Everyone likes to get dressed up and look their best for a wedding, including the boys. That’s why it’s important not to overlook the groomsmen when styling your wedding party.

Here are expert answers to some of the most common questions about groomsmen attire to help you navigate the world of pocket squares and cuff links.

How do I choose the right suit or tux for my event?

While groomsmen attire can seem pretty straightforward, there are many factors to consider when deciding how to dress your groomsmen. First, like the bridesmaids, you want to make sure that everyone is cohesive with the overall wedding look.

“Choose a suit or tuxedo that matches your wedding theme, make sure to consider if it’s a day or evening wedding too. Use the ties, pocket squares, and other accessories to match the color themes of your wedding. The groomsmen look can complement your overall theme and make for amazing pictures,” says Matt Ramirez, senior vice president of marketing for Generation Tux.

So, if your wedding is a more formal nighttime affair, you should stick with a classic tuxedo, either in black or dark blue, for a sophisticated and timeless look. A suit is more appropriate for daytime and casual events, and you can also feel free to play with brighter colors, bold patterns and fun accessories to match the relaxed ambiance. 

The season, too, should factor into your choices, so everyone is comfortable on the big day. For example, if you’re getting hitched in the summer, you’ll want to opt for lighter fabrics, like linen, seersucker and cotton, to prevent unsightly sweating. Wool and velvet, on the other hand, are ideal for keeping gents warm at a winter wedding.

What’s trending in groomsmen's attire?

While dark blue suits have been on the rise in recent years, light blue is hot on its coattails. This pale shade is perfect for outdoor weddings for a chic yet laidback look. 

“Another trend is pocket boutonnieres. It's a small cluster of flowers worn in the jacket pocket. It's a very unique twist of two classic wedding attire favorites, combining the traditional boutonniere and a pocket square,” says Ramirez.

Do my groomsmen need to match the groom?

“No, they do not have to match. The groom can stand out with a unique look, or the entire party can match. It’s your wedding, so it’s your rules,” says Ramirez. 

How much will the outfit cost? Who usually pays?

Typically, each groomsman is responsible for covering his own attire. If that’s the case, consider everyone’s budgets and transparent about expectations from the get-go. 

“The average rental cost is $229 for a head to toe look. This includes the jacket, pants, vest, dress shirt, shoes and all accessories including tie, pocket square, belt and socks,” explains Ramirez.

How can I ensure everyone looks their best?

“Colors and fit need to be just right,” advises Ramirez. “First, make sure everyone gets their suit or tuxedo from the same place to ensure your suit and accessory colors match perfectly. Second, make sure you get the right fit for your body type. The right fit, or wrong fit, can really change the look of your wedding party.”

What is the timeline for ordering a suit or tux?

You’ll want to give plenty of time for fittings and adjustments, so Ramirez recommends starting the planning process at least four months before the wedding.

What if my groomsmen live in different places?

Thanks to modern technology, it’s never been easier to get everyone in suits from the same place – even if everyone is scattered. Many companies today, like Generation Tux, offer online options for rentals and purchases alike. They can also do at home try-on and fittings, so no need to worry about ill-fitting suits on the big day!

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