Whether you’re having a Winter wedding, a Summer wedding or a wedding abroad, there is always a checklist that you need to stick to that ensures that your day goes exactly as planned. While the bride may have her tasks such as the flowers, dress and everything in between, and you’re keeping the in-laws happy amongst other things, it won’t be long before your attention turns to kitting out the guys that will be by your side throughout the day: your groomsmen.
It’s probably not until you sit down to try and pick a stylish suit that you’re going to realise just how difficult this task can be. With everyone’s own unique style and varying body types, choosing a suit that will be right for everyone can be a tough ask.
Groomsmen suits often tie in nicely with the theme of the wedding, and the groom himself may decide on a contrasting 3 piece suit that stands out from his groomsmen party. All in all, suits for weddings are one of our most popular means of trade. Here at Leonard Silver, you know that you’ll be suited and booted in only the finest for your special day.
Continue reading this article if you’re on the hunt for wedding suits for groom and groomsmen. This guide will help you decide on how to dress the guys on your wedding day; ensuring that everyone looks dapper.
Do the suits need to match?
It’s common for your groom and groomsmen suits to match. Your wedding smart wear acts almost as a uniform, separating your oldest and loyalist mates from the rest of the pack. But there’s nothing set in stone that says uniformity must always be the case. And, to maintain that sense of consistency in dress, you could choose a common theme such as patterns, colour or one of the smaller details like a pocket square or silk tie.
That should leave enough scope for personalisation elsewhere such as choosing to wear a waistcoat or a fitted/non-fitted suit jacket. As a tip: If you’re going to give your groomsmen free-reign over what they wear, which is always a risk, then send a swatch of cloth to every individual so they all have the same starting point (and hopefully they won’t end up too far away from it!).
Find your level
Some people will opt for ultra formal dress such as a morning suit for their big day, while others prefer to go down a slightly less formal route. But whatever your decision is, as the groom, you need to make sure you’re the best dressed.
However, make sure you don’t go too far to the extreme. If your groomsmen are dressed in a fairly informal suit then the groom is wearing a full three-piece suit, cravat, the whole ‘shabang’ can create a disconnect and look uncoordinated. Find a happy medium by choosing the style you’re going for and separating yourself from your groomsmen by wearing a statement piece such as pocket square, time-piece, cufflinks or something that the guys around you won’t be.
As another idea, have your groomsmen suits match your pocket square or tie. You can be in a fully blue groomsmen suit, while your party can wear the same material as an accent for their outfit.
It can often go forgotten when deciding on what you and your groomsmen are going to wear on your feet, but it is just as important as the rest of the ensemble. It’s best to go for a classic style that will suit the class and elegance of the day. Mens brogues, loafers, derby shoes or, if you’ve opted for more of a dress down occasion, then you could even go for a Chelsea boot. Of course, the colour is entirely dependent on your suit but sticking to a traditional brown or black is always a fail-safe.
Do groomsmen pay for their suits?
This is a question that often gets asked when attending a wedding. Will the groomsmen suits be paid for by those wearing them or by the soon-to-be-couple? Traditionally speaking, it is usually the groomsmen who pay for their suits and they also buy them outright. However, this doesn’t mean to say that you have to do the same.
If it's your wedding and you want to treat the guys in your life that you’re closest to, it's completely up to you. This is often seen when the wedding party is of a smaller scale.
How much should groomsmen pay for suits?
This is another question we often get asked. There is no set figure on how much you or one of your groomsmen should pay for a suit but in most cases, our 3 piece suits are popular for weddings and these range from £2-400. This tends to be the case in general. When buying a suit, it's always a good idea to find one that you can wear again and again.
Groomsmen Suits UK at Leonard Silver
Here at Leonard Silver, we have a vast array of wedding suits available for all members of the groomsmen party. From high-end brands such as Remus Uomo and Gibson London, as well as our very own Leonard Silver collection, you and your groomsmen will be spoilt for choice when finding the right suits for your big day.