When it comes to dressing up for your big day, it’s not just brides who get to have all the fun.
“Yes, brides get most of the attention on their wedding day, but it’s a big day for the groom too,” says Roderick Ng, fashion commentator and owner of Master/slave, “and there’s no reason he can’t look just as eye-catching.”
“The standard black formal suits that most grooms opt for is simple and elegant, but it’s not their only choice.”
Roderick, a guest judge for Miss Universe Australia 2010 has worked in a fashion as everything from a make-up artist and stylist and designer for more than 15 years now runs Master/slave a couture clothing brand based in Sydney, Australia.
Master/slave’s clothing is a favourite of celebrities including Delta Goodrem, Jessica Mauboy, Danni Minogue and actor Sam Neil. Roderick was also chosen by Guy Sebastian’s wife, Julie, to create her beautiful, flowing wedding dress.
“When it comes to weddings, there’s lots a groom can wear, but if they want to stick with the traditional black suit, why not play with texture? Go for a slight metallic finish or a suit with Lurex thread through the wool which adds a modern twist to a classic look.”
Whether you are having your wedding in Bali or the Maldives, you can’t go wrong with a crisp white shirt, linen suit and matching trousers. A linen suit in a natural linen colour or cream is understated and elegant. It screams old world sophistication and natural masculinity.
For a more relaxed feel, try slip-on suede loafers in cream, white, clay, or pale grey. For an event that takes place upon sandy beaches, opt for leather sandals in chocolate and a shirt without tie. For more formally styled beach weddingss, consider textured shoes such as alligator or leather weave. Wing tipped full brogues in white and brown is a preferred aesthetic amongst European culture.
Accessories: Try silver/grey colour for ties, hat and tie clips. For flower pins and pocket kerchiefs, white never fails.
Garden weddings set the tone for whimsy and fun. A groom brimming with confidence would look amazing in a grey suit with pale sherbet colours. Pale pink or pale lavender shirtings are guaranteed winners.
For the adventurous groom, try opting for fine pin-striped suits. A tie or bow tie adds a touch of formality to the event. Bowties that are smaller in shape looks more contemporary, especially if it is in check prints in pale colours.
Shoes: Brogues (with or without wings tips) in coffee colour is a classic choice.
The grand architecture of a church requires men in the wedding party to look formal. Tuxedos are a must. Shirts with pintucks or pleats find perfect home in this formal environment. Attention to details are important to keep with traditions, that is why cravats, bow ties, cummerbunds befit this joyous occasion.
Accessories: Small flower pins, belts and cuff links makes perfect accessories to accompany your formal menswear. Patent capped toe Oxfords make a statement of renewed tradition.
Cocktail wedding receptions make you think of glittering nights filled with dancing.
Cocktail suit jackets, normally single button with black trousers and shirts in black is de rigueur.
Instead of changing colours, work with textures. Whether your groom opts for Lurex weaved into his matching suit to give it a trendy sheen or textured prints on his black shirt, nothing is ever as sharp as a man in black.
Double-breasted fitted suit jacket and stove-piped matching trousers are all the rage from Paris to Korea, coupled with coloured shoes in patent texture, a bold statement is made on your wedding day.
Shoes: Monks or pointy- toe shoes in patent/or suede. Colour options: Black, navy blue and, for the daring, mustard yellow.