Many couples today are looking to have a more personal, low-key celebration where they can both save money and take pressure off the wedding experience. Casual weddings also open up more venue ideas. Imagine an elopement or small ceremony in a public park, a small gathering in the back of your favorite restaurant, or even a casual gathering by the shoreline in your favorite beach town. Couples can still look their best, but the sky is the limit when it comes to mixing and matching colors, patterns, and styles.
This casual wedding trend is flipping traditional wardrobe on its head. Vibrant patterns are making their way into the mix, especially floral patterns that incorporate the wedding colors or the natural surroundings of the venue. Maxi dresses are often replacing tailored bridesmaid gowns, giving a soft bohemian look to the bridal party ideal for an easygoing celebration.
These casual looks are not just for the ladies either. Men are tossing out the three-piece suit plan and donning dress pants, white or colored shirts and suspenders. Some choose to add a vest for a slightly more structured style. In some ceremonies, the groom will wear a full suit while the groomsmen will take the more casual look to let him shine in the spotlight.
Couples should be clear to specify the dress code in their invitations. Though the casual trend is on the rise, guests may be concerned about being under-dressed for the event. Let them know on the invitation and your wedding website what level of informality is ideal for your celebration.
Here are a few emerging trends for grooms and groomsmen in the casual wedding movement:
● Themed accessories: Grooms parties are choosing to show off their shared love of comics, sports teams, or making a big statement by matching superhero socks, sports-themed cufflinks, or a mix of vibrant colors in their accessories.
● Outdoor Comfort: When a couple gets hitched surrounded by wildflowers, sandy shores, or surrounded by the towering forest, it’s best to be dressed for the elements. Breathable fabrics, a jacket-free look are balanced by fun accessories.
● Color Layering: Grooms are building their own color palette by layering a pastel button-up with a gray or tan vest. A complementary bow tie, perhaps one that matches the color of their pants or vest, balance out the overall look.
● Comfortable Shoes: Both men and women are opting for dance-floor-friendly shoes. Men’s shoes are getting a bit more casual, at times even going for colorful Chuck Taylor’s that match their bow ties or suspenders.