Weddings; a breeding ground for tears, romance and faux pas. It’s the occasion where the freedom of a fully choreographed, ten-minute first dance meets the strict tradition of the first toast coming from the Father of the Bride. Here’s what to wear and 7 tips to navigate this minefield of etiquette and emotion.
1. DON’T contact the Groom or Best Man if running late. And for last-minute queries, there’s Google.
2. If your invite made no mention of a plus-one, DO come alone and respect the table plans too.
3. DO remember to switch your phone off, or put it on silent, during the speeches and the ceremony.
4. DON’T post any photos of the B&G before they’ve shared their expensive and professionally taken ones.
5. Giving a speech? DON’T mention anything that’s too personal. No one needs to hear about his ex.
6. DO go easy with the alcohol. The groom won’t thank you if you hit on his new mother-in-law.
7. Extortionate amounts of money have been spent for you to enjoy yourself. DO party until it’s over.
Look 1: Traditional ceremony
Reaching for the black suit can seem like a foolproof colour-choice for wedding days. In actual fact, some brides prohibit it (remember to check). If you’re in doubt, you can’t go wrong with blue. And this suit’s subtly structured fabric adds a little edge.
Look 2: Relaxed garden party
For some, the perfect wedding day is a down-to-earth affair: a garden or beach; close friends and family. This look is for that occasion. The ‘shorts suit’ divides opinion, but pairing the blazer with brown shorts looks undeniably cool. Nonchalance at its best.
Look 3: The after-dinner party.
Most guys opt to remove their blazer once the party starts. A nice way to refresh your look (and your fabrics) is to instead swap the longsuffering shirt and tie, you’ve warn all day, for a fresh T-shirt. Why not turn up the comfort levels with this soft pima cotton style?