Photo by Kreate Photography & Design
Your groomsmen are important people to rely on throughout the wedding planning process—from throwing the bachelor party to assisting on the big day. While it’s okay to ask them to handle certain things for you, it’s important that you don’t abuse your power. Treat your groomsmen with respect and you’ll find that your friendships are even stronger after the wedding than they were before. Check out this list of things you shouldn’t say to your groomsmen.
Photo: Kelly Redinger Studio
Show your groom’s lapel a little love with a statement-making boutonniere. Whether he’s rustic and wants a succulent with billy balls wrapped in twine, glamorous and wants a pop of color against his black tuxedo with a pink orchid, classic and wants an all- white calla lily, or romantic and wants a closed peony and green berries, we’ve got ideas for every groom’s style. See more of our favorites here.
Clockwise from top left: Amelia Soper Photography, Chelsea Elizabeth Photography, Continuum Wedding Photography, David Schwartz Photography, Christa Elyse Photography
Brides aren’t the only ones seeking a little style inspiration for the big day. Today we’ve rounded up some of our very favorite looks for those dashing grooms!
Classic black tuxedo – A groom can truly do no wrong in a pressed white tux shirt and a single breasted, one-button jacket. So handsome!
Gray suit with black bow tie – A refreshing take on the traditional. The pop of color in the boutonniere adds an unexpected element to this crisp, clean look.
Three piece suit – We love the textured light gray paired with a matching satin tie, a crisp white pocket square and a simple boutonniere.
Charcoal suit with dark vest and patterned bow tie – The blue plaid adds interest and a subtle air of vintage style.
Striped dress shirt and pastel tie – Paired with a light, neutral suit and shades, this is a perfect look for an outdoor wedding.
Photo by Blink of an Eye Photography
When it comes to choosing attire for your groom and groomsmen, there are lots of options to choose from. Tuxedo or suit? Bow tie or necktie? Vest or cummerbund? We’ve come up with a few questions that might help you narrow things down a bit (you’ll probably hear many of these same questions at the tuxedo shop, so be prepared to answer them!):
Where, when, and how formal is our wedding?
Before you start shopping, think long and hard about your venue, your wedding date, and how you want your wedding to look and feel. If you’re planning a summer wedding on the beach, a formal tuxedo just won’t look right – or be comfortable. And if you’re getting married in a house of worship or ballroom, khakis and flip-flops probably aren’t appropriate. Those might sound obvious, but there is a wide middle ground. If you’re planning a wedding that’s somewhere in-between super-formal and totally casual (perhaps at a historic home or country club), consider black, gray, or navy suits, or a sport coat and khakis.