Good morning B&Gs! What a fabulous few weeks we’ve had at L&SW HQ recently! A couple of weeks ago we launched the “To Sharm with Love” competition, giving a a fabulous couple the chance to have their wedding in Sharm el Sheikh planned by me and photographed by Elisabetta Marzetti Photography for free (!), plus we’re throwing in a one-week honeymoon at the Sultan Garden Resort, and loads more… It’s SOOOO good that if I weren’t married, I’d apply myself! We’re also in full planning swing for a Sharm el Sheikh and a Puglia destination wedding, so I’m certainly a busy bee, but loving every second of dealing with my lovely brides and grooms!
On that note, I’ve noticed that my grooms are becoming more and more engaged when it comes to planning their wedding and a few have also mentioned reading my blog. And yet, far too often us bloggers make the mistake of ‘forgetting’ them by not giving them enough attention and advice, and dedicating post after post to brides only. Today I’m going to attempt to change this trend thanks to my dear friend and fellow blogger Ryan of 33 Boroughs | Dapper Daddy in London who’s dedicating his entire guest post to grooms.
Ryan is a 30 something husband, father, blogger, baker, (I’d add one of the most fashion-forward men I know) and all round nice guy living in London, who loves fashion, food, gadgets, grooming and shopping. His blog, 33 Boroughs is an homage to London, made up of precisely 33 boroughs, and a place where Ryan features and journals his diverse passions. Today Ryan is giving you, grooms, a bit of style inspiration for your wedding day.
Over to you Ryan!
So you are getting married. The biggest day of your fiancée’s life. You may or may not realise that you will now be flat broke; but, the smile on her beautiful, gorgeous face is worth every penny. Every single blood, sweat and salty tear-soaked penny. All you have to do now is turn up on the day, repeat a few lines and survive the speeches! But if you’re going to be broke, terrified and a blubbering mess at least do it with style.
My dad always told me “Shut up”, “One suit does not fit all” and “You pay for what you get”, which all seems appropriate here. To choose a good suit you need to take time. Shop around. Get out and try some on. A department store is a good place to start as it will have a lot of variety all under one roof. It will also allow you to experience a range in price versus quality. An expensive suit may not necessarily be right or feel right for you.
Try to find a suit to match your build. Any dedicated suit store or department assistant can help you with this. You also know yourself and what feels comfortable. As a general rule of thumb, slim builds can get away with a single breasted jacket and slim leg. The larger gentlemen should veer towards a double breasted jacket and wide leg to give the most flattering shape. Those in between can go either way. If in doubt ask 2 people what they think. One of them should be your mum and one should be someone who doesn’t really like you that much. Go with a happy medium.The jacket should fit comfortably on the shoulder. You don’t want the ends of the shoulder to droop or for the shoulder to bulge through the arm, not matter how hard you’ve been working out! This means the jacket is too small and everyone will think it belongs to your little brother or worse yet you stole it from a little old man. Then people will think you are mean. They will heckle your speech. Don’t do it.
Most companies will offer a short, regular or long variance in jacket. This refers in the main to the sleeve length. As a rule of thumb the sleeve should stop several centimetres back from your wrist bone. This is to allow your shirt to be seen and any fancy cufflinks and/ or watch you may choose to wear.For trousers it’s most important to get the waist right. The leg length or leg width can be easily adjusted by any good tailor or seamstress. Be wary. A lot of dry cleaners will offer a service but remember this is your wedding, your big day. Altering a suit is much like getting a haircut: you really don’t want to be experimenting. It’s always good therefore to go with a recommendation. A good tip is to ask the store of purchase if they offer a tailoring service. Most will have a preferred tailor or even better offer an in-store service.
The layers will help to keep you warm and smiling during the photo marathon you are about to endure. Beach wedding it in the Caribbean? Linen is best or light cotton and obviously a full suit is optional.
So there you have it – A short sharp guide to wedding suiting.
Thank you so much 33 Boroughs for your styling advice!
Double Breasted Suit // Single Breasted Suit // morning Suit by Ryan Panchoo (the author) // Bespoke Tailoring Services Freemans Bench-Made Bespoke. Photo by Chelsea Curtis // Selfridges-Mens-Department // 3 piece suit // Casual Wedding Suit // DB Suiting // Details