February 15, 2022

A Guide to Groom and Groomsmen Attire

Guest blogger Tess DiNapoli has written today’s post, which is a guide to groom and groomsmen attire. Enjoy!

When it comes to wedding attire, it’s no secret that the groom and his groomsmen are in the spotlight. It is important to choose outfits that will look great together and reflect the overall style of the wedding. So, how do you go about putting together the perfect look for you and your groomsmen?

Here is a guide to help get you started.

Groom and groomsmen in black tuxedos for wedding at Rancho Bernardo inn on the Aragon lawn. Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Consider the Formality of the Wedding

For starters, the formality of your wedding can dictate a lot about your attire. If you’re hosting an ultra-casual backyard ceremony and reception in the summertime, it’s likely that more traditional suits or tuxedos will seem out of place. Instead, opt for less formal ensembles like khakis and sport coats for you and your groomsmen. If you’re planning a classic and romantic wedding, on the other hand, more formal suits with a touch of style and flair are the way to go.

If it’s a black-tie affair, then suits or tuxedos are pretty much mandatory for everyone involved. Just remember that all of the men in your wedding party should be dressed in a similar manner so as not to look mismatched.

Think of When You’re Planning to Have the Wedding

The season and the specific time of year will determine a few things about your attire. For instance, summer calls for lighter fabrics like cotton while winter may call for a wool suit or tux with an overcoat. Think of what colors to use. Remember that depending on the weather, you’ll also want to protect your skin with a hypoallergenic cleanser and moisturizer to keep you looking fresh throughout the day.

Groomsmen in tuxedos for a wedding at Rancho Valencia. Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Consider What the Bride and Her Bridesmaids Are Wearing

The groom and groomsmen should always consider what the bride and her bridesmaids are wearing. You don’t want to clash with the bride’s colorful wedding scheme or style. If you’re not sure what the bride and her bridesmaids are going for, ask her. She’ll likely be happy to give you some ideas.

Go ahead and ask the bride to send you some photos or color swatches of her bridesmaid’s dresses. This is a great way to get an idea of what they’ll be wearing without spoiling the surprise. It can help you narrow down your choices on attire, as well. If you’re still struggling to find something that matches, consider going with a neutral color palette like black, navy, or gray.

Remember That the Groom Should Stand Out

As the groom, you’re the star of the show, so you must stand out from the groomsmen. While your attire may be similar to that of the other men at the wedding party, it should still stand out. You can choose a different color or style of your tie than your groomsmen. You may also want to consider a different type of suit, style, color, or fabric.

Don’t forget to accessorize your attire to make you stand out even more. A pocket square, cufflinks, a watch, and a boutonniere are all top accessories for men that add personality to your look. A combination of great-looking attire and the right accessories can help you look your best on your big day.

Groom getting ready for the wedding. Cavin Elizabeth Photography

Order Your Attire Early and Prep Everything Else

Once you’ve decided what to wear, the colors, style, and the general look you’re going for, it’s time to order your attire. Most grooms will have their attire ordered six months in advance, sometimes even earlier than that. This is also a great time to get all your groomsmen together to choose the perfect shoes to go with your attire. For instance, if you’re wearing tuxedos, you may want to pair those tuxedo dress shoes.


Author Bio

Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, but also enjoys covering the fashion industry and world of fitness.