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What to Wear to a Wedding As A Guest - DO's & DON'Ts for Proper Attire + Outfit Suggestions For Men

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For a more comprehensive guest attire guide: https://gentl.mn/what-to-wear-as-a-wedding-guest The number one rule as a wedding guest is that you never ever want to overshadow either the bride or the groom. Basically, you tone it down. You don't wear wild colors, you don't wear bold patterns or accessories like a top hat or something that makes maybe other people uncomfortable or something that is decidedly dapper than what the groom is wearing. If the wedding is an evening event, it's going to be more formal than a day event. As a man, you can wear a dark suit either a navy or charcoal. Traditionally, you should always have some form of neckwear. Definitely, avoid monochrome looks because it looks odd and there's not enough contrast. Your best bet for a wedding is a crisp white dress shirt although light blue may work as well. If you get an invitation that does not stipulate a dress code, please reach out to your host and ask them what would make them feel comfortable or what they expect. The most formal one you can find today is probably black tie. Most of the time in the US, you'll see black tie optional. That means you can wear black tie on some with the black bowtie. Another popular dress code for wedding is cocktail attire, it basically means you have a dark suit or suit has little sparkle or something special, a little more of a pop of color, a little louder than the business suit and you can wear a dress shirt, you can wear a tie, something that is still formal but just with a little more fun. If your wedding is an outer event or in a garden setting and it's during the summer, you can wear lighter colors but the best thing is to ask your host to get an idea of what kind of dress they want, And what kind of event it is. When it comes to accessories, apart from the tie, a pocket square is really fantastic because it elevates your outfit, it's very easy to fold, just takes a few seconds, and just underlines the event and its importance. SHOP THE VIDEO: White Carnation Boutonniere - https://gentl.mn/2q8pq0l Silver & Black Diamond Waffle pattern Tie - https://gentl.mn/2rJ7FoS Purple Carnation Silk Boutonniere - https://gentl.mn/2rGDr6x Pocket Square with Monogram Initial - https://gentl.mn/2qGhI07 Single End Bow Tie in Black Silk Wide Ribbed Grosgrain - https://gentl.mn/2rGYC8D Black Bow Tie in Silk Satin - https://gentl.mn/2rH8Xl5 Dark Red Carnation Boutonniere - https://gentl.mn/2qG9pBn Wedding Tie in Silver and Black Silk - https://gentl.mn/2q0QEtK Light Blue Veronica Persica Boutonniere - https://gentl.mn/2q0R3fz Pocket Square in White Irish Linen Embroidered Contrast Framing - https://gentl.mn/2qaHqq6 Silver Black Silk Basketweave Tie - https://gentl.mn/2rJxHIB Ancient Madder Silk Bow Tie in Purple Paisley - https://gentl.mn/2q0OlqE Blue Cornflower Boutonniere - https://gentl.mn/2q0OEBI Madder Silk Tie in Purple with Paisley - https://gentl.mn/2qMS7kI Dark Bronze Madder Silk Pocket Square - https://gentl.mn/2qKQXrJ Houndstooth Bourette Silk Tie in Burgundy Red Cream - https://gentl.mn/2rGUeXj Burnt Orange Silk Pocket Square with Dotted Motifs and Paisley - https://gentl.mn/2rsjao1 Knit Tie in Solid Red Silk - https://gentl.mn/2q13wjK Red Grenadine Silk Tie - https://gentl.mn/2r7EijA Wine Red Silk Wool Medallion Pocket Square - https://gentl.mn/2q8nLIf #wedding #weddingguest #notsponsored --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Ligh Most Popular videos: How to accept a compliment - https://youtu.be/_EKXNmM1PUo 101 things that change when you dress up - https://youtu.be/JyGDd_iYaCI How to tie a Bow Tie - https://youtu.be/2I3cfa0BOOc --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Want to stay updated? Sign up here for free: https://gentl.mn/2qFVOdy Want to see more videos? Subscribe to our channel! https://www.youtube.com/user/thegentlemansgazette --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Gentleman's Gazette https://gentl.mn/2r7JZ0Y Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gentlemansgazette FREE EBOOK: https://gentl.mn/2qFVOdy
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Text Comments (89)
westfield90 (2 days ago)
I’m attending a wedding with a navy blue suit with white shirt. Not sure what tie color to wear? Blue tie seems boring. But maybe silver or pink or light silver blue?
