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.


434 Crownhill Road, Plymouth PL5 2QS.
Tel: 01572 350305


Formal suit hire for all occasions from Cameron Ross and Peter Posh, as well as their own stock. Bee Bee Gowns also sell men’s and children’s formal and casual wear, especially for the big and tall. 




5-7 Broad Street, Launceston PL15 8AA
Tel: 01566 772987
Email: [email protected]


David Parish Menswear opened its doors in 1984. It was formerly a branch of Hepworths (now Next) and then manager David Parish was given the opportunity to acquire the business after Hepworths closed. Now over 30 years later,  the name still hangs above the door, though the store is managed by David’s son Richard.

The highly experienced family business specialises in men’s formal hire for that most special of days, with everything from formal morning wear to dress kilts. They also offer bespoke tailoring, so you can have your wedding suit made to measure, as well as carrying a complete range of menswear from top brands.