9 top style tips for grooms

21 April 2016
By Fashion Quarterly
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Groom Jono wearing Crane Brothers


When it comes to giving advice on men’s style, it’s safe to say Murray Crane is more than qualified. As the founder and owner of made-to-measure suit company Crane Brothers, he’s made a living out of getting guys suited up for all types of occasions – and the fact that he himself dons a two-piece every day (yes, every day) is reason enough to listen up.

With wedding planning season in full swing, we asked Crane to share some of his fail-safe tips for grooms-to-be and their groomsmen. Read his tips below and take inspiration from the Kiwi men whose big day tailoring was courtesy of the man himself.


If you are selecting a wedding suit, with the intention of being able to wear it after the event, go for a dark coloured suit or tuxedo. Versatility and durability are also important factors to be mindful of.

It goes without saying; suits should fit well, and have the right amount of drape and balance. All men differ in shape so play to your strengths and remember that made to measure addresses issues no matter the body type. Get fitted when you’re at your average weight, then the suit will always fit.

Jess and Nathan on their wedding day
Jessica and Nathan were married at the Royal Auckland Golf Club. Photo by Anna Kidman.


Keep in mind that you’ll be looking back at photos in 20 years’ time; therefore avoid high fashion trends. A well-cut two-button, side vented, perennial style or tuxedos are classic styles that will never date.

A groom should complement his bride, as opposed to having everything matching. Small accents such as ties and pocket squares can help to achieve this. A lot of grooms make the mistake of trying to select their groomsmen’s suits prior to selecting their own. You should always focus on your outfit first.

Many dress colours don’t work well with a white shirt, which is one aspect that is easily overlooked. The secret is to get colours that harmonise rather than match perfectly; ivory and bone shirting complement bridal silks well.

Georgie and Tom on their wedding day
Georgie and Tom were married at a private residence on Waiheke Island. Photo by Anna Kidman.


If your wedding is during the summer months or in a tropical destination, comfort is essential. Avoid anything synthetic and wear garments that are crafted from quality natural materials that are lightweight, yet retain their drape.

With accessories, less is more. Get the basics right: a beautiful tie, a well-made pair of shoes, and a good watch. Don’t overdo any one element; a good look is the sum of all the parts.

Be prepared on the day. Baby wipes are fantastic for getting rid of any small blemishes in garments including lipstick and makeup. Have a spare pair of shoelaces on hand and some double sided tape for a hem emergency. These are things that you’ll hopefully never have to use.

Lucy and Jono on their wedding day
Lucy and Jono were married at Boomrock in Wellington. Photo by Anna Kidman.


Pin your corsage on your coat before you put it on. Make sure your shirt cuffs are visible in photos and your tie is straight. Any decent photographer or best man should alert you to these things.

For more Crane Brothers-styled weddings visit crane-brothers.com and check out the winter 2016 issue of Fashion Quarterly – our special weddings section is packed with aisle style for brides and grooms and plenty more big day inspiration.



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