Jimi Parkes (23 days ago)
Can you wear a shawl lappel jacket at a wedding?
Mr. Meticulous Lohese (4 days ago)
Am about too. Learn the rules then modify.
IdemRedd (1 month ago)
Sandals out in public? Never!
Steve Harris (1 month ago)
I want to wear a light grey 3 piece suit but the Groom is wearing a light grey suit,I'm a close friend but I'm not part of the wedding,is this ok?
Raihan Rivandi (1 month ago)
It's going to be funny if I am the only one wearing a suit and everyone is wearing a floral "batik" shirt
Galenas (2 months ago)
Hello Sven, I am going to a wedding this weekend as a guest. My girlfriend is wearing a red dress and I want to mirror the colour somewhere in my outfit. Do you think it's justifiable to wear a red poppy boutonniere (the poppy in Germany doesn't stand for remembrance day or something similar as far as I know) and a white pocket square with a red edge? Best regards Mäxx
Anime bazaar. (2 months ago)
Is he talking about 80' s fashion !
MatthewJBD (5 months ago)
If you can't wear a top hat at a wedding, when can you? 😅
Eric Liang (5 months ago)
Any thoughts on wearing an overcoat or trench coat without a suit to a wedding as a wedding guest?
As Ager (5 months ago)
I got ideas from the pics you shown not to follow ... Thank you
dnlprls (6 months ago)
I went to a wedding wearing a LIght blue Chambray sports coat, pink shirt, and black slacks, and i killed it. Wear whatever you want and be happy.
KhoiKO (4 months ago)
You can be happy. But you wasn’t killing it.
Ahmed El shazly (6 months ago)
Good day,what is best suit color and style for attending wedding party inside hotel next Friday,wedding party will have a group Of too vip
Andrea Patane (7 months ago)
It’s not easy for all gentlemen to follow some do’s and don’ts about wearing the appropriate 💒 outfit. 👍🏻 if you agree.
lilgucci rolex (8 months ago)
Im 14 am i considered a gentlemen?
shri sub (7 months ago)
Yes
Bill Nye (8 months ago)
Having some trouble been invited to a formal but not black tie wedding in the fall and the wedding party is wearing gray. What should I do. Should I go navy then?
Charlie Moore, Jr. (5 months ago)
Bill Nye yeah wear navy suit
Abhideep Singh (10 months ago)
Thank you. You made my life easier
BlackPer Productions (11 months ago)
White tie weddings still happen, one where everyone wears white tie. it's rare but not impossible to find.
Tanglangfa (11 months ago)
It’s 110 F in Texas. Wedding is at 3ish. 😭
Arian Shadoe Tontowi (11 months ago)
Is it okay to wear a 2-piece suit with peak lapels as a wedding guest?
craig white (1 year ago)
are floral small print shirts acceptable?
Bilal Bin Akbar (1 year ago)
I've asked something to you. You must give me advice
Bilal Bin Akbar (1 year ago)
Great video . Can I wear charcoal grey plaid suit at evening winter wedding ? ( I will ask this question daily or twice or thrice until you reply )
DavidBrainiac (1 year ago)
I once wore a custom tailored 3 piece suit to the wedding of my cousin. It was dark blue with dark red pin stripes. I combined it with one of those synthetic boutonnieres Conor McGregor wears most of the time. The boutonniere was also dark red and my pocket square was red with dots. My necktie was dark red and my shirt white. I wore black monks straps with two straps (I know they are more informal but I fucking love them). My relatives are not dapper at all and they looked at me like: Holy shit. Especially the girl friends of my cousin that didn‘t know me, stared at me all the time. Do you guys think it was too much? A lot of the guest made me a compliment... I don‘t know how I should feel about my outfit. I was drawing a lot of attention haha.
Mr. Meticulous Lohese (4 days ago)
Be you. Yolo.
