Dapper Gents: 9 Stylish Wedding Day Looks from Real Grooms

These well-dressed men prove the groom's big day ensemble should be anything but standard.
Matti & Clint Gresham: Romantic Wedding at Sodo Park || Seattle Bride

It's likely guests will chatter in anticipation of seeing the bride's gown, but in all the excitement we can't forget the groom. While we expect the bride's look to be fabulous, grooms shouldn't settle for paling in comparison. After all, it's just as much their big day as it is the bride's.

Men have just as many, if not more, options than the bride when it comes to their wedding day attire. There's suits, tuxedos, waistcoats, separates, pocket squares, ties, suspenders, belts, shoes and socks to consider (yes, socks!), which can all uniquely reflect the look and feel of the day and the groom's personality. Simply put, it's easier than you think to avoid looking like the cookie-cutter groom who slipped into whatever suit happened to be hanging in his closet.

Take a cue from a few of our most stylish grooms, rounded up from real weddings across our sister sites.

1. The Classic Tuxedo || Minnesota Bride

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Photography by Justina Louise Photography || Attire: The Black Tux

If you're looking for that timeless appeal, consider the tuxedo. It's classic and chic. When paired with the right details it's versatile and lends itself well to a Gatsby-esque evening with a modern edge.

2. Fun with Fabric || California Wedding Day

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Photography by Trecreative Film & Photo 

Finding yourself bored with traditional fabrics? Aim for a vintage look with a structured herringbone suit. Playing with fabric can make your look a standout success.

3. Stylish Separates || California Wedding Day

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Photography by: Sweet Tea Photography

It's all about the details. For added flair, choose a bold, trendy piece that shows off who you are. Add one or two accessories like a flashy watch and stylish shades for a unique and modern look.

4. Silver Fox || Oregon Bride

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Photography by Hazelwood Photo || Attire: Ralph Lauren

If your big day vision feels more casual than black tie, a grey suit is a smart option, as you'll likely wear it again. To standout from the groomsmen, add a matching waistcoat.

5. Never Go Wrong with Navy || Wisconsin Bride 

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Photography by Jenna Kutcher || Attire: Express

If grey doesn't catch your eye, navy has long been a go-to trend. Pair with polished brown shoes to hint at the days when men never left the house without a hat and mustache. 

6. The "Other" Black Tie || Seattle Bride

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Photography by Anna Simonak Photography

Black suits will never go out of style. Look neat and polished in a black suit with a fresh boutonniere for a dash of color.

7. Color Code || Minnesota Bride

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Photography by Kate Botwinski Photography || Attire: Men's Wearhouse

While we love the traditional look of darker hues, lighter options can be just as striking. Stand out from the wedding party with your bride by considering a soft palette. As long as the cut is classic, you can't go wrong with a lighter shade.

8. Layers & Patterns || Wisconsin Bride

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Photography by Willow & Stone Photography || Attire: Jazz Man's Clothing

Who says men's formalwear can't be colorful? Don't be afraid to mix and match colors and patterns using vests, shirts, and ties. Layer for an intentionally unique look.

9. Monochromatic Man || Oregon Bride

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Photography by Hazel Eye Photography || Attire: Black Lapel

Keep things simplistic and elegant by sticking to one color for your suit, tie and vest.