A lot of time and effort goes into planning the bride’s wedding dress and the groom and groomsmen’s suits, but often the father of the bride gets forgotten. 

The father of the bride traditionally plays an important role in the wedding ceremony, typically walking the bride down the aisle and giving the important father of the bride speech. So, it’s essential that the father of the bride is dressed for the occasion. 

The expert tailors at Phillip Alexanders have put together this ultimate guide to help you out. In this blog, we’ll answer some of the questions you might have about what the father of the bride should wear, and we’ll go over our top tips. 


What does the father of the bride wear?

The father of the bride will have a lot of eyes on him during the wedding ceremony and reception, so it’s essential that his choice of suit and accessories is appropriate and fits him perfectly. Care should be taken to ensure that his style and cut of suit match the wedding’s level of formality. For example, if the wedding is black tie, he should wear a tuxedo to match the dress code of the wedding day. The bride’s father should also ensure his accessories match the wedding’s colour scheme. The last thing you want is for him to look out of place. 

Does the father of the bride match the groomsmen?

The father of the bride’s outfit should be coordinated with the groom and the groomsmen to ensure that the wedding party looks in sync. However, this doesn’t mean that the father of the bride should be dressed identically to the rest of the wedding party. The father of the bride might need a slightly different cut or style of suit to match his body type and ensure he feels comfortable on the big day. 

To reflect his important role in the wedding, the father of the bride should be dressed slightly differently from the groomsmen. For example, if the groomsmen are wearing matching light blue suits, the father of the bride might opt for a slightly darker shade of blue or accessorise with a different coloured tie or vest.

Do the fathers of the bride and groom match?

Although the father of the bride and the father of the groom should coordinate their outfits, they shouldn’t necessarily match. Both fathers’ should ensure their suits match the overall dress code of the wedding, but each should have their own slightly unique look. This could be as subtle as having slightly different coloured suits or one wearing a vest and one not. 


Our top tips for choosing the right father of the bride outfit 

Match the wedding’s formality and colour scheme 

Regardless of the father of the bride’s personal taste, it’s essential that he mirrors the formality and colour scheme of the wedding. It’s important to remember that although his role is significant, he should not draw attention away from the bride and groom. 

Think about accessories 

The easiest way for the father of the bride to stand out from the groomsmen and personalise his outfit is through accessories. Whether that’s a boutonniere, a pocket square or a colourful tie, choosing the right accessories can make a huge difference to his outfit. 

The father of the bride should be given some freedom to choose his own accessories and style his suit, provided it fits with the theme of the wedding. For example, if he prefers a three-piece suit, he might choose to wear a matching vest, even if the rest of the wedding party is wearing two-piece suits. 

Focus on fit

It’s essential that the father of the bride wear a suit that flatters his body shape and fits him perfectly. The best way to ensure a polished look at the wedding is to purchase a tailored suit that’s crafted to your exact measurements. 


How Phillip Alexander can help

The father of the bride should look his absolute best on the special day. Choosing a well-made tailored suit is the perfect way to ensure his suit is expertly crafted to his specifications and preferences. 

Philip Alexander Bespoke Tailors have been crafting beautiful bespoke suits since 1876. Based in Savile Row in London and Cheshire, you can rely on our years of experience to help you find the perfect wedding suits for all members of the wedding party. 

We offer various tailoring services, including bespoke suits, semi-bespoke ‘made to measure’ suits, and tailored suit hire

Bespoke suits 

Our bespoke suit service is a once-in-a-lifetime experience resulting in a unique suit handcrafted by our master tailor. With over a century of experience, bespoke wedding suits are our speciality. Our bespoke tailored wedding suits are the best a man can buy and are the perfect choice to help the bride’s father look his absolute best. 

Made to measure suits 

Our made to measure suits are made using a mixture of handcraft and machine work to produce a quality tailored suit at a more affordable price and in a shorter turnaround than our bespoke suits. Our made to measure wedding suits can be ready in less than two months, so they’re the perfect solution if you need a beautiful tailored suit for an upcoming wedding. 

Luxury tailored suit hire

If you’re not ready to invest in a tailored suit of your own, our luxury tailored wedding suit hire might be the best choice. Phillip Alexanders offers several fitting sessions to ensure your hire suit fits you perfectly on the big day!

Get in contact with us today to find out more about our range of luxury tailored suits, or get started on your suit journey with a consultation with one of our expert tailors.