Alternatives to the traditional whistle and flute

Groomesmen at St Audries

Though many men jump at the chance to buy an expensive suit for their wedding day, more and more grooms are shunning the traditional three-piece in favour of quirky alternatives. From cultural outfits to informal wear and brightly coloured jackets to themed costumes, men’s wedding looks are becoming ever more individual and ever more unique.

Though traditionally weddings have been all about the bridal dress, why not find a better balance and take the opportunity to find a look that perfectly suits both the bride and groom’s personalities and that makes you both feel a million dollars? As Esquire puts it, “A wedding is an occasion for you to look your best, and buying a sharp, even eye-catching suit is simply a matter of making sure you look and feel as good during your big day as your bride”.


When it comes to choosing an outfit for your big day, don’t be afraid to add a bit of colour to the mix. Bright and bold shirts, ties and jackets can look fantastic, especially if they complement the colour theme for the wedding. Even if you go for a suit, you can make it that little bit different by avoiding classic colours like blue, grey and black and choosing bright, eye-catching tones instead.


Your wedding is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your personality and your style. If you’ve decided on a themed wedding, why not go the whole hog and wear a costume on your big day? English country house venues lend themselves perfectly to a range of themes including fantasy, costume drama and heraldry. Go for a high-end costume to ensure you look the part and that your wedding doesn’t resemble a fancy dress party.

Groom in a bow tie


If you or your partner come from a country or culture that has a distinctive traditional dress, incorporating elements of your heritage into your wedding outfit is a fantastic way to personalise your look. If you’re unsure whether you want to wear your traditional dress throughout the day, keep a more sedate suit on hand for the wedding reception so you can throw your dance moves unrestricted.


If you’re planning a honeymoon, you can use your chosen location as inspiration for your wedding outfit. For example, if you’re headed to Japan on your honeymoon, you could take some inspiration from Japanese flower arrangements; and if you are going to Kenya you could decorate your venue with vibrant African prints.

Thinking outside the box when it comes to your wedding outfit is a great way to ensure a unique look and a personalised celebration. For more ideas for creating the wedding of your dreams, explore our site today.

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