Despite popular belief, women are not the only ones who stress and ponder about what to wear to an event, especially one this important. And sometimes, it’s even more confusing for the guys when it comes to what attire is technically appropriate. We’ve broken down each dress code below, so you will know exactly how to dress for every occasion! 

Groom in Blue Suit & Floral Tie | A Complete Guide to Men's Wedding Attire | photo by Danielle Evans Photography | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Danielle Evans Photography

Black Tie

A tuxedo is a must! This includes the black dinner jacket, matching pants, a white formal shirt, and a black bow tie or long black tie. You may also choose to either wear a black cummerbund or vest. Both are not required, but at least one is. A tuxedo is not just for the groom either at a black tie wedding. All men in attendance are expected to don the classic tux. Even though this isn’t the average look for weddings anymore, it is totally classic and oh so handsome! 

Groom in Classic Tuxedo | A Complete Guide to Men's Wedding Attire | photo by Kelly Linn Photography | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Kelly Ginn Photography

Black Tie Optional

While a tuxedo is still appropriate and preferred, a formal dark suit will suffice here as well! Keep it in the colors of black or dark gray with clean, sharp lines. Basically, a suit that resembles a tux, but isn’t. When the majority of the guest count is wearing a tuxedo, you definitely don’t want to be the one standing out.

Groomsmen in Bowties & Suspenders | A Complete Guide to Men's Wedding Attire | photo by Finch Photo | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Finch Photo

Cocktail/Semi-Formal

With this style, you can be more relaxed! No tuxedos necessary. However, let’s not go overboard. It’s still a wedding at the end of the day! You can now veer into different colors like navy or a lighter gray for your chosen color of suit. Bow-ties and bold dress socks can be fun additions to an otherwise simple look and for a pop of personality too! To create a seamless look for the entire wedding party, a good rule of thumb is if the bridesmaids are in a more formal dress, it’s best to also have the groomsmen match the quality. You don’t want one more formal than the other especially looking back in your photos!

Groom in Gray Suit & Pink Tie | A Complete Guide to Men's Wedding Attire | photo by JustKenna Photography | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
JustKenna Photography
Groom with Lucky Charm Socks | A Complete Guide to Men's Wedding Attire | photo by JustKenna Photography | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
JustKenna Photography

Casual

While this doesn’t mean show up in your old jeans, it is a more laid-back look! We’ve seen guys in suspenders (hello vintage inspired soirees!), khakis with a loose flowing white shirts for destination weddings, and even tan suits for spring affairs. With a casual dress code, you have more liberty to play towards your wedding theme too! For guests, we say take a cue from the location of the wedding to get the best idea of what is more appropriate. What necessarily is great for a barn wedding may not work for a tropical wedding. 

Groom in Linen Blue jacket & Groomsmen in Suspenders | A Complete Guide to Men's Wedding Attire | photo by Photography by Janae | featured on The Pink Bride® www.thepinkbride.com
Photography by Janae

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