GROOMSWEAR

Find the per­fect suit for your wed­ding day

Cheshire Bride - - Contents - Pho­tog­ra­phy: Jade Os­borne Pho­tog­ra­phy

CON­SIDER THE sea­son, venue and over­all wed­ding vibe. Grey and navy are per­fect colours for spring and sum­mer wed­dings. For an au­tumn or win­ter wed­ding, try some­thing dif­fer­ent such as deep bur­gundy or for­est green.

A ca­sual suit is a good choice for a sum­mer out­door cel­e­bra­tion. How­ever, you would prob­a­bly want some­thing more for­mal for a church or win­ter wed­ding. Heavy morn­ing suits in the mid­dle of a hot sum­mer wed­ding mean sweaty, un­com­fort­able grooms­men.

If you al­ready have a suit to wear, adding a match­ing or con­trast­ing waist­coat is an ef­fec­tive way to switch the style with­out break­ing the bank.

Per­son­alised cuff­links add per­son­al­ity to your out­fit. Why not make them a keep­sake for the groom and his en­tourage by en­grav­ing them with the best man and ush­ers’ names and the wed­ding date. But­ton­hole ac­ces­sories add a sea­sonal touch, es­pe­cially against a neu­tral coloured suit. Add a clus­ter of leaves, a pinecone, wild berries, or a feather to your but­ton­hole.

James Li­ley, who mar­ried El­lie Waite at Events Co. at Old Hall, Chester, cre­ated his own wed­ding at­tire. James says:

“I was mar­ried in a made-to-mea­sure black tuxedo by Hack­ett. I had it made in black barathea wool, with pale pink lin­ing to match our black and blush wed­ding theme.

“I wanted my tuxedo to fit me per­fectly but not too snugly. Tight-fit­ting, skinny suits are a very mod­ern fash­ion choice but I wanted my suit and our wed­ding pic­tures to be clas­sic and time­less.

“My tailor at Hack­ett was Perry Wil­son, who was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic. He ad­vised me through the en­tire cre­ation process, in­clud­ing choos­ing the fab­ric, but­tons, pock­ets and even the an­gle and width of the lapels. Nor­mally it’s just the bride-to-be who gets the cham­pagne shop­ping treat­ment but Hack­ett gave me the same won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence, and al­ways kept my glass topped up.

“I had as many fit­tings as I needed to get the tuxedo per­fect. Whether I needed an al­ter­ation be­cause I changed my mind on the trouser length or how spa­cious the shirt­sleeves were, it was all in­cluded in the price.

“I paired my tuxedo with a Mar­cella shirt from Hack­ett, black patent leather shoes from Gucci, a sil­ver Tag Heuer watch with a black and rose gold face, black braces, a black silk bow tie, and of course my beau­ti­ful wed­ding band – a pal­la­dium, 55mm, court ring made by Eric Ross Jew­ellers in Hat­ton Gar­den, Lon­don.

“If you’re a gent who hates shop­ping, it’s prob­a­bly be­cause you are not shop­ping at the right shops for you. Don’t trudge around a shop­ping cen­tre un­til you lose the will to get hitched. Find a store that brings the clothes to you, while you sit and have a whisky with your grooms­men and best man. You will never re­gret buy­ing qual­ity or tak­ing this rare op­por­tu­nity to treat your­self to a clas­sic suit that you will have for life.”

“Treat your­self to a clas­sic suit you will have for life,” says James Li­ley

Groom James Li­ley checks the time on his wed­ding day watch

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