Suited For The Ceremony
17 December 2018

The groom has more to do than just getting the rings and himself to the wedding on time. He has to dress the part.

It’s your big day and you pull out all the stops when it comes to preparing and unforgettable event. Your wardrobe essentials for the wedding and the dinner or luncheon that follows are the showstoppers.

We encourage our clients to not go overboard when it comes to wearing the right suit for their big occasion. We advise them against wearing anything that’s the trend of the moment. This is because we wouldn’t want them to look back years later and cringe! We don’t want our clients to look at their wedding photographs and go ‘Oh my, what was I thinking!’. We rather they look back and appreciate what they see even 10 or 20 years on.

It’s best to maintain a classic look as opposed to something thematic or on trend. For example, the K-pop trend of the moment; where suits that are really short, very colourful, thematic and playful. It’s best to go classic as it’s timeless.

Grooms should also pay heed to the cultural requirements of the occasion. Should you be partaking in a cultural ceremony, do wear a traditional outfit to complement the bride and the occasion.

 

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A GROOM’S OUTFIT

Grooms can start planning their wedding ensemble with a two-piece suit and build on that. Begin with a jacket and pants in the same colour such as dark blue, black or charcoal grey. Use plain material as opposed to patterned. Patterned material like stripes may project a more corporate image, which you may want to avoid.

Adding on to the suit, we suggests wearing a tie. Go with a plain coloured tie. Small, subtle patterns are still wearable.

Switching up the look, one can progress to a three-piece ensemble by throwing on a vest. This would give your look more distinction; opt to add on a tie or a bowtie.

From three-piece, one can also move on to a tuxedo. Wear a tuxedo, maintain the bowtie, have a pleated shirt and cummerbund. We strongly recommend this look for the formal occasion, this is the ultimate dress-up.

Bear in mind that tuxedos are meant to be worn from 6pm onwards and not for the morning. The tuxedo, a gentlemen’s outfit, was made in such a way that a man was relegated to stand in the shadows when out with his lady. It was to allow a lady to shine in all her finest, as the gentlemen stood aside without overshadowing her.

For tuxedos, classic black is encouraged. Should the groom prefer something different, midnight blue is another choice to consider. It’s more trendy and current as opposed to the classic black. A white tuxedo can also be considered or a locality with topical climate.

BUILDING BLOCKS FOR A GROOM’S OUTFIT

Grooms can start planning their wedding ensemble with a two-piece suit and build on that. Begin with a jacket and pants in the same colour such as dark blue, black or charcoal grey. Use plain material as opposed to patterned. Patterned material like stripes may project a more corporate image, which you may want to avoid.

Adding on to the suit, we suggests wearing a tie. Go with a plain coloured tie. Small, subtle patterns are still wearable.

Switching up the look, one can progress to a three-piece ensemble by throwing on a vest. This would give your look more distinction; opt to add on a tie or a bowtie.

From three-piece, one can also move on to a tuxedo. Wear a tuxedo, maintain the bowtie, have a pleated shirt and cummerbund. We strongly recommend this look for the formal occasion, this is the ultimate dress-up.

Bear in mind that tuxedos are meant to be worn from 6pm onwards and not for the morning. The tuxedo, a gentlemen’s outfit, was made in such a way that a man was relegated to stand in the shadows when out with his lady. It was to allow a lady to shine in all her finest, as the gentlemen stood aside without overshadowing her.

For tuxedos, classic black is encouraged. Should the groom prefer something different, midnight blue is another choice to consider. It’s more trendy and current as opposed to the classic black. A white tuxedo can also be considered or a locality with tropical climate.

Pairing different colours is permissible, but ensure the look isn’t too garish. If wearing a midnight blue tux, you may pair it with black trousers. The tuxedo jacket can be a little outlandish in material choice, such as trimmings of brocade for some contrast, but be sure to limit this only to the jacket and not to the trousers too; it would definitely be over-the-top.

The versatility of the suit offers many options for the stylish groom. We suggest in Chinese wedding when the groom heads off to meet his bride at her home, he could inject a bit of colour into his main suit. Opt for a pink shirt, be playful even, as the occasion calls for that.

If you’re on a budget, transform your look with the same suit for the evening with a crisp white shirt with a French cuff, complement the look with a bowtie or tie.

As with every ensemble, a suit wouldn’t look complete without the right accessories. Accessories help bring together all the colours or themes of the wedding. If your colour is pink, the opt for a pink pocket square to adhere to the overall look of the day.

The keep-it-simple theme further extends to the boutonnière . We advise grooms to wear real flowers. It doesn’t take a lot of effort. Keeping it understated is also important as you wouldn’t want it to detract attention away from your suit.

