This blog post is one I’ve wanted to get down for a while, and it’s all about groom suit styles for every occasion. Having recently found myself looking for the perfect suit for my own wedding I feel in a good place to guide all you potential grooms looking for a wedding suit. As everyone knows, everyone’s eyes will be on the bride’s dress, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an equal effort. Your wedding day is the most important day of your life too, so be smart and impress your wife to be on your wedding day with a perfectly fitting groom suit. There are many different types of wedding suits for grooms and choosing a suit can be a tough decision, trust me I’ve been there. There is a lot to think about when choosing what you’ll wear to get married and with the overwhelming amount of suit designers in the fashion industry, it can be a little daunting to make your choice.

My first word of advice I can offer right from the beginning: Don’t rent a suit for your special day! The groom suit, just like the wedding dress, will always be a reminder of the most important day of your life. This is the perfect chance to surprise your future wife with the most amazing outfit you have ever worn. A perfect fitting groom suit will give you the confidence of marrying the woman of your dreams and being with her for the rest of your life.

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Groom Suit Styles

Besides from the multitude of choice, there are several other limitations for consideration when picking the type of suit you intend to wear on your wedding day. For example, the time of year, expected temperatures or the wedding venue. I’ve written this blog post to hopefully guide you on how to choose the most appropriate groom suit depending on location, different styles and for whom they are made for. The following are some of the best known classification of groom suits based on the wedding types (from the most formal wedding to the least formal and most festive weddings). This is a great starting point to narrow down your search for the type of suit you should buy.

Groom Suits for Formal Weddings

This category of groom suits contains three wedding suits for men. The Tuxedo, the Tailcoat and the three-piece suit.

The Tuxedo – The timeless and classy wedding tuxedo conveys that element of formality into your big day. You can really make yourself stand out in a sophisticated black tuxedo or suit and black bow tie. For a customary experience, remember to keep it strictly black tie, ideally a bow tie to remain super formal. Generally speaking the tuxedo contracts from the wedding suit in having a satin trim. For a more modern twist why not try a contrasting navy blue satin.

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The Tailcoat – The tailcoat is the most formal choice of them all. The most formal choice will consist of a black tailcoat, worn open as it fits the body very snugly, a black pair of pants, a bow tie, white shirt with a detachable collar, waistcoat and leather shoes. This look is often featured in movies and is seen mostly in events for the super elite.

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The Three Piece – Regardless of whether you are rocking a single-breasted or double-breasted wedding suit, you can opt for a white and black combo to set a conventional tone. These types of wedding suits for grooms won’t take the sparkle of the bride but will make you look very dapper. Continuing the formal, look pick a bow tie or a well designed tie.

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Groom Su5 wedding suit style ideasits for Formal Weddings This category of groom suits contains three wedding suits for men. The Tuxedo, the Tailcoat and the three-piece suit.

Groom Suits for Casual Weddings

Great casual wedding attire for grooms is a laid back two-piece suit. This way, whether you’re having a beach party or a sunny destination wedding, you can opt for an attire with or without a waistcoat. Or even just wearing only a waistcoat and drop the morning coat for that easygoing, yet exquisite look.

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Groom Suits for City Weddings

City wedding are the most convenient for you and your guest, with city’s being easily accessible and a plethora of hotels to choose from this is a popular choice for most. Most city wedding locations will be hotels or city halls, if you find yourself choosing this option for your special day you can either wear a formal or more casual groom suit.  This really should be dictated by the chosen wedding venue you celebrate your love. For example a boutique hotel requires a more formal approach to groom attire. If your takes place in a city hall, than a two piece groom suit can be worn.

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Groom Suits for Vintage / Countryside Weddings

Vintage weddings are very on trend and quite common in every country nowadays. The great vibe to these weddings is that it doesn’t matter if the wedding location takes place in a garden, a lake, vineyard or a country field. You can easily create a vintage wedding vibe by choosing rustic decor. The most popular colour palette being dusty pink and grey combined with wooden furniture and decorations. For this style of wedding there really is only 2 styles.

The Tweed Suit – There’s something supremely sophisticated about a tweed suit. A very popular choice of attire possibly inspired by the covetable costumes in Netflix crime drama, Peaky Blinders! Based on the practical, outdoorsy garments traditionally favoured by British aristocracy, the heritage look works perfectly for autumn and winter weddings. When it comes to the tweed grooms wear, the possibilities are endless – the effect can be edgy, dapper, relaxed or even eccentric!

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The Corduroy Vintage Suit – These suits are great to lean into that vintage 70’s feeling with great retro colours such as warm brown,  rich cognac; or play the part of the refined vintage Italian guy with a dusty green. Deep navy and black colour looks great in the evening under tungsten garden lights, which means you more or less never have to take it off.

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Groom Suits for Beach Weddings

The best type of suit you can wear for exotic and beach weddings is a Lounge suit. They are so much more easy going due to their light to medium colours. Lounge suits can be worn with or without a tie and are generally single-breasted. The right choice of fabric for beach weddings would be either linen or cotton. Linen is the most popular choice for beach suits, and for good reason. Linen is great quality, strong, and highly breathable; so great for summer beach weddings. A safe choice would be the beige linen suit, see below for variants of shades but this style is really the go to look for beach weddings

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Don’t like beige? That’s ok, there are other tones which work just swell, like a white linen suit, a blue or light blue linen suit. All of these are great stylish shades and it’s a way of making the wedding a little more formal without sweating.

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Final Thoughts

Regardless of whether your wedding is formal or casual, the fit of your wedding suit must be accurate to remain sharp. Get properly measured and make sure that the suit is adjusted to fit. Aside from choosing the right fabric, colour, detailing, and stitching, you still need a wedding suit style that compliments your physique. A final little tip would be to look out for these smaller but practical details when choosing your groom suit: hand stitched sleeve lining, a flower loop, hand finished interior pocket, vented pleat and a hidden pocket – the most ideal place for keeping those all important wedding bands!

How about you?

Getting married in 2020 or beyond? If you liked my thoughts on different groom suit styles for every occasion, please don’t hesitate to get in touch as I would love to talk about your special day! Getting married abroad? I would love to travel abroad to capture more beautiful weddings with amazing backdrops so if your an adventurous couple looking to get hitched abroad please get in touch as I would love to travel and get some more destination weddings under my belt! Get in touch here.

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