So you’ve found the perfect diamond ring for your beautiful bride-to-be and you’ve popped the big question. But now, it’s time to find the perfect suit for your perfect day (and you thought proposing was the hard part)!
A rule of thumb: decide on a venue before choosing a suit. The venue will influence the dress code and therefore what kind of suit you should wear.
You should start shopping for a suit at least 6 months before your wedding. This gives you enough time to not only find the right one, but get it tailored, too.
The Difference Between A Tux And A Suit
As you may already know, a tuxedo is worn for more upscale weddings, while a suit is better for semi-formal occasions.
|Satin Lapel||Lapel is the same as suit fabric|
|Satin Buttons||Fabric/Plastic Buttons|
|Satin Striped Pant Legs||No Stripe|
|White Shirt, Stud Buttons||Dress Shirt|
How To Choose A Suit By Formality
Casual Wedding Attire
Casual weddings often take place on beaches, in backyards… Or overseas in exotic locales if you’re lucky. In these instances, choose suits with lighter fabrics like linen or cotton. To keep with the theme of lightness, try fabrics that are brighter in color like cream, light blue, or gray.
For casual weddings, some grooms forgo things like ties, vests, and bowties altogether. In the end, it’s up to you on how dressed up you want to get–although you may want to ask for your partner’s input before you buy that bright yellow plaid suit.
Cocktail/Semi-Formal Wedding Attire
Cocktail attire is certainly a step above ‘casual’ on the old formality scale, but is still less serious than black tie attire. This dress code gives you more room to have fun with accessories like your tie (or bow tie). Want to throw on a vest? Go for it!
For cocktail attire colors like charcoal, navy, and black are perfect for your suit. Cocktail attire is appropriate for venues such as barn weddings, country club weddings, or loft weddings.
Black Tie (Formal) Attire
Tuxedos, though rare, are appropriate for more upscale weddings. If your big day is taking place in a Victorian-era mansion or a Pride-and-Prejudice style ballroom–then it’s time to start hunting for that cumberbund.
Generally, grooms should stick to darker colors like black or navy – but since it’s your wedding, you ultimately get to decide. (But again, we recommend you double-check with your spouse before any impulse buys.)
How To Choose The Fabric
Looking for something that sure to leave an impression? Velvet has been making a comeback for grooms and can typically be worn for winter weddings. Nothing makes a statement better than a suit that literally shines.
Sheep’s wool is easily the most popular fabric in suiting. It’s breathable, durable, and comes in a variety of weights and thicknesses. If you’re having a traditional wedding, wool should be your go-to.
This lightweight material is the second most popular suit fabric out there, often sought after for its resilience to warm weather. Linen is perfect for Summertime, outdoor weddings, and weddings on the beach.
Cotton is breathable, thick, and durable compared to wool and linen. It’s the most popular textile in the world for a reason; cotton can be worn in essentially any climate or season. The downside to cotton is that it wrinkles easily, which can easily put a damper on your wedding look.
Next Steps: Get It Tailored
A well-fitting suit is essential to look your best. Luckily, Indochino creates suits that fit your exact measurements–without breaking the bank. Not only that, but each suit is customized by you; from lapel style to button color, each detail of your one-of-a-kind suit is entirely up to you.
Either get measured online or head down to any of their 52 showrooms across Canada and the US to get measured by a Style Guide. Although each order takes only 2 weeks to be delivered, we suggest you order your suit at least 6-8 weeks before the big day. (just in case!) And bring your groomsmen if you’d like! They can outfit them too.
Now that you’ve nailed down the suit, it’s time to find one last thing for your big day – the wedding band.
How To Choose The Wedding Band
As a rule of thumb, you should start looking for your wedding band 3-4 months before the wedding so that you can look at all your options and get a feel for what kind of ring you want. This also gives you time to have your band resized.
First, consider which metal you want for your band. This is about personal preference, but also lifestyle.
Platinum is one of the most durable precious metal choices. It’s ideal for someone who may be prone to damaging their jewelry. Platinum will never lose its color, and it’s a great hypoallergenic choice. However, it can be more pricey than other precious metals as it is very rare.
White gold is similar in appearance to platinum but is much less expensive. However, it is less durable than platinum and will need to be replated with rhodium overtime to restore its silver luster. Keep in mind that white gold isn’t always hypoallergenic – it sometimes contains nickel, which is a common allergen. It remains a classic choice for wedding bands.
If you are looking for a more affordable choice, choose 14kt white gold since it has less gold content.
Another classic choice for wedding bands is yellow gold – it has been popular for centuries. It’s the most durable and hypoallergenic of the gold family and will retain its color. If you are looking for a more affordable choice, choose 14kt yellow gold since it has less gold content.
Rose gold has resurged in popularity in recent years. It gets its warm reddish hue from copper – so it’s not exactly a hypoallergenic choice. However, its copper alloys make it quite durable (but not as durable as platinum). Rose gold will not need replating like white gold does. It’s ideal for a stylish and bold groom.
Cobalt is a popular choice for grooms. It’s even more durable than platinum and is one of the most scratch-resistant metals available. It’s also a great hypoallergenic option. Keep in mind that cobalt is difficult to work with and most jewelers will not resize a cobalt wedding band.
Other Style Choices
There are more options out there than just plain wedding bands. Since you’ll be wearing your ring every day (unless you need to take it off for work), it’s important to choose one that you’ll love.
Diamond Wedding Bands
Diamonds add a luxurious twist to men’s wedding rings. Diamond wedding rings are perfect for a bold, stylish groom.
Two-Toned Wedding Rings
Two-toned wedding rings are perfect for someone who can’t decide on just one metal, or for a man who has mixed-metal jewelry and wants a ring that will go with everything. Two-toned wedding rings are great for someone who is seeking a modern but classy wedding ring.
Textured Wedding Rings
Textures add visual interest to wedding rings, like the hammered-finish wedding ring above.
Ritani is a fine jewelry company specializing in engagement rings and wedding bands. All of their pieces are handcrafted and made-to-order in their New York factory. Ritani is committed to making diamond shopping easier and more transparent.
By now, you’re pretty much ready to start shopping for a suit and a ring. Fortunately, you’re never alone in this process – reach out to a friend who’s already tied the knot for advice, get expert menswear advice from Indochino, or seek assistance from the Diamond Concierge team at Ritani.