Lots of grooms are happy to wear the standard uniform of black dinner jacket or tux. Morning suit works for those wanting to do something more formal or traditional. But what about the guys who want to inject some of their own personality into their big day look? After all, it isn't just the bride who'll be standing at the altar, stealing the show at the reception, delivering a speech or enjoying a first dance. Grooms are in the limelight throughout the celebration, too. As Savile Row tailor Richard Anderson put it,
But how can grooms give their wedding suit a fashion-forward edge without overly flouting convention? We asked 5 of the UK's premier tailors for their input in the matter.
"I would ask any client who's looking for 'something different' a lot of questions about the wedding first, to determine what the appropriate 'something different' could be. Once I know where the wedding is taking place, as well as its theme, colours, etc., I could suggest something as simple as a contrast lapel buttonhole shade. Or perhaps something bolder, like a jacket made of the colour of tweed fabric for groom that's hosting a country wedding. This would complement his surroundings, while also assuring he stands out from the crowd. The possibilities are endless!" – Lee Rekert, General Manager
"At very formal occasions, it’s best to play straight down the line. Instead, grooms can concentrate on the finer details: an excellent waistcoat, tie and shirt will add an interesting edge to a standard suit. Piped edges on waistcoats give a sense of refinement without being too brash. Fabrics are also really important, combine subtle herringbones, plains and textures together, as, on close inspection, it will make all the difference." – Oliver Spencer, Founder & Creative Director
"For grooms that want something just a little different, I would suggest they consider a suit in neutral, beige or brown town. Mixed separates in hues of blues or a tuxedo in midnight blue instead of black are also a nice alternative. For someone who is looking to be more adventurous, wearing a coloured or patterned suit can be a great way to differentiate their look, a windowpane check or the more intricate dogstooth check makes for a statement piece. It’s about finding the right balance between incorporating traditional and non-traditional elements. Another great way to mix it up, is to opt for a classic tailored suit jacket in an alternative material like our Black or Royal Blue Velvet Sports Coats, a subtle yet effective way to stray from tradition." – Richard Anderson
"Separates work nicely as something a little different, otherwise a lot of grooms are requesting a contrast waistcoat (with a classic two piece suit) as a twist on morning-wear." – Cutter & Client Manager at Hunstman