How to Determine What the Groom Should Wear

Determining what the groom should wear on your wedding day depends on the style of wedding you’re having. If you’re having a formal evening wedding, the groom could wear a tux or a nice suit. If you’re having an outdoors wedding, you may want to lean toward more casual attire like a lightweight suite or even slacks and a button up if you’re marrying on the beach.

You don’t want your groom to be overdressed or underdressed in comparison to you, so it’s a good idea to wait until after you’ve bought your dress to determine what the groom should wear.

When you do have your dress, you can make the decision as to whether or not your groom will be best suited (get it?) in a tux, suit, or something entirely different.

Once you know what the groom will be wearing – and whether he’ll be renting or buying – zero in on the color of choice, spread the word to the groomsmen, and hit the ground.

If you’re buying, leave time in the schedule and room in the budget for alterations with a good tailor (if you’re renting, they’ll make last minute adjustments when you pick it up). In this case, groomsmen will be responsible for buying their suits, but some grooms will gift the men with cufflinks, ties, or accessories.

Speaking of accessories, once you know what the groom and the rest of his team are wearing, you can begin to zero in on those items that they will need to round out the ensemble – cufflinks, pocket squares, ties and bow ties, socks, and shoes. You don’t have to make any big purchases right now, but use this time to figure out what accessories the guys will need and where you’ll get them.


If you’ve determined that the groom should buy a suit, you’ll need to make an appointment with a tailor.

Almost every suit, no matter how expensive it is, should be tailored to the man wearing it. GQ’s guide to suits can’t be beat when it comes to finding the right suit for your groom and his groomsmen, and a few of our favorite tips are below:

  • Buttons: A two-button suit is classic and looks good on everyone.
  • Shoulders: The suit jacket should fit snugly across the shoulders with no extra room. If there is extra room, try a suit one size down.
  • Length: If you put your hands at your side, the jacket should hit no lower than the beginning of your fingers. Most designers make short versions of suits. If the length of the jacket, sleeves, or pants appears long, try on a short suit. It can give a more fitted appearance.
  • Sleeves: A good tailor can take the sleeves in so that they’re more fitted to the body. In addition, your sleeve should show a bit of cuff at the end and should never extend past your wrist.
  • Pants: Go short and slim here but not too short. An ideal pant leg hits right at the shoe with no puddling.

If you’re renting, collect all the measurements for the groom and groomsmen, find out what’s included in the rental, and inspect every item at the store to make sure all buttons and zippers work and that there are no major stains or holes. Also, double check the size before you leave the store!