Ask the expert: a guide to finding your perfect wedding suit

10th July 2019

Weddings can sometimes focus all on the bride but it’s also the groom’s special day too. Whitfield and Ward create the most beautifully fitted tailored suits and is the brainchild of Craig and Nicola. Unable to find good quality hire suits when they were getting married, they decided to solve the problem by creating a business offering fashionable, well-fitting bespoke and hire suits for groom’s. Find out all about what they offer and their tops tips for finding that perfect suit.

Planning a wedding comes with many important decisions, such as finding the right venue and choosing your wedding flowers. For grooms they face the task of finding the perfect wedding suit. There’s a plethora of options to negotiate from the best fit, colour scheme and whether to go bespoke or hire a wedding suit. At Whitfield and Ward we have several years finding the perfect wedding suit for our grooms and groomsmen. This simple guide will provide you with all the information you need to ensure your wedding suit will have your guests talking for all the right reasons.

Picking your wedding suit may seem straightforward but there are many considerations and don’t forget wedding suits will feature in your pictures so it’s important to make the right choice!   Read on to discover Whitfield & Ward’s tips on how to create the perfect suit for your big day.

1 – Timing

Don’t underestimate the importance of forward planning, it’s never too early to start designing your wedding suit. It’s surprising that wedding calendars widely suggest that picking your suit should be done only 3 months before the wedding! We pride ourselves on providing a personal service and to ensure we uphold our high standards we limit the number of weddings we cater for each weekend. Bear this in mind as key dates fill up fast, so its best you book a consultation with your wedding suit company early to avoid disappointment. For wedding suit hire we typically suggest starting the process 12 to 6 months before your big day.

For those of you planning to buy your suit, we’d recommend that you start the process as early as possible.  This means that key dates fill up fast, so we recommend coming in to see us as soon as possible. A bespoke suit can be designed and delivered within 4 months, but we’d advise having your first appointment a minimum of 6 months before so you can fully enjoy the experience.

2. Budget

Keeping check of your purse strings is a key factor when planning your wedding day. This will inevitably guide your decision on whether you want to hire or buy your suit.  We’ve seen an increase in grooms choosing a bespoke suit for themselves and hiring for their groomsmen.  With more companies adopting a more casual dress code there is less need to purchase a business suit for work, therefore weddings offer the perfect opportunity to invest in a bespoke suit. If your budget won’t stretch to buying, fear not, hire suits are equally high quality. Our hire suits are made from 100% English and Italian wool and come in a range of cuts to suit everyone.  Our grooms often compliment us that they can feel the difference in quality and fit when they wear one of our suits.

3 – Consider your suit style

With a wide choice of social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest researching your ideal wedding suit couldn’t be easier. They provide a great starting point for researching your perfect wedding suit and getting inspiration. Looking at your wedding venue and photographer’s social media can also be a great source for ideas.

When picking your suit style these are the key factors to consider:

Time of year

The seasons will guide your wedding suit choice, for summer weddings you’ll want a lightweight lounge, morning or dinner suit.  It’s also worth adding a waistcoat, as this will give you a more distinguished look if you and your groomsmen need to take off your jackets. Winter weddings are growing in popularity, if your wedding is in winter this will give you an opportunity to experiment with heavier, darker fabrics such as velvet and burgundy.

Venue style

Your suits should reflect the formality of your setting.  For a rustic barn wedding a more relaxed suit with hints of tweed and check works well. Whereas a stately country home or city hotel venue would perfectly frame a more formal morning or dinner suit. Looking at wedding pictures from your venue will provide you with ideas of what works well in that setting.  Or check out our Pinterest boards here.

Wedding Theme

The theme of your wedding will influence your wedding suit choice but don’t become obsessed by it. For example, we don’t feel the groom necessarily needs to match the brides or bridesmaids dresses.  Picking a suit which makes the groom stand out too is just as important as following a theme.

The Grooms Look

We believe the groom should have a show stopping look, this is because it’s obvious who the bride is, but in a sea of suits it can be difficult to distinguish the groom. Your personality will play a part in you deciding how much you want to stand out. A few small adjustments such as picking a suit in a different style, cut or colour to the rest of the groomsmen will ensure everyone knows you’re the groom.  Whereas subtle changes to your tie or waistcoat will be ideal for the more modest groom.

4 – Body Shape

Grooms come in many shapes and sizes and a great fitting suit will accentuate your best features ultimately giving you a boost in confidence on your big day. Whether you opt for a bespoke suit or hire, the process should ensure that the choice of styles and colours compliment your build and flatter your skin tone.  For our grooms, we listen to their ideas and provide advice where necessary ensuring that the end result is a wedding look that makes you feel amazing!

Finally, don’t forget this season’s hottest trends in colours or cuts may not look so great when you look back at your pictures in twenty years!

At Whitfield and Ward, our team of stylists will guide you through the whole process to create a personalised look like no other. Our extensive range of waistcoats, ties and pocket squares ensure that even the smallest of details can be catered for.  We’ll work with you to create a suit style that is contemporary yet timeless.

For more information visit our website or give us a call to book your consultation 01625 536545.

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