When you’re looking at engagement rings for your bride-to-be, you consider the four Cs of diamond buying: clarity, carat, colour, and cut. When you’re considering what your groomsmen should wear on your wedding day, you can also think about it in terms of four Cs: comfort, cost, colour, and cut.
The colour of the suit or outfit will likely be the most noticeable as your men stand at the front during the ceremony and take a big part in the wedding photos. Common wedding suit colours for groomsmen are black, grey, and navy, but you can switch this up to include colourful shirts or vests, ties and bowties, and even pocket squares to match the colour scheme of your wedding.
Your bride will no doubt have a say in this decision, as the bridesmaids dresses will either match or complement your men’s suits.
The cut is the overall look of the suit and the way it sits. Cuts do tend to go through trend phases, but as it’s your wedding and you’ll be looking at these photos for decades to come, it may be a safer bet to opt for a traditional cut.
Getting your suits tailor-made can be expensive (more on the cost soon), but you can also buy off the rack and have small changes made to the suits to ensure they fit each man well.
If you’re getting married in the middle of summer in Australia, you may encounter a scorching hot day. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the most common month for weddings in the country is October, which should avoid the worst of the summer heat.
That said, be sure to take the likely weather into account when choosing attire for your groomsmen. A simple shirt with suspenders is a fashionable look that avoids the extra layer of a hot jacket, and certain materials will be cooler than others – linen, cotton, and silk are far more suitable to hot climates than a woolen suit, for example.
When you’re working out your wedding budget, deciding on whether or not you’ll pay for your groomsmen’s suits and bridesmaids dresses will be an important decision. These garments can add hundreds, if not thousands, to your overall bill, depending on the items themselves and how big your wedding party is.
Many couples will instead as for groomsmen and bridesmaids to pay for their own outfits, but if this is the case, be sure to keep the price down as much as possible.
Either way, the cost of the suit will no doubt be an important factor in your decision. Try to set out a reasonable budget before you go looking so as not to get carried away when you find the perfect outfit for a hefty price. Another option to keep the cost down is to rent your suits, which is significantly cheaper than buying them outright.