Right, you’ve done the easy bit in asking your other half to marry you, now for the hard part: planning the wedding. What stressful chaos have you just unleashed into your peaceful life…
Hold it, who said it has to be difficult or even hard work? You just need to know where to look. We’ve compiled a list of 26 great websites for the groom-to-be to check out so you can save time and hassle finding the must-haves for your big day. Then you’re free to concentrate on the more manly stuff (“Right, who’s ready for a stag do?!”).
You ask one little question and now you have to buy a whole new suit because “apparently,” your lucky T-shirt isn’t suitable (despite the fact that it helped you win/watch an FA Cup and was with you for all three latest Star Wars movies!).
The Vintage Suit Hire
Fellas, long gone are the days of the groom’s suit comprising of a dull black jacket with a waistcoat, white shirt and a tie. The guys at Vintage Suit Hire are bringing the flair to the party with their old-school, retro suits which are all sorts of dapper. Available to hire or purchase, not only are they easy on the eye, but they’re also easy on the old wallet which means you’ll have more money for things like floral arrangements and embroidered handkerchiefs.
Cad & The Dandy
With thousands of clothes and styles to choose from and an expert team of bespoke tailors at your service, you’ll easily be able to craft an ideal suit befitting of your big day. The specialists at Cad & The Dandy will guide you through each step of the journey, from your initial consultation until you have your final masterpiece. Who said all the focus has to be on the bride?!
No show in recent years has had more of an impact on men’s fashion than the epic BBC series, Peaky Blinders. Tommy Shelby not only established himself as a kingpin in the gangster underworld of interwar Britain, but he’s also blazed a trail for men’s fashion in the 21st century. Now, thanks to Garrison Tailors, who are spearheaded by creator and writer Steven Knight, you can get the authentic Blinders look for your big day. “By orderrrrr of the Peaky Blinders!”
If you’re building your look from scratch and sourcing each part individually, you’re going to need a dynamite waistcoat to bring it all together. At Hockety’s you can get a tailored, custom made waistcoat to go with the rest of your clobber. Whether you want tweed, wool, velvet, polyester, corduroy, linen, three buttons, six buttons, a breast pocket, whatever (not literally whatever, they probably can’t make it from Yeti fur or Elton John’s wig), they have you covered.
There’s no point going all out on a flash suit if you’re going to let yourself down with some naff kicks. Why go to all the effort of a dynamite outfit and neglect the shoes? You can judge a man by his shoes (flip-flop Pete we’re looking at you!).
With a mantra of ‘affordable luxury, for all’ Loake Shoemakers seemed like an appropriate place to begin our hunt for that perfect pair of wedding shoes. This family-run institution has been in the Loake family for five generations and they estimate they have crafted over fifty-million pairs in that time. That’s enough to give the whole population of Australia two pairs each. It’s safe to say these sole brothers really do know how to make the perfect wedding shoe.
If you’re plumping for a vintage suit, you’ll need some suitably vintage kicks to match, and the clever soles at Goodwin Smith’s boast a great wedding range from run-of-the-mill classics to slightly quirkier, head-turning designs. Forget about all that ‘bride-being-the-centre-of-attention’ nonsense, this wedding is about two people and you’re going to look you my man are going to look goooooood.
London Sock Company
C’mon fellas, it’s about time you bin those grimy socks you’ve been clinging on to for seven years (they haven’t been lucky since England lost to Iceland in Euro 2016). It’s a long day, you need style and comfort. We’re big fans of the guys at the London Sock Company who have an outstanding selection of socks available and, quite frankly, if they’re good enough for James Bond, they’re good enough for you (yep, Daniel Craig himself wears them!).
Ties, Pocket Squares & Accessories
Now you have the basics covered, it’s time for a few finishing touches, some panache, some artistry, some flair. John Lennon’s specs, Tupac’s bandana, Pharrell’s top hat, your new pocket square…
Ties and accessories can make or break a suit. You can have the most outrageous gear going, but if your tie and your pocket square don’t go, it will have all been a chronic waste of time and money. So don’t scrimp on quality, head on over to James Alexander’s and have a gander at the fantastic range of ties, bow ties, pocket squares, cufflinks and braces on offer. If you’re going for an alternative look, check out their new selection of wooden bow ties.
Turnbull & Asser
‘For the man who has everything, a bold and brilliant silk pocket square leaves a flamboyant finish’. Well, you’ve heard it from the experts, Turnbull & Asser have 125 pocket squares from subtle, classic designs to attention-grabbing, colourful creations which will add a big dose of flair to your wedding attire. Just like the cherry on top of the cake, the pocket square is the final flourish which can elevate a good suit to a ‘grab-a-fire-extinguisher-and-put-it-out-because-it-is-fire’ suit!
A good pair of braces can literally and figuratively hold up your awesome wedding outfit. When that suit jacket comes off as you’re pulling out the robot during your first dance with your new wife, you’re going to want to make sure you’re still looking on point. The folks at Wiseguy Suspenders are the experts when it comes to braces and their products are of the highest quality and all handmade.
Particularly if you’re looking for the vintage look, a good pocket watch can tie the whole thing together. Dalvey’s range of timepieces are not only classic and cool, but they also won’t break the bank, which is a welcome bonus in the world of wedding planning. It’s also a practical purchase because let’s face it if you’re late by even a millisecond you’re going to be in the bad books from day one of marital life. There’s plenty of time for that later on…
We’ve had this one up our sleeve for a while (see what we did there?). Cufflink Man is home to, you guessed it, a great selection of cufflinks from traditional wedding designs to amazing personalised pieces. That’s right, you can get the emblem of your favourite football team, your favourite superhero or even a photo of anything you wanted. You could have a picture of your dog, wife, Yogi Bear, whatever! Get creative, fellas.
