Making the Groom Stand Out
By Mark Ferguson
When it comes to the Groom’s big day, every effort should be take to make sure he stands out from his groomsmen. Although this sounds like it should be easy, matters become difficult when you consider the need to differentiate is balanced by the need to keep everyone inline with the theme of the wedding. Below we’ve given a few ways a groom can stand out but still be very tasteful in his style.
Switch up the Jacket
One subtle way to distinguish the groom from the rest of his wedding party is to put him in a different styled dinner jacket or suit jacket. For instance, if the rest of the guys are wearing a two button jacket, the groom can wear the one button variety. Or, the groom can wear a double breasted jacket while his friends sport a single breasted cut. Small differences like these are a great way to get the groom noticed without the appearance of trying too hard.
A way that can be quite clever is to use colour to distinguish the groom. For a subtle effect, have all the groomsmen wear the same colour tie but then have the groom wear one of the secondary wedding colours in his. This can also be done with pocket squares and vests. The point is, make him stand out but make sure the colour chosen does anchor him to the wedding’s main scheme. For a more obvious approach, put the groom in a contrasting coloured suit. If the groomsmen are wearing a medium grey, then the groom can wear a charcoal grey to help distinguish him. The darker colour will also help him be slightly more formal, which is what you want. There are many variations.
Aside from alternate colours , the groom can achieve contrast by wearing different versions of accessories than what his groomsmen are wearing. For instance, a completely different boutonniere would set the groom apart. Or, if the groomsmen are all wearing jacket, shirt and tie, then the groom can add a vest. Same goes for the tie. He can wear a bow tie, while his friends wear a Windsor knot. With this approach there are as many possibilities as there are accessories.
Generally I would try to keep the shoes the same but one option is the groom can wear the black patent shoe with the rest wearing a polished black shoe. The difference is subtle and allows the groom to stand out just a little more.
These are just a few ideas to get you started. Ask your Style Advisor for input. He or she will have many strategies for helping the groom stand out and look his very best for the day.