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About James White Photography: Hey! We are James and Daniela, husband and wife team here at James White Photography, located on the gorgeous Central Coast of NSW! Eccentric, funny, and one of a kind are some of the words most often used to describe us. Between the two of us (James does photography and Daniela does your videography), we focus solely on making you feel comfortable. It’s all about the banter and laughter. If we can achieve this, the stunning, tear inducing photos just come naturally…That’s just how we roll.

With made to measure tailoring becoming the newest trend in classic menswear, it is important to know what makes a good tailor and how to discern if you are purchasing a quality product which suits you and your needs. An experienced tailor will know the correct measurements to take of your body, but more importantly they should listen and get to know you and your needs. These are the top five things to look for in a tailor to have the ultimate tailoring experience and getting that suit that fits, as the say, “like a glove”.

1. Getting to know you

Tailoring is all about the relationship. Your tailor should take the time to listen and get to know you. They should have years of experience in menswear and be there to advise on the best possible product for your requirements.

There are many decisions that go into the making of a suit and a good tailor is there to help make sure it is as painless as possible. You should feel comfortable around your tailor to ask any questions no matter how silly they may sound.

2. Taking the correct measurements

An experienced and knowledgeable tailor will take upwards of 30 measurements. They should also take specific note of posture, balance and shoulder position. They should know how you wear your clothes and how you like your suits to fit.

There should always be a master tailor who is overseeing every step of the process. They have a deep technical knowledge of how each adjustment can affect another part of the garment and with their years of experience, know how to do so with absolute precision. If the master tailor works in house, you can guarantee your measurements will be taken correctly and your suit cut to perfection.

3. Understanding the occasion

It is important they take note of what event you require the garment for, and what time of year it will be used. Every piece of knowledge here is key to selecting what is right for you. Their expertise in every formal situation, from a royal wedding at Windsor Castle, to a beach in San Tropez, should be unrivalled.

4. Understanding the fabric and design options

Knowing the occasion is an integral step of the process but knowing what to do with that information is key to creating the perfect product for you. A good tailor will have an extensive range of fabrics to select from but they will also guide you based on budget, time of year and wearability.

It is essential they take the time to get to know your sense of fashion and provide advice that is right for you. A good tailor should be aware of which fabrics will suit your needs and which style options will match your occasion, whilst differentiating you from the crowd.

5. Feeling Comfortable

It is most important that you feel comfortable in what you wear. During the 2nd and 3rd fitting you should be completely honest with your tailor about how the suit fits. It is important to air any grievances at this point so they can do everything to help. A good tailor will always have a solution to any of your problems. Comfort equals confidence, and confidence is truly the best look.

About Oscar Hunt: From formal to casual, and everything in between, our fitters and consultants are highly experienced in assisting grooms to find their ideal look. Whether it’s a classically-styled dinner suit for a traditionally-themed wedding, or a light-weight linen jacket and trouser for an overseas beach wedding, our wide range of fabrics and design options are sure to provide exactly what you are looking for.

 

Damon Hughes by Rick Liston

Dear Polka Dot Grooms.

There are about 20 minutes before the love of your life appears at the end of the aisle when you might be.. well… pooping yourself. All eyes are on you, you’ve got vows whizzing through your head, you can’t remember if it’s left over right or right over left and either way there’s a little bit of sweat on those palms.

However, breath easy gentleman, according to four of Melbourne’s finest and most stylish male celebrants, those pesky prenuptial nerves are not only totally natural but totally normal.

So ‘Man to Man’, here are Melbourne’s top male celebrants’ top tips for the groom on his big day. And they’ve thrown in their favourite groom style for fun.

Damon Hughes

If you could give the groom one tip on his wedding day, what would it be?

Be present. Your wedding day goes by so fast, so do everything you can to try to slow it down. Breathe deeply, look around, soak it all in. Take each moment as it comes – whether that’s standing there looking out at your family during your ceremony, reading your vows to your partner, catching up with old friends during the reception or listening to your parent’s speech – give each moment your full attention.

What’s your favourite groom style?

The best style is whatever style a groom feels most comfortable in. You don’t want to feel like you’re wearing a costume on your wedding day (unless you’re literally wearing a costume, of course) – you just want to be the best-dressed version of yourself. So I like any look that reflects the groom’s personality. Whether that’s chinos or a suit, cocktail or black tie, socks or no socks, bright colours or muted tones,

The ‘no tie’ look is one that I’ve recently come to appreciate. I think your pocket square and/or lapel flowers become much more important without a tie there to add a point of interest.

Photo by Corey Wright Photographer

Damon Hughes: As a younger modern celebrant I’m usually more focused on how a wedding feels than how it looks. The tailoring, the flowers and all the other pretty details are great – but what I’m all about is creating a unique sense of occasion and festive party vibes through cheeky humour and heartfelt words. If my grooms are also well-dressed, that’s a bonus. Facebook Instagram

Anthony Cribbes:

If you could give the groom one tip on his wedding day, what would it be?

I think it’s a general piece of advice that goes with the whole wedding, just enjoy what’s happening. Keep things nice and relaxed and try not to overthink things, whatever is going to happen on your big day is going to happen. Life’s not about perfection it’s about enjoying what is around you. Trust that your suppliers have your back to make sure your day will be everything you wanted it to be.

Image of Erhan by Jai of Free The Bird Wedding Photography 

What’s your favourite groom style?

I don’t mind a bit of personality, so I think I really do sit on either end of the spectrum. I like a classic look but I also don’t mind if people choose a bit of flair. For me, it’s a skinny black tie look, or then why not rock a velvet jacket or even choose something in line with your cultural heritage?

Image of Pro by Fitch Zhang of Eyesonme Photography 

Anthony Cribbes: I became a marriage celebrant to fulfil my mission to help make weddings what they’re meant to be – a celebration! A celebration of how two totally awesome people found each other and true love. This means banishing boring, scripted, heard-it-all-before ceremonies and creating a celebration of each individual couple, with plenty of fun, laughter, touching moments and happy tears.

Matt Finch

If you could give the groom one tip on his wedding day, what would it be?

If we’re talking suits; dress to the season: If it’s mid-summer, don’t wear a heavy 3 piece suit, you’ll sweat like a maniac!  And always bring a second shirt to change into for the reception.

What’s your favourite groom style?
A groom who is prepared to be a little more bold and creative. For one day, step out of your comfort zone and don’t be too generic. Wear a bit of colour or a jacket with a little character.

Matt Finch: I’m the type of celebrant who wants to sit down with you both to dig a little deeper to find the gold to make your ceremony truly all about you; so we can be sure your wedding if full of humour and soul. My aim is to make your guests walk away saying “That’s the best wedding I’ve ever been to!

Benn Stone

If you could give the groom one tip on his wedding day, what would it be?

That it is totally normal and natural to be nervous on the big day! Check the lapel flowers are hanging straight, hair is on form, breath is good and the fly is done up. And then just relax and wait for the love of your life. Be present, trust yourself. You got this!

What’s your favourite groom style?

I like fun, mix match jackets, loafers, three-quarter pants, cool bow ties and just your own sense of style! Sometimes that’s thongs on a beach, others it’s black tie or cool velvet with patent leather. I do love authentic culture and the Indian Kurta with a hanging sword. That has a spot among my favourites! The Irish Kilt complete with no undies can’t go wrong.

Image by Benn Stone

Benn Stone: aka Melbourne Cityside Celebrant  is the finest purveyor of modern, fun & people orientated ceremonies on planet earth.