While everyone is oohing and ahhing over the bride's gown, the groom is often left in the background. Of course, he looks perfectly lovely in his tux or suit, but that's as far as it typically goes. Chances are, he looks exactly the same as his groomsmen and every other groom who came before him. And that's a shame, because it's his big day, too, and he has every right to wear something that reflects how important and exciting this celebration is. Tradition is wonderful, but grooms, if you knew how to elevate your suit or tux so it actually reflected your style and personality, would you do it?
We suspect that most grooms would actually love to wear something fashion-forward, that doesn't make them feel like a "suit." It's not as challenging as you might think. Simple updates, like a colorful tie or pocket square, can help you stand out. For a more daring look, wear cool sneakers or loafers, instead of the usual black oxford. If you're really looking to make a statement, mix and match jackets and pants (they don't have to be the same color!) or choose a suit in a shade other than black, like navy, tan, or taupe.
There is so much room for creativity in menswear, and the grooms below can show you how it's done!
If your bride is rocking a minidress, you'll want to match her casual, chic style. A blue jacket and paisley tie over dark pants feels special but not overly formal. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
It takes attitude to pull off a white dinner jacket with black lapels, but we have confidence in you! This look is perfect for a groom who wants to make an entrance. Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer
Outdoor weddings – especially beach weddings! – beg for a wardrobe of light, sunny fabrics. Accessorize with loafers or slip-on sneakers for ultimate comfort. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
Who says you have to wear a tie? Rustic or country grooms will feel more at ease in a crisp white button-down shirt and a grey jacket and slacks. Just make sure the suit is tailored perfectly, so you still look put together. Photo by Vue Photography
Opening photo by Amanda McKinnon Photography