Written by Mensah Aklasu
Image CreditTiko Giorgadze on Unsplash
The bride receives the lion’s share of attention on a wedding day, but let’s not forget that it takes two people to get married. A ravishing bride needs a groom who will look the part and feel worthy on their wedding day.
Wedding traditions dictate the groom to match his groomsmen. Unfortunately, this doesn't make it easy for the groom to stand out. Luckily modern, fashion-forward grooms don’t shy away from breaking tradition.
And why not? It’s their wedding too. So, here are five surefire ways a groom can stand out on their wedding. After all, grooms need to feel special when they take those vows next to their beautiful partner in front of their friends and family.
1. Feel Free to Mix and Match Ties
While groomsmen should sport a tie that complements the bridesmaids, the groom can set himself apart with a different coloured tie. No matter the wedding’s colour scheme a grenadine tie can help a groom stand out with its unique and eye-catching texture. Whether it’s a rich burgundy or a bold green, a groom should consider a grenadine tie as part of his wedding day ensemble.
The groom can take it a step further and wear a different style tie altogether to separate himself from his groomsmen subtly. For a more formal look, the groom can don a sleek black bowtie while the groomsmen wear long neckties.
A groom styled in a tie like Aklasu’s black batwing bowtie will undoubtedly turn heads. Not just because of a different style of tie from the groomsmen. A black bowtie signifies a suave sophistication that will make any man stand out in every room.
2. Formalize the Groom
Taking the formal route with a bowtie opens up other opportunities for the groom to set himself apart. As one of the wedding’s headliners, the groom can amp up his style with a vest, cummerbund, or suspenders to complement his bow tie.
A formal look for the groom can also allow him to sport a different coat or suit than his groomsmen. The groom can dress in all black, while his groomsmen dress in a gray suit. Or how about putting the groom in a white dinner jacket (think Sean Connery in Goldfinger) and dressing the groomsmen in traditional black tuxes.
3. Use Patterns and Colours
Smart use of colour and patterns can help the groom stand out. Put the groomsmen in a white shirt and dress the groom in a patterned shirt to make him look different from the rest of the guys.
We talked about mixing up the neckwear, but we didn’t touch on patterns. Another surefire way a groom can stand out is to put him in a patterned tie like a blue and white striped tie while getting his groomsmen in a solid tie - or vice versa.
4. The Little Details go a Long Way
Jackets and ties are not the only places where a groom can shine. Grooms can express their style through the accessories he decides to wear on his special day. Colourful and patterned accessories like socks or pocket squares add a healthy dose of flair to any grooms outfit.
Aside from argyle socks or a floral pocket square, grooms can create eye-catching ensembles in a myriad of ways. They can sport a different colour or style of shoes than their groomsmen, or wear an exquisitely made hat (if the wedding’s theme calls for it). He can also wear a pocket watch to track the wedding’s program while looking dapper to boot.
5. Allow the Groom’s Personality to Shine Through
No matter what strategies the groom uses to stand out from the other guys, it’s most vital that the groom’s personality shines through. It’s the personal touches that people notice, and it’s what they will remember.
If you’re looking for style inspiration and advice read through Pillars of Style. You can also contact Aklasu directly for personalized style advice.