A groomsman suit isn’t just a suit: there are so many accessory options and details to consider. Make sure you’re prepared for your decisions by understanding all the variations you have to choose from for your wedding!
Everything to Know About Groom & Groomsmen Suit Accessories
Choosing the groomsmen suit accessories is often neglected, yet an important decision for your wedding day! Make sure the groomsmen fit in with your wedding venue, coordinate with each other, and match the bridesmaids. From tuxedos to suits and ties to suspenders we’ve got all the info you need to find the perfect fit.
Must-Have Suit Accessories for the Groom & Groomsmen
Accessories are a super important aspect of your groom and groomsmen’s look. If you choose a standard color suit, the accessories are what will set the outfit apart from other weddings. Accessories are also critical for coordinating the groom and groomsmen’s outfits. They'll help the groomsmen to coordinate with the wedding decor and the bridesmaid’s dresses.
1) Groomsmen Ties/Bow Ties that Coordinate with the Bridesmaids
The easiest way to make sure your groomsmen match your wedding is to have them wear ties that match the bridesmaids dresses. Our color coordinating groomsmen ties come in nearly every color as our bridesmaid dresses so you can get the perfect match. Make sure to consider the fabric of the tie and the bridesmaid dresses. If you really want a matchy matchy look try to choose the same fabric for both (for example: satin bow ties if the bridesmaids are wearing satin dresses).
2) Pocket Square that Matches the Tie
Do groomsmen need pocket squares? Generally, yes, except on rare occasions where the bride and groom have a different vision for the groomsmen. Pocket squares add a pop of color to the groomsmen suits along with the tie or bow tie. Most of the time pocket squares should match the ties. Ourgroomsmen pocket squares in 56 different colors! So, you won’t have a problem finding one that coordinates with the bridesmaid dresses.
3) Groom & Groomsmen Boutonniere
A boutonniere is a small cluster of flowers pinned to a suit or tuxedo. Florists will recommend flowers that match the bride and bridesmaid bouquets. Generally, boutonnieres are for the wedding party, or close relatives the couple wants to recognize. So, the groom and groomsmen will likely have boutonnieres as part of their wedding outfit. As a rule of thumb, the boutonniere should worn on the left lapel.
4) Coordinating Groomsmen Shoes & Belts
Don’t forget to make sure everyone has coordinating groomsmen shoes and belts! After all, this creates a cohesive look. You can ask everyone to buy the same exact shoes/belts, or you can keep it easy and tell them the general color to buy. In general, brown shoes go with brown belts and black shoes go with black belts. The most important part is that everyone coordinates so no one stands out.
5) Matching Dress Shirts for Under the Suit
Dress shirts are another important part of groomsmen suits that need to coordinate with each other, the groom, and even the bride. Make sure the shade of white coordinates with the wedding dress. For example: if the bride is wearing ivory and the groom is wearing a bright white, it’ll make the dress look yellow. The groom and all the groomsmen should all be wearing the same color dress shirt.
6) Coordinating Groom & Groomsmen Socks
Groomsmen dress socks can range from funky colored options to uniform black or brown. Make sure all the guys are on the same page about what kind of socks they should wear to the wedding. If one groomsman is wearing goofy patterned socks while the rest are wearing formal black, one will stick out like a sore thumb.
7) Vests for the Groom and/or Groomsmen
Do you want the groomsmen to wear vests under their suit jackets? The choice between two and three piece suits is completely up to you. Vests are a great idea for winter or fall weddings because they are warm but not a great idea for spring and summer weddings for the same reason. Another fun idea is to have the groomsmen wear two piece suits while having the groom wear a three piece suit so he stands out as the person of honor.
Tuxedo Accessories the Groom & Groomsmen Need
Tuxedo accessories vary a bit from suit accessories. A tuxedo has specific elements that suits don’t have. They are also more formal and are well suited for formal, cocktail, and black tie weddings. Below are accessories to consider for groomsmen tuxedos.
