GROOMS’ AC­CES­SORIES

From a clas­sic tie to a suave pair of shades, a few ex­pres­sive ex­tras to­gether will cre­ate a look that’s wholly cus­tomised.

New Zealand Weddings Planner - - Grooms -

Suit and shirt aside, there’s more to nail­ing the groom’s wed­ding day look than just the sta­ples. Sure, he can get away with look­ing good if the ‘ bare bones’ items are solid, but the out­fit will be next-level when you tai­lor an ensem­ble us­ing an arse­nal of ac­ces­sories.

These ex­tras are the sim­plest way to tie the groom’s look in with the over­all theme of the day, and to en­sure there’s a com­mon thread be­tween the guys’ and girls’ attire. Al­though get­ting cre­ative with colour can be ef­fec­tive – think match­ing the shade of the tie, cuff­links or socks with the flow­ers – for a chic look, choose only two key shades to work with so it’s not too matchy-matchy. The most im­por­tant tip to note: trends come and go, so it’s wise to choose clas­sic ac­ces­sories he can wear for years to come and that won’t date in pho­tos.

THE TIE

One of the first things peo­ple no­tice about the groom’s get-up is the tie, so it should above all else be taste­ful – no nov­elty prints al­lowed! By all means use the tie as an op­por­tu­nity to in­ject some colour, but keep it tonal to the bride and brides­maids’ bou­quets – for in­stance, a rich bur­gandy to go with red roses, not the ex­act same shade of scar­let.

While the most pop­u­lar neck­wear choice is a long tie, a bow tie af­fords a unique spin to a hip­ster suit or clas­sic tux, while a cra­vat is a more for­mal, tra­di­tional choice.

THE POCKET SQUARE

A pocket square in com­ple­men­tary tones and pat­terns is the groom’s chance to have a lit­tle bit of fun with his look. It shouldn’t match the tie ex­actly, but rather be sim­i­lar in tone and de­sign. Again, he should work with the bride to see which hues and pat­terns best work along­side the other wed­ding el­e­ments.

CUFF­LINKS

A sen­ti­men­tal pair of cuff­links is the ul­ti­mate fin­ish­ing touch. If he’s buy­ing a new pair, opt­ing for a clas­sic de­sign means they can be cher­ished from gen­er­a­tion to gen­er­a­tion. Al­ter­na­tively, a quirky choice al­lows him to have some fun.

FOOTWEAR

This is the groom’s op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in a qual­ity pair of shoes that suits the lo­ca­tion and tone of the day. Gen­er­ally, black leather shoes are rec­om­mended for all dark­coloured suits ex­clud­ing navy, for which a shade of brown is more ap­pro­pri­ate.

When it comes to the soles, he should go for leather rather than rub­ber – it might seem like a mi­nor de­tail, but can make a big dif­fer­ence to the over­all look.

Ahead of the big day, he should wear his shoes around the house to make sure they don’t rub un­com­fort­ably, and top them up with a fresh coat of pol­ish so he can be sure he’s look­ing the part.

WATCH

As well as be­ing a style state­ment, a qual­ity watch is an heir­loom in the mak­ing, and will save him from hav­ing to pull his phone out ev­ery few min­utes in or­der to stay punc­tual. It means he can stay in the mo­ment and savour the day – and his phone won’t be ac­ci­den­tally ring­ing in the mid­dle of “I do”!

HAT AND SUN­GLASSES

While he’ll ob­vi­ously want to re­move it for the cer­e­mony and pho­tos, a smart, clas­si­cally de­signed hat – think a panama – will pro­vide wel­come re­lief dur­ing in- be­tween mo­ments, es­pe­cially on a scorch­ing day. Sim­i­larly, a pair of tidy sun­nies will keep his eyes from strain­ing while en route to your por­trait ses­sion, or just be­fore the cer­e­mony. Just be sure he hands them to a mem­ber of the con­gre­ga­tion when it’s time for you to walk up the aisle.

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