Groom Outfit Ideas for Every Type of Wedding Venue

Matching your look to your location can get a little confusing. Luckily, we've got all the info and inspiration you need to make the perfect choice.
by The Knot
Man in a gray suit with a purple gingham shirt and a pale pink tie
Megan Thiele Studios
  1. There's a lot to think about when choosing what you'll wear to get married, but one of the biggest things to consider (after your partner's wishes, of course) is the venue. After all, if you're saying "I do" in front of an ocean, a super-dressy ensemble will look off—while sporting khakis to a luxe hotel wedding will have your guests confused. To make your decision a little easier, we've put together this handy guide to location-appropriate apparel.

  2. Ballroom

    white tie tuxedo
    Reese Moore Weddings

    A traditional black tuxedo (or a nice suit) works for a ballroom wedding. A sharply tailored tux paired with a white dress shirt, black vest or cummerbund, shirt studs and a black bow tie is a timeless classic. Take the formality one step further by switching the black accessories for a white vest and bow tie.

  3. Historic

    Man in a navy blue tux and bow tie
    Jessica Maida Photography

    Make your mark in a sophisticated navy tuxedo or suit and navy bow tie. In this color combo, you'll fit right in with the elegant surroundings—without feeling overly fancy. The more less formal look allows for fun, unexpected accents like navy edging on a white dress shirt.  

  4. Country Club

    groom in light gray suit
    Melissa Robotti Photography

    A light gray three-piece suit is just the thing for a country club wedding. For warmer outdoor ceremony spaces, choose a suit with an open weave fresco that will keep you cool. Add a pop of pattern to your accessories with a darker shade to add some interesting contrast.

  5. Museum, Gallery or Library

    Groom in a black suit and black tux with his bride in a lace dress and fur stole
    Sawyer Creek Photography

    Marry tradition and style in a classic black suit and matching tie. (Bonus: It's a suit you can wear again and again—now that's a smart investment.) Or maybe you're searching for a timeless look with a twist? In that case, swap out the black tie for a silk one in champagne or gold, or a hue that matches your wedding colors.

  6. Vineyard

    Man in a light gray three piece suit with a blue check shirt and a pale green tie and pocket square
    Jennifer Baumann Photography

    For an event taking place in the great outdoors, you can definitely get away with a lighter-colored suit. Give your outfit a playful update by wearing a mint-colored tie and pocket square with a complementary-toned button-down and vest. Or choose a dashing three-piece tweed suit.

  7. Park or Garden

    Guy in a blue gray suit with fall colors in his boutonniere and bow tie
    Anna Lauridsen Kullafoto

    In a gray suit and patterned bow tie, you’ll walk the line between fun and formal. A slightly oversize boutonniere is another creative way to personalize your look.

  8. Private Home/Backyard

    Man in a gray suit with a purple gingham shirt and a pale pink tie
    Megan Thiele Studios

    A taupe suit has a natural feel, fitting for a backyard wedding. To jazz it up, add a printed shirt, like stripes or gingham. For an even more relaxed look, try khakis and a navy blazer. A pair of tasteful leather oxfords will provide the perfect finishing touch.

  9. Beach or Waterfront

    Bride and groom in a nautical setting on a blue stripe couch with driftwood behind them
    Zen Photography

    For a seaside affair, you don't need a super-buttoned-up look. Opt for a more relaxed style in a light-colored khaki or linen suit. Pro tip: When you're by the beach, you can even skip the tie.


    For more menswear inspiration, look here.

    Shop suits and tuxedos for every wedding style here.

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