Modern Grooms: How to Add Unique Personality to a Tux or Wedding Suit

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Photography by Andy Roberts

Modern Grooms: How to Add Unique Personality to a tux or suit

Today, Weddingful is bringing you a snapshot of several avant-garde grooms who are crossing the lines of tradition with their unique, personality-infused grooms wear. From subtle shifts in the classic boutonniere to an eye-grabbing pop of purple in a fun bow tie, these grooms are spicing up their formalwear in completely unexpected – and handsome – ways. Ready to walk outside the lines of tradition? Read on. Ready to start trying on the options? Find Wedding vendors in your area with our free online wedding planner (we’ll match you with vendors who fit your location, budget, and style!).

Bolo Tie

Photography by Andy Roberts
Photography by Andy Roberts

Grooms everywhere are opting for suspenders and bow ties, but few have explored the bolo tie! This traditional cowboy or equestrian tie is a fun way to dress up while incorporating an unusual element of fashion that no one’s going to expect. While it may not be an appropriate choice along with a black tux, a groom like this one who’s going for a jacket-less look can add instant personality with a unique and unexpected bolo tie.

 

Contrast Bow Tie 

Photography by Happy Day Media
Photography by Happy Day Media

From suspenders to socks to hi-top sneakers, grooms are finding ways to incorporate colour into their wedding outfits. While too much colour can leave a groom looking more like circus performer (and hey, some might be going for that certain circus-y look), a small dash of bright colour is more than enough to make a big statement. This purple patterned bow tie instantly conveys a sense of humour, and fun, its upbeat colour adding a playful touch to the groom’s outfit. Just keep in mind the lesson you learned in kindergarten art class “Dot, Dot, Dot: You Don’t Need a Lot”. Less is more when it comes to adding bright colours.

 

Dried Flowers

Photography by Latisha Carlson
Photography by Latisha Carlson

While living flowers are vibrant and lush, dried flowers are no less beautiful. This groom’s dried flower boutonniere showcases the edgy, wistful nature of a dried flower arrangement – a perfect choice for grooms who are looking for something a little more toned back, edgy, or offbeat. This is a prime example of a subtle twist on a classic that offers a big shift in the groom’s overall look.

 

Unexpected Color

Photography by Latisha Carlson
Photography by Latisha Carlson

This trick is simple: opt for a coloured shirt instead of a traditional black, white, or grey. Like this groom, you can still conserve tradition by donning a classic colour (here, in grey) and then adding a single splash of a rich, deep colour (like this deep forest green). This is a low-maintenance way to mix things up, and it also works well for coordinating with other aspects of the wedding landscape, as the contrast colour can pick up the tones in the bride’s bouquet, groomsmen’s ties, etc.

 

Succulent Boutonniere

Photography by Dan Fredo
Photography by Dan Freda

Enough said. Succulents are everywhere – there’s no reason they can’t be included in your boutonniere as well! Changing up the boutonniere is a great way to add subtle spice to the groom’s outfit without looking like he’s trying too hard. Bonus points for succulents being hardy, long-lived plants, guaranteed to survive a hundred hugs or a hundred-degree weather on the wedding day.

 

Venue-Inspired Suit

Photography by Eric Ronald
Photography by Eric Ronald

Grooms can step up their outfit by dressing to coordinate with their surroundings, whether it’s by wearing a sandy beige suit like this Egyptian groom, or donning a pair of slim suspenders for a casual rustic celebration. This groom’s example proves that you don’t need a red tie, patterned socks, lustrous material, or even a contrast vest in order to look absolutely commanding. Dressing in the colours of his surroundings, he has established himself as a part of the visual and artistic landscape – a look that’ll shine through in every one of his wedding photos.

 

Velvet Bow Tie

Photography by AGI Studio

Photography by AGI Studio
Photography by AGI Studio

Soft and supple, this velvet bow tie is the ultimate modern luxury!

For grooms looking to stick to the classics while adding a simple twist that helps them stand out, focusing on changing up the material of the outfit can do wonders for creating a stand-out look. This dark blue velvet bow tie is mature and sophisticated – it doesn’t command attention, but it offers texture, depth, and interest beyond what a normal cloth bow tie could ever offer!

Western-Inspired

Photography by Happy Day Media
Photography by Happy Day Media

More and more couples are opting for casual backyard weddings, outdoor weddings, and informal gatherings in parks. For a fun, laid-back look, there’s no better source of inspiration than the rough textures and rugged accessories of the classic cowboy. Wild, free, and obviously adventurous, this groom has chosen to dress down with jeans, while adding suspenders and a bow tie to dress things up. The cowboy had he holds in his hand offers a rigid square structure reminiscent of a top hat, adding a hint of vintage sophistication to his overall Western wedding look. Well done!

If you’re ready to start trying on the options, come join us at Weddingful! Through a 3-minute quiz about your budget and style, you can use our free online wedding planner to get matched with suit and tux professionals in your area.

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