It’s the biggest day of your life and you want to look the part. If you’ve never bought/hired a properly fitted suit before, are not sure of your measurements or are confused by the different fits/styles, then read on for our step-by-step guide.
Your hire/buy options
Are you going to buy off-the-peg or hire from a formal wear specialist? Either way, it’s wise to get your measurements done. It will save time and money on alterations and you’ll definitely want a well-fitted suit for the big day.
If hiring, try to book your first appointment at least six months in advance of your wedding. When choosing a formal wear specialist consider whether all their suits are available in-house or if they’re using a third party supplier, and whether they can do alterations on-site.
If suits are available in-house you will be able to try on much further in advance of the big day than if the suits are coming in from a third party supplier.
For the ultimate custom fit and style, you could even go bespoke and choose your suit lining/fabric and add personal touches.
The appointment/getting measured
At your first appointment with your formal wear specialist they should take your full measurements and discuss what type of wedding you’re having and how your suit needs to fit into that. Will it be formal/casual? Summer or winter? Daytime or evening? What is the venue style and location?
You can try on a range of suits (if the supplier has them in-house) and decide on a style and fit that you’re happy with.
When you’ve chosen a suit it will be prepared to your measurements, ready for the big day.
Style and fit options
Groom’s suits generally come in formal black tie, traditional morning suit (tails and optional top hat), or the more relaxed lounge suit. The lounge suit is a good option if you want to be able to wear your suit again (if you’re buying rather than hiring).
Fits can be regular, slim or tailored. It needs to feel comfortable sitting or standing.
You may have a suit style that you’re used to wearing but it’s best to try on a wide range – you might surprise yourself.
If you’re going to a formal wear specialist, you can discuss all of this with them.
Colours and materials
You’ll want to tie your suit colours into the ‘theme’ of the wedding. Platt’s offers a colour match service for ties and cravats to make sure you complement the colours of the day.
Fabric-wise, you’ll want to think about the time of year/location of your wedding. Linen/cotton suits are great for warmer weather, or a tweed/wool suit is perfect for cooler temperatures.
Mid-blues and light greys are always popular colour choices, or you may decide to go with something a little bolder such as a burgundy or electric blue, depending on the time of year and your colour schemes.
You could choose a herringbone, subtle check or houndstooth patterned material or even mix it up with a plain jacket and tweed/patterned waistcoat.
This is where you can add extra personality – but don’t go overboard. Socks, neckwear, shoes, cufflinks, pocket squares can all bring your personality to your suit.
Your suit is ready
You should be able to pick up your suit in good time before the wedding (Platt’s hire suits are available five days before). You can then try it on and make sure everything fits as it should. Any problems can be sorted out quickly by your formal wear specialist.