But he also needs to fit in well with everyone else in the wedding party. Mix-and-match styling is your best tool. It will set the groom apart to match the bride but with a few details to make sure he won’t look out of place with his groomsmen. It’s important to get balance right, so here are four wedding party looks that hit the sweet spot.
Tails transform a smart outfit into a special one. Popular for weddings (particularly ever since Beckham wore full tails on Harry and Meghan’s big day), these suits are traditional and elegant, and they help mark the occasion by being unmistakably different from what you wear the rest of the time.
If the bride is wearing white or ivory, you can help the groom match in an ivory waistcoat, while the groomsmen wear waistcoats in the colour of the jacket as a contrast. Or follow in Beckham’s footsteps and put the groom in black tails with a grey double-breasted waistcoat while the groomsmen stick to single-breasted. Pale pinks and nudes are trending wedding colours at the moment, and they’re versatile. Even if nude tones aren’t your colour scheme, they’ll work with any flowers and bridesmaid dresses, which can be helpful if you’re struggling to get the perfect match.
If you’re planning a barn wedding or one outside, tweed suits will really look the part. There’s a scale for tweed, from traditional green and browns to more urban grey tones.
Put the groom in a full tweed three-piece with a vintage-inspired waistcoat then have the groomsmen nod to his look in tweed waistcoats worn with a plain suit or a tweed two-piece with a waistcoat in a contrasting colour. After something more casual? Skip the waistcoat altogether, or take it down even further for the wedding party with tweed waistcoats against plain jackets and trousers.
All tweed goes with rich colours, like yellow, orange and red, but our green tweed has highlights of pink so it’ll also work well with softer colours like purple, pink or blue.
If you’re having a city-centre affair, you may want to go for a more minimalist look with a lounge suit. A grey or navy for your suit will work with any colour accessories for an easy match with the bridesmaids.
Make it look the part for a wedding by matching the groomsmen’s ties and pocket squares to your wedding’s colour palette but keep the groom’s accessories in ivory. You can also double-up on pocket squares with one in ivory and the other in the colour of the bridesmaid dresses for a more blended look.
Getting changed between the wedding breakfast and the evening do is becoming increasingly popular. It can help to shift the mood for the evening, getting you and your guests into the party spirit – especially if the change involves a tux.
An outfit change also means everyone in your wedding party can do their part and look unified for the wedding photos, but then relax into the celebrations later. You’re still looking for them to dress up, not down, but there’s definitely room for them to do it in something more their style.