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Guide to Groom Outfits, Groomsmen Suits & Other Mens Dress Outfit Hire

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In the past, the Groom outfits and those for the other male members of the wedding party were chosen by the Bride and her posse of Bridesmaids (not to mention the Groom’s Mother, Mother of the Bride and any other woman who happened to be passing at the time!). However, in recent years things have changed.


These days, men up and down the country have become much more involved in the whole process of planning a wedding and gents are now choosing their own Groom outfits as well as taking the major decisions in choosing the suits for the other male members of the wedding party.


Whereas the Bride, Bridesmaids, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom will all wear different, often bespoke, outfits, the men have it much easier. The Best Man, Ushers, Page Boys, Father of the Bride and Father of the Groom will all wear pretty much wear the same wedding outfit and, in the vast majority of cases, the Groom will join them.


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A quick flick through any formal menswear brochure or glance in the window of a high street outfitter will highlight the number of Groom wedding suit options. Gone are the days that the top hat and tails were the outfit of choice, these days anything from purple crushed velvet Frock Coats to Hawaiian Shirts accompanied by Panama Hats work just as well as their traditional counterparts.


It may all seem a little daunting at first but essentially there are just the five main categories of mens wedding outfit available from which you can choose, albeit with a number of variations within each category. The first, Miltary Wear, is only an option for those who are members of the Armed Forces whilst the second, Alternative Wear, (Teddy Boy suits, Bermuda Shirts etc) is worn at UK weddings, but it has to be said not particularly widely.


Therefore, discounting Military and Alternative Wear, this leaves Grooms with three main categories of wedding outfit from which they can choose; Morning Wear, Evening Wear and Highland Wear.



Morning Wear

Perhaps not as formal as their Evening Wear counterparts, Morning Wear is currently the most popular of all of the outfit categories. Comprising Tailcoats, Prince Edward Jackets, Frock Coats, Nehru Jackets and Lounge Suits, Morning Wear outfits will help to add a dash of class and sophistication to any wedding. read more...



Evening Wear

Tail Suits and Tuxedos are the two Evening Wear outfit offerings, each providing a unique style and grandiose look. The most formal of all the Groom outfit options, Evening Wear contrary to its name, can be worn throughout the whole day. read more...



Highland Wear

Not restricted to the Scots, Highland Wear is a traditional option that proves popular with Grooms north and south of the border. From the formal Prince Charlie and Argyll Jacket to the more casual and relaxed Ghillie Shirt, Highland Wear offers something for everyone. read more...



Whatever suits you end up choosing, just remember that many an hour will be spent wearing the outfits, so make sure no rushed decisions are taken and that the final choice provides comfort, a good fit and an abundance of style to the wearer.




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