Morning Suits are traditionally worn for weddings taking place before 3pm. A blue, black or grey tailcoat is worn with plain or pin-striped trousers, white wing-collared shirt, coloured waistcoat, cravat, top hat and gloves. Frock Coats, are available in a variety of colours and fabrics, with plain black trousers, a wing-collared shirt and a coloured cravat. Lounge Suits are suitable for less formal weddings and are the usual choice for Registry Offices. Single or double breasted, two or three piece with a plain shirt and coloured tie. A quality lounge suit in light wool or even linen can look effortlessly elegant – and also represents a good investment. Unlike the bridal gown it can be worn again and again. Black Tie, or Dinner Suits, are a suitable choice for late-afternoon weddings with a formal reception. A black dinner jacket is teamed with tapered trousers and braces, a shirt with a pleated front and turn-down collar, and a black bow tie. Highland Dress consists of a kilt, a Bonnie Prince Charlie jacket or doublet, a sporran, laced brogues, socks, jabot (frill), cuff and skean dhu (a small dagger in the sock). Do you hire or buy? That is the main decision. However, if you require a morning suit or ‘top hat and tails’, it will be more appropriate to hire. A suit that can be re-worn, for work perhaps, can be a good investment. Don’t forget his other essentials; waistcoat, cravat or tie, shirt, shoes and socks! and his other accessories; a nice watch and cuff links! Your colours will need to compliment the bridesmaids’ dresses, so get as much information on those as possible, a sample of the fabric would really help you out. Don’t go over the top with matching your waistcoat, tie and hankerchief – the general idea is to choose a patterned waistcoat, in-keeping with the general colour theme of the wedding, and then highlight the main colour – usually worn by the bridesmaids – by wearing a plain cravat or tie, and handkerchief. If you are wearing a Morning Suit, then cravats should only be worn by the Groom and Best Man. A high necked waistcoat will stop the cravat from ‘escaping’. And remember that it is traditional for the bottom button on your waistcoat to be left undone!
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