The term “wedding suit” often conjures up images of coattails and cravats. In reality, there are as many types of wedding suits as there are types of weddings. The style of wedding suit you choose to wear will probably depend upon many factors, including personal preference, the scheduling of the ceremony (whether daytime or evening), what the bride is wearing, and how much you want to spend.
Whatever style of suit you go for, though, you should make sure that it fits perfectly and that it’s expertly tailored. This is, after all, one of the most important days in your life – how about starting as you mean to go on?
Wedding Suit Styles
In our experience, a wedding suit usually falls into one of four categories: the formal daytime or “morning suit,” the formal evening or “dinner suit,” the lounge suit, and, last but not least, the unconventional wedding suit.
In deciding between each of these different styles, our clients sometimes ask us about sartorial etiquette. While there are some people in this day and age who still would rather not wear a tuxedo during the day, much of the tradition that once dictated when a particular type of suit should be worn has fallen by the wayside.
It’s not unheard of today, for instance, for a man getting married during the day to wear a dinner suit. It’s really up to you.
If you’re planning on a formal, daytime wedding and your bride is wearing a traditional white dress, it’s likely you’ll want to wear a morning suit.
The name originated in the 19th Century when men wore a cutaway front, single breasted morning coat – a sort of informal half-dress, whilst morning riding exercises on their horses.
Today, the morning suit consists of grey, striped trousers, a light waistcoat, a black or navy tailcoat and a cravat.
The daytime equivalent of white tie, morning dress stresses the importance of the wedding ceremony and is a truly ravishing look, especially when it’s tailored.
A formal wedding scheduled after 6 p.m. will often require a black or midnight blue dinner suit. The most formal dress code for an evening wedding is actually “white tie,” consisting of a dress coat, white waistcoat, wing-collar shirt and white bow tie, but this is rarely seen today outside of the most highly formal (usually royal) evening weddings.
The more common dinner suit consists of a white dress shirt, a pair of satin- or silk-seamed, black trousers, a black bow tie, a jacket, often with satin lapels, and sometimes a waistcoat or a cummerbund.
If all this formality isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll be pleased to know that more and more grooms today are opting to wear smart, two or three piece lounge suits on their wedding day.
What are the benefits of a regular suit?
One of the major benefits of making your wedding suit a regular lounge suit is that you get to wear the suit again after the wedding. Saving the extra money you’d spend on a tailcoat and investing it in a regular suit, perhaps with a waistcoat added, means you’ll end up with one spiffing suit you’ll be able to wear on numerous occasions.
As for colour, black, navy and grey are always good colours for a lounge/wedding suit. Sometimes, however – especially in the summer – people want their wedding suit to look very different to their regular business suits, hence the popularity of ivory, cream and brown suits.
The white or ivory wedding suit has become something of a tradition in its own right, with more and more men opting to match their bride on this most important of days.
Last but not least, the unconventional wedding suit includes all types of suits not commonly seen at weddings, from brightly-coloured suits to 70s-style suits to suits with floral-print shirts to hipster suits.
The trend for grooms and their groomsmen to wear tennis shoes with their suits can also be included in this category. The fact is that we live in an age no longer bound by rules of etiquette.
Here at A Suit That Fits we understand this: One of the founding goals of our company was to make traditional tailoring accessible to anyone who wanted it.
Should I Buy a Bespoke Suit?
Believe it or not, a time once existed when a suit would only be called “bespoke tailored” if it was made within a certain number of feet of Savile Row. No wonder wedding suits followed a particular design more often than not!
Today, you have the freedom to wear whatever makes you look your best – in conversation with your fiancé, of course.
One piece of advice we often give to our clients is to be prepared. The ideal length of time you should spend looking for and designing your wedding suit is about 3 to 4 months.
Once you’ve decided on your wedding’s colour scheme and the formality of the dress code, the 3 to 4 month window gives you plenty of time to consult a style advisor, to be measured for your suit and to have any adjustments completed in time for your wedding.
If you’re dressing an entire groom’s party, this extra time is all the more beneficial. For a non-speedy delivery, it takes between 6 and 8 weeks for a suit tailored by A Suit That Fits to be ready for a fitting. We encourage you to book an appointment with one of our style advisors to discuss things further.
Whether you choose to employ our tailoring services or those of another company, we hope this introduction leaves you more informed about your options and what bespoke tailoring involves.
Above all, you should expect to come out of the fitting and adjustments stages of the tailoring process with a wedding suit that fits your body perfectly. We’re excited to meet you and to begin working together to create your perfect wedding suit.