As the groom begins to select his outfit for the day, it’s not just about picking the perfect suit. Choosing the right accessories to go with your groomswear is key to creating the right look — whether that’s adding some rustic style, a glam finish or a hint of tradition. Take a look at our guide to groomswear accessories and see what your groom needs for the big day.
A bow tie can be used in a couple of ways. If you want to create a classic tuxedo look and have a style that is straight out of James Bond then a bow tie can work perfectly. Alternatively a bow tie is a great finishing touch for a more rustic look, team with braces for that splash of retro style. If you feel uneasy about tying the perfect bow then opt for a ready-tied version with clips at the back that will be perfectly hidden by your collar.
The cummerbund is a broad waistband that sits over the top of the groom’s trousers and hides the line where the shirt meets the trousers. A cummerbund works well for weddings with a more polished style and you will find a big array of cummerbunds so you can literally match any wedding colour. It’s also a great option for grooms that want something formal but don’t want to wear a waistcoat.
If you want something that is a little different and more special than a tie then consider a cravat. A cravat is thicker than a traditional tie and is fastened over the collar of the shirt. The cravat in fact dates back to the 15th century and has military origins so it is the perfect option for a smart and traditional look. A cravat is also a great opportunity to have fun with prints, colours and fabrics.
Add some colour and texture to a traditional suit by wearing a waistcoat under your jacket. Waistcoats come with fasten buttons and you can opt for a single or double breasted style. If the groom wants to stand out then opt to have plain coloured waistcoats for the groomsmen and then a bolder and more statement style for the groom.
A handkerchief is not only handy if the bride or groom start to shed a few tears on the day, but is also a great way to add a pop of colour to your groomswear. If you choose to wear a handkerchief then ensure you put it back neatly into your pocket so it photographs well and don’t forget to offer it to your bride if she gets a bit teary!
If you are wearing a traditional necktie to your wedding then a tie pin adds a formal finishing touch and will keep your tie neatly in place. It will also be a great keepsake that you can wear again and again on special occasions, your bride is sure to notice this romantic gesture!
Whether you want to add the most formal of finishing touches or you are including a splash of steampunk into your day, a top hat can complement both looks. Most grooms will remove their top hat when saying their vows but then wear it again for the photos to make the ultimate style statement.
You can have lots of fun picking out your cufflinks — each male member of the bridal party could have cufflinks including their roles so you could wear the perfect Groom cufflinks. Or if you have a particular hobby or interest, you can honour this with your cufflinks to add a cheeky bit of personality.
The buttonhole is a mini floral arrangement that is worn in the buttonhole of the groom’s jacket and is said to symbolise love and loyalty so it’s a thoughtful finishing touch for your groom’s attire and can also be known as a corsage. Your florist will be able to create these arrangements for all the bridal party to wear on the big day.
If you want to add a stylish and traditional touch to your look then consider wearing a traditional pocket watch. Perfect for formal or vintage themed weddings, you can keep this pocket watch for years to come and create an heirloom for your new family.
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