Guys, let’s talk wedding. It’s probably fair to say that your partner has likely been planning her attire for quite some time and that there have been secretive missions with various female members of her family and friends happening, to which you are pointedly not invited. But the chances are, you haven’t really thought about your own outfit much yet.
There is a misconception that the wedding is, ‘the bride’s day’ and there are sayings about, ‘not upstaging the bride;’ but frankly, this is rubbish. It is your day as a couple and no woman wants to have to stand beside a man who looks as if he has barely made an effort towards his appearance. When she looks back at the photographs of the day, she wants to see clearly that you two, together, are the stand out couple.
So, this is the time for you to make the most of clothing and accessories that on any other day you may not wear. It is a time for a little flamboyance and a lot of style. Gone are the days of boring traditional morning suits in dove grey and whatever tie matches closely enough the bridesmaid’s dresses. Now, is a great time for male styling.
It is your wedding day – a time for celebration not formal, dull uniformity so have a go at injecting a little of your personality into your outfit. Think bowtie or cravat instead of a standard tie. Cufflinks, tie pins and pocket watches are a great way to make your outfit a little more interesting without being over-the-top. Don’t be afraid to inject a bit of bold colour perhaps in a pair of braces or your shoes. The boutonnière does not have to be a standard single bloom, ask the florist to make you something with a little more interest.
You don’t even have to go for a full-blown suit; a tweed waistcoat and shirtsleeves gives a very masculine, rustic look but keeping the essence of quality and gentry. A sharp blazer with pocket chief, coupled with an excellent pair of Italian shoes would give Bond a run for his money.
The main thing to remember is that you don’t have to follow the outdated old rules of the past. If what you choose is an excellent fit, is clean and well pressed, is comfortable and looks as if it is you, not an off-the-peg last minute rush job, then you will never upstage the bride, but can stand next to her and know she is proud to be with the best-dressed man there.
Then all you need to do, is smile at the camera and you will have memories to look back on and love for ever: timeless and stylish.