Customers often ask us for some top tips for Grooms to ensure that you are keeping it smart and sharp on your wedding day. Please find below a few of them along with the reasons behind them.

Shirts..our top tips

Our shirts top tips…Whether you have bought your shirt, or it comes as part of your hire package please ensure that it is ironed before your wedding day. Is there anything worse than a new shirt with the packaging creases still in it? We would also recommend that top buttons should be done up throughout the whole of your wedding. Once the official photo’s are out of the way then it can be more acceptable to undo your top button. Photo’s can be ruined by an unsightly shirt due to the fact the top button isn’t done up.

Braces…our tips on why

How to wear braces

Top tips for braces…Formal hire suits do not come with belt loops. There is a reason for this. If you wear a belt under a waistcoat you will always get a ‘bump’ where the buckle is. Also, if you put your hands into your pockets, as most men do, your trousers will be pulled down. This would be the same if you wear a belt or not. Let’s be honest we’ve all seen men get up from a bar or table and hoist their trousers back up.

By wearing braces you will have a smooth finish due to the elastic that goes over your shoulders. This will ensure there are no ‘bumps’ appearing due to a buckle. If you put your hands in your pockets the elastic will stretch and move. Then once you remove your hands, the elastic will gently retract putting your trousers back to where they started! This will also ensure your trousers are at the correct length rather than looking too long. Ingenius! Braces fasten with a clip or button onto the front and back of your trousers. Braces will also ensure that your shirt stays tucked in all day. They will stop your shirt from hanging out below your waistcoat and looking a mess.

Ties and hand tied/self-tied cravats….top tips….

Top tips for ties…Before your wedding day make sure that either you, your father or one of your Ushers know how to correctly tie ties or self-tied cravats. Nothing looks worse in photographs than if your top button is showing or your tie looks crooked due to the incorrect knot being used. If you are unsure ask in store for some assistance or a quick lesson.

Top tips for cravats…As a rule, self-tied cravats should be tied using a half Windsor knot. That’s the same as the basic school tie knot (once around up and through). Whereas, classic ties should always be tied using a full or classic Windsor knot. This ensures that you achieve that perfect triangle shape at your collar and the tie hangs totally straight rather than off to the side. Don’t forget that the Bride’s father will not be with you and the ‘boys’ on your wedding morning. Ensure that he know what he is doing rather than leaving him to fend for himself!

Pocket squares/handkerchief…some tip and hints…

Top tips for pocket squares…Pocket squares or handkerchief are a smart way of finishing off your outfit. They help link your accessories all together or can bring a splash of bridesmaids colour into you look. Just please, make sure you look into a mirror once your button hole is pinned on. If you have a double button hole or an extra large flower such as a Gerbera then sometimes the pocket square can look too much, if that’s the case then just remove it. If your button hole is smaller and more delicate then the pocket square will be an elegant finishing touch. Remember that old saying ‘less is more’ this is a perfect time to put that saying into practice!

Shoes…just a couple of pointers…

Grooms shoes top tips…Before your wedding day ensure that whatever shoes you are going to be wearing are clean and polished. Dirty or scruffy shoes is one of the worst things to attract attention and ruin the elegant look of your entire outfit. Ensure you have worn them around the house to ‘break’ them in but still keep them in tip top condition. Grooms often forget that for most of the day you will be on your feet. Don’t forget, that as the Groom, you will also be expected on the dance floor at some point. After all no one wants to be worrying about blisters on their big day!

Just one more thing…

Whatever your choice of wedding outfit you must feel a million dollars when you put it on. You should be looking forward to parading in front of all your friends and family knowing this is the best dressed day of your life. For some Grooms it is a brightly coloured, textured or patterned show stopping outfit, for others, it is a simplistic and understated elegant suit. Whatever your choice just make sure it is your choice.