(dresses from idress.co.nz)
By their very nature, pastels lend themselves to this kind of wedding, so this is where a lot of you pastel-loving brides will find yourselves. I’m a big fan of two piece suits in this situation – they’re smart and classic, but with a bit of a casual twist. Accessorise with bow ties or stylish ties, or lose the neckwear completely and have open shirts. Light colours are perfect – grey is my favourite with ice cream shades, although a soft tan works well too.
If you have a formal wedding in mind, you’re looking at tuxedos or a high end, three piece suit (or even a black two piece). Of course, if you’re having a very formal morning wedding, it’s a proper morning suit with tails for your boys! Darker colours work best, so if you’re matching to mixed pastel bridesmaids, I’d go for a black or charcoal (navy suits are also very hot right now, but be sure that they work with the mix of pastels you have chosen).
You may notice I’ve steered clear of suggesting ways of bringing pastels into your groomswear so far, and that’s because this is one area where a little goes a long way, especially if you want those mismatched pastels to stand out on your bridesmaids (rather than have the groomsmen compete with them). Plus, you definitely want to avoid being too matchy. All it takes are lovely pastel ties or bowties, or even just boutonnieres to highlight but not overkill your colour scheme. But if you’re feeling bolder, options include having groomsmen in mismatched pastel shirts, pastel suits, or seersucker (a very stylish import from our friends across the Atlantic). The truth is that a confident, fashion conscious groom can carry something unusual and unexpected off (especially when his groomsmen go for a more classic colour and style) – but I’m guessing if you’re marrying one of them, he won’t need my advice to begin with ;)