This years wedding season is almost upon us and sticking with tradition the team from Dinner-Suit have created a guide to help you plan one of the most memorable days of your life. The run up to any wedding can be an extremely stressful event, from the pressure of dropping the big question through to choosing the perfect ring, these are all decisions and tasks you have to consider … and one that should not be forgotten is what attire to wear?
Thankfully as specialists in this area we’ve created a guide to help point you in the right direction from selecting a the right type of wedding suit through to recommendations on specialist retailers. If we don’t have all your wedding questions answered below simply use the search bar opposite as it’s likely we covered it off over the last few years. When it comes to wedding planning make sure you listen to the head rather than the heart.
We’ve also created how-to guides for other elements of wedding such as writing speeches, choosing the honeymoon and more. Recommend you check out our wedding advice feature.
WEDDING SUITS FOR MEN
We’ve written about it a number of times but there really isn’t anything like walking in to a reception with a crisp, smart, well fitted suit. However before you go out and purchase yourself a new suit you need to know if the occasion requires either A) a tuxedo (or dinner suit) B) a morning suit or C) a standard formal suit. Once you know this then check out some of the options we’ve listed below.
So you’re off to a swanky bash – nice one. Just make sure you’ve turned up in the right attire that constitutes black tie. The five key elements to any tuxedo are 1) a dinner jacket with ribbed silk facings, 2) black trousers with outer seams, 3) dress shirt with marcella front, 4) black bow tie and 5) cummerbund. For more information on individual elements and where to buy them from check out our black tie resource. Personally we believe purchasing a dinner suit is a more cost-efficient way of doing it however if you sincerly believe this will be the one and only time you’ll wear a tuxedo then consider hiring one.
As the name suggests ‘Morning dress’ is worn at the beginning of the day whilst a tuxedo is worn at the wedding in the evening. Morning suits are rarely worn so it’s worth renting one from the likes of Moss Bros or going to a specialist such as Clermont Direct. As to the relevant elements of this suit you’ll need a grey or black tailcoat worn with matching plain trousers. A waistcoat should also be worn over a plain white shirt which can be accompanied by a cravat. If you really want to push the boat out at the wedding look to add a top hat or cane; some men can pull it off, most can’t!
Most men will end up choosing a standard suit for their wedding whether they are the groom or guest. There are literally thousands of various suit iterations to choose from however we recommend (if applicable for your frame) that you go with a good looking slim fit suit that will compliment your physique. Of course if you think you may be carrying a few too many ponds then there are of course a number of retailers who sell standard sized suits such as Marks and Spencer. When it comes to choosing a suit for summer wedding steer clear of black and go for a smart grey or navy suit with a crisp, clean shirt and black polished shoes. .
MARKS AND SPENCER
Marks and Spencer have one of the most comprehensive range of formal mens clothing you could hope for. Their selection of suits would cater for any wedding, with their range covering summer suits, tuxedos, 3 piece suits and work suits. Along with suits they offer a formidable selection of mens accessories to finish off your ensemble. With ‘How to’ guides on menswear, regular offers on shirts and clothing Marks and Spencer’s is certainly a major stop for your wedding day. TOP TIP – check out their menswear offers page.
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If your engagement is going to be a black tie event then established vendor Clermont Direct is a safe bet for your clothing requirements. They’ve been offering top notch dinner suits and accessories for decades. Unlike other online formal wear retailers they offer niche items (such as top hat and canes) as well as ex-rental suits so you can grab yourself a very affordable tuxedo suit. Clermont Direct may not have the familiarity of M&S but it is certainly worth a butchers. TOP TIP – check out their ex-rental tuxedos for great bargains.
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We’re sure your familiar with one of the high streets menswear legends – Moss Bros. Over the last few decades we’ve seen a number of menswear chains disappear down the pan, but not these guys. Moss Bros continue to deliver top quality formal menswear cost-efficiently and stylishly. They have an extensive range of wedding suits in various sizes and styles. They also offer a great choice of both formal and dress shirts and a plethora of other accessories from waistcoats, shoes and ties. TOP TIP – check out their outlet and clearance stock