How to accessorise your wedding party - The Inside Pocket

Four mix-and-match wedding party looks.

HOW TO ACCESSORISE YOUR WEDDING PARTY

FOUR TRICKS OF THE TRADE FOR GREAT WEDDING STYLE
• WORDS: A. FOZZARD

When it comes to weddings, the groom should take his moment to stand out.

Things get trickier when you also want to make sure he fits in well with the bride and bridesmaids as well as the groomsmen. Mix-and-match styling is your best tool. It will set the groom apart to match the bride but with a few details to make sure he won’t look out of place with the rest of the wedding party. It’s important to get balance right, so here are four wedding party looks that hit the sweet spot.

TRADITIONAL IN TAILS

Tails transform a smart outfit into a special one. Popular for weddings (and even more so since Beckham wore full tails on Prince Harry and Meghan’s big day), these suits are traditional and elegant, and they help mark the occasion if you wear a suit a lot of the time.

If the bride is wearing white or ivory, you can help the groom match in an ivory waistcoat, while the groomsmen wear waistcoats in the colour of the jacket as a contrast. Or follow in Beckham’s footsteps with black tails and put the groom in a grey double-breasted waistcoat while the groomsmen stick to single-breasted. Pale pinks and nudes are particularly on-trend wedding colours at the moment, and they’re versatile. Even if nude tones aren’t your colour scheme, they’ll work with any flowers and bridesmaid dresses, which can be helpful if you’re struggling to get the perfect match.

COUNTRY-INSPIRED WEDDINGS

If you’re planning a barn wedding or one outside, tweed suits will really look the part. There’s a scale for tweed, from traditional green and browns to more urban grey tones.

For a relaxed style, contrast it with plain jackets and trousers. You could put the groom in a tweed waistcoat while the groomsmen wear the one that matches the rest of the suit. If you do decide to go for a tweed jacket, consider getting the groom’s crafted through Tailor Me so he can keep it as a memento. He can decide on the buttons, buttonholes, pocket design and lining, and even have something embroidered onto the lining.

All tweed goes with rich colours, like yellow, orange and red, but our green tweed has highlights of pink so it’ll also work well with softer colours like purple, pink or blue.

CITY WEDDINGS

If you’re having a city-centre affair, you may want to go for a more minimalist look with a lounge suit. A grey or navy for your suit will work with any colour accessories for an easy match with the bridesmaids.

Make it look the part for a wedding by contrasting the waistcoats but keeping the groom’s accessories in ivory. You can also double-up on pocket squares with one in ivory and the other in the colour of the bridesmaid dresses for a more blended look.

OUTFIT CHANGE

Getting changed between the wedding breakfast and the evening do is becoming increasingly popular. Harry and Meghan did it, and we can only assume it’s because they had a massive party and they wanted to celebrate in red-carpet style. Having an outfit change can help to shift the mood for the evening, getting you and your guests into the party spirit – especially if the groom wears a tux.

An outfit change can also be a benefit if the groom wants to wear a skinny fit suit but needed a more traditional cut to suit the groomsmen. It means he can make sure he and the groomsmen look unified for the photos but express his own tastes when everything gets a bit more relaxed later on.