Nick (1 year ago)
Please share your opinion with me dear gentleman Youtuber who I have already like and subscribed,because you bring back the Cool into the Gentleman.A friend of mine has to attend a wedding and wants to stand out for all the single senoritas in the wedding without becoming the peacock of the event, the marriage will take place in an open space most of the time,he is 5.9'' bulky built, he has to attend a middle of day summer wedding,he will have his Jack Nicholson sunglasses with him,he plans to buy a watch with rose gold decals (vincero kairos probably), although he would so love go with a total just black/gold watch without leather wristband but that darn thing is not matching with the outfit, probably he will wear bracelet,definitely a blue navy suit because a not expensive suit should not be of bright colors he believes, blue navy suspenders,no belt,napkin,suit will cost no more than 200 dollars,he would like to match his shoes with his tie (indeed?), tie is not yet decided,actually my friend is clueless about what brands to choose for his outfit (any free would be extremely helpful),he will wear probably camel brown shoes and white shirt. What do you think with all of the above and what would you suggest? He is Caucasian with facial groomed beard.He is a good sport my friend on his 30's.Thank you in advance for your willingness to help another fella part of a loved Mediterranean country we all know and love.Your feedback might actually get him to know the love of his life.
Chuyi Wen (1 year ago)
Hi, I'm a bride, may I ask if I get boutonnieres for the wedding party, should we not let groomsmen wear square pocket too?
Chuyi Wen (1 year ago)
Gentleman's Gazette should I measure with his shirt on or just the neck without the shirt?
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
A few days with free shipping. We have them in stock. Make sure to measure his neck and he offer boutonnieres too 😉
Chuyi Wen (1 year ago)
Gentleman's Gazette I see! Thank you!! And I'd love to order a black bow tie for my groom, will measure his neck soon, how long will it take to ship? I live in Tulsa Oklahoma
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
No, they are not exclusive. Men can wear both. Just make sure neither is overly large.
Loki27 (1 year ago)
I'm getting a little fed up with anti black suit suggestions just so you can be as boring as the rest in grey and navy suits. Black suits are fine!
Vic M (1 year ago)
how dare you tell me not to wear all black !!
Jack_VS_Jack (1 year ago)
sven, i was invited to a wedding and if i decide to wear a necktie, would a tiebar be okay? its a not so formal wedding and after asking what the dress code will be i was told to wear "what im comfortable with"
Anton Paris (1 year ago)
I hope you can get back to me, but I am going to a wedding in a month, I have a navy blue jacket, two buttons, however, has elbow patches. The other is black, 3 button suit, but I am 5'10 and afraid I won't look as good. I want to get shoes and pants to go with either so whichever is more appropriate, I'd be getting either blue pants and brown shoes or black pants and black shoes
Charlie Moore, Jr. (5 months ago)
Anton Paris what did u end up wearing?
MaximusPayne (1 year ago)
Raphael, how about wearing light colored shirts, like a light pink, instead of white?
Chad Alfonso (1 year ago)
I actually seen a video of men wearing red suits in a wedding
Fabrice Prepetit (1 year ago)
In reference to monochromatic outfits, do you mean it as a no for weddings or in general?
Un Kurwa dans America (2 years ago)
I'm not sure it was possible to outshine my brother-in-law. He wore a scarlet shirt and ivory cowboy hat. Can't get more shiny than that.
Un Kurwa dans America I saw someone wearing that at a wedding, in fact I got a picture of it! http://elvenesse.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/GandalfWhite.jpg
jgcode7 (2 years ago)
Sven, question/opinion. I have a wedding coming up. It's a daytime wedding "formal" but on the coast. I plan on wearing a navy suit. I would like to wear brown shoes but because I see this look so often Im afraid someone else will have this blue suit combo. Should I just go with black shoes or take a chance?
lorence b (2 years ago)
Always curious as to what your opinions are on designer brands such as Prada, Saint Laurent, Gucci, etc. Any input?
JuliusCaesar500 (2 years ago)
Are black suits really that bad. I am starting to get the feeling they aren't so bad, and they are just a pet peeve for Sven.
KhoiKO (4 months ago)
He wearing black suit in video. Nothing wrong.
Alessandro Pangia (2 years ago)
They are appropriate for when you die.
None (2 years ago)
Sven the type of Zuniga to speak up about the groom's fashion when the preacher says, "speak now or forever hold your peace."
d3ny54 (2 years ago)
What tie knot did you do in the video? I like it.
Ty Smith (2 years ago)
I have a wedding next weekend... I assume I'll out dress them without trying.
Evan Dinelli (2 years ago)
are suspenders too dapper?
