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So, you’re getting married! Congratulations! With all the fuss around the bride’s wedding dress, it’s often easy to overlook the groom’s suit but if the bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day then why wouldn’t the groom? Choosing the best wedding suit can be just as tricky as choosing the perfect dress so today we’re here to share four pointers to help.

Make it different from your everyday work suit

Probably one of the most important points to consider is that your wedding suit shouldn’t feel or look like your everyday work suit. That doesn’t mean it shouldn’t feel comfortable but remember wedding suits are meant to ‘look good’ when you’re standing up which means they won’t feel the same as your everyday suit. This means that you might have to compromise slightly on function – the lapel is likely to sit slightly differently – as are the pockets and just the general fit will feel a bit different to what you may be used to.

Think of fabrics and colour

Another important point to consider is fabrics. Tweed might be your favourite, and would look fantastic for a country wedding theme however if you’re getting married in the peak of summer then this might not actually be practical. For this reason, it’s a good idea to start having a think about fabrics and colour scheme early on. If you have chosen a colour palette for the wedding or indeed a theme, then it’s likely that you’re going to want a wedding suit to compliment this.

Get measured and try different styles

Before choosing which suit works best for you it’s essential to get measured. Not all men are lucky enough to be able to buy straight from the rail when it comes to suits so be sure to stop by a tailor and get properly measured. Believe it or not, men are the same as women in the sense that different styles will suit different body shapes. This means that subtle differences in jacket, collar and trouser style can all make a huge impact on the overall look. It is therefore essential to try on some different styles to see what will compliment your frame. If you’d rather miss the tailor and do some of your own shopping for separates, remember the 3 key measurements you will need are: the overarm (around the shoulders, over the biceps with arms relaxed at the sides); the chest (the circumference under the armpits with the arms by the sides); and the seat (around the hips and rear – remember to take your wallet out of your pocket!)

Hiring a suit

If you’re planning a wedding on a tight budget, or just don’t want to splash a lot of your wedding budget on a suit you’ll only wear once (wedding suits can be costly) then hiring may be a good option. More and more grooms are opting for this for many reasons. One being that since your cost of hiring will be significantly lower, this means that you can afford to accessorize more – i.e. top hats, bow ties, pocket watches etc. Hiring is also a fantastic option for grooms wishing to choose something totally wacky that they wouldn’t normally go for. Trends come and go, so maybe it’s something you’d love to wear on your wedding day but can’t necessarily see yourself wearing in the future. Similarly, you may want to choose a suit in a colour which matches the bridal party and colour theme – so again, it’s unlikely that you’ll wear it again.

And that’s our top 4 tips on how to choose a wedding suit. If we could give one last tip it would be to think about styles at the very start of the planning process when the bride is choosing her dress – Pinterest is always a great start for inspiration. We’re sure this will help you on your way to some sharp suiting and booting when the big day finally arrives.