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mslogoThis 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.



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.

Tuxedo suit
Moss Bros dinner suitSo 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.



Morning suits
morning dress jacketAs 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!



Wedding suits
marks and spencer suitMost 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. .




Recommended retailers




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

Comments Off on Top travel gadgets for summer

Here at Dinner-suit we’ve always been a fan of gadgets and travel gadgets are no exception. Whether you’re heading off to face the mud at a UK festival or off to sun yourself in more exotic climates then check out this essential collection of travel gadgetry from Firebox. If you are not aware, are one of the leading online retailers for gadgets and gifts, consistently bringing out all the latest tech and gizmos to keep any geek happy.




We know how much people are reliant on their phones now-a-days to get anything done; whether its directions, selfies or social updates the smart phone is a must. However without power you can only really use it as an expensive paperweight. Thankfully some clever bod has come up with ‘Fuel’ – the world’s smallest phone charger. Realistically to be used in emergencies the Fuel charger can give you up to thirty minutes of talk time but then again it can fit in the pocket! Simply pop the cap of the ‘jerry can’ and insert the USB nozzle into you mobile phone and away you go. There are various LED lights to let you know the status of the charge. Note that this only works via micro-USB so is not compatible with Apple phones. RRP – £24.99


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The wallet ninja

It’s always the case … you’re stuck in a lift desperately trying to open that can of peaches but your smart phone isn’t of use. Well help is at hand from the wallet ninja – the latest 18-in-1 multi-tool. Yes, we know that multi-tools have been out for decades but this isn’t any old tool it’s a 4x heat-treated steel multi-tool making it almost indestructible in any environment. ‘So’ I hear you ask ‘What can it do?’ – well … it’s a can and bottle opener, fruit peeler, ruler, screw driver, phone stand and much more.  A must for any budding traveler. RRP – £8.99



cafflanoCafflano Klassic

As massive coffee aficionados we’re always frustrated when your out and about and there simply isn’t anywhere to get a cup of the good stuff. Well help is now at hand thanks to the revolutionary ‘Cafflano’; the latest all-in-one portable coffee maker. This isn’t just a trumped up thermos flask it really is a piece of clever kit. In a nut-shell (or coffee bean) you simply take the beans from the top of the Cafflano, tip them into the ceramic grinder, grind them down so they fall into the filter, add boiling water and let it drip through. Once made it stays piping hot thanks to the insulated walls. You’ll never have to visit a Starbucks again! RRP – £64.99





Ok so this one is for the more hardened of traveler, the kind of guy who goes off to a patch of jungle in the middle of the Amazon without bringing a water bottle! The LifeStraw is a remarkable invention; a safe and portable filter for water. According to its spec it is able to remove 99.9999% of water-borne bacteria so you’ll be very unlucky if that 0.0001% gets you Delhi Belly. It is also very efficient when it comes to filtering water and can purify 1000 litres of water without changing. This is also the perfect portable travel gadget as it only weighs 2oz! RRP – £29.99





notebook bbqNotebook BBQ

Ok so this might not be as portable as the other travel gadgets mentioned above but its a BBQ … a real life portable BBQ. Genius. If you’re one of the festival goers who doesn’t like spending a fortune on gourmet food but would happily settle for a sizzling chop then the Notebook BBQ is for you. Made from durable pressed-steel its strong and light enough to you to take it nearly anywhere. All you need to provide is the charcoal and ingredients for a tasty BBQ at any time of the day and at less than twenty five quid it’s a steal. RRP – £24.99

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It’s warming up so it’s time to pack away your winter attire and bring out the summer clothing. One classic staple of any well groomed man should be a classic, short sleeved casual shirt. Worn at both social and at the work place (well media work place anyway) the humble short sleeve shirt will keep you both looking and feeling cool. Shirts  Trends this season include engaging checks, muted pastels and those with a large collar. Simply pair up a shirt with your favourite pair of faded jeans of shorts for that summery look. Just remember to use antiperspirant as no-one wants to see those sweat patches!

Here at Dinner-suit we’ve always been impressed by Burton’s selection of shirts and this season they’ve come up trumps. Just check out some of the fantastic short sleeve numbers we’ve picked out below. With their current promotion of two shirts at just £35 and a full range of sizes you’ve got no excuse to check out their latest collection.


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