Sahejdeep Singh (1 year ago)
Nope
J Yeah, I don't like wearing a belt, bit I have to because it happens EVERY TIME.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Not at all.
J (2 years ago)
Depends on your point of view. Whenever I wear suspenders out to a nice evening, my wife juices up with champagne, tears them off and slaps me around in the face with them saying "Oh you're so cool now". So, on the receiving end, maybe not dapper.
Carsen Gobber (2 years ago)
No
harry mackenzie (2 years ago)
Great video. May I ask if it's ok to wear a three piece suit with the jacket unbuttoned? Mine doesn't quite fit around my mid section. The next size up is too big on the shoulders. Many thanks.
harry mackenzie (2 years ago)
Thank you.
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Yes, in fact you should wear the jacket unbuttoned.
harry mackenzie (2 years ago)
Thanks a lot for your advice. I'll leave the jacket unbuttoned with the waistcoat.
Arnór Ingi (2 years ago)
I would go to a tailor and pay him to get your measurements and then go to stores like www.tailorstore.com and www.indochino.com , I personally use tailorstore.com and I love it. I just put my exact measurements , Atleast tailorstore.com starts from269$ for a two piece suit.
Mandeep Baweja (2 years ago)
3 piece suit should never be buttoned.....u always never button your jacket/coat when u r standing and sitting to make the Vest visible....however a 2 piece should should always be buttoned when standing and unbuttoned when sitting.
Matthew Pace (2 years ago)
Sven, I love your rounded collar and would love to know where I could find one? I find it a bit hard to find a good variety of dress shirts, especially those with french cuffs
It's kinda hard to avoid looking like the wedding party when you don't know what colors they will be even wearing in the first place.
Henrique Maximo (2 years ago)
I was at a wedding last Saturday. I wore my three piece two buttons charcoal suit, white shirt and a silver necktie, with a trinity knot. Also had a black Homburg hat for outdoor use. Confess I was looking for this video for guidance, but it wasn't available yet, and took a risk with the trinity knot, but it was a nice situation, the groom was even nicer than me, and I just enjoyed it.
Bennu Ask (11 months ago)
Henrique true
Henrique Maximo (2 years ago)
Good advice! I'll stick to my windsor. I'm more used to it, and was worried about the flashiness of that trinity anyway. It was my first try, and it did not beat the classics. Thanks, bro!
Mandeep Baweja (2 years ago)
Trinity knot.....bro to be honest just avoid those kind of flashy knots...real gentlemen dont wear that kind of knots on formal events.....better try half windsor or 4 in hand that would make your outfit dapper
oliver lönnberg (2 years ago)
White tie is considered the appropriate dresscode and its kind of what people expect in our social circle. And in Sweden (where I live) the royal family and people like that always wear white tie or alternatively a morning dress for weddings during the day. Same goes for big events like the Nobel prize ceremony.
Aris G (2 years ago)
This photo of you with the gray suit and the purple bow tie... is it taken in France?
Corvux IX (2 years ago)
no
JFomo (2 years ago)
I guess its a no to the 3 piece navy blue suit. I've never seen chinos at a wedding. Can you provide examples?
Michael Cathcart (1 year ago)
af1rs2jl chinos, a navy blazer, a white and blue striped shirt, a club tie, smart, comfortable and classy.
J. Rio (2 years ago)
awesome video. thank you
MisterBassBoost (2 years ago)
Fantastic video! Keep it up!
andreas johansson (2 years ago)
Thank you very much for this video Raphael! I found the information to be very useful as I'm going to attend to a wedding this weekend. I'm nineteen years old and have recently started to use neckties and pocket squares and I'm a bit lost when it comes to choose my accessories. Which tie and pocket square combination would you choose to a navy suit if you would be a guest at a wedding and would pink and beige colours be over the top? Best regards! Andreas
Avp Imdb (2 years ago)
Like before watching ;)
Massimo Di Giampaolo (2 years ago)
Sehr gutes Video
Michael Rau (1 month ago)
ayush mohata you are almost correct, „sehr“ means „very“, not Sir, and the language is German
ayush mohata (1 month ago)
I dont know your language but i can make out you said 'sir great video' and he replied 'thanks' took me 1 year
Gentleman's Gazette (2 years ago)
Danke
Santtu Mutanen (2 years ago)
first

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