When planning what to wear for weddings, there are a few basic rules to follow. Quite often the wedding invitation will state whether the wedding is going to be formal, semi-formal, or casual. Usually for a very formal wedding, a tuxedo is what is worn; at least if you’re in the wedding party. However, for formal late afternoon or evening weddings, a dark suit is also acceptable. If the invitation states that the wedding is a black tie optional affair, a tie may be worn instead. Semi-formal weddings usually call for a sport coat or a suit. Usually whatever you feel more comfortable in and what looks good on you is acceptable.
For a casual wedding, either a sport coat or knit shirt is acceptable. It depends on where the wedding and reception are being held. If you aren’t sure about the proper attire, ask someone you know that’s in the wedding party. No matter how casual the wedding is, leave the sneakers at home. They are never considered to be acceptable as wedding attire. If you’re attending the wedding with someone else, your outfit should compliment what your partner is going to be wearing to the wedding, so you’re on the same page. Colors should be complimentary but not necessarily the same.
If the wedding reception is to be held at a hotel or ballroom, it’s taken for granted that it will be more formal, so dress accordingly. During the summer, white dinner jackets with tuxedo pants are acceptable. Obviously, if the wedding is to be held outdoors, more semi-formal or casual attire would be acceptable. If it’s during the warm spring or summer months, you could choose a jacket that’s made from lighter weight fabric in a lighter color, with coordinating pants.
If you’re invited to a destination wedding that’s going to be informal and held at a beach or resort, you can wear nice looking casual clothes. For summer weddings, a light colored shirt and pants are acceptable. Usually a synthetic silk/rayon combination shirt with khaki pants looks great for a destination wedding at the beach. Linen and cotton are good choices for summer weddings, preferably in light colors. Some grooms are choosing the popular linen shirts with a classic Italian fit and “Nehru-style” collar. The groomsmen could also wear the same type of shirt in a coordinating color for a different look.