Of course, most of the attention is on the bride, but that doesn’t mean you, as the groom, can turn up in a tea-stained vest and your beach shorts. These days you have to up your game, so here’s the rundown on how to work each type of accessory.
Your bow tie
If it’s a black tie do, then go with it. You could possibly get away with a different-coloured bow tie, but you’re best to try cotton or wool for an old-world look. Otherwise, satin, silk or velvet is best.
A classic tie
You need to be careful here to make sure that your tie fits in with the proportions of your lapel and shirt collar, or you’ll look silly. Simple and elegant is always best – if you want to make a statement, opt for a different texture for your tie, rather than a pattern.
You maybe never wear jewellery, but your wedding day is a good reason to break out of your rut. You should start off with cufflinks. They should reflect you and your personality, but should also ooze class and simplicity. If they glitter or look like they came out of a Christmas cracker, ditch them! They can be off-the-wall if you like, but only upon close inspection.
You could also use collar pins and tie bars to add a special touch without going over the top. Your accessories should add to your outfit, not draw attention to themselves.
A pocket square
A pocket square can never be out of place, so this is the one chance you may have to add a dash of colour – use it!
Your shoes form the base of your entire outfit and so you should think about them first and work up – literally! Your shoe style will affect your entire silhouette, as well as how your trousers will hang. Look at classic styles then branch out a bit if you need to. Don’t buy your shoes online – you need to see, feel and try them.
When in doubt, remember, less is more!