1) Tuxedos Have Satin Trim Accents
The most obvious difference between a tuxedo and a suit is that a tuxedo has specific trim accents. On a tuxedo, the lapel is a different material than the rest of the jacket, usually satin. You'll notice this same material on a line running down the side of the tuxedo pants. It's important to note that the satin trim on a tuxedo isn’t a separate accessory. But, it's definitely an obvious differentiator between suits and tuxedos.
2) Groomsmen & Groom Cufflinks
Cufflinks hold your tuxedo shirt sleeves in place at your wrists. Cufflinks come in a wide variety of colors and materials. For a tuxedo, something sleek and simple is the best option for your cufflinks. You even have the option of having custom cufflinks made for your groom and groomsmen to wear so that they match.
3) Suspenders (Tux Pants Don’t Have Belt Loops)
Suspenders are optional for suits but necessary for tuxedos. Why? Tuxedo pants don’t come with belt loops. They are designed to be worn with suspenders. Suspenders look great with a tuxedo but they also make sure your groomsmen’s pants stay in place and their shirts stay tucked.
4) Tuxedo Shirt Options
Your tuxedo shirt options are more specific than a dress shirt for a suit. After all, a tuxedo shirt has to be classic white, not any other color. Tuxedo shirts also usually have a bib, which is an extra layer of fabric on the front part of the shirt. These bibs come in different styles. So, make sure all the groomsmen have the same type of shirt under their tuxedo jacket.
5) Cummerbund for Groomsmen Tuxedos
A cummerbund is an accessory you would only consider wearing with a tuxedo. This is a piece of horizontally pleated fabric that covers up the waist of the tuxedo shirt. These aren’t a required accessory for your groomsmen tuxedos. If you do choose to have your groomsmen wear a tuxedo cummerbund, make sure it’s paired with a bow tie.
Optional Groomsmen Suit Accessories (That Also Work Well as Gifts!)
The best way to make sure all the groomsmen look perfect on the big day is to buy them matching accessories. For a modern wedding, almost everything is personalizable. We recommend buying your groomsmen at least one of their accessories custom made as a gift. That way, they can wear it at the wedding or at formal events in the future.
1) Custom Groomsmen Cufflinks
Cufflinks are a formal accessory your groomsmen will need for their dress shirts or tuxedo shirts. Make sure they all look sleek by buying them matching groomsmen cufflinks. You can have cufflinks made in most materials or colors. You can also customize them with your groomsmen’s names or initials.
2) Groom + Groomsmen Suspenders
Suspenders are easy to have custom engraved on the leather details. This is a great gift if your groomsmen are wearing suspenders as part of their wedding day look. Plus, a lot of your groomsmen might not already own suspenders.
3) Matching Groomsmen Watches
A lot of your groomsmen have their own watches that they can wear on wedding day. However, it will look much more streamline if everyone is wearing the same style or color. A custom engraved watch is a perfect gift for any occasion but especially for the wedding. For photos: you can have all the groomsmen pose by checking their matching watches together.
4) Fun Pattern Matching Groomsmen Socks
Generally, you’ll want your groomsmen to look sleek, simple, and formal. However, you may want to add some funny details for a goofy photo opportunity. Fun patterned dress socks for groomsmen are the perfect addition to their look. After all, you can hide the socks for formal photos and show them off for funny ones.
5) Personalized Travel Toiletry Groomsmen Bag
Though it's not an accessory, we have to recommend ordering personalized groomsmen bags. These make the perfect gift for your favorite guys. It'll help them stay organized and get all their important toiletries and groomsmen accessories to the wedding. So, they'll have everything prepared for the big day.
Choose Your Favorite Groomsmen Suits and Accessories
As you piece together your vision for your wedding, don’t forget to consider how the groom and groomsmen fit into the picture. Are they wearing suspenders? Neckties or bow ties? Brown shoes or black shoes? Consider your wedding aesthetic and try to create outfits for the groom and groomsmen that complement the rest of the wedding details.
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