Bring on Summer and the wonderful moments to celebrate we often get to enjoy during these balmy, sunshine-filled months. Weddings are peak for the season and top the calendar for occasions to get dressed-up and spend time with family and friends. Whilst the warmer weather makes the Summer months popular for weddings, planning your outfit certainly takes attention and effort.
Whether you are the groom, a member of the wedding party or guest, getting your wedding attire just right can feel like a lot of pressure. No matter your role in the big day, you want to feel comfortable, stylish and appropriate for the occasion. So we’ve done the hard work for you.
The biggest mistake many people make when considering their wedding attire is that they leave it too late. Often than not wedding invitations are sent quite far in advance, so there is ample time to plan and shop around for an outfit that suits both you and the occasion. Shopping for a suit is time consuming and you need time to look at the cut, fit and style which compliments you - and most importantly you feel most comfortable in. Start shopping at least 3 months before the big day and even earlier if you are the groom or part of the wedding party. Preparation is everything so don’t get caught out!
As a guest, the invitation is the key for starting your wedding outfit shopping. Many invitations will include important details which will guide your decision making, from dress code and footwear. The golden rule of any wedding is that it is better to be overdressed than underdressed. But if you are unsure it is always advisable to speak to the special couple or someone in the know, such as the best man or parents of the couple getting married.
A formal dress code will most likely be called black tie, cocktail or simply formal. You will need to invest in a tux, dinner jacket or matching suit, usually in a dark shade such as black or navy. Don’t forget the dixie bow or tie! Try to stay classic with matching tonal shades and look at patent shoes or smart loafers. Take the pressure off a formal dress code and have fun playing 007 for the evening in a super smart get-up guaranteed to turn heads.
A semi-formal dress code is quite open to interpretation, so here you can embrace print, colour and layers such as a statement waistcoat, tie or pocket square. If you are nervous about standing out, a classic suit in blue, grey or even berry shades like plum, are a lovely way to embrace the summer sun without feeling out of place. For prints, check is a very popular choice for wedding attire so it’s best to try on a few styles to see what suits you, your skin tone and personality.TIES & POCKET SQUARES
A casual dress code doesn’t mean anything goes, so there is still an expectation to look smart and appear that you have made an effort. You can forgo the suit for a blazer and chinos or leave the jacket at home and go for a lightweight knit. Keep the look smart with loafers or shoes and go for an open neck shirt with a button or two undone. If in doubt of a casual dress code, it’s best to speak to the wedding party to get a better idea of what to wear.FORMAL SHIRTS
Whether you are the groom, best man or guest it’s important to consider the cut & fit of your outfit. If you are wearing a suit you’ll need to take the time to look at what size suits you best and often a visit to a tailor is needed. From slim fit, skinny and regular, the fit of a suit can really affect your comfort on the day so it’s an important detail to not overlook.
From bold and bright to classic and clean, there is a huge variety of colour and print to choose from when it comes to wedding attire. For the Summer months why not embrace the season with light and bright tones such as baby blue, cobalt, grey, or berry. If you decide to go for a statement colour it’s best to keep all items within your outfit complementary. For example, a blue suit is best paired with brown shoes, a white shirt and colourful tie in red, yellow or burgundy. Just be mindful of the wedding party colours, as it’s better to complement the wedding rather than look like you’re trying to match it.
If you want to go for a neutral toned suit, such as stone or beige, be sure to check in with the wedding party. Light tones are usually reserved for the special couple so be sure not to cause a fashion faux pas by wearing a shade you shouldn't.
Summer wedding attire does lend itself to fun prints like florals. If you want a subtle nod to print, perhaps look at a printed liner in your jacket or back of waistcoat or a printed tie or pocket square are easy ways to add a flourish and a touch of personality to your outfit.
As mentioned, weddings are a perfect time to express your personal style, so don’t forget the finishing touches that can make or break an outfit. Shoes, tie pins, pocket squares, colourful socks all add something special to your outfit. Don’t forget about the details that can take your outfit up a notch and really show that you have taken the effort to consider your outfit as a whole look.
If you are the groom or a member of the wedding party, it’s most likely that you will have your wedding day outfit planned and prepped in advance. However our tips and tricks do still apply to you. Chances are, you are going to be a little nervous on the big day so in the hot Summer months a lighter fabric, like linen, may be more appropriate. But when it comes to colour and print, it’s all about you! It’s best practice to wear a shade which complements your overall wedding theme. Navy is a popular choice for many grooms, but don’t shy away from unusual shades like green or berry. If in doubt check with your other half who will most likely have an opinion on your wedding attire!
When purchasing a summer wedding outfit, such a suit, it’s important to consider whether you could wear the outfit again. There’s no doubt that weddings are expensive so it makes sense to purchase an outfit which could be worn on another occasion. A summer blazer worn at a wedding can be great for work or a smart suit is perfect for a day at the races. Plan ahead and you’ll be sure to get plenty of cost-per-wear out of your outfit.
Hopefully our easy and simple guide to Summer wedding attire has inspired you to get organised and excited about your upcoming wedding. Whether you are the groom or a guest, looking and feeling great on the big day is important so planning ahead is key. Most importantly have fun and embrace your personal style, either as a subtle nod or bold statement. Wedding season has never looked so stylish!