More than any else you’ll be seen with at your wedding (apart from the new Mrs obvs), is the ring, the ring that you’ll be wearing for the rest of your life so you’ve got to make the right decision. Check out the experts.
Eco Wood Rings
We love the guys at Eco Wood Rings and we’ll continue to shout about them as both ecowarriors and trend-setting creative genius. Their rings are crafted from sustainable materials and brilliantly unique and eco-friendly wedding bands which will separate you from the crowd. You’ll also be doing your bit and showing your love for the planet.
If a classic ring is your jam, Beaverbrooks is a great place to start. They have a range of high-quality wedding bands which will stand the test of time and keep their sheen for life. Whether your preference is gold, silver, platinum, Celtic, hammered, crosshatch, they’ve got it and it won’t cost you and arm and a leg (or years of ugly finger misery for that matter).
Manly Bands have roundhouse kicked boredom and banality out of wedding ring design and replaced it with a hefty dollop of originality and outright epicness. The written word does these bad boys little justice so you’re going to want to head on over to their website and check them out for yourselves. Unique and new levels of zing, their rings are forged by legends.
You’ve got your suit, you’ve got your shoes, you’ve got your accessories, you’ve got your rings, but, beard and barnet are definitely letting the side down. Don’t panic! There’s still time. Check out these great grooming companies who can come to the rescue.
If you’re looking for some top-quality razors to whip off that facial fluff, then the guys at Cornerstone have you covered. Experts in shaving, you can design what we really love is you can create your own customised shaving package and they’ll deliver it directly to your door. Fellas, it’s your wedding day, one-pound supermarket blades won’t cut the mustard, let alone any hair. You need to be looking as sharp as a Cornerstone blade.
If you’re a fan of the lumberjack-inspired face fuzz, it can’t be an unkempt mess on your big day, invest in some grooming products so you can twizzle and twist it into glorious shape. With everything from beard balm, beard oil, beard wash and beard softener to specialised brushes and wax you’ll be able to fashion a chin full of win quicker than you can say ‘is that a cornflake in my mutton chop?’
Mankind Male Grooming
There’s no point sorting out your facial hair if your Elton John’s in complete disarray. Mankind Male Grooming is a pioneer in the field and offers a range of dazzling products which will ensure your quiff sticks, your mohawk keeps hawking and your afro lasts the duration. With supplements, oils, thickeners and fibres, shampoos, enhancers and conditioners you’ll be able to spike, part, slick and stick whatever style or look you so desire.
Yes, your day is all about you and the bride-to-be, no one’s trying to take that away from you, but it would be nice to thank those who have helped you get to this point. The guys who have been by your side through thick and thin, through hell and high water, through that epic stag weekend. It’s time to commemorate the boys and get them a little thank you gift for being the legends they are.
The Whisky Shop
Nothing says thanks quite like a personalised, engraved whisky bottle and the folks at The Whisky Shop provide a bespoke service to craft the perfect gift for your brilliant groomsmen. With an unrivalled range of award-winning whisky, these customised presents will not only last for the duration of their contents (which won’t be long because they’re so good), but they’ll also be cherished for a lifetime. “That’s the spirit!”
Farrar & Tanner
A great memento for your groomsmen, these vintage hip flasks by Farrar & Tanner make for a thoughtful and pretty epic gift. Any groom with his thinking cap on can dish these out prior to the wedding so one of his trusty groomsmen can bring along a jar of Dutch courage to help calm any pre-wedding jitters you’ll be feeling on the day (obviously take it easy)!
There are no hard and fast rules which state you have to get your groomsmen personalised gifts, but it does show you’ve put that little bit of extra thought into it and haven’t just quickly bought a few things from a petrol station on the day. At Snakehive, they have a sleek selection of customisable leather phone cases which don’t cost a lot but look a million dollars.
Earth Wood Goods
A quirky, off-the-wall selection of gifts, the guys at Earth Wood Goods have an amazing array of crafted wooden watches and sunglasses which your groomsmen can don on the day if you’re going for a vintage vibe. Hell, forget the groomsmen, check these guys out for yourself, some of their items could really elevate that final look to new levels of boss.
If we were to be thanked, perhaps for making an incredible groom’s guide, we’d love nothing more than a case of beers in a variety of styles and strengths, so we’re sure your groomsmen would love it, too. At Beer 52 you can order a case of delicious beers which will then be delivered straight to their door. No hassle, no fuss. Just a door-to-door beer delivery service. It’s what dreams are made of.
Now for just a couple of other things which may not have crossed your mind yet…
Wedding Speech Builder
I regret to inform you it isn’t just the best man who has to come up with a killer speech which splits everyone’s sides open. You’re also going to have to get up there and dazzle the crowd. That not only means making everyone laugh, it means impressing the in-laws and also bringing a tear to your newly-wed’s eye. No pressure then. Fear not though, with the help of professional comedy writers at the Wedding Speech Builder you can come up with that epic speech in no time.
Premier Carriage Wedding Cars
Some people may say there’s something quite cool about turning up to your wedding in that twenty-year-old Volvo estate you have, other’s may not, this may or may not include your fiancé (pssst, it definitely does). Boasting over seven-hundred vehicles, Premier Carriage Wedding Cars have you covered. Turn up in style in a vintage model or go full 007 and cruise in a DB9.
The Champagne Company
Prosecco won’t do on your big day if you’re going to pop on the big day you need to do it properly. The Champagne Company is a fantastic online supplier who provides premium wines, spirits and champagne to all corners of the UK. From Dom Perignon to Pol Roger they stock an extensive selection of bubbly so you can celebrate in style. We’ll drink to that!