Words | William Phung
Whether you’re planning an intimate beachside ceremony or a traditional church wedding with all the bells and whistles, there’s no denying that preparing for a wedding can be a whirlwind experience. From the boutonnieres to the bridal waltz, there are plenty of details to be mindful of and focus on getting absolutely picture-perfect. In the midst of all the minutiae, it can be easy to lose track of the bigger picture, including what you’re going to wear on your big day.
Buying a groom suit can be a daunting experience for even the most sartorially-savvy groom, and is further complicated by all the myths about how hard finding a suit can be. To help you sort fact from fiction and explain how to choose the right groom suit, we’ve rounded up the 7 most common myths about suit buying and debunked them. Read on to learn how to buy a suit for a wedding, and why it doesn’t have to be as complicated as you might think.
Myth #1: Good suits are hard to find
There's no shortage of wedding suits for grooms on the market: You jhust need to know where to look. As a general rule, the best place to buy a wedding suit is with a specialty brand that caters to grooms day in, day out - with the wedding suit experts, if you will.
At M.J. Bale, we've spent the past decade garnering a reputation for our wedding suits for men that expertly walk the line between classic and contemporary. We can help dress you for your big day, whether you’re trying the knot in the city, by the sea, or at a sprawling countryside property. Our suits combine impeccable tailoring with luxurious natural fibres and sleek, modern cuts to help you look - and feel - your absolute best on your big day.
Simply pay a visit to your nearest M.J. Bale store and consult our in-house experts, who can help point you in the direction of the perfect suit for you.
Myth #2: Suits cost a fortune
As the American interior designer Albert Hadley once said, “Nothing comes cheap, though the educated eye will always spot very nice things for the least money”. This is true of most things, including groom suits. With a discerning eye and a bit of forward planning, there's no reason for your wedding suit to break the bank.
To ensure that your suit doesn’t send your wedding budget into a tailspin, decide on a firm figure of how much you’re willing to spend before heading out to buy a suit online or in person. Then, keep your eye on our website to see if we have a suit seperates sale running online or our suit sale collection in our online sale section to see if you may be able to snag the look you like for a little less.
Myth #3: You have to buy off the rack
Who says brides get to have all the fun? If you’re struggling to find the perfect fit or want to treat yourself to a bespoke suit for your wedding, our custom tailoring service could be your new bestfriend. Our in-house experts make it easier and more affordable than every to have a suit designed, cut, and made especially for you.
Myth #4: You have to buy a full suit
There's a common misconception that buying a groom suit always has to mean buying a full three piece suit with a matching jacket, trousers and waistcoat. In reality, piecing together a groom suit from suit seperates of your choice gives you a chance to stretch your sartorial sensibilities and make a statement on your big day.
Myth #5: The dress code must be black tie
It’s your wedding, so ultimately it’s up to you and your fiancé to decide how formal or relaxed you’d like the dress code to be. If you’re on the fence about a dress code, let your wedding location guide you.
Typically, church ceremonies or ballroom receptions lend themselves to a black tie dress code. This is your chance to break out the tux, and rock a Saunders Tuxedo Jacket in black or navy. On the other hand, a cocktail dress code is more appropriate for laid back, breezy garden and beach weddings. Swap the tux for a casual groom suit and choose a lightweight, looser weave cotton shirt, then shift the colour palette away from navy, black and grey and toward white, cream and neutrals.
Over the years we’ve dressed plenty of men in tan and white suits for outdoor weddings, and they always look sharp against the scene. The warm ivory tones of the Robertson Sand Jacket make it the perfect beach groom suit, while the olive hue of the Wyatt Twill Jacket in Green adds a b urst of colour without going over the top.
Myth #6: Looser suits are more comfortable
Between meeting and greeting all your guests after the ceremony to dancing up a storm at the reception, you’ll be moving around a lot on your wedding day. For this reason, you want to consider not only the fabric of your suit, but also the cut.
In this regard, jackets and trousers cut from breathable, natural textiles like linen or cotton will always be more comfortable than heavier suits in stiff or synthetic fabrics, even if they have a slimmer cut.
Myth #7: You'll only wear your suit once
When it comes to buying a wedding suit, this might just be the biggest myth of all. Provided that you take the time to pick the right suit from the get-go, there’s no reason why you can’t make it a wardrobe staple for years to come.
Learning how to freshen up a suit without dry cleaning can extend the life of your wedding suit for years beyond your ceremony, and help you dust it off and don it again — whether it’s to work, a formal event, or someone else’s wedding. In a nutshell? Put in the effort to choose the best mens wedding suit that fits you perfectly now, and you'll reap the rewards in the long run.
The best men's wedding suit is a matter of preference
Regardless of whether you’re a suit aficionado or a groom suit is your first foray in the world of formal wear, buying a wedding suit can be a challenge. Yet it’s a challenge with plenty of rewards: The right suit can be the final puzzle piece in your wedding planning, and help you look like the best version of yourself on your big day.