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Suitably Yours:

A Groom's Guide of What to Wear

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Ultra-Formal Daytime Wedding

noon-afternoon for 200+ guests

Put on the Ritz with a cutaway coat, gray striped trousers, a gray vest, ascot, and black dress shoes. Want extra flair? Add a top hat, spats and gray gloves! For a contemporary twist, wear a contoured jacket with a wing collared shirt.

Brides typically wear veiled, short-trained wedding gowns with long sleeves or gloves that cover the arms.



Formal Daytime Wedding

noon-afternoon for 100 guests or less

Take her breath away in a tuxedo, tailcoat or gray stroller! Add a white spread-collar shirt, a vest that matches your coat, an ascot or a standard necktie, and a pocket square and you're dressed to the nines. Contemporary twists include a formal suit (white/light for warm months, dark for the cooler ones) worn with a dress shirt, bow tie, and a vest or cummerbund.

The bride usually wears a short-trained, veiled wedding dress with long sleeves or gloves that cover her arms or chooses a sophisticated short dress, a bridal headpiece, and a short veil.



Semi-Formal Daytime Wedding

noon-afternoon, often in a private residence for 100 guests or less

Look picture-perfect in a navy or charcoal suit acceptable to wear year-round or a khaki or white one for the warmer seasons. Wear with a white shirt; tie optional. For a contemporary look, opt for a dinner jacket worn with a dress shirt, cummerbund or vest, and a bow tie.

Blushing brides look stunning in short-veiled, white or pastel floor-length gowns.



Informal Daytime Wedding

noon-afternoon, usually an intimate gathering of family and close friends

Rise to the occasion in your favorite suit, dressing up your shirt with a four-in-hand tie. For a contemporary edge, opt for a dinner jacket or formal suit worn with a dress shirt, cummerbund or vest, and a bow tie.

Beautiful brides' wedding day ensembles include a suit or business dress, hat, gloves, dress shoes, and hand bag.

Ultra-Formal Evening Wedding

after 6 pm, for 200+ guests

Break out the tuxedo and turn on the charm in a black tailcoat, black trousers, a white pique wing-collar shirt, a black vest or cummerbund, and white bow tie. Black top hat and white gloves are optional. Add a contemporary touch with a black contoured jacket.

Brides look ravishing in long or full-veiled gowns with sleeves or gloves that cover the arms. A long train completes the look.



Formal Evening Wedding

after 6 pm for 100+ guests

She'll fall in love with you all over again when she sees you in a classic black tuxedo ensemble that includes a white wing or spread-collar shirt, a black bow tie, and matching cummerbund or vest. For summer nuptials, a white dinner jacket worn with formal trousers is also acceptable. Add some contemporary flair to either look with a formal four-in-hand tie.

Stylish brides wear a long dress with a chapel or sweep train and a veil.



Semi-Formal Evening Wedding

after 6 pm; a home or chapel service for a 100 guests or less

Opt for a dark tuxedo or suit, worn with a white wing or turned-down collar, bow tie, and cummerbund or vest. For a contemporary look or summer or tropical destination weddings, consider a white dinner jacket.

The bride wears a floor-length dress or a shorter version with a veil that doesn't venture past the elbows.



Informal Evening Wedding

after 6 pm; often an intimate gathering of family and close friends

Dress up your favorite suit with a four-in-hand tie. For a contemporary edge, wear a dinner jacket, dress shirt, bow tie, and a vest or cummerbund.

The radiant bride opts for a suit or business dress, a hat, gloves, dress shoes, and hand bag.

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