You’ve spent months planning your wedding with your partner and it’s almost there. All big things are planned to the details, such as your clothes, band, food, venue and all that’s left are the little things. But, dressing your groomsmen isn’t such a tiny thing after all and you should devote some time to this as well. They need to look sharp and classy, but in moderation, so they don’t upstage you. So, when choosing the “uniform” for your groomsmen, you should consider some of these tips to help you out with this task.
Consider the Budget
If you’re not paying for their clothes, which is totally okay and normal not to do, then you should consider their budgets. Ask each of the groomsmen what’s their approximate budget for new suits or rentals. Or if you don’t want to ask or you find it inappropriate, you should pay attention to what you’re choosing. Don’t go for expensive three-piece numbers right off the bat. There are plenty of classy options and alternatives that won’t leave them broke.
Coordinate with Bridesmaids
Another thing to consider is coordinating the clothes of your groomsmen with the looks of the bridesmaids. You don’t want these two groups of people to look like they’re from two different weddings, so pick carefully. You can even research the acceptable colors for weddings, find the clothes in the appropriate range and coordinate with the girls. To make things more fun, you can match their accessories – match groomsmen’s ties with bridesmaids’ dresses for example and they will all look gorgeous.
Match with Your Event
Since you and your SO have spent months and plenty of money into planning your wedding day, it’s only logical that you’re going to want to match all the dresses and suits to your event. You’ve probably picked a theme for your own clothes, venue, flowers and other details, so matching the suits of groomsmen to all that is only reasonable. Consider the colors of their clothes, flowers they’re going to wear on them, shoes and other accessories and make sure they all match with you, your spouse, bridesmaids and the entire day, since you don’t want them to look like they belong to another wedding party.
Add Something Special
No matter if your groomsmen are going to get suited up in classic black ensembles or wear something casual or their own, you should tie the looks together with some common accessories. You can gift your guys with a goofy pair of socks, cufflinks, special belts or belt buckles, pocket squares and whatnot. Just make sure they are all in the same theme and that these are equally goofy, and you can even have a pair of goofy socks as well to match them. This will give something special to their outfits and you can all have some fun with it as well.
Get Their Opinions
Don’t do this all alone. Maybe your groomsmen have some great ideas, too! Let them help you with choosing the outfits and make sure everyone is comfortable with the choice. Maybe someone doesn’t like wearing tuxedos, or someone might feel comfortable wearing them, but if the tastes differ too much, try and find the common ground. This will ensure that all your friends are comfortable and happy, and you can also have some peace knowing that you’re all going to have fun on your big day.
Mix and Match
If you’re having trouble deciding on the whole wedding theme, or it’s a somewhat casual party, you don’t have to follow strict clothing guidelines for your groomsmen. You can let them choose their own clothes and accessories, and they will certainly make sure to try and coordinate among themselves. Not to mention how mix and match outfits are a popular trend and you should definitely consider it. Just make sure to give some guidelines to your friends, if you do have some preferences and they can even show you their picks before purchasing, so you can all be on the same page.
Once you’ve got your theme (or lack thereof) and guidelines down, now comes the shopping part. We know and understand that you want to look your best—after all, it is a wedding! You can get off-the-rack designer items or practical pieces you can wear more than once.
Choosing the outfits for your groomsmen shouldn’t be too stressful on all of you. The main thing to consider is to follow the wedding theme, to make sure everyone is comfortable and not to go over the budget. The rest is in the details which can be easily coordinated. Just remember to have fun and relax, and everything else will go according to plan.