What to wear at a wedding is actually one of the more easy dilemmas ever you will get to solve. If you are the one getting married, the order of the day is to come in something elegant yet comfortable for you; sometimes a play-safe dark men’s suit does the trick. If you are a guest, it’s going to take you around looking for hints from the wedding planners. Don’t worry however, since it is obvious that what you will wear will be something equally handsome, but not as handsome as the groom himself.
If you are a guest, read behind the invitation’s message if the dress code is not explicitly stated. If the type on the paper, the paper itself, the language… all signal “formal”, then you can count on it that the wedding will be formal, too. On the other hand, the invitation may be something that simply announces straightaway that you need to see your friends get hitched. With this, guests are being encouraged to go for a nice casual outfit.
Style icon Amanda Brooks opines that wedding garb falls under three categories: exceedingly formal (white tie, tails, or morning suit), respectfully traditional (dark men’s suits or tuxedos and black ties), and eccentric (I’ve seen capes, seventies three-piece suits, floral shirts, etc). She rightly conceded that all three are sensible as long as they jive with and complement the overall atmosphere of the wedding, its location, what the bride is wearing, and even the background or occupation of most of the guests. A smart tip from her is that the groom must send out the message that he is the man of the hour, so why not the subtle flower on the lapel?
An example of the many headaches that the planners may encounter is that what if the soon-to-be-couple are at odds–fashion wise, at most. As in any debate, a solution is reached the moment both agree to meet in the middle on their wedding day. If she is the one with high class elan, then she can go for a less elaborate hairdo. If he has the devil-may-care attitude, a silk tie and pinstripe men’s suit is the answer.
The style blogger also shared how some good styling can result to setting the theme and atmosphere. The invitation to a South American wedding instructed white jackets and black ties for all men. Factoring in the tropical heat and the (presumably landscaped) exotic location, the period look was a hit, which harks back to the days of the landed cream of the crop.
To wrap up, some last minute advice on your get up depending on the wedding’s time, and theme. For daytime weddings, light-colored men’s suits will totally be the in thing on summers, especially linen or seersucker. Tying the knot in colder climes will have the men in wool suits, a navy blazer with charcoal pants, and perhaps a sweater and tie underneath a blazer. If possible, do not do without the suit, or a blazer at least. And remember your etiquette; tuxedos are no-no’s before 6 pm.
If the occasion is later on in the evening, then go for dark men’s suits. If the invitation says casual or semi-formal, then ease up a bit and play it cool with a blazer and slacks with a nice tie.
Now, what if the notch is way up high and its all dead-seriously black tie? A tuxedo is your safest bet. If it says creative black tie, there ought to be a tuxedo just the same, paired this time perhaps with a black shirt or collarless white shirt.