Since typically the focus is on the bride's gown at a wedding, the groom is often left in the background. Of course, he looks perfectly dapper in his tux or suit, but that's as far as it normally goes. Chances are, he looks exactly the same as his groomsmen and every other groom who came before him. However, each groom has the right to wear something that reflects how important and exciting this celebration is – especially if he enjoys fashion in his everyday life. Tradition is wonderful, but many modern-day grooms are choosing to elevate the typical suit or tuxedo so it actually reflects their style, personality, and even the wedding décor.
For those grooms who want to break tradition and wear something fashion-forward and even trendy, we encourage you to do so! However, if it's important that your wedding photos don't appear "dated" years from now, make sure you won't regret your fashion choice. Simple updates, such as a colorful tie or pocket square, can help you stand out without being too over the top. For a more daring look that we see many grooms taking part in, 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, grey, taupe, or white.
For inspiration, take a look at the unique styles of 15 grooms from real weddings below! Click on the link below each photo to see more from these celebrations!
When R&B singer Tank married his love Zena Foster, he looked dapper in a custom leather bow tie from D-Leak Bow Ties with a white tuxedo jacket featuring ebony lapels. Photo by Haley Ringo Photography; From Real Wedding: R&B Singer Tank's Modern Black-and-White Wedding to Zena Foster
For a beach wedding, choose light fabrics over dark. For his wedding to Tone It Up cofounder Katrina Hodgson, Brian chose a linen suit with a mint green tie and brown dress shoes to stay effortlessly cool. Photo by Jana Williams Photography; From Real Wedding: Tone It Up Trainer Katrina Hodgson's Shabby Chic Malibu Wedding
This couple’s laid-back Canadian wedding should inspire grooms to stand out from their groomsmen. While the men in the wedding party wore dark suits with light blue ties, the groom donned light-colored slacks, a navy jacket, and a bow tie from Ralph Lauren. Photo by Joel & Justyna; Planning & Design by KA Mariage; From Real Wedding: French-Inspired Tented Wedding at the Bride's Family Vacation Home
If your bride is rocking a minidress, you'll want to match her casual, chic style. A blue jacket from Ralph Lauren and paisley tie over dark pants feels like an ensemble for a special occasion but not overly formal. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios; From Real Wedding: A Charming Rustic Elopement with Outdoor Ceremony in Santa Barbara
To look different from his groomsmen, this sophisticated groom donned a blue windowpane jacket paired with classic black trousers. Photo by Bryan Miller Photography; From Real Wedding: Dreamy Alfresco Wedding with Textured Florals and Lavender Accents
When San Francisco Giants baseball player Hunter Pence married his love, he was fashionable in a custom grey suit with black lapels from Banana Republic, an ebony bow tie, and snazzy cuff links. Photo by Mel Barlow & Co.; From Real Wedding: World Series Champ Hunter Pence & YouTuber Lets Get Lexi's Wedding
Don't be afraid to embrace your dark side with an all-black suit. Just be sure to add a few cheerful accessories, like a bow tie and boutonniere, to balance out the bold look. Photo by McLellan Style; From Real Wedding: NFL Tennessee Titans Player's Gold + White Wedding in Nashville, Tennessee
Though this groom and his groomsmen all wore oxblood-hued ties for the fall nuptials, the groom donned a lighter blue suit by J. Hilburn, while groomsmen donned darker suits from Jos. A. Bank. Photo by Grant Daniels Photography; From Real Wedding: Outdoor Ceremony & Tented Reception with Cozy Fall Color Palette
We've seen many grooms embrace the contrasting look of a white dinner jacket with black lapels. It's perfect for a groom who wants to make an entrance but also stay somewhat traditional. Photo by Paul Barnett Photographer; From Real Wedding: Oceanfront Ceremony & Sunset Reception in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
When Houston Astros baseball player George Springer III married his beloved Charlise Castro, he wore a dashing tuxedo with a special detail: the inside of the authentic Royal cloth ensemble featured photos of he and Charlise throughout their courtship. Photo by Brett Hickman Photographers; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants; From Real Wedding: Luxe Wedding of Houston Astros Baseball Player George Springer III
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 from a modern brand like Z Zegna. Just make sure the suit is tailored perfectly, so you still look put together. Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: Southern Lake House Wedding with Ivory and Green Color Palette
From far away, this groom’s tuxedo may look like a typical wedding ensemble, but the subtle pattern on the jacket adds an extra dose of style – necessary when his bride’s gown was a one-of-a-kind dress that combined three designs together. Photo by EDLT Photo; From Real Wedding: Ocean-View Ceremony Featuring Modern Décor with a Tropical Twist
In an effort to stand out from his groomsmen at this destination wedding in Colombia, the groom donned an alabaster tuxedo jacket with ebony lapels, while his groomsmen wore traditional black-and-white tuxedos – all from The Black Tux. Photo by Elizabeth Fogarty; From Real Wedding: Destination Wedding with Lush Garden-Inspired Details in Colombia
To complement the black-and-gold décor of their ceremony and reception, this groom donned a sharp suit jacket from Cabaret Vintage and Marc Jacobs pants featuring the same palette. Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography; From Real Wedding: Regal-Style Mansion Wedding with Black-and-Gold Color Palette
There’s also nothing wrong with wearing a traditional black-and-white suit or tuxedo for your nuptials. Switch up the buttons, cuff links, and accessories to add your own personality to the ensemble. Photo by Eric Kelley; From Real Wedding: Chapel Ceremony + Tented Reception in the South Carolina Lowcountry
Opening photo by Natalie Watson Photography; Floral & Event Design by Evoke Design & Creative; From Real Wedding: Black-and-White Luxe Backyard Wedding with Modern Minimalism Style