How To Make Your Wedding Attire Truly Yours
When it comes to dress codes, especially black tie or other formal events, many people assume it’s all very prescriptive. But there are several ways to add personal touches to your formal attire — whether it’s a tuxedo or suit.
Before getting into that, there’s one very important thing to keep in mind. If you’re adding something like this to your attire, keep it subtle. The focus at a wedding should be on the bride and groom, not on specific details or accessories they wear. When the guests leave at the end of the day — or evening — they should be talking about how great the wedding was, not the crazy bow tie the groom wore.
With that out of the way, here are the five simple ways to add a personal touch to your wedding attire.
Personal Touches: Cufflinks
No formal outfit is complete without cufflinks — that is, the decorative pieces that fasten both sides of a French cuff shirt’s cuffs.
Cufflinks are one of the best — and easiest — ways to add some personality or flair to your outfit. After all, they stand out without being distracting.
Now, there are several ways to get creative with cufflinks. First, they come in different materials, including stones, precious metals, and glass. There are also several closure types to choose from, including:
Fixed back — These slide through the sleeve cuffs without needing adjustment
Chain — A classic option that comes in creative designs
Toggle closure — Perhaps the most common type, these are secure and easy to affix
Stud — These are compact, refined, and minimalistic
Ball return — A complex closure type, these are versatile and easy to customize
When picking out cufflinks, choose ones that represent a specific interest or passion you have. You could also get some that are custom-made or engraved with something important to you — your initials, your bride’s initials, the wedding date, etc.
The great thing about cufflinks is that they can complete your outfit while adding a personal touch. Not only that but you can keep them for the rest of your life as a keepsake to use again on another special day, like an anniversary dinner.
Personal Touches: Sentimental Item
Your wedding day is a great opportunity to add a sentimental item or two to your formalwear. This could be your grandfather’s watch, a tie bar, tie tack, or cufflinks from your father. Whatever you choose, it adds a whole new layer of meaning that only makes the entire experience that much more meaningful.
Another thing you could do is borrow something special from a family member or someone very close to you. Weddings are meant to have something borrowed, right? This doesn’t have to be limited to just the bride. Both parties can (and should) have something sentimental or meaningful with them on the big day.
Personal Touches: Pocket Square
Another essential part of any formal attire is the pocket square. It’s easy to overlook or view pocket squares since they’re such a basic, impersonal detail required for a suit. However, there are actually a lot of great ways to personalize them.
If you search online, you’ll find quite a few companies that can embroider pocket squares. You could, for example, have your wedding date, yours and your bride’s names, a favorite quote, or something else meaningful embroidered onto yours.
Personalizing a pocket square isn’t limited to the groom — guests and other important members of the wedding party can also do this. Depending on the wedding dress code, you could even have themed pocket squares for everyone involved on the big day.
Of course, most people aren’t going to see these little details. Still, it’s a great way to create a very special personal meaning for you to reflect on in future years.
Personal Touches: Custom Suit
Another thing you can add personal touches to is your suit or tuxedo. Now, there are a lot of benefits to getting a custom suit. For one, you can ensure it’s specifically tailored to your frame and style. For another, custom garments are often of a higher quality than premade ones.
When it comes to personalization, getting a custom suit or tux gives you a lot more control over the fine details. This includes things like colors, buttons, monogramming, and linings. In particular, the monogram and lining are the places where you really have an opportunity to do something that has a special meaning to you.
Personal Touches: Fragrance
The last but no less important thing to consider is the fragrance you wear on the big day. Scent is a powerful thing and, when it comes to yours, it can evoke something meaningful to you. This could be a specific time and place or a certain memory. Or it could be as simple as choosing a fragrance you know your bride loves.
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If you already have a signature fragrance that you like and wear a lot, you can also go with that. On the other hand, you can also change things up to fit the moment or theme of the event.
Weddings are a time for bringing people together, creating memories, and preparing for a bright future with someone you love. As you prepare for yours, remember to add some personal touches to your attire. Whether the event is extremely formal, semi-formal, or fairly casual, you can get a little creative with it.
Specifically, get personalized cufflinks, a sentimental item, an embroidered pocket square, a custom-made suit or tuxedo, and a unique fragrance. The more lenient the dress code, the more opportunity for customization you have. But even with the most formal events, you can still add some personal touches to your outfit.