In this era of women’s lib, very few people seem to bother about how a groom should look in his wedding suit. At least that is the impression one gathers with fashion magazines showering all their attention on the bride’s dress. But it is utterly unfair and foolhardy not think about the groom’s suit as well. A visibly uncomfortable groom in an ill-fitting dress is not the sight we would like in a wedding ceremony. For the benefit of all, proper care should be taken about getting the groom’s suit to fit well so that he feels comfortable.
In order to make sure the suit fits, you should better try on everything a week before the wedding. This will leave you with enough time if you want to have last-minute changes. It is even better if you can manage to get it right the first time. Ask the dressmaker to take the correct measurements of your waist, inseam and jacket. If you have a muscular body, insist on getting your thighs and upper arms measured as well. It is doubly important that your jacket gives you a full range of motion (even when buttoned) because you will be required to dance, hug, and shake hands during the ceremony.
Make sure that the gap between the collar of your shirt and your neck does not exceed one finger. As you stretch your arms, see to it that your shirt cuffs do not ride up. In the case of a button-cuff shirt, the cuffs should break exactly at the wrist; in case it is a French-cuff shirt, they should break about 1/2 inch further.
Your vest button should be comfortable and hit just below the waistband of your pants. If you are wedding in summer, it is better to have your vest with a full back so that you won’t feel embarrassed even if the jackets come off. It looks better if your pants break over the instep, about one-third of the way down the shoe.
Tasteful and comfortable
Another extremely important point is to choose your dress according to your body. For example, a short groom should wear single-breasted jackets because double-breasted will just swallow him making him look even smaller. If you have enough flesh around the middle, it makes sense to wear a lower buttoning jacket rather than one with a higher placket.
The bottom-line is: have it comfortable and tasteful. Select a fabric that suits the season and the climate. Formal occasions now call for a tailored, classic look. During a daytime wedding, you may replace the standard tux with a dapper morning suit, with a cutaway jacket, gray pinstripe trousers, and an ascot. If it is summer, you could choose a white dinner jacket rather than a standard black jacket. If you tell your formalwear dealer what season and time of day you are going to tie the nuptial knot, they will offer you more choices than you could ever think of.