Fall, like spring, is prime time for a wedding. Venues tend to charge their highest rates during these “high” seasons, largely as a result of weather. September, in fact, is one of the most popular months of the year for a wedding, period.
This isn’t surprising. It’s nice outside in the fall! The air is crisp but not cold, so it’s easy for a guy to wear a jacket and tie all night and be perfectly comfortable. Why wouldn’t you want to get married in the fall?
There are a number of things to consider: formality level, time of day, venue, and your role in the event. We’ll go over each of these things below.
The first decision that you and your fiancé need to make is how formal you’d like the affair to be. Are you both “get married in a ballroom” people or more “have a wedding in a backyard” people?
Another element to consider is the actual time of day of the wedding. Theoretically, this has more of an effect on your choice of formalwear, but it’s still something to think about when dressing informally.
Formal Daytime Weddings: Wear Morning Dress
Any formal event during the day, regardless of season, requires morning dress. Don’t let the name confuse you, morning dress isn’t just for mornings. It’s for any daytime formal event that occurs before 6pm. We admit that morning dress is rare in the United States, and it’s much more common to wear a tuxedo to a formal wedding, regardless of its timing. This is part of a larger trend in the U.S. that has blurred the lines between day and night in terms of formality. In Britain and the Commonwealth, morning dress is more properly adhered to.
If you wear a tuxedo during the day, you are technically dressed formally, but inappropriately for the time of day. The degree to which this is an issue for you and your fiancé is not our place to say, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t directly state that to do so would be dressing incorrectly.
Our feelings on rented clothing are well-documented on our wedding home page. In short, we strongly discourage renting clothing for a wedding. For morning dress, however, we can make a concession. Given its rarity, if you decide you’d like to wear a morning coat, it’s unlikely that you’ll wear one ever again so go ahead and rent one.
Formal Evening Weddings: Wear A Tuxedo
Short answer: wear