Many brides get caught up in their wedding day look as well as their bridesmaids – making sure they are wearing the correct colors and accessories. Don’t forget about your groom – he deserves style and to stand out too! Even in a sea of dark suits, there are so many ways to separate your groom from the rest. Unique ties, colorful socks, fashionable shoes, suspenders and different accessories like pocket squares, cuff links and even a watch are all ways to help him do just that. You may also try picking a slightly different jacket than the groomsmen or a completely different tux all together – perhaps more fitted or in a different color. Keep in mind, whether he wears his own custom made suit or a rental, he can put his own spin on it to accompany you in the spot light. Here at DYF, we work with Jim’s Formal Wear, they offer several suit and tux styles along with endless accessories.
Check out these ideas to personalize any suit.
Neckwear is one of the simplest ways to inject some color into your groom’s wedding day look. Let his personality shine through a patterned or different colored bow tie or neck tie. It’s up to the two of you if you would like him to stay along with the wedding colors. Maybe choose a unique plaid or paisley print. If the groomsmen are wearing neck ties, have your groom sport a bow tie or vice versa. Also take into account the venue and/or theme, if it is a fancier affair, perhaps go with silk rather than wool – it will go along with the black tie dress code. Another interesting tip – personalize the inside of the tie with an embroidered sweet note from you to him for the big day!
Contrary to what you might think, the pocket square does not need to replicate the style or pattern of the chosen tie. In fact, it’s all the rage to mix a paisley with a polka dot or even a check with a stripe, just make sure the color palette is the same. If you are more traditional and want to keep everything the same, change the fold design from that of your groomsmen.
Cuff links are one small detail that shouldn’t be overlooked. In a way, they are jewelry for men, so make them meaningful. Personalized cuff links are not only an accessory for the wedding, but also for everyday life. If your husband-to-be wears a suit to work every day, these are something he can pair with them to take a piece of you and a memory of this wonderful day with him to work. Choose a creative design, resemble them to his wedding ring or choose a unique stone to create them. Another useful tip – have a pair made for every one of your groomsmen as a thank you gift for participating in your wedding.
You may think socks would go unnoticed, but a fun and cool pair of socks makes for a great photo op! A close up with the bride’s shoes or a shot that shows both the groom and groomsmen’s quirky mix-and-match socks. For a preppy take, go with an argyle or stripe, for a more modern twist, go with a modern color block, polka dot or graphic print.
Shoes will pull together any men’s wedding look! Traditionally, black is considered more formal – black patent is often the standard pairing to any suit. Depending on the color suit you go with, brown, gray, oxblood or even burgundy might look best. As for style, there are several options you can go with including wingtips, oxfords, monk straps, loafers or even a fresh pair of sneakers (Converse), we’ve seen it all! Another cool idea, go with a dress shoe that has a more weathered look, this makes for a classic yet rustic appearance.
Gift Idea From the Bride to the Groom
One last tip: A really thoughtful and personalized gift to make your groom stand out on your wedding day and for every day to come – a watch. Whether it be a Rolex, Movado, Fossil or any brand you prefer – this will be a keepsake your husband can keep forever and eventually pass down to your future son. A cute thought – gift it to him the day of, with the clock set to the time he needs to be on the alter!