Fit over fashion

While weddings seem to be all about the bride, it’s important to remember the groom is equally as important. Organising the men’s suits well ahead of time is vital, equally as imperative to ensuring the entire bridal party looks their best.

Paul Jerome, suit guru and owner of Talisman Menswear, has provided our readers with a guide to getting it right with suits.

3 months ahead
The vision held by the bride and groom is of the utmost importance. While it’s fine to have some input from the rest of the bridal party, the day belongs to the main couple, and the final say is in their hands. Booking an appointment to see Paul at least three months in advance, without anyone else’s influence, is the first step. Paul can discuss what fabrics will ensure comfort for the season, what would work best with your theme and how the fit of a suit will best flatter the groom’s physique. Make sure when drafting your initial budget for the nuptials, you allocate sufficient funds for all the suits, tailoring and accessories. Scrimping on suits sticks out like a sore thumb.

“Fashion is for today, style is forever,” said Paul.

“Think of what is timeless, what will photograph well and don’t be a slave to Pinterest boards. There’s no use wanting a suit someone wore to a beach wedding in Bora Bora when you’re getting married in the middle of Winter.”

6-8 weeks ahead
Saturdays are for the boys, but any day will do. Book in an appointment at least this much before the week of the wedding to have all the male members of the bridal party measured, and for a final decision on what colours and style of suit will work for everyone. Paul offers an in-house tailoring service, unique to the region, meaning the suits are purchased from Paul and tailored to each gentleman.

Week before wedding
Having a final fitting in store is vital, there’s no bigger disaster than suits not fitting right on the morning of the big day. On that note, lay off the extra beers or extra bench presses in the weeks after your first measure and fitting to help make sure the suits fit as accurately as possible for the wedding.