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This year has forced many couples to rethink their wedding plans. For brides and grooms getting married in the winter, that means holding most or all of their events outside to maintain social distancing standards and keep everyone safe. And when it comes to choosing your men’s formalwear attire for an outdoor winter wedding, men need to take a few things into consideration.
Here are some of Generation Tux‘s top 10 tips to keep in mind when choosing your men’s outdoor wedding attire.
Of course, the first thing to consider is the dress code that the bride and groom have decided on for their big day. Formal or semi-formal affairs call for a tuxedo, while cocktail or casual events need a men’s suit.
Whether the wedding is during the day or night will play a role in choosing your formalwear. Lighter colors (such as Cement Gray) or bolder hues ( Mystic Blue or Bright Blue) will work best in the daytime, while darker hues (think Navy Blue, Charcoal Gray or basic black) are solid choices for an evening affair.
Not all locations are bitterly cold in the winter; some places simply get a bit chilly in the evenings or experience more rain than usual. With that in mind, you want to choose a suit or tux in a fabric that will keep you warm but comfortable. Generation Tux’s suits made of 100% merino wool will do just that.
An event held in an outdoor barn or garden will likely need a more rustic, nature-inspired look, such as a suit with accessories and accents in shades of green, gold, or even a dark orange. Vows held on a hotel rooftop would work better in a more sophisticated style, including a tux with jewel tones accents in red, purple, and royal blue.
Men might want to add a vest to their suit or tux so that they have an extra layer of fabric to help keep them warm. And if you decide to take your jacket off during the reception, you’ll still look dressed up compared to if you were just wearing a dress shirt and tie.
While your jacket can come off if you’re feeling warm during the reception, your dress shirt needs to stay on! So don’t choose anything in a super thick fabric that is going to feel uncomfortable once you start dancing. Instead, go with a soft cotton shirt that is breathable.
Winter is a festive season, so don’t be afraid to experiment with color. Winter wedding colors are deep compared to the light summer colors. When selecting your tie or pocket square go with rich hues in red, green, purple, or blue. Silver is also a sophisticated but celebratory color.
If you’re in a snowy place, chances are you’ll be spending the majority of the time in a heated tent. But you might want to snap some photos standing in the snow, so be prepared. Make sure your footwear is weatherproof—you can always change into a pair of dress shoes afterward.
The cold weather could cause the wrong bloom to wilt before you’re done saying I do. With that in mind, you want to choose a hearty, in-season flower that can survive the colder temps.
You’ll want to invest in some extra pieces to keep you warm during the ceremony and photos. Consider throwing on a fashionable scarf that matches your suit or tux. Since you’re wearing some extra items, keep other accessories to a minimum. A nice pair of cufflinks are really all you need.