How to Choose a Wedding Suit if You Are a Guest or Groomsman
Weddings are joyous occasions that call for sartorial elegance. As a guest or groomsman, choosing the right suit is essential to ensure you look your best while adhering to the wedding's dress code and theme. At MONOKEL Berlin - Riga, we specialize in crafting tailor-made suits that are perfect for any wedding. Here’s a guide to help you select the ideal wedding suit, ensuring you feel confident and stylish on the big day.

Before we begin designing your suit, it’s crucial to understand the wedding's dress code. Invitations often include this information, so look out for terms like "black-tie," "formal," "semi-formal," or "casual." For a black-tie event, opt for a classic tuxedo. This typically means a black or midnight blue tuxedo jacket, matching trousers, a formal white shirt, black bow tie, and black patent leather shoes. For formal or black-tie optional events, a dark suit (black, navy, or charcoal) with a white dress shirt, conservative tie, and polished dress shoes will suffice. For semi-formal, you have more flexibility. A suit in a lighter color such as grey or blue is appropriate. Pair it with a dress shirt and tie, and incorporate some personality through subtle details. For casual weddings, a relaxed yet polished look is usually preferred. A blazer with dress trousers or chinos and a button-down shirt is ideal. Ties are optional.
While you want to look your best, it's important not to outshine the groom. Your suit should strike a balance between stylish and respectful. Avoid overly flashy details or colors that could draw attention away from the groom. At the same time, ensure your attire is not too casual. Opting for fabrics like S130 or S150 wool provides a refined, polished look without overshadowing the groom. These fabrics are known for their superior quality, comfort, and elegance, making them ideal for wedding attire.

The season and venue play a significant role in choosing your suit fabric and style. For summer or outdoor weddings, light fabrics like linen or cotton are perfect for warm weather. Light colors such as beige, light grey, or pastel shades keep you cool and stylish. For winter or indoor weddings, heavier fabrics like wool or tweed provide warmth and sophistication. Darker colors like navy, charcoal, and black are fitting choices. If the wedding is in a tropical or beach setting, consider breathable fabrics and lighter colors. Don’t forget to check if the event is more relaxed, allowing for even more casual attire.

If you are a groomsman, coordinating with the wedding party is essential. The groom might have specific guidelines or a color scheme for you to follow. Ensure your suit complements the bridal party’s attire, creating a cohesive and stylish look for wedding photos.
Accessories can elevate your wedding suit and add a touch of personal style. Match the formality of your suit and the wedding's dress code when choosing a tie or bow tie. Consider the wedding colors for a cohesive look. A pocket square adds a dash of elegance. Choose a color or pattern that complements your tie. For formal and semi-formal events, cufflinks add a polished touch. Ensure your shoes are clean, polished, and appropriate for your suit. Black shoes are best for darker suits, while brown works well with lighter ones. Match your belt to your shoes for a harmonious look.

Choosing the right suit for a wedding as a guest or groomsman involves understanding the dress code, considering the season and venue, balancing with the groom’s attire, coordinating with the wedding party, and accessorizing thoughtfully. At MONOKEL Berlin - Riga, we are dedicated to crafting bespoke suits that not only meet but exceed your expectations. By following these guidelines, you'll be well-prepared to celebrate the joyous occasion in style and confidence. Let us help you create a suit that respects the significance of the event and ensures you look your best in the memories captured that day.