How to dress the father of the bride

Marina Licht of ever-so-fashionable wedding blog, Style & the Bride, reveals how to ensure your dad looks the part on your big day

How to dress the father of the bride
Style up a plain suit with a bright buttonhole. Image: iStock

Need some father or the bride style advice? Here's how to get your dad looking sharp on your wedding day!

In the flurry of getting engaged, going wedding dress shopping with your mum and bridesmaids, it can be all too easy to forget about your poor dad. All too often the father of the bride gets overlooked in the lead up to his daughter’s big day, and this should be of course avoided. After all, this is the man who was probably taught you to ride your first bike, comforted you when your first boyfriend dumped you for your best friend etc. Surely he deserves a little bit of your attention in the lead up to your big day?


No doubt he is feeling emotional that his ‘little girl,’ (yes you may be 29), but in his eyes, you will always be his ‘little girl,’ is getting hitched, so it is important to ensure that he feels confident in what he wears on your wedding day.

According to Moss Bros, the most important thing to remember when suit hunting, is that the man is aware of his body shape and chooses an outfit that is flattering. "A well fitting suit can hide a multitude of sins - even with men who are more portly, or have 'grown into themselves," they advise. A well fitting waistcoat will give the wearer a more streamlined figure; ensuring that any waistcoat is long enough to cover the top of the waistband is imperative in achieving this distinguished look. Similarly, suit jackets with side vents can be worn by most people, they are particularly good for larger gentlemen as they tend to have a nicer drape.


Just like your mother will tailor her outfit to your wedding dress code, it goes without saying that your father should do the same. In other words, if the dress code is black tie, he should obviously wear a black tie suit. However, to make him stand out and feel extra special, a nice touch would be to get him to wear a different coloured flower buttonhole to the ushers and groom.

If the dress code is lounge suit, it is important that he looks like he is going to his daughter’s wedding, rather than a business meeting. Try adding a pop of colour with ties, pocket squares or even socks!


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