Rules for how a groom should dress for a wedding in Italy
Rich in frills and details, the bride has always been considered the main star of a wedding. The spotlight is fully on her. And the groom? In effect, the other and equally important main star, is barely considered. Letís try, as of now, to give the true importance to the hitherto, voluntarily or involuntarily, undervalued groom. We find that his wedding day look isnít at all left to chance and that the groomís outfit is frequently neither simple nor less important than the brideís.
There are more than a few rules of etiquette that should govern and limit the groom’s wedding outfit choices.
Here are some examples: a morning suit is suitable only if the ceremony is held in the morning and ends by 6 pm. And it must also be worn by the best man, ushers and the fathers of the bride and groom. A half morning suit or a three-piece suit is suitable for a less pompous and more informal evening ceremony. Instead, a tuxedo or tailcoat is ideal for very elegant yet informal weddings, and strictly evening weddings. If the ceremony is held in a Town Hall a less stuffy outfit is preferable.
Gloves and top hat should be worn in church, but held in a groom’s hands instead. Belt and shoes should be the same color and of the same material. An overcoat must not be worn during the ceremony. A pocket square or handkerchief, should never be worn together with a tie or bow tie. The cravat, a large tie that is knotted or held by a jewelled pin should only be worn with a morning suit.
A groom in Italy should keep in mind several rules of etiquette that certainly don’t make it easy to decide what to wear. Elegance and good taste must be the watchwords of the day of the wedding. This means, therefore, choices that don’t go hand in hand with comfort and practicality. Considering that not all grooms are particularly familiar with the rules of etiquette, relying on knowledgeable tailors and boutiques is definitely a smart move.
The groom’s choice of wedding attire, should, above all, reflect his personality and only a skilled and experienced tailor is able to take a person’s character and personality into consideration and turn them into the ideal outfit. Italian brides and grooms are very lucky in this instance as they can take advantage of the sartorial craftsmen of Naples who are renowned for their excellence.
To be truly flawless, a groom should pay fundamental importance to the accessories that complement and enhance his appearance and clothing. There are so many accessories: cufflinks, tie pins, watch, buttonhole. Nothing must be left to chance on the most important day of his life.
The buttonhole, or boutonnière, to use the French, is a small touch of elegance and sophistication. It can be coordinated with the bride's bouquet and highlight the theme colors chosen for the wedding. The same buttonholes must also be given to the bride and groom’s parents and siblings and to the best man and ushers. It is absolutely forbidden to use artificial flowers or opt for a ‘do it yourself’ buttonhole, it is far better to rely on a florist.
Cufflinks are the are the ultimate in male elegance. Whether in white gold or yellow gold, provided by the groom's father or created especially to complement the theme of the wedding, cufflinks are one of the ‘vices’ a groom is allowed for his wedding day. For those who continue to believe that a bridal dress is worth far more consideration, I would honestly say that this clichéd idea should be discarded.
A groom must definitely be considered and appreciated as much as a bride.
published on 05 Marzo 2013 by Gianni
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