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Choosing Your Groom's Suit for Your Wedding Day


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Men love weddings. Really they do. It is not every day that they can suit up and live out their James Bond fantasy or re-enact the scene from Reservoir Dogs of the boys all walking along in their suits and Ray Ban sunnies. With a little “guidance” from the bride on the suit colours and style your groom and his buddies will look as handsome as Agent 007. Of course with their suits, the rules of maintaining their weight applies the way it does to the bride and her sidekicks. No gaining or losing weight at all. No building muscle or cuddly bits or else the wrath of the bride will be incredibly fierce as she is already stressed!

Men’s suits are actually quite diverse. Two buttons, three buttons, double breasted, French cuffs, cuff links, cravat, hats, ties, bow ties, cumber bunds, belts, socks and the shoes all have to be worked out. There is the cut of the suit jacket – dinner, tails, and tuxedo or casual. Pin stripes, patterns, textures, colour of the shirts, actually a fair bit to consider. I remember standing in the bridal shop with my hubby to be and the groom’s men and mum and I worked our way through the racks of suits, shirts, ties, vests. I actually had trouble deciding on what I liked and felt overwhelmed as my hubby was getting married in his RAAF uniform and I wanted the suits to fit in with his look. Thankfully my mum (aka voice of reason) and shop assistant (aka voice of reason’s backup) jumped in and we selected black suits with vests, ivory shirts and black ties. Originally we wanted gold ties to match in with the bridesmaids but when we put the outfit together, decided that the black was better. On their jackets an ivory rose was pinned to their lapel and when I saw the three of them lined up next to Mike, they looked like a row of James Bonds’! My own Majesty’s Secret Service!

We opted for suit hire for the men. One of them was my brother who was travelling interstate. We had his measurements taken in Brisbane where he lived and sent to the bridal shop in Sydney. The boys had a final fitting and the suits were collected the week before the wedding and aside from having a nervous breakdown in the bridal shop, the suits were the second easiest thing in the whole wedding experience next to saying “yes” when Mike proposed to me. Now if you are about to go in and start planning the suits, consider if you want to hire or buy. Best organised three months out from the wedding date and then collected one week out from the wedding, if you are looking to buy, then you will want to pick a style that the men can wear long after the wedding to other events, something that won’t date. If you are hiring, then you need to read the riot act to the men to make sure that the suits remain in pristine condition and that the person who will be returning the suits does so ASAP as you don’t want to incur late fees (assuming you will be fronting up for the suit hire for them). Also, according to the book Weddings on a Budget (John Haslam), if all your groomsmen hire their suit from the same shop, the groom may get his suit hire for free. Some places may offer the ties for free with the suit hire!

Once you have the men suited up go onto Pink Frosting wedding shop and buy them a set of personalised cufflinks each as a Thank You gift for them to wear on the day and let them have their 007 fantasy. Easy!



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