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Looking Sharp! Finishing Touches for the Groom

Author: Kimberley Cathline de Rodríguez

Although the Bride may be the center of attention on her wedding day, a well-dressed Groom is essential and guests will take time to notice how dashing he is looking. A sharply clad Groom will also make the Bride look fabulous. A classic tuxedo or well-fitting suit will provide the foundation for a handsome ensemble, and accessories are a wonderful way to tailor the look and make it his own.

Neckwear for the Groom comes in several options; The Standard Necktie, the Ascot Tie, and the Bowtie. All three come in a rainbow of colors and various patterns, which give opportunity for creativity in his look.

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The Standard Necktie offers a classic look. There are over 85 ways to knot this type of conventional tie. The Four-in-Hand knot is the most recognized and popular knot for a Standard Necktie and often is used to refer to the actual tie itself. Other common knots include the Windsor and Half-Windsor. Each of these knots will offer a slightly different appearance.

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Photo: Kimberly Carlson Photography

The Genesis Groom above wore a tie that coordinated beautifully with the wedding colors.

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Photos Clockwise from Top Left: tamarakuzminskiphotography.com, bespokendreams.blogspot.com, weddingbee.com, ehow.com, weddingquest.co.uk, studio blue photography via theknot.com

The Ascot tie, or a similar piece called a Cravat, creates a formal look, reminiscent of an English gentleman. This piece can be tied in different methods, each creating a very different appearance. It is a stylish and elegant choice conveying a feeling of vintage class that is increasing in popularity.

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Photos from Left to Right: calvinklein.com, stylemepretty.com, groomsguideforwedding.com, stylemepretty.com

A formal wedding is a wonderful opportunity to wear a gentlemanly Bowtie and it generates a timeless look.

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A patterned or textured bowtie can be funky and fun, as well as charming.

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Photo: D.C. PhotographyStudios

The Genesis Groom above wore a formal white bow tie to compliment his wedding look.

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Photos clockwise from Top Left: claireogdendesigns.theblogspot.blogspot.com, mochishoe.tumblr.com, suitsmen.co.uk, easyweddings.com.au, waistcoat.budgetweddingideas.co.uk

A waistcoat or vest is an easy way to personalize your look. White is the most formal and black the most classic; however this accessory also provides an opportunity to coordinate the Groom’s ensemble with the wedding colors or with that of the attendants. A waistcoat can be worn without a jacket as the event progresses; there are many trendy choices that can look great on their own and will provide for some stylish photos.

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Photos Left to Right: dhgate.com,stylemepretty.com, grooms.suit.waistcoat.weddingallabout.com

In lieu of a vest, a cummerbund can be worn with a tuxedo and, similar to a vest, comes in many different colors. This piece is unique and will allow you to stand out on your wedding day.

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Photos: Middle Bottom Kimberly Carlson Photography, all others stylemepretty.com

Braces and Suspenders can be worn by a Groom opting for a more casual look and a colorful pair look great paired with a summer suit.

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Grooms in hats are becoming more common and there are several options to choose from. The rules are made to be broken when wearing a hat on your wedding day. Be it a Stetson, a Fedora, a Trilby, a Top Hat or Flat Cap, he will be sure to stand out in this statement accessory.

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The Groom’s Boutonniere is worn as a part of his ensemble, and it will likely complement the Bride’s bouquet. There are many options beyond the traditional simple floral boutonniere and they be created out of feathers, greenery, branches, and so much more.

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Photos: D.C. Photography Studios

The boutonnieres pictured above were worn by Genesis Grooms and are both elegant and creative.

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Dressing your wrists with a stylish or unique set of cufflinks is an easy way to make an impact. These are a basic Groom accessory and an absolute must! These tiny items are an elegant addition to any Groom’s look and can make a big impact. The Groom’s choice of cufflinks can be elegant and classic, or fun and trendy.

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Photo: D.C. Photography Studios

The Genesis Groom pictured above and his groomsmen each wore unique cufflinks.

It can be easy to forget the Groom in all the wedding planning, but remember it’s his day too! The Groom is the most important man at the wedding and he should be in his best dress. Why not let his originality and personality shine through by letting him incorporate some incredible finishing touches? A sharply accessorized Groom will complement his radiant Bride on their beautiful wedding day.

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Photo: D.C. Photography Studios

Genesis Bride and Groom