Anyone planning a wedding knows that there are more people to dress for the big day than the bride and groom. The wedding party is also front and center—on the day itself, and in your wedding pics—meaning their outfits need to be on-point. Dressing the guys, in particular, has its challenges: Their looks are typically narrowed down to a limited selection of suits that can feel cookie-cutter if they're not well-considered. But how many different ways are there to wear a suit?
Answer: Way more than you may think. And the right combination of suits and accessories can take a group of guys from ordinary to Instagram-worthy. Pick from the five trends below and the men in your crew will look both on-trend and timeless—just right for wedding photos that will last a lifetime.
1. Three-piece Suits
Don’t want your guys to venture too far from a classic look? A 3-piece suit is polished for the formal ceremony, and post-vows, the vest and shirt—sans jacket—are perfect for tearing up the dance floor. The look comes together with a coordinating tie and pared-back cufflinks: It’s elegant, but not expected.
2. Unique Color
Black, blue, and gray suits are always on the table, but guys looking for extra flair should consider a flashier tuxedo color, like a vibrant rose or emerald green. An unconventional color puts the whole group in the spotlight. Pair with neutral accessories, like a gray tie or a white pocket square, to balance the burst of color—or lean in to a tonal look with color-coordinating accents.
3. Stand-out Grooms
Take a cue from the bride to make the groom feel extra-special: Dress the dads and groomsmen in dark, solid suits and low-key accessories, and save a bold white tuxedo jacket for the groom. Just like a bride in white, this groom will stand out from the crowd.
4. Patterns that Pop
How to level up from a solid suit: Go for a print. When it comes to wedding party-appropriate patterns, everything from tartan plaid to leopard print is fair game. Dress all of the guys in the same pattern, or pick different patterns in the same color family. However they mix and match, this look is an instant winner.
5. Slim-fit Suits
More grooms than ever are opting for tapered suits—and for good reason. Slim-fit suits look fresh, thanks to their more tailored silhouette, and sometimes the best way to create a noteworthy look comes down to a perfect fit and understated accessories. (You know what they say about a sharp-dressed man.) Finish with a bow tie for a modern vibe.