What You Should Wear to a Wedding – A Gentleman’s Guide

Having been to my fair share of weddings in the last ten years (including my own!) I’ve picked up a few lessons on the do’s & don’ts of what we gentlemen should be wearing to a wedding. Weddings are such huge occasions where everyone is wanting to look their best that we often get too hung up on deciding on what to wear, when in reality it should be a straight forward process. Below I have laid out some handy tips on what to do and what not to do when it comes to wedding attire, which will help ensure you are looking your best for the big occasion.

Do Check the Invitation

Not always a given, but wedding invitations may include a dress code. If this is the case, pay special attention to the detail and get a proper understanding of what the soon-to-be wedded couple expect their guests to be wearing. However if no dress code is specified, then speaking to other invited guests prior to the big event is recommended, then you can get an idea of what people will be wearing.

Don’t Upstage the Groom

Under no circumstances should you ever be upstaging the groom! By all means make the effort to ensure your look is stylish & polished, but your suit shouldn’t be the one thing that everyone is talking about on the big day (usually that sort of talk should be reserved for the Brides dress anyways!) with this is mind play it safe and keep your look minimal, understated & classy. So leave the tuxedo at home gentlemen and be sure to compliment the Groom on how sharp he is looking.

Do Check the Weather

We all know how unpredictable Great British weather can be, but taking into consideration the time of year will be your guide on what to wear to a wedding. Below I’ve listed out some of the most suitable outfits for weddings covering the different seasons:

Spring:

Perhaps considered the easiest season to dress for a wedding due to the mild weather, I would recommend pairing a classic navy single-breasted jacket with a contrasting pair of trousers, whilst going tieless gives that relaxed spring/summer feel to your look, complimented by adding a silk pocket square – See my post on Top 5 Pocket Square Folds for inspiration on how to fold your pocket square – alternatively fold your pocket square for a traditional look or stuffed to give your look a more Mediterranean feel.

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Summer:

You can never go wrong with the classic suit colours that are Navy & Grey, but when everyone’s favourite season comes around its your chance to go for something a little different and hit the right balance of smart, stylish & keeping cool. For this I recommend combining a linen blazer, button-down shirt, chinos and loafers. This combination which uses light materials will ensure you don’t get too hot under the collar in the summer months whilst still giving you a smart-casual look for the day.

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Autumn:

Possibly the hardest out of the four seasons to know how to dress for a wedding. With the unpredictable nature of British weather in Autumn… you can never be sure if it will be an ‘Indian summer’ or a fast track to ‘winter is coming’. To cater for either outcome I recommend sticking with the timeless & classic styling of, the navy suit. You can’t go wrong with this option, but I would give it a few personal touches by adding in a power stripe silk tie, pocket square and braces to really extenuate the look and make it your own.

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Winter:

what to wear to a winter wedding

Finally, for winter it is all about layering up for added warmth and giving yourself a real defined look with the three-piece suit. This is my personal favourite style of suit, as the waistcoat never fails to make the right impact (But remember not to do up that bottom button Gents!). Whilst you are sure to receive compliments during the wedding breakfast, the three-piece suit is understated enough that you won’t be taking the spot light away from the Groom. Again, for personal touches I would recommend adding a tie, pocket square and a pair of classic brogues to complete the look.

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And there you have it… a gentleman’s guide to what to wear to a wedding. As always I would love to hear your experiences of wedding attire, so please feel free to leave me a comment below and let’s start the conversation.

Thanks for reading,

Matthew Cooper,
Style Maketh The Man



 

2 thoughts on “What You Should Wear to a Wedding – A Gentleman’s Guide

  1. Hello

    Some good tips here thanks for posting!!

    1. Thank you Kent! Hopefully it makes the minefield of wedding attire a little easier to navigate. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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