Alternatives for Wedding Suits

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Alternatives for Wedding Suits
Grooms aren't required to wear a traditional suit to their wedding. (groom image by cherie from

When you're planning your wedding, you have several options to consider, whether to wed in a church or outdoors, and whether to have a casual wedding, a black-tie affair or a semi-formal event. While the bride's wedding gown is the most important item of apparel at any wedding, the groom's attire should go with the theme, as well. With so many different types of weddings, there are no set rules for what the groom should wear on his big day. He should choose his attire based on personal preferences, the location of the wedding, and the formality of the event because there are many alternatives to the traditional suit.

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Military Weddings

If the groom is in the military, he won't be wearing a traditional suit on the big day. He will wear his military dress apparel. For white-tie and black-tie weddings, a man in the military wears his dress uniform, a dark blue uniform for most of the military branches. Men in the Army and Navy may wear white trousers for summer weddings. For an informal wedding ceremony, military men can wear their service, or Class-A, dress uniforms. Any other military persons in the wedding party may wear their appropriate dress uniforms as well. A groom wearing his uniform for his wedding does not wear a boutonnière; instead, he wears his military decorations.

Informal Weddings

For an informal wedding, men may choose not to rent the standard suit or tuxedo. Informal weddings often take place in gardens or other outdoor venues. For a casual yet elegant look, dress the groom in a white shirt and tan trousers. For a more elegant look, opt for a blue blazer over a white shirt. Experts at say they love an open-neck, untucked white shirt with tan trousers for a casually elegant look.

Beach Weddings

Beach weddings are rarely formal, and suggests khaki trousers and a linen shirt for the groom. Choose a shirt that compliments the shade of your wedding colours, whether it's a shade of blue, orange, green or salmon. For a look just a little more formal than a colourful shirt provides, opt for a white shirt, undone at the neck. The sand on the beach makes it difficult to walk, and grooms can opt to wear sandals. For a very casual beach wedding, the groom can get away with khaki shorts, a white shirt, and flip-flops. Barefoot is always an option on the beach.

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