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GROOM WITH A VIEW

Top Yorkshire and London tailors Norton & Townsend give their top tips for choosing the right suit for your big day.

“What type of suit should I wear to my wedding?” is a question we hear more often than you’d perhaps think, and one with no right or wrong answer.

Trends come and go within fashion, and the style of suits that men wear to weddings is no different. Without launching a tirade about skinny, tapered or even ‘muscle’ fit suits, a positive thing to come from the apparent loosening of sartorial regulations at weddings is that, whilst some questionable decisions will doubtlessly be made, there will also be some great ones.

Grooms have never had more freedom around which style of suit they’re going to don on their big day and from a tailoring perspective, this is fantastic news. By its very nature, bespoke tailoring lends itself to individuality, so whether you’re thinking of a traditional look or something more contemporary – we can cherry pick from what you like, to create exactly what you want.

Whilst we do like to try and adhere to the styling cues that typify the classic styles of a suit worn to weddings – the morning suit, the lounge suit and the dinner suit – we understand that there is always room to take elements from current trends and apply them to bespoke tailoring. Keeping things classic and current can be a fine line, but a line your tailor has walked a thousand times.

Anyone who is married, is getting married or has had a hand in planning a wedding to some degree, will know that there are decisions, on top of choices, on top of options to be considered at every twist and turn. The groom’s suit is no different, and there are a multitude of factors that may need to dictate what type of suit you choose for your wedding day. Some are more sartorial than others, some more of a practical nature, some are financial, and some are societal – but they’re all as important as the next and can have a big impact on your big day, for better or worse.

Knowing what kind of suit to wear at your wedding, picking a style, fabric, colour, pattern and fit – it can be a minefield, but it doesn’t have to be. Heed our advice on the next page, but beyond that – pay attention to the details, and enjoy it!

THE TIME
The time of year and time of day the ceremony is taking place is a big factor to consider. Traditionally, morning or lounge suits would be the obvious choice for morning ceremonies and early afternoon receptions. Whilst ceremonies and receptions in the afternoon and evening tend to be reserved for, well, eveningwear. Though these rules are undoubtedly slackening, you may want to think of styling things slightly differently if you’re planning on breaking them. For example, a tuxedo or dinner suit worn traditionally throughout the day, could look a little jarring in bright, sunlit photographs for a morning ceremony so think about dropping the white dress shirt and bow tie for an all-black ensemble. Similarly, you’re going to melt in that herringbone tweed three-piece you love on a hot summer’s day. In contrast if you’re getting married in mid-winter, you’re not going to get away with a pale linen suit, so, plan ahead, consider how warm or cold you may be, and ask your tailor’s opinion – they’ve probably been to more weddings than you have.

THE BRIDE
This can be a tricky one, depending on how superstitious you are – but if you’re planning to go a little off-piste or inject some of your character into your wedding suit, you might want to have a handle on what style of dress your bride is going to be wearing. It isn’t the be-all-and-end-all that you and the bride match perfectly, as you’ve both got to be comfortable in what you’re wearing but you want to look back on those photos and reflect on what a good match you both are, so knowing whether your bride will be wearing something very contemporary, something classic yet modern or something very traditional, can act as a good barometer for your suit decisions.

SETTING A THEME
By ‘setting a theme’, we’re not referring to the 80s or a Star Trek party, what we really mean is a dress code. A dress code can sound a little stuffy in 2024, but you might want to set at least an expectation of what the guests should be wearing on your own big day. If you’re getting married in the afternoon and having an evening reception, you may want to set black tie or creative black tie as a dress code – in which case, you need to have that tuxedo absolutely on-point and lead by example. On the other end of the spectrum, if you’re jetting off to warmer climes for your I do’s, you might want to make it clear to your guests that reflecting the tropical surroundings was always going to be your modus operandi.

Visit our style guide or weddings page to read a little more into the different suits we can tailor to your needs, or,  if you’ve already heard enough – contact one of the team to book your appointment.

114 Bolling Rd, Ben Rhydding, Ilkley LS29 8PN
10 Artillery Passage, Spitalfields, London E1 7LJ
T: 0345 066 2030
E: bespoke@nortonandtownsend.co.uk
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