Menswear blurb EtiquetteMen’s Formal Hire
in Devon & Cornwall

Traditional morning coat or Prince Edward jacket? Striped trousers or herringbone? Black or navy? Cravat or tie? And then there’s the waistcoat…

Grooms have never had so much choice and they’re revelling in it.For a formal wedding, the men in the bridal party usually wear traditional morning dress in black or grey – if you’re choosing black, it’s usually teamed with grey pinstripe trousers and a grey waistcoat – and it’s usually teamed with a wing-collared shirt and cravat. Top hats and gloves are invariably carried, not worn and a pair of well-polished black shoes completes the outfit.

But the choice doesn’t stop there. Instead of the formal tailcoat, grooms are increasingly choosing the flattering Prince Edward jacket or the stylish Nehru jacket.

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Whatever you choose, there’s a dazzling array of stunning waistcoats to stamp your personal style on the outfit. Choose one which will co-ordinate with the bridesmaids’ outfits so the bridal party presents a co-ordinated look.

Then there’s traditional Highland dress for grooms with Scottish connections or, if you’re uncomfortable with so much formality, a lounge suit is equally acceptable.

Most grooms choose to hire their formal outfits – but do make sure you choose a reputable outfitter, who will fit you properly. It’s a good idea for the bride and groom to go for the initial consultation on their own. Then they can choose exactly what the men in the bridal party are going to wear.

Arrange a fitting for everyone well in advance of the big day and expect to pick up your suits a couple of days before the wedding. If you’re going on honeymoon immediately after the wedding, do organise for all the hired suits to be returned a couple of days later.


31-32 South Street, Exeter EX1 1EB
Tel: 01392 411246


With their fantastic selection of suits to buy, or hire from their dedicated suit hire department, Jonathan Hawkes has all the styles and sizes, so that every member of the wedding party can be catered for. The local company, a suit specialist in Exeter for over 36 years, prides itself on giving that extra care and personal attention that guarantees a touch of style, class and individuality, whatever the occasion.

Whether you are looking for a slim modern fit, a traditional tailcoat or a touch of ‘Peaky Blinders’, Jonathan Hawkes has a huge choice of suits in a range of colours, alongside a wide range of waistcoats and accessories.


2 Saltash Road, Keyham, Plymouth PL2 1qt
Tel: 01752 558858
Email: [email protected]


Formal hire from Marc Darcy and Cavani, which covers every style from traditional top hat and tails to Peaky Blinders suits.


7 Roman Walk, Princesshay, Exeter  EX1 1GN
Tel: 01752 558858
Email: [email protected]


Sharif Mirzad Tailoring in Exeter is where your wedding dream becomes a reality. With over 25 years of experience in high quality tailoring, they specialise in creating and altering wedding gowns and suits to perfection. Their commitment is to provide impeccable fit and style, ensuring every bride and groom feels their best on their special day.

From intricate gown adjustments to bespoke suit crafting, Sharif Mirzad’s skilled tailors can handle all your needs with unmatched expertise.
They understand the importance of deadlines and promise to deliver your perfectly tailored attire on time.

Experience the blend of traditional Savile Row style with friendly, local service. Visit them for a consultation and let them tailor your vision of elegance for your wedding day.