Groom attire for a destination wedding

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Groom attire for a destination wedding
Groom outfit ideas for a wedding abroad. (Getty Thinkstock)

Beach, cruise, tropical, or outdoor weddings usually allow for more relaxed, non-traditional wedding attire. Most grooms go for lightweight tunics and drawstring trousers, so they can move freely and comfortably, especially under the hot sun. Be creative with your outfit, and consider the culture of the wedding locale. Your chosen attire will also be the point of reference for your guests' outfits.

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Groom's style

Decide on your outfit according to the theme and the location of your wedding-beach, cruise or a chateau somewhere in the South of France. Destination wedding themes can range from a casual seaside party to an all-out luau. Consider your (and your bride's) personal styles and preferences when deciding on the wedding theme, attire and overall look of your destination wedding.

Shirt options

Choose from a selection of comfortable, yet stylish tops for a beach or tropical wedding: long or short-sleeved shirts with a relaxed fit, fashionable tunics or guayaberas (Mexican wedding shirts). These shirts typically come in linen or cotton fabric that's perfect for seaside weather.

Trousers options

Pair your comfortable shirts with slacks, drawstring trousers or long Bermuda shorts. Wear your choice of colour, but consider that the most common colours for beach weddings are white and khaki, since they are cool on the eyes and deflect heat, allowing the body to breathe.

Formal options

For cruise weddings or more formal settings, simply put on a sport coat or don a simple suit or white tux. Most destinations feature tuxedo and suit rentals so you just have to make the arrangements. If you have time and will be in the location a few days before the wedding, you might be able to have one tailor-fitted for you. Check out the Internet for tailors and shops in the vicinity or ask your hotel to book you for a fitting. They usually know best where to find a reliable supplier.

Groom's accessories

Opt to wear flip-flops or sandals for seaside weddings, so it's comfortable to walk and party on the sand. Add other accessories such as a straw fedora or cabana hat, beaded or shell necklace and/or beaded or woven bracelet to add interest to your wedding outfit.

Match the bride

Make sure you agree with your bride on the wedding theme. If the bride wants to wear grass skirts or sarong over bikinis, wearing a Hawaiian shirt would be appropriate. Or if she wants a more dramatic, Casablanca look and is going in a flowing white dress, you can don a linen suit to match. Always consider wearing cool, breathable fabrics especially for beach weddings.

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