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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 --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------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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BlackPer Productions (7 days ago)
White tie weddings still happen, one where everyone wears white tie. it's rare but not impossible to find.
Tanglangfa (19 days ago)
It’s 110 F in Texas. Wedding is at 3ish. 😭
Arian Tontowi (20 days ago)
Is it okay to wear a 2-piece suit with peak lapels as a wedding guest?
craig white (28 days ago)
are floral small print shirts acceptable?
Bilal Bin Akbar (1 month ago)
I've asked something to you. You must give me advice
Bilal Bin Akbar (1 month 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 (2 months 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.
Nick (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
Gentleman's Gazette should I measure with his shirt on or just the neck without the shirt?
Gentleman's Gazette (3 months 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 (3 months 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 (3 months ago)
No, they are not exclusive. Men can wear both. Just make sure neither is overly large.
Corrie S (4 months ago)
Is there an equivalent channel for women that you would recommend with tips on etiquette, dress, and style? The ones I have come across seem quite varied and have wildly different definitions of what it means to be a lady and dress "ladylike". Thank you!
Loki27 (5 months 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 (6 months ago)
how dare you tell me not to wear all black !!
pittygold99 (6 months ago)
I had no ideal it would be this much information just to be a guest. Now I don’t want to even go 😑.
Jack_VS_Jack (6 months 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 (7 months 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
MaximusPayne (9 months ago)
Raphael, how about wearing light colored shirts, like a light pink, instead of white?
Waldemar (11 months ago)
I've been invited to a wedding in November and the dress code is semi-formal. Only problem is Nov is the start of the warm season in my region, usually hovering between 30 to 40 degrees C.
Chad Alfonso (11 months 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 (1 year 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.
ʇๅɐɹǝꓨ (1 year ago)
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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Always curious as to what your opinions are on designer brands such as Prada, Saint Laurent, Gucci, etc. Any input?
Will Sturdy (2 months ago)
lorence b I you didn’t ask me but the rule is. Who cares about the brand, it’s the cut of the suit and materials that matter. Or so I was taught as a kids by my father.
JuliusCaesar500 (1 year 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.
Alessandro Pangia (1 year ago)
They are appropriate for when you die.
None (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
What tie knot did you do in the video? I like it.
Ty Smith (1 year ago)
I have a wedding next weekend... I assume I'll out dress them without trying.
Evan Dinelli (1 year ago)
are suspenders too dapper?
Sahejdeep Singh (9 months ago)
Nope
ʇๅɐɹǝꓨ (1 year ago)
J Yeah, I don't like wearing a belt, bit I have to because it happens EVERY TIME.
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
Not at all.
J (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
No
harry mackenzie (1 year 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.
Corrie S (4 months ago)
My thoughts exactly. Tailor so that it fits properly.
harry mackenzie (1 year ago)
Thank you.
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
Yes, in fact you should wear the jacket unbuttoned.
harry mackenzie (1 year ago)
Thanks a lot for your advice. I'll leave the jacket unbuttoned with the waistcoat.
Arnór Ingi (1 year 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.
Matthew Pace (1 year 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 (1 year 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.
Jimena Quesada-Luque (19 days ago)
Henrique true
Henrique Maximo (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
This photo of you with the gray suit and the purple bow tie... is it taken in France?
Corvux IX (1 year ago)
no
JFomo (1 year 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 (11 months ago)
af1rs2jl chinos, a navy blazer, a white and blue striped shirt, a club tie, smart, comfortable and classy.
Isuru Nanayakkara (1 year ago)
I have a wedding tomorrow! But unfortunately I got into this caring about fashion and how I look only quite recently. I don't have the wardrobe to really pull it off this time. I'll just wear my crappy black suit for this one and go all out in the next one.
SirRivers (1 year ago)
awesome video. thank you
MisterBassBoost (1 year ago)
Fantastic video! Keep it up!
andreas johansson (1 year 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 (1 year ago)
Like before watching ;)
Massimo Di Giampaolo (1 year ago)
Sehr gutes Video
Mr Duke Silver (1 year ago)
Find ich auch
Gentleman's Gazette (1 year ago)
Danke
Santtu Mutanen (1 year ago)
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