Whether you’re a guest, a member of the wedding party, or the groom, finding the perfect suit to wear for a wedding is always a challenge. There are so many types of men’s suits for weddings that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed when looking through all the different options.
We’ve put together this guide to help you choose the best suit for your upcoming wedding. Whether the wedding is formal, semi-formal, or casual, we’ve got you covered!
An elegant and distinguished wedding requires a formal and traditional dress code. There are many different types of suits for weddings, but the most formal are white tie, black tie, and morning suits.
This is the most formal type of wedding suit for a groom or wedding guest. It’s usually reserved for traditional, highly formal events of high social standing or involving nobility.
White tie is uncommon for modern weddings because it’s considered highly traditional and somewhat old-fashioned. It’s also considered formal evening wear, so it’s only appropriate for evening weddings where a white tie dress code is specified. However, white tie signals to guests that your wedding is a grand occasion worth looking your absolute best!
A white tie dress code for men consists of a classic white bow tie, a black tailcoat, a white low-cut waistcoat, a dress shirt, dress trousers, and black formal dress shoes.
This is the second most formal form of wedding attire. Like white tie, black tie is considered formal evening wear. However, black tie is a popular dress code for formal evening weddings to achieve a classic, timeless look.
Black tie traditionally involves a black tuxedo jacket and trousers, a black bowtie, a white shirt, and patent leather shoes. If you’re unsure about black tie etiquette, check out our guide on wedding tuxedos.
This is one of the most popular choices for traditional formal weddings. Unlike black and white tie suits, a morning suit is designed for daytime events (hence the name).
A morning suit includes a formal morning jacket with peak lapels and tails, a double-breasted waistcoat, a dress shirt, and a cravat or tie. It’s sometimes called ‘tails’ because of the unique swallowtail at the rear of the morning jacket. These ‘tails’ should hang elegantly and fall just below the knees.
The traditional colour for morning suits is black or dark grey, but navy is also popular. Opting for a textured material like Herringbone helps to add depth to your elegant wedding day look.
A semi-formal look is one of the most popular options for modern weddings. However, a semi-formal dress code can be one of the most challenging dress codes to interpret.
This generally means a more relaxed and less restrictive dress code, but you should still look smart and presentable.
A lounge suit is a perfect choice if you’re invited to a wedding with a semi-formal dress code or if there isn’t a specific dress code. Don’t panic if you’ve never heard of a lounge suit. This simply means a standard suit that doesn’t fall into the above categories!
There are several options for lounge suits: three-piece, two-piece, single-breasted and double-breasted. Unlike formal weddings, you can be more relaxed with your colour choice. For a daytime wedding, consider lighter colours, such as grey or beige. While if it’s an evening wedding, dark or navy blue might be a better choice.
A casual wedding doesn’t mean you can wear whatever you want; it’s still a wedding, so you should still try to look stylish.
Casual weddings might be during the day in the summertime or even outside, so you’ll likely need to consider keeping cool and looking fashionable. Have a look at our blog, ‘How to choose the perfect summer wedding suit’, for more information.
Linen or cotton suit
If you’re attending a casual wedding in warm weather, you’re not restricted to classic suit materials. Wearing a traditional dark wool suit means you’ll overheat quite quickly. Instead, opt for a linen or cotton suit in a light colour to keep you feeling cool and looking fashionable.
No suit jacket
When it comes to casual weddings, no rule says you need to wear a suit jacket, especially if it’s warm out. You could opt for just a light dress shirt or a shirt and waistcoat pairing. If you’re worried about looking too casual, you can always take a jacket with you.
Mix and match
The great thing about casual weddings is that you’re not restricted to matching suit sets. Instead, you can mix and match tailored separates. You could pair a light button-down shirt with a darker-suit jacket and smart chinos for a relaxed look.
How Phillip Alexander can help
If you’re still unsure what kind of suit is the right option for an upcoming wedding, we help you make the right choice.
Philip Alexander Bespoke Tailors are experts at dressing gentlemen. We have been crafting bespoke wedding suits in London and Cheshire since 1876. From traditional morning suits and tuxedos to modern three-piece suits, we can create a unique garment to match your wedding dress code.
We offer a range of luxury tailoring services, including bespoke suits, semi-bespoke ‘made to measure’ suits, and tailored suit hire. Whatever option you choose, you’ll benefit from invaluable advice from a master tailor to ensure you look stunning and elegant on the big day.
Handcrafted by our master tailor, a luxury bespoke suit is truly one-of-a-kind. Our tailored wedding suits and tuxedos ensure you’ll stand out from your guests on your special day. Numerous fittings and revisions ensure that this unique garment will fit you perfectly. If you want a once-in-a-lifetime experience that’s the epitome of luxury, a bespoke tailored suit is the right option for you.
If you want a stunning tailored suit but are restricted by your budget, a made to measure suit might be the best option. Our made to measure wedding suits have fewer fittings, so they can be ready in less than two months. We use a mixture of handcraft and machine work to create a beautiful suit that’s guaranteed to be a perfect fit for your wedding’s theme.
If you want to stand out at your wedding but aren’t ready to invest in a tailored suit of your own, luxury tailored wedding suit hire might be the best option. Our hire suits involve multiple fittings to ensure they fit you perfectly on the big day.
If you want to know more about our range of services or want guidance about what suit to wear on your special day, contact us today to request an appointment.