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Groom Style – Brendan

by | Groom, Groom Style


Ms Herringbone

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Not every suit has to be bespoke or tailored to be the perfect fit for your wedding. Groom Brendan hired a sharp black suit from Formal Red, and made the ensemble his own with a dapper bow tie, which suited his gorgeous Abbotsford Convent Wedding day perfectly. Top it off with a small but elegant boutonniere, and you’ve got yourself a winning combo!

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Images by Sayher Heffernan

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How To Be The Best Best Man

by | Groom, Groomsmen


Adam Brunes

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Image by Marcus Bell of Studio Impressions from Rachel and Lai’s Stylish Yandina Station Wedding.

Are you wondering how to be the best best man about town? By the time your best mate’s wedding rolls around you probably feel like you’ve already put in the hard yards, but the actual day itself is the most important of all. 

In the words of every ninth grade math teacher, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Here are our top 10 items every best man should carry on the big day to ensure he’s fit to fight any wedding day dragon.

NB: Unless you’re planning on wearing cargo pants to the wedding, consider divvying these items up amongst the groomsmen.

1. Wedding Party names and numbers 

There ain’t no party with a lost wedding party. Make sure you have names and numbers of every person in the wedding party, in case of emergency. There’s no harm in keeping contact numbers for other VIPs and key suppliers, too, including drivers, photographers, videographers, the celebrant, the DJ etc.  

2. Mobile phone with full battery

A smart phone is every best man’s best friend, for directions, traffic and weather updates, notes and reminders. Pop yours on charge the night before to avoid a cold reception.

3. Painkillers 

It never hurts to keep a packet of painkillers handy, especially for a 16-hour day! 

4. Mints 

Your primary mission is to make sure your best mate remains in mint condition throughout the entire day. If you need to get fresh with him then it’s your prerogative to do so. His bride will thank you for it. 

5. Tissues 

Man-tears mightn’t be invited to the wedding but they have a habit of turning up unannounced. You can bet your bottom dollar that the groom won’t have tissues at hand, but he’ll cry about it if he needs them.

6. Needle and thread 

Every modern-day McGyver knows how to combat a busted button or unhitched hem. Don’t fret, nobody expects a Roberto Cavalli!

7. Lint brush

A rolling stone gathers no moss, but a woollen suit sure does. Keep a lint brush at the ready to avoid any sticky situations and guarantee your groom a fuzz-free day. 

8. Spare Cash

Don’t get caught fishing in the wishing well for an emergency fifty! Take a valid credit card (ideally one that belongs to you) for added peace of mind. 

9. A Comb

Ensure his ‘do doesn’t become a do-not with last minute touchups pre ceremony, before photographs and during the reception.

10. A copy of the groom’s speech 

The king’s speech is one of the most important of the night. In the unlikely event that the groom isn’t ready for it, make sure you are by requesting a copy from him the day before the wedding.

Formal Attire And Black Tie Style Guide

by | Groom, Groom Fashion


Kathryn Blom

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Image by Bruce Loves Susie via Groom Style – Joe

If you are an avid follower of Polka Dot Bride you will know that a couple weeks ago I wrote about the semi formal wedding. These days if you get invited to a formal wedding that usually means black tie or morning suits. Black tie remains the standard for formal events. Over time it has evolved subtly however if you follow a few basic rules you can pull it off with ease and grace. When everyone looks the same it is those subtle differences and attention to detail and dressing appropriately that makes all the difference. Here is a black tie style guide to make those formal events (like your wedding) easy!

Invest in a good black tie suit.
It isn’t that hard to spot the difference between a great quality suit and a rental particularly if it doesn’t fit perfectly. A great black tie suit is one you will only wear a handful of times a year but it will last for at least a decade. If you can invest in a classic suit that fits you properly you will always look good. It is the details which really show the difference in quality and affect the way the suit looks and sits on you. First of all it should be well tailored and fit you snuggly while still allowing you movement in your arms and shoulders. The facing material on the lapels should match the braiding on the trousers and if possible also the button fabric. The quality of the fabric also makes a difference – grosgrain silk looks more considered and elegant than satin. The suit fabric also has a substantial effect. Natural fibers crease less and and hang better on your body. Wool is great but if you can afford it splash out and get mohair which has a certain luminescence under light. Ideally you should aim to have no vents in the back, but for some this can be restricting so if you do choose to have vents choose side vents. These won’t blow open and therefore will be much neater.

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Image by Thorson Photography via Groom Style – Piero

Choose the right lapel
We touched on lapels earlier but as I said before the beauty is really in the detail and the lapel is where you can do it. A shawl lapel is great if worn well but can really look terrible if you get the proportions wrong. For a safer option choose a peak lapel. It gives you the opportunity to make it look a bit more special than a notch lapel (which is standard in cheap suits) and it will draw the eye down in a V shape. This will make you look naturally athletic accentuating your shoulders and slimming your waist.

Double Breasted and Three Piece
You can wear a double breasted dinner suit but be prepared to have it done up all night because undone they never sit well and can look very messy. A waistcoat can look really classy and add some character. A black tie waistcoat also has an alternative shape. Really the style is up to your own taste and preferences.

The Shirt
A wing collar is for white tie so steer away from it. It should really be a turn down collar. Also the front of the shirt should be pleated or Marcela (that textured diamond shape fabric). With the pleats they should be neat and tight. Avoid pleats that are too big as you can start looking a little too seventies. Also for some nice detail get a double cuff and finish with simple elegant cufflinks.

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Image by John Benavente Photography via Monika and John’s Sydney Black Tie Wedding

No Turn ups. They should have plain hemmed bottoms. You can have them pleated but the trend these days is to have a flat front. Trousers that are slightly tapered look great. The pockets should be in line with the braid as it looks neater- there should be no belt and no loops.

Bow tie

Learn to tie your own bow tie. Seriously, clip ons are for children. There are stacks of tutorials on the internet and it is super easy to do. Patterns can go wrong very easily and can throw off your whole look so opt for a block colour. Also a different texture or feel to the fabric can really look great. The bow tie and the pocket square are really the two places you can express some individuality but keep it classic. Nobody wants to be that guy with the “fun bowtie”.

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