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A groom’s perspective: Choosing the suit

By Elisabeth Edvardsen on January 22nd, 2013 0 comments yet. Be the First

We write a lot about wedding dresses, bridal shoes and make-up where to spend the honeymoon. Most of it will be from the bride’s point-of-view – hey we’re girls ok! – but what about the groom? How is he experiencing the wedding planning process? To find out, we asked groom Max share some of his experiences and tips with us. Today we devote this space to the all-important suit.

“To some extent Grooms don’t get a look in when it comes to the sartorial expectation of weddings.”

Has she found a dress? Will she be wearing white? And so it goes on. No mention of… have you found your suit? Are you going 2 piece or 3? Top hat and tails? Tailor made or off the peg?

Grooms are the second thought for most but that’s not to say that there isn’t the same stresses in finding the right fit, the right look and a few extra pieces to lift a suit from looking like you are on your way to the office to wedding attire you can be proud of. It’s far from foolish vanity… it’s one the most memorable days of your life.

If you are avoiding the whole Penguin look and top hat and tails are out, then there is a definite choice to be made between between tailor made or off the peg. If you are on a budget then off the peg with alterations could be the way to get the tailor made look for less. A suit with enough fabric to give can often be nipped and tucked to a better look.

A word of caution however. The likes of Paul Smith, Armani and Hugo Boss will set you back in the region of £800 upward depending on 2- or 3-piece and how many alterations are required, as you often pay per alteration. It can be the price of a tailored suit. You could get lucky, find a suit that’s pretty much fitted to you, but there’s always a nip and tuck that can be made to make it feel like it was handmade.

The tailored route is time consuming, with numerous fittings but the results are often rewarding. If you’ve got the time and the money it’s recommended.  An experience that will lead the least fussy dresser to consider the details of the weight, feel and shade of fabrics; of whether cuffs should be higher or lower and whether to make a bold statement in their choice of lining. The result is something that is bespoke, will last with care and is probably more comfortable than anything you’ve ever worn. Prices start from around £600 from a decent tailor for a two piece, adding £150 upward for 3 pieces, so while expensive is still relatively affordable.

Once you’ve got the suit there are touches other than a flower in the button hole to add your own stamp on the big day whether that’s antique cufflinks or a handkerchief. For myself, my grandfathers’ watch with chain to complement the three piece look and antique cigarette case were enough to add my mark.

Max is a freelance writer currently based in Australia. You can follow him on Twitter on @maxbrearley.

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