One of our website sliders states- THE GROOM MATTERS! It’s amazing that this even had to be stated, but it does, because many people forget the groom in all the hustle and bustle of the wedding planning. One of the most important things to do after you buy your suit is to get it altered. (And I’m assuming your buying a suit. If not, that is an entirely different post…) If you completely ignore the fit of your suit, you run the risk of being bathed in way too much fabric and having it recorded for posterity in print and video. Hanging or playing on your living room wall. #2 Don’t: Don’t skip getting inexpensive alterations done for the groom!
You can find wonderful people in any city or town who will happily and beautifully perform simple adjustments to your suit that will make you look like a million bucks.
And it will cost you very little.
You can also make new friends. I love the seamstresses and tailors I have worked with in the past. Expect to pay $15-75 for alterations, and we recommend considering the following:
Pants length. Your inseam should be altered unless you were extremely lucky. Make sure you bring a recent picture (even on your phone is better than nothing!) of a guy wearing a suit that fits well in case your idea of ideal length is different from your tailors. The more experienced (read ‘older’ tailors) will have amazing skills but they may not realize your not looking for a mid-90s fit. Read the first article in this series regarding yards around the ankle. Hole in the wall places are often the best.
Sleeve length. This is another big one. You want the sleeve to fall right where your wrist moves.
A lot of other alterations can be done, or skipped, depending on what shape you are and what size and shape your suit is (and what sizes were available when you bought the suit). If you bought a classic business suit for your wedding (I don’t recommend this, but it can work depending on what you choose), consider getting the wrist and arm, leg and ankle tapered slightly to be more modern and fitting. Also business suits tend to be more business like– longer jacket length and loose legs.
I hope this quick overview of alterations gives you a place to start. Would love to see your comments on what you’ve experienced or are wondering about!