Hi! Welcome to Suits Avenue’s Blog! Today we are going to go over the in’s and out’s of being a best man at a wedding! It’s one of the greatest honors in life to be asked to be a friend or relative’s best man at their wedding. It’s a role that comes with some key responsibilities as well, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. When you accept the offer, you’ll be feeling proud and pleased, but this can soon give way to anxiety and stress if you don’t get your tasks sorted out as efficiently and promptly as possible. Therefore, you should have a plan of what you need to do and when each task needs to be completed to keep you on track and up to the mark. In this blog hopefully we will help you get on the right track to help the bride and groom enjoy one of the best moments of their lives! Check out the table of contents below to see everything we cover!
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
- Best Man responsibilities
- Bachelor Party
- Putting your outfit together
Amongst their other responsibilities, the best man is normally in charge of organizing suit fittings and hiring apparel that isn’t going to be bought. What the wedding party wears will be crucial to the success of the event, so you need to be clear about what the groom wants to wear and how his groomsmen should be dressed. Organizing a trip to a tailor for selection and fitting of your outfits should be done well in advance to avoid running out of time if there are any delays. Often grooms (or their future wives!) have clear ideas about the type of suit they should wear for the big day, but it’s still a good idea to be thorough in your research and look at all the alternatives. You’ll also need to manage the distribution of buttonholes and flowers for the wedding party, and liaise with the chief bridesmaid or matron of honor to ensure everyone is properly attired. In addition, you should arrange collection and distribution of the suits when they are ready, and the return of the clothing after the wedding.
This means we are discussing the essential accessories that will provide the final, perfect touch to your wedding day outfit. Below are tips and tricks for finding the right shoes, cufflinks, tie, belt, and cummerbund – and whether or not you should have any of these custom made.
The vest is optional, but if the wedding is more traditional, they will probably request all of the groomsmen wearing them. The vest can be one of the more bold accent colors. It will really stand out if you have a light shirt and dark vest or dark shirt and light vest.
These are necessary not only to make a fashion statement but also to help keep your jacket sleeves nice and tight against your wrist.
TIE AND POCKET SQUARE:
Your tie and pocket square don’t necessarily need to match, but for a wedding… it is usually best. They can match the vest if you are wearing one, or they can be the accent in your outfit!
The best man is responsible for throwing a suitable bachelor party for the groom and all his friends before the wedding. The best bachelor parties aren’t necessarily those where everyone drinks far too much, and the groom ends up chained to a lamp post wearing ladies’ underwear! That kind of night might be right up the groom’s street, but if not, then there are plenty of alternative ways to make this a special day. Escape Rooms are becoming more commonplace, and provide an ideal mix of action and distraction, as well as being highly entertaining. Many experiences only take an hour or so to complete – if you can unravel the mystery! After completing the escape room challenge, you could then head into town for a meal, and follow this up with a club or bar. If drinking isn’t your party’s thing, then games night, movie night, a sports event, or an outdoor challenge like a camping trip to the forest might be a better way of spending the day.
Couples generally hope that their wedding day will be a once in a lifetime experience, and that being the case it’s important that you take your role as best man seriously and make every effort to ensure the bride and groom enjoy the day as much as possible.
PUTTING YOUR OUTFIT TOGETHER:
Start with a matching nice slim fit blazer and dress pants! You want them to flow nicely with your body, Click here to see another local blog on how to wear the proper suit.
Next find a nice dress shirt for underneath, for formal occasions like a wedding a white or navy blue is best.
Shoes and ties are the next stop. If your undershirt has a pattern you will want a solid tie or vice versa. If you choose to both have a pattern make sure they vary in size and design. You can never go wrong with a nice shiny black pair of dress shoes.
We import quality menswear for all occasions – one of those important occasions could be your wedding and you will face important decisions about what you and your groomsmen should wear. This post is going to provide 7 great tips that you can follow as you prepare to dress the groomsmen for the big day!
Talk to your spouse about what the bridesmaids are wearing.
Obviously you should consult your other half about the wedding before making any big decisions. To create a cohesive wedding you will want to coordinate outfits for the bridesmaids and groomsmen that complement each other in a certain way. They don’t have to match entirely – unless you want them too! – but it will help you plan your own outfits accordingly. It can even just involve one common color. Speaking of color…
Start with Color
Whether or not you require a full consultation with fully customizable tuxedoes or you are going to a bridal shop to pick something off the rack, you should always start with a certain color in mind. You can bring in a picture of what the bridesmaids are wearing, a color swatch, or at the very least an idea of what color you should be looking for. If you decide to shop online this can be made even simpler as most online stores allow you to search by color. When in doubt – seek advice and stick to original color with a simple, good looking fit.
Slim fitting suits look great on a variety of body types
The important thing to know about the slim fitting suit is that it looks great on a variety of shapes and sizes. This is because they look crisp and tailored with a flattering style that creates a nice, clean, cohesive look.
Don’t be afraid of the casual look
Some men can pull this off well. If you are confident in your own style and what the bridesmaids are wearing don’t be afraid to put your own spin on the casual look. This can translate into bow-ties and suspenders or just simply shedding the tradition of the three piece suit. Dressing the wedding ushers in casual attire is another fun way to incorporate this look into the wedding without disrupting how the groomsmen are dressed.
Get Professional Measurements
With all the stress of the wedding the last thing you want to worry about is the fit. That is why you should get professionally measured by a tailor to ensure the very best fit possible. You will still have to worry about the color and the style but ensuring a good fitting suit will take one less worry off your plate.
Trust Your Groomsmen
If you are confident in your groomsmen and are not concerned with wearing matching suits then don’t be afraid to let your groomsmen take the reigns and pick their own suit. Set some parameters – but letting them pick something on their own will no doubt result in an outfit that is more comfortable for them to wear for long periods of time. You can still have the final call but this is a great way to let your groomsmen have some fun.
If these tips don’t help and you are totally lost on what you want – don’t be afraid to keep it simple! A lot of couples decide to have the groom and groomsmen all in the same suit/tux, with white or ivory shirts underneath. And then you can have them wearing matching ties with differing pocket squares or identical pocket squares and mismatched ties. If you want to have more fun with it you can decide to have the men in colored shirts or have fun, patterned ties. If you’re open to having fun with it – the more pattern, the more relaxed the wedding.
Don’t forget the smaller details!
Cufflinks: these are an essential accessory for any groom, and if you are going the traditional wedding route there is a particular detail about them that you are going to want to know. According to Wedding Wire “traditionally, men received cufflinks as gifts on special occasions. It’s said that a man should never buy his own cufflinks. Perhaps you could hint at your loved ones that you’ll need a pair of special cufflinks for your wedding.” However, you can still buy your own so make sure your cufflinks represent you and provide a crisp complement to your wedding shirt. Remember to wear a shirt with French cuffs and no buttons on the cuffs so that you can fasten them with cufflinks.
Belt: This is where the decision to get your suit custom made or tailored comes in. If you have made-to-measure trousers there is no need for a belt as the pants will be suited to fit you perfectly, at that point a belt would detract from your perfectly polished image you are projecting on the wedding day.
These accessories will be the final touches on the perfect traditional wedding look. They are timeless and provide the perfect look for your wedding and classic wedding photos. But every wedding is different and in today’s environment the casual look is often a viable alternative to the traditional wedding. So explore what is right for you and don’t forget to stay tuned to our website and the Suits Centre blog for more wedding season tips and topics on suits.
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