Recently, I caught up with Kelly Hinde of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop and asked her if she was interested in helping me out with a blog post. In the context of Kelly’s world, I was interested in learning more about the style flaws that grooms make on their big day.

Fortunately, she was willing to share some of her insight. And after reading her responses below, it became clear that these tips aren’t just for grooms. In fact, with only minor changes to the content, I could see the headline of this blog being 5 style tips for men.

So, here you are, courtesy of Kelly Hinde of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop, 5 style tips for grooms that will help make your wedding day the best it can be.

1. Whatever you wear, make sure it fits well.

[Kelly] If you follow any advice about what you wear on your wedding day, it should be this: A groom can wear an expensive luxury suit, but if it doesn’t fit properly it just won’t look good, period. You want people to see you on your wedding day, not you in a suit that doesn’t fit well. Because trust me, if it doesn’t fit well, it’s very noticeable and distracting in person and in photos.

2. Splurge, just a little.

[Kelly] Almost all brides and grooms have to stick to a wedding budget, but what you wear on your wedding day is an area where it’s worth it to splurge, even if it’s just a little bit. Your bride is most likely spending more on her dress than she has for anything else she has ever worn, and even if style doesn’t matter as much to you, a very special day calls for special clothing. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a tux or anything too fancy, but spending at least a bit more effort on your wedding day attire than you do on a day-to-day basis is part of what makes your wedding special for you as well as for your future wife. (In other words, please no jeans! Just please.)

3. Accessorize with care.

[Kelly] I’m all for colorful socks and cuff links that show off your personality, but does your tie need to be in your favorite hockey team’s colors? No, it does not. Because you’re probably not having a hockey-themed wedding. (I may have made this exact point with my husband as he was about to order an orange Flyers tie. We compromised – I gifted him cuff links made from Flyers game-used pucks, and he bought a very classy navy blue tie.) Similarly – this is for brides too – the groom’s tie / pocket square / socks / cuff links does not need to match the exact shade of coral that you have so carefully picked out as your primary wedding color. Classic accessories with small touches of color and personality are stylish, timeless, and handsome on grooms.

4. Take charge of what you wear on your wedding day.

[Kelly] What do you want to wear as you get married? Your future wife may point you in the direction of what she pictures you wearing and what will work with the level of formality with your wedding and with the setting, but what you wear should be your own decision in the end. And while the spotlight may be mostly on your wife on your wedding day, it’s your wedding too and what you wear shouldn’t be an afterthought. Months before I chose my wedding dress, my husband told me out of the blue that he wanted to wear a navy suit – very out of character, as he is not usually one to think much about clothes. I thought, “Great! One less thing I have to figure out!” That being said, if your future wife has always dreamed of a black tie wedding but you’re more of a jeans and t-shirt guy… consider it your first act of love as a husband that you will be wearing a tux!

5. Be confident.

[Kelly] Stand up straight, smile, and be confident: you’re marrying the love of your life! The best way to look your best on your wedding day is to let your happiness show.

By Ryan Wagner, Bespoke Edge and Kelly Hinde of the Little White Dress Bridal Shop

Featured image: Ash Imagery

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