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Whilst brides spend months thinking about their dream wedding dress, suits for the groom, best man, ushers and page boys can be an afterthought.


There are so many options when deciding on a wedding suit, from highland dress to a casual lounge suit, with morning suits remaining a firm favourite.

Menswear options

Morning suits are usually worn for weddings taking place before 3pm, usually in blue, black or grey. Frock coats are available in a variety of colours and can also be teamed with a wing-collared shirt, waistcoat, cravat, top hat and gloves. Black tie or dinner suits are suitable for late afternoon wedding with a formal reception. There is also the option of the highland dress if you have strong Scottish connections.

Lounge suits are suitable for less formal weddings, and if you’re having a beach wedding then why not wear shorts and a linen shirt?

Hire or Buy

Are you going to hire your suit or buy? This really depends on your budget and the number of groomsmen. Hiring is definitely the cheaper option and is also more appropriate if you do not think you will wear your wedding suit again.

If your suit can be reworn for other events or even work then it may be more cost effective to make a purchase.


Cravats and waistcoats can be bought off the rack or made to measure, but the most important thing to consider is whether they are going to match and what colour you want them to be.

We suggest that the colours complement the bridesmaid dresses, so it is really useful to go along with a sample of the fabric to match. Don’t go over the top, it is traditional to wear a patterned waistcoat and then highlight the key color in the cravat, tie or handkerchief.

If you are wearing a Morning Suit, then cravats should only be worn by the Groom and Best Man. A high necked waistcoat will stop the cravat from 'escaping'. And remember that it is traditional for the bottom button on your waistcoat to be left undone.

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