What should a Groom wear on his wedding day? - Swagger & Swoon

What should a Groom wear on his wedding day?

The all-important Grooms outfit, here’s a brief breakdown of what groom's can opt for on their special day. You should be able to classify your wedding as being either:

Wedding classification:

Full formal – Strictly white tie:
White tie is the most formal dress code and typically requires a black jacket/coat with tails and matching trousers accompanied with a white tie (in case that wasn’t obvious)

Semi-Formal – Black tie:
The classic tuxedo with waistband and shawl or peaked lapels but always accompanied by a bow tie.

Conventional – Wedding suit: 
A three-piece suit gives you lots of variations of colours and fabrics, fitting with the type of wedding or season.

Navy Blue Suit


The suits:

Onto the topic of suits, obviously, we all have preferences with our suit colours. Summer and Winter weddings however, require certain styles and colours. Summer suits are often more lightweight and brighter. You may want to opt for light grey, light blue, navy, or beige with a either a cotton or linen blend. As opposed to Winter suits where you’ll want thicker fabrics so focus on wool, flannel, or tweed fabrics, in darker colours such as black, dark grey, brown, or midnight blue.

Tie style:

Now when it comes to tie styles, we have a variety of options. Firstly, a classic and popular option is a standard wedding tie. We stock both regular and skinny ties, we have a whole blog post on Regular vs. Skinny ties if you're torn between the two.  

Groom tying a wedding tie

Cravats are a more traditional option for a wedding and are more suitable for formal occasions. Cravats can be a way to distinguish the wedding party and often make more of a statement with your suit.

Like cravats, bow ties are another chance to add more detail to your groom’s outfit. They look great at casual and formal weddings and can also be teamed with a waistcoat.

Groom bow tie


Accessories are a way to add more flair or personal touches to your suit. Waistcoats are a simple and common addition to a suit, either matching with your suit or alternatively matching with your wedding colour scheme.

Which shoes to choose from!
A black shoe is preferred for formal looks. Regardless of classification, if your suit is dark in colour you should wear black shoes. For navy blue suits, a medium-to-dark brown should be worn.

Cummerbunds are often worn for formal black-tie events. Cummerbunds date back to the 1850s and their purpose was an alternative to a waistcoat to keep men cooler. Cummerbunds are used on the waist to help keep shirts tucked in. Cummerbunds ‘should’ be worn with a bow tie; this is to create a cleaner look and avoid ties or cravats reaching the cummerbund.

Cufflinks are a staple wedding accessory, a way to add a personal touch to your suit with designs and styles significant to you. A small detail that can add depth to your wedding outfit.

Pocket squares are important to match with your wedding style, depending on suit colour and wedding colour scheme, and personal choice. You can match your pocket square to your tie or a different shade which pair nicely. The way you fold the pocket square is another opportunity to add flare.

Braces are another way to incorporate your own style into the outfit, with the bonus of keeping your trousers up!

In summary: 

The good news is you can wear whatever you want! At the end of the day, only you can decide what you think fits best with your theme, personal style, and vision.

If you need any help choosing a colour tie to fit your theme we offer a colour matching service. Good luck, and best wishes to all our brides and grooms!

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