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 each photo to see more from these celebrations!
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
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. Photo by Joel & Justyna; Planning & Design by KA Mariage
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 like an ensemble for a special occasion but not overly formal. Photo by Samuel Lippke Studios
To look different from his groomsmen, this sophisticated groom donned a blue windowpane jacket paired with classic black trousers. Photo by Bryan Miller Photography; Planning & Design by EverAfter Events
Though this groom and his groomsmen all wore oxblood-hued ties for the fall nuptials, the groom donned a lighter blue suit. Photo by Grant Daniels Photography; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas; Planning & Design by Diamond Affairs Weddings and Special Events
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
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; Bridal Stylist: Dear Maradee; Planning & Design by Mindy Weiss Party Consultants
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
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
To complement the black-and-gold décor of their ceremony and reception, this groom donned a sharp suit jacket featuring the same palette. Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography
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; Planning & Design by Kelli Corn Weddings and Events