When it comes to “all things wedding”, there has been a stereotype set that this day is all about the bride. In many ways, I wholeheartedly agree that the bride is the focal point. Or I should say, 1/2 of the focal point. Because, let’s be honest — if it wasn’t for her partner, there wouldn’t be a wedding happening! Being a Washington, DC wedding photographer, I would so love to see a shift in this industry where we focus on the couple and their relationship, rather than them individually. That all being said, I run a blog where one of my largest topics is called Bridal Business!! That may sound like me being a hypocrite, but in general, most of my readers and followers are women and so I want to make sure I am serving them! Plus I just liked the name :)
All of this is just a very long, roundabout way of saying this week’s Bridal Business is to discuss the groom’s attire for the wedding day! The groom’s outfit doesn’t get quite as much attention as a bride’s dress, but it is equally important. Whether or not you share a first look, the fact remains that he will be standing at the end of the aisle, waiting for his bride to arrive and become his wife. And while he waits, he wants to look GOOD! So I wanted to share a few tips with all future grooms on how to polish up your wedding day attire!
1. Buy vs. Rent
A lot of guys end up renting suits/tuxedos through one of the big chains. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this, and I definitely think they’ve come a long way in getting these closer to a perfect fit. But the truth is, at the end of the day it’s not your suit and you cannot get it precisely tailored to your body! Plus, you’ll have to deal with the hassle of picking them up and returning them post-wedding. Buying can be a bit more expensive, but a great suit/tux never goes out of style and is sure to be worn countless times throughout the year. Just be on the lookout for one of those mega “Buy 1, Get 5 Free” sales – the groom and his groomsmen could all pitch in on this together!
2. Find a great tie!
If buying an entirely new suit/tux isn’t in the budget, I would definitely still recommend looking into purchasing your own tie/bow tie which will spruce up your outfit for a fraction of the cost! The rentals all come with very generic options and finding that perfect shade to match the bouquet or bridesmaid’s dresses would really make for a standout wedding party! I love the choices offered by TieBar – they have every color/pattern you could ever dream of!
3. Don’t forget to accessorize!
Those little details really set the outfit apart and are an inexpensive way to jazz up a rental! Everything from a small tie bar to unique cuff links can make a huge difference and add a personal touch. I also love a great pair of shoes and think those can make or break an outfit – you’ll be on your feet all day and want to be comfortable and let’s be honest, those plastic ones that come with the suit definitely don’t accommodate that! Top all of this off with a gorgeous boutonniere and when all the eyes on you, waiting for your bride to walk down the aisle, you’ll be perfectly styled!