Sharp-Dressed Men: Proper Groom
and Groomsmen Attire
Are you agonizing over the
decision to rent a tux or buy a fabulous Armani suit? The
time of day and style of your wedding should determine what
the groom and his groomsmen will wear.
Daytime Ceremony (Before 6 PM)
No tuxedos necessary. A semiformal daytime wedding
calls for dark-colored suits on the groom and his groomsmen,
paired with white shirts and optional ties.
Several natty options present themselves for formal daytime
ceremonies. Tuxedos, cutaway coats or gray strollers can be
paired with a white spread-collared shirt and matching vest
and finished off with an ascot or striped tie.
The groom will shine almost as brightly as the bride
in a cutaway coat, white shirt with collar, gray-striped trousers,
gray vest and ascot.
Evening Ceremony (After 6 PM)
You can choose between a dark tuxedo complete with bowtie
and cummerbund or a dark suit with a collared white shirt
and tie. A white dinner jacket may be worn for summertime
the best option for a formal evening ceremony is a black tuxedo
with matching vest or cummerbund, white spread-collared shirt
and black bowtie. A white dinner jacket and formal trousers
are acceptable in the summertime.
An ultra-formal evening ceremony sees the groom snazzier than
ever in a black tailcoat and trousers, white wing-collared
shirt, black vest or cummerbund, and white bowtie.
Casual Ceremony, Daytime or Evening
If the two of you don't see fit to
get all gussied up simply to proclaim you love for one another,
the sky's the limit in terms of dress options. You may opt
for an ultra-casual beach-themed wedding and forego jackets,
ties and vests (and perhaps even shoes) altogether. Or you
may simply invite your nearest and dearest for a friendly
dinner at your favorite restaurant after exchanging vows on
the courthouse steps, in which case you may opt for more of
a business casual style. It's up to you. Do make sure, however,
that the bride's and groom's attire are comparable in terms
Glossary of Groom's Attire
Jacket: Cutaway jackets are appropriate for formal
daytime weddings and are short in the front, tapering into
a wide tail in the back. Cutaways look best in black or gray
and should be paired with matching striped trousers and either
an ascot or a striped tie.
Coat: A black or gray semi-formal jacket cut like
a tuxedo. Appropriate for semi-formal daytime weddings.
An ultra-formal jacket with two to six buttons in the front
and two tails in the back.
Worn at formal and semi-formal evening ceremonies,
a tuxedo can be either single- or double-breasted and is finished
with a black bowtie, black satin-striped trousers and a matching
cummerbund or vest.
An extra-wide tie that is folded over and fastened with a
tie tack or stickpin. Ascots look best with an ultra-formal
The best type of tie to wear with a tux. Usually worn
in black, but feel free to be creative.
A more casual choice, but still elegant. Stick with
A cummerbund is a pleated piece of fabric worn around the
waist in lieu of a vest. Some wedding parties choose to dress
groomsmen in cummerbunds to match the bridal attendants' dresses.
present an alternative to cummerbunds and can be paired with
either a tuxedo or a formal suit.
Don't forget to jazz up any
groom or groomsmen ensemble with the right accessories. Cufflinks
make a classic and classy final touch. And matching watches
make a fine gift for your groomsmen while at the same time
ensuring that they show up on time for the ceremony!