Cufflinks, too, are given due attention. Keep away from anything outlandish. Put on a timeless piece and not anything to fancy or cringe-worthy like a skull!

Another key element to bear in mind is the choice of watch the groom wears on his wedding day. Always wear a dress watch; the flat type. This will allow the shirt sleeve to stay down at the wrist. Bulky watches hinder the overall look whereby the cuffs get caught at the watch and stay there, and are not visible under the suit.

Should the groom insist on wearing bulky piece on his big day, it’s important to inform his suit maker of his choice. We’re able to factor in the size of the watch when taking measurements, allowing ample room to accommodate the bulge.

It has been said that shoes make the man, so don’t leave leave this important piece out of the equation. A patent black shoe is preferred for those wearing a black tuxedo. For suits, any lace-up, black pair would complete the look. The pointy variety is preferred over square ones.

The lighter the suit, the lighter coloured a shoe you can opt for. For example a blue suit pairs well with a brown pair of shoes. However this works for day use only, and not for evenings.

Complete the ensemble with long black socks. Steer clear of the ankle-high ones as they are deemed inappropriate.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Another key factor to bear in mind when planning your wardrobe for the wedding is the type of occasion it will be. Whether it’s for an outdoor, traditional or indoor wedding, suiting options vary to enable a comfortable fit for the right environment. Factors such as ease of movement, and weather, especially for outdoor weddings, are crucial to consider before making your choice.

One has more options for a garden wedding. A jacket, trousers, shirt, tie or even a bowtie work well. Garden weddings allow for a bit more colour. Beige, light greys and blues work nicely. Having said this, the choice of colour should relate to the time of the day you’d be wearing the suit. If it’s earlier in the day, even pastel green works.

In our climate, choice of material is key. You wouldn’t want to look like you’ve just stepped out of the gym after a workout with sweaty spots when you;re dressed to a T! Wear cottons and linens to suit our hot weather. Even a mix of cottons will do the trick. Cottons are natural fibres and breathe well.

Another favourite outdoor setting for a wedding is the beach. With the breezy conditions, opt for linen. Linen gives an outdoorsy, relaxed feel to the whole occasion.

The groom can wear a vest with his shirt and a tie or bowtie to complement it. Another option would be to wear a linen jacket minus the waistcoat. If the groom wishes to be less formal, he can go with just linen waistcoat and shirt with the sleeves rolled up.

The best colours for a groom’s linen outfit would be more neutral, muted tones such as khaki, beige and light grey.

To inject a little character into your ensemble, we suggest going barefoot or wearing a pair of sandals.

GROOMSMEN

No one gets left behind when it comes to a wedding entourage. At Wardrobe, even the groomsmen get suited in our finest offerings.

We advise the groomsmen to adopt a different look. It lends variety to the occasion. You may have a colour theme to work with, and that unifying colour binds the wedding entourage. For example, if it’s blue, have your groomsmen in different shades of blue and in different styles. To bring everyone together, you may choose to have the same pocket squares, ties or even boutonnières for all of them. Having every groomsman in the exact same outfit would make them look like a wedding band!

TRADITIONAL WEDDING

  • Wear a traditional outfit, not a suit

BEACH WEDDING

  • Wear linen
  • Stick with neutral colours
  • Go barefoot or wear sandals
  • Vest + shirt + trousers + bowtie or tie
  • Jacket + shirt + trousers
  • Waistcoat + shirt (rolled-up sleeves) + trousers

GARDEN WEDDING

  • Wear linen or cotton
  • Use more colour (i.e. beige, light grey or blue and pastel green)
  • Jacket + shirt + trousers + tie or bowtie

TUXEDOS

  • Classic black is best
  • Options of midnight blue for a trendier look
  • Wear patent black lace-ups
  • To be worn after 6pm

WEDDING SUITS

  • Use plain material, not patterned
  • Go with a plain coloured tie
  • Transform 2-piece suit into a 3-piece with a vest
  • Light coloured suit for the day, and 3-piece suit or tuxedo for the evening
  • Suit + light coloured shirt for the day, and same suit + white shirt + bowtie or tie for evening

GROOMSMEN

  • Different styles for all
  • Varying shades of colours
  • Same boutonnière for all
  • Same pocket square for all

ACCESSORIES

  • Plained coloured ties and bowties
  • Understated real floral boutonnière
  • Pocket square to match colour theme
  • Simple cufflinks
  • Dress watch
  • Pointy black lace-ups with long black socks
  • Pair lighter coloured suits with lighter coloured shoes