There comes a point in everyone’s lives when suddenly everyone around them is getting married. It starts with a few people from school who get married a bit ahead of the pack, then a couple of close friends, and then before you know it everyone is getting married. Facebook becomes little more than a bridal magazine/baby photo album, and you end up filling up all your weekends dancing to cheesy disco music and eating big wedding cakes.
This is no bad thing of course, as most of us will enjoy doing both of those things – and there is a lot to be said for going to lots of weddings. The only tricky thing is fitting it all in and affording it all. Not only will you have to pay for a whole bunch of wedding presents during that period, but you’ll also probably be staying in a lot of hotels and buying a lot of suits.
And looking sharp every other weekend while also mixing it up is not easy. Here we will look at how you can look great at every wedding you go to while also keeping it fresh without breaking the bank. It’s a tall order maybe, but it can be done.
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First of all, you are going to need a couple of different suits. While mixing up your shirts and ties occasionally can help to ring the changes a few times, you don’t want your friends and family to think you can only afford a single suit. Even if the other guests are different every time, or even if they don’t remember the suits you wore – the wedding photographers will give the game away if you are wearing the same thing every time. Likewise, different suits will work better for different events – lighter colours for instance are better for summer weddings.
Of course suits are expensive, but there is a solution. That is to buy at least one expensive suit (as nice as you can afford at least) that will be your ‘goto’ suit, but then to purchase a few others as well more cheaply (from charity shops even) but have them taken in to look fitted. A fitted suit from a charity store will often look a million times better than an ill-fitting one that cost you thousands.
Shirts and Ties
Next you need to mix up your shirt and tie combinations and you need to do this smartly. Note that a lot of the time you will be wearing no jacket anyway (it gets hot), so it’s important to invest in the best shirts you can afford. 100% cotton with the right measurements will make all the difference.
If you don’t want to go all out on the shirts then just buy two or three – the good news is that using the right tie and suit combination can completely alter the impression that your suit makes. Have a white shirt with black tie and jacket for instance and you will look very formal, whereas the same thing with a beige jacket and red tie can be much more summary and fun.
The author of this post, Arnold Parker, is an enthusiast photographer and provides services for wedding photography in Toronto. He often writes blog articles on a variety of topics that interest him.