A morning suit is an elegant, traditional outfit commonly worn at weddings and other formal events. However, if you’re considering wearing a morning suit to a wedding ceremony, it’s essential you follow the correct etiquette to avoid looking out of place.
We’ve put together this guide to answer any questions about morning wedding dress code and when a morning suit should be worn.
What is morning dress for a wedding?
Morning dress is one of the most traditional wedding outfits a groom or guest can wear. Although they used to be seen as overly stiff and traditional, morning suits have risen in popularity in recent years and have been worn by the likes of David Beckham and Kit Harington!
So, what is a morning suit for a wedding? It consists of a formal jacket with a peak lapel, a waistcoat, and trousers. The morning suit jacket is usually called a morning coat or ‘tails’. It’s curved at the front and slopes away into the characteristic tails at the back (hence the name ‘tails’). These ‘tails’ should fall perfectly and hang just below knee length.
What is morning suit dress code at a wedding?
If you’ve been invited to a wedding that specifies morning dress code, you must ensure you’re dressed to look the part.
You should wear your morning suit with a plain white dress shirt with French cuffs and a tie or cravat. Don’t choose an overly bold colour for your tie; simple colours like grey or light blue work well.
Morning suits can be worn with or without a waistcoat. Traditional three-piece morning suits are worn with a slim-fitting, double-breasted waistcoat. However, you can also opt for a single-breasted waistcoat instead.
In terms of trousers, striped trousers are considered traditional but not mandatory. If you’ve decided against striped trousers, wear trousers in the same or similar colour to your suit for a sleek and sophisticated look.
Traditional morning suits were usually black or grey, but navy is now also becoming a popular choice. A matching top hat is a traditional accessory that completes the look, but you are not obligated to wear one. You should pair your morning suit with highly polished patent leather shoes, preferably in black, with matching black socks.
When should you wear a morning suit?
If you’ve been invited to a wedding and are thinking about wearing a morning suit, it’s essential that you check the dress code first. If it specifies that you should wear morning dress, then you should follow the dress code. If it specifies formalwear, it might be appropriate to wear one depending on the time of day.
Morning suits are formal day wear, meaning you should never wear one in the evening or to formal evening events. So, you should only wear a morning suit to a formal wedding if it starts in the morning or afternoon.
White tie vs morning suit at a wedding: what’s the difference?
White tie refers to formal evening wear worn to balls, the opera, formal dinners, and evening weddings. It typically consists of a dress coat, white bow tie and waistcoat, starched white shirt, black socks and black shoes. White is the more formal version of the more common black tie.
The key difference between white tie and morning dress is that white tie is only worn to formal evening events (which start after 6 pm) while morning dress is only worn to formal daytime events (which start before 6 pm).
How Phillip Alexander can help
Whether you’re the groom, a member of the wedding party, or a guest, a morning suit can be the perfect choice to wear to a formal daytime wedding. A bespoke tailored morning suit will ensure you look your best on the big day.
Philip Alexander Bespoke Tailors are experts at dressing gentlemen. We’ve been crafting exquisite bespoke suits, from dinner jackets to morning suits, since 1876.
Getting a bespoke suit tailored is an unparalleled experience, and the result is a perfectly fitting, completely unique suit. All our bespoke suits are handcrafted by a master tailor using years of experience and expertise.
We specialise in tailored wedding suits, including elegant bespoke morning suits, to ensure you look the part on the special day. Each garment is hand-cut from your chosen cloth, and several fittings ensure the perfect fit!
Our made to measure suits combine the quality of bespoke suits with fewer fittings and a mix of hand and machine craftwork to produce a quality tailored suit in less than 2 months. Our skilled team of tailors will create a stunning and well-fitting suit on a tighter time and budget. You can choose your preferred cut, fabric, and style to create a unique, made-to-measure wedding suit.
Investing in a bespoke tailored suit is a big decision, which is why we offer luxury tailored suit hire. Our hire service is perfect for weddings and special occasions. You can choose from a range of suit styles, including morning suits, and each suit hire includes several fitting sessions to ensure you look stunning on the big day!
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