The Ultimate Guide: What to Wear to a Formal Wedding

It doesn’t matter if you’re the one walking down the aisle or just another guest on the list, you should always look good at a wedding. Here are some tips on how a man should dress at a formal wedding in order to be picture perfect.

The Suit or Tuxedo

The groom’s suit is everything. All eyes will be on you (and your bride) for the majority of the wedding so you must look on point. Your suit needs to fit perfectly and you should feel great in it.

The guest should stick to a slim fit suit. You should keep the colors modest, as you don’t want to outshine the groom. If you’re on a budget and looking to invest in a suit, make sure it’s something that you’re likely to wear again.

If you’re thinking about wearing a tuxedo, the fit is very important. Tuxedos come in three different cuts: the classic, modern and slim fit. Each is a little different in its own way so consult with your tailor to see what works best on your body type. Moreover, with tuxedos, the most noticeable difference is the satin on the lapel jacket, which creates a more elegant romantic feel.
The Shirt

The groom is stuck in this department – he most likely has to wear a white dress shirt. But the good news is that you can actually make a statement with your white shirt. Try an open collar look or a semi-cut away collar.

The guest, on the other hand, can play around with their shirt. You can pretty much get away with any appropriate colored, well-fitted shirt.

The Tie

The groom’s tie is an important part to his overall look. Most of the time, the tie will match with the bride’s dress or theme of the wedding. It is recommended that the tie should be silk and tied in a half Windsor knot.

The guest has a lot of flexibility here. They can gamble a bit regarding what type, size and color to wear depending on the impression they want to make. Options are endless.

The Pocket Square

The groom’s pocket square should be neat and angular. The fabric should be slick and it should make the groom look sharp.

The guest gets to play around with this a bit. Pocket squares are an effortless way to add a pop of color and differentiate your suit. Therefore, if you’re feeling playful, you can always opt for a colorful or patterned pocket square.
The Watch

The groom should keep this simple and classic. Perhaps you may want the strap to match with your shoes or color of your tie, it’s up to you. However, don’t pick a chunky watch because at the end of the day, you don’t want the watch to steal the show.

The guest should also keep their watch simple, nothing too bulky or sporty. Everyone has a watch that they save for special occasions – now’s the time to wear it.

The Shoes

For the groom, it’s pretty straightforward. You should go for classic black dress shoes that are well shined and modest. The shoes should also match your belt color.

On the other hand, the guest in this case can be a little more adventurous in terms of footwear. Instead of boring black, try dark chocolate brown shoes. We recommend wearing something that you’re comfortable in since you’ll be dancing later too.

Remember, it’s not just about what you wear, but how you wear it. Finish off your wedding day ensemble by looking well groomed. Trim your beard to match with the occasion. Your hair should also look on point – get it styled before the wedding. Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy the wedding, dance the night away and to smile!

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