best advised to go for something relatively formal and traditional. Then, there’s the matter of ensuring your respective outfits are well-coordinated with each other – you won’t want one to overshadow or distract from the other.
- Go for something timeless
‘Trendy’ fashions age quickly. You won’t want your groom to be mocked (even good-naturedly!) by their family members and friends every time the wedding photos are shown in years to come, all because they chose something that was ‘of its time’ to the point of cringe-inducing.
So, ensure they avoid the equivalent of a ‘Dad wearing flares’ moment by pointing them towards a classic and timeless look.
- Pay close attention to the fit
Again, a poorly fitting suit will be glaringly obvious in your wedding photos. That isn’t something you will want all of the family to be reminding themselves of for potentially decades to come.
That means ensuring the suit jacket shoulder lays flat onto your fiancé’s own shoulder, the jacket is just long enough to cover his seat, and his trousers sit on the shoe, with one crease in front of the trousers across the top of the shoe. These are just some of the widely accepted ‘ground rules’ for achieving the most appropriate fit for your groom’s suit.
- Achieve the right level of formality
The matter of how formal an appearance to seek for your fiancé’s wedding suit is naturally connected to several of the aforementioned factors, such as the setting provided by the venue. However, once you do know what formality level is appropriate, it’s important to know which suits lend themselves best to it.
A ‘casual’ suit might be easy enough to achieve, consisting of simply whatever breathable fabric makes him feel comfortable, such as a linen or a cotton. If the outfit needs to be especially formal, however, it could be a great idea to guide him towards a dark wedding suit characterised by a very fine and soft fabric, and peaked lapels for the most confident look.
- Give some thought to the fabric
It’s understandable why many brides and grooms may be drawn to heavier materials for a wedding suit, given their association with quality and expense. Certainly, if it’s quality you want – and a suit that maintains its shape over time – it’s wool, worsted or wool-blended suits that especially fit the bill.
However, even if you are on a budget, you can still achieve a smart look – as well as breathability – when you consider cotton and polyester suits.
- Encourage him to spend a little more
This might sound like quite a cheeky tip, but if there’s one time during your groom’s life that he splurges on anything, it might as well be when he is picking out a wedding suit.
Many years after the wedding, it is unlikely that you will remember the food you served your guests, or even necessarily the venue staff that assisted you, but instead the really big and special things, such as the setting in which you tied the knot and what you were both wearing.
Your wedding is a very special day that calls for a very special gown and suit – and for that, you and your fiancé will probably be thankful for having spent a little more on the outfits you both truly wanted.
Would you appreciate further guidance on how you can pick out the ideal suit for your fiancé? Vogue has detailed five mistakes that the groom needs to avoid when making his decision.