Gay brides and grooms are blessed with far more sartorial options than their heterosexual counterparts. Whereas a straight bride and groom generally go for the traditional white dress and suit, gay men and lesbians get to choose between matching attire, contrasting attire or just something completely unique to each individual.
Read on for a look at some of your best options.
Whether you’re two men or two women, matching suits is always an option.
Two dinners suits with matching white jackets look spiffing side by side (as can be seen below).
So many options for women!
For women who like to make a powerful statement, matching suits is a great look. If you prefer to wear a dress, matching wedding dresses is a nice way to gesture toward tradition.
One of the most famous examples of “matching” attire at a gay wedding in recent years can be seen in the nuptials of Ellen Degeneres and wife Portia. Whereas Portia wore the big white dress, Ellen opted for a matching white waistcoat and trousers.
Whatever you do, make sure you have your wedding suit tailored! A Suit That Fits has worked with tons of gay weddings and we’re excited to tailor you and your bride or groom.
The power of contrast
One thing I learned recently that absolutely fascinated me is that a traditional Irish wedding dress is actually blue. Whereas, in most of the Western world, white represents purity, in traditional Ireland, it’s blue. Any Brits or Americans out there getting married to an Irish lass? Perhaps you could wear a white wedding dress and she could wear a blue.
As for the guys, contrasting attire usually just means going for different colour suits. Another option is to go for the same colour fabric but include different details like the gentlemen’s waistcoat and bow tie below.
If you’re like me, you might feel an aversion to dressing “as a couple.” Just because my partner is the same sex as me, doesn’t me I want to dress like him (whether I’m getting married or not)! Even contrasting attire has its problems: however much you emphasize the difference, it’s always going to refer – by contrast! – to the other person’s suit.
If this describes you too, why not book an appointment for an individual session with a style advisor? He or she can help you choose your tailored suit without reference to your partner’s outfit. Just pick the suit that will make you feel great on the day!