They say that one should never upstage the bride – at least not if you don’t want to ruin the best day of her life!
And yet, down here in the South West, 2013 has been like no other where weddings are concerned and I’ll explain why;
Firstly, grooms have been ordering their wedding suits, or at least making inquiries, up to 18 months in advance: unprecedented!
Secondly, I have received an increasing number of orders from the best men – and also from the wedding guests – among you to wear to a wedding where the groom may, or may not, have commissioned a suit to be made for himself. A risky business I say..
Now, I’m all in favour of you chaps taking the necessary steps to ensuring that you look the part and do not let the groom down by getting yourself kitted out with some serious schmutter, but it is considered good form to follow the grooms lead in terms of attire: whilst this may offend your sartorial sensibilities, and may even require that you don an ill-fitting rental for the day it’s his day, nay, her day, lest we not forget.
But help is it hand..
I read recently on Pinterest that style is knowing who you are, how you want to present yourself and not caring what others think, and there’s a lot of truth in that statement. So here is your opportunity to prove yourself to be the best man it is possible to be: how? By ensuring that the groom, your best friend, your son, your brother, your charge looks his best on the day and wears something that makes him look elegant, dashing, slimmer, taller and above all, like marriage-material!
Generally speaking, the bride will be the one to encourage her groom to wear something special for the big day – or failing that something appropriate – and, if budget allows, to even kit-out the best man and groomsman in something similar or at least chosen by the bride and groom to ensure the wedding photos are not spoiled by random flights of fancy or misconstrued interpretations of a suit, smart dress and, in particular morning dress – his is not a dressing gown or one’s underpants by the way chaps.
So, if you have booked yourself an appointment with your tailor, have the decency to take-along your groom and introduce him to your tailor and a world of gentrification, a choice of fine cloths and polite conversation where style is the order of the day and personal preference is something that is encouraged.
Be warned, however, that your groom (or indeed, his betrothed) may have designs of their own and may require that you follow suit..ahem.
And so, to assist you in your plight, be encourage by those that have gone before and have both have suits made by A Suit That Fits and have taken advantage of our wedding suit package offering.
My thanks to Clive for providing the photos of his son’s wedding, both father and son looking very sharp indeed: Clive wears green and orange country-check suit to Dean’s brown herringbone flannel suit.