Over the past couple of years, I have read a lot of wedding-related articles and have noticed that there is very little advice out there for grooms. This is especially the case when it comes to buying their wedding suit. So, I thought I would do my bit to start bridging the gap by writing this short groom outfit shopping guide.
Shop in the right places
My first tip is to shop for your wedding suit in the right places. There is a great range of menswear available at Jacamo. Importantly, they cater for men of all ages and offer them in sizes 34 to 62, with a good choice of trouser and jacket lengths. Shopping somewhere like this gives you plenty of options. Naturally, this improves your chances of finding what you want and being able to buy the same or similar suits for your groomsmen.
Match the theme
It is very important to buy something that fits in with the overall look and feel of your wedding. You want to complement your bride and the rest of the wedding party.
Buy something you like
However, that does not mean that you should wear something you do not feel comfortable in. Your wedding day is one of the most important of your life. The last thing you want is to spend it wearing an outfit that makes you feel ridiculous. Doing so, will just zap your confidence and mean that you will cringe every time you look at your wedding photos.
Start the shopping process early
This is one of the reasons it is important not to leave the shopping for your wedding suit to the last minute. You need time to discuss what you are going to wear with your bride and find something suitable.
However, if you are planning to lose a lot of weight or hit the gym for a few months prior to your wedding, be careful not to buy your suit too early. Just go out shopping and try on some possibilities. If you find something you really like take lots of photos. That way when you are close to having completed your physical transformation, you will be able to use the photo as a reference and find something similar.
Do use a tailor
Even if you opt to buy an off the peg suit put some money aside to have it properly fitted. Doing this will make a huge difference to how good you look and feel on the day.
Again, be sure to start the fitting process early enough. You need to try your entire outfit on at least a month before you are due to get married. This timescale allows your tailor enough time to make the adjustments and for you to try it on again. About a week before your wedding day book a final fitting, so any last-minute adjustments can be made. This is particularly important if you get nervous and end up losing three or four pounds in the days leading up to your wedding day.
If you are not 100% sure how your suit should fit, read this article. It is written a way that is easy for a lay person to understand.
Have a fall back plan
On the day, get dressed early. That way if anything has been missed, you have an hour or two to fix things. It is always worth having a spare shirt to hand. Also, make sure that someone in the wedding party has a cleaning kit that can be used to quickly deal with any spills or stains.
This post was written in collaboration with Jacamo. I truly believe in helping grooms (and brides) look at all outlets for their wedding day fashion and Jacamo help supply excellent fitting suits to grooms of all sizes, from a small to 5XL.