Find the perfect suit for your wedding day
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