9 Things to help Guide you when Choosing Clothing for the Groomsmen: Elevating Style and Cohesion

Groomsmen Linen Suits

When it comes to wedding planning, selecting the clothing and look for the groomsmen is an important task that contributes to the overall aesthetic of your special day. Coordinating their outfits with the groom’s attire, while considering style, formality, and individual preferences requires careful consideration. In this blog, I will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to choose and manage the clothing for the groomsmen, ensuring a cohesive and dashing look that complements the wedding theme and keeps everyone coordinated and happy.

1. Define the Wedding Style and Dress Code

Start by defining the style and formality of your wedding. Too many couples start off their wedding planning without any kind of clear vision or idea of what they want as individuals or as a couple. I always start my clients off by sitting down together and answering some questions first as individuals, and then together as a couple. This helps each partner understand what is most important for them to include in their celebrations. Determine whether it will be a formal black-tie event, a semi-formal affair, or a more casual celebration. Remember, this is your wedding, so choose what you want. This will guide your choices when selecting clothing for the groomsmen.

2. Coordinate with the Groom’s Attire

The groomsmen’s clothing should complement the groom’s outfit while maintaining a distinct look. Consider elements such as color, fabric, pattern, and style to create a cohesive ensemble. Don’t just coordinate tie colors, pocket squares, or boutonnieres to tie the groomsmen’s attire with the groom’s outfit but be sure to coordinate the fit and the overall look too !

3. Selecting Suit or Tuxedo or even shorts?

Decide whether the groomsmen will wear suits or tuxedos based on the formality of the wedding. Suits are versatile and can be tailored to various styles, while tuxedos add a touch of elegance and formality. You need to ensure that the chosen attire reflects the desired level of formality and aligns with the overall wedding theme. So, if you are having a beach themed wedding; why not wear shorts and short sleeve shirts?

4. Color and Fabric Choices

Choose colors and fabrics that complement the wedding color palette and theme. Consider shades that harmonize with the bride’s gown and the bridesmaids’ dresses. Classic options like navy, charcoal gray, or black are timeless and versatile. Additionally, explore different fabric choices such as wool, cotton, or linen based on the season and climate.

5. Individualizing with Accessories

Allow the groomsmen to express their individual style through accessories. Consider options like patterned or textured ties, bow ties, cuff-links, pocket squares, or socks that add a personalized touch. Ensure that accessories are coordinated with the overall color scheme and theme.

6. Ensuring Proper Fit

Proper fit is essential to ensure the groomsmen look their best on the wedding day. Schedule professional fittings to ensure that each groomsman’s suit or tuxedo is tailored to their measurements. Pay attention to details like sleeve length, pant length, and waist size to achieve a polished and tailored appearance.

7. Communicating Dress Code and Guidelines

Clearly communicate the dress code and guidelines to the groomsmen well in advance. Provide details on color choices, style preferences, and any specific requirements. Share visual references or examples to help them understand the desired look and feel.

8. Coordinating with Groomsmen

Encourage open communication and collaboration among the groomsmen. Establish a group chat or hold meetings to discuss clothing choices, accessories, and any questions or concerns. This ensures that everyone is on the same page and can offer input or suggestions.

9. Managing Attire-related Tasks

Delegate tasks related to the groomsmen’s attire to a trusted member of the wedding party or a designated coordinator. Assign someone to oversee fittings, alterations, and any necessary pickups or deliveries. Create a timeline and checklist to stay organized and ensure that everything is in order before the wedding day.

Choosing clothing for the groomsmen involves careful consideration of style, coordination, fit, and communication. By defining the wedding style, coordinating with the groom’s attire, selecting suits or tuxedos, personalizing with accessories, ensuring proper fit, and effectively communicating dress code and guidelines, you can create a cohesive and stylish look for the groomsmen. Remember, involving the groomsmen in the decision-making process and allowing for individual expression within the defined parameters will ensure that they feel confident and look their best on your wedding day.

Wedding Vision Blueprint

If you are having trouble figuring out what you want as your aesthetic for your wedding, I have created a handy little guide just for you. With my Wedding Vision Blueprint you get a guide that will streamline your wedding planning process, ensuring an enjoyable journey guided by my expert tips, so you discuss all essentials together. The personalized details you decide on will reflect your unique love story and ensure a memorable celebration for you and your guests.

This guide is for you if you’re newly engaged and looking to:

  • Understand and reflect on the different elements of the wedding that are most important to each of you
  • Create an effortlessly collaborative wedding plan that speaks to you as individuals and as a couple
  • Ensure you infuse meaningful touches in your celebrations that reflect on you as a couple
  • Streamline your wedding planning process by determining what you envision early on in the process – saving much time and effort later on!

With this guide you get:

  • 12 self- reflective questions for each partner to answer
  • Wedding Details questionnaire for each partner to answer
  • Tips on finding common ground to create a collaborative vision
  • A Wedding Vision discussion guide to help you work out your dream wedding details together
  • A Final Wedding Vision Brief where you can document your final decisions and use to help you stay on track during your wedding planning

Save time and energy by designing your Wedding Vision Blueprint today!

Happy Planning,


Gregarious event planner, loving and living life in Montpellier & Montreal. My passions are food, art, politics & entertaining #VivreMaFrance


  1. Warren on 3 April 2024 at 20 h 55 min

    Very much enjoyed that read…. lots of great information.

  2. Ludo on 3 April 2024 at 21 h 06 min

    thanks to your blog we know we won’t miss any details for our coming wedding!

  3. Geoffrey on 4 April 2024 at 18 h 36 min

    Great tips and advice for men’s wedding attire!! Love it, thanks!

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