Unlike women, most men don’t dream about what they’re going to wear on their wedding day. But that doesn’t mean it’s not important. After all, he’s half the duo and he should look the part. So here are seven suit tips for the groom!

Feel Good.

As the groom, you need to think you look good. That could mean talking your bride out of putting you in a color you hate, be it pink, watermelon green, baby blue, sunshine yellow or pumpkin orange. Instead, select a neutral color that you feel comfortable in that matches the wedding colors. Remember, you’ll be looking back on the pictures for decades.

Buy, Don’t Rent

By investing in a suit, you’re purchasing something you can wear in the future for friends’ weddings and other occasions. Rented suits and tuxes are generic and made for everyone. Find something to make yours. It’s often less expensive to buy, too.

Choose the Right Fit

You want to look handsome, not like someone who doesn’t know how to dress himself. For instance, if you’re short, consider a single-breasted jacket and if you’re on the chubby side, select a jacket that buttons low so you look longer and more slender. The salesperson can make suggestions about how the suit can enhance your appearance.

Consider the Season

If you’re getting married in July, forget wool and consider a vest jacket instead of a suit jacket. Almost nothing would be worse than the groom passing out from heat exhaustion halfway through the ceremony. Similarly, if you sweat easily, have a backup shirt you can change into, just in case. In winter, dress warmly.

Find a Tailor

Invest in a tailor who can make your suit fit perfectly. You’ll feel better, you’ll look better and you won’t need to worry about the suit being too tight or too loose. Suit and tuxedo stores often have tailors on staff and some even tailor for free when you purchase the suit.

Add Personal Touches

Tie in aspects of your personality. Huge sports fan? Wear socks with your team’s logo. Love sneakers? Wear ’em. Love sandals? Find a nice pair. Keep it tasteful, but find something that is clearly your style.

Match the Wedding

If you’re getting married in a fancy country club, you can’t wear shorts. But if you’re getting married on a beach you might be able to wear nice dark jeans and a suit jacket or something that’s less-formal but still looks good. Depending on the feel of your wedding, you may even find items from AKA Menswear to be useful for your wedding.


Guest poster Kandace Heller is a freelance writer from Orlando, Florida. Kandace enjoys reading, writing, and going to the beach.