As in bridal, wedding suits are experiencing a surge in alternative styles, with grooms opting for all different colours, cuts, fabrics and accessories in order to have some fun with their look on the day - and the results are making for some very vibrant wedding albums indeed (see our real weddings section for more!).
Navys and petrol blues have gravitated towards lighter shades of purple and green for the summer months, while check patterns remain a popular choice for those looking for a sharp, somewhat offbeat style.
Velvet and tweeds tend to be big for winter weddings, but can look great during the summer months mixed in with different textures (waist coats, ties...) Ideally you don't want to be wearing a heavy three-piece tweed suit in a heatwave (!) so if you like the 'country gentleman' look, opt for a lighter fabric instead.
Where to buy stylish wedding suits in Ireland
The happy news for grooms on bit of a budget is that many high street stores have recognised the need for wallet-friendly alternatives to the high prices commanded by the formalwear designers whose slick ad campaigns grace the pages of GQ and Esquire, and now offer some wedding-specific collections at a fair price-point. Find yourself a good tailor first, and you're on to a good thing.
Next, River Island and asos.com are all worth a look, and will give you some great ideas for shirt and tie pairings that are maybe a little more out of left field. Their fabrics tend to be lighter too, with some linens even thrown in there for good measure - so for summer or destination weddings they're well suited.
For a little more investment, Remus Uomo (pictured below) and Benetti (pictured above)have some quality collections in for the summer including slick light grey two-pieces, lush lavender shades and gorgeous mix and match options. Both have stockists nationwide, and their new lookbooks are full of inspiration for new style ideas for a modern summer groom and his groomsmen. Visit remusuomo.com and benetti.ie for more.
If you're shopping in Dublin, pop into Louis Copeland & Sons to browse some beautiful tailoring, or for groomsmen hire options try the likes of Dorian Black, Protocol for Men and Aston Formalwear, all within walking distance of Dawson's Street (has this been called 'Dublin's Savile Row yet?) Speaking of, Saville Menswear in Cork stock Remus Uomo among others, and if you're in Galway drop in to David E Menswear. Debonair in Lisburn stocks a good range of highland wear (perfect for summer, no?) and tuxedos, while in Donegal, McElhinneys offers a suit hire service that is well worth a look if you're also thinking of purchasing a wedding dress from their bridal rooms (they offer a 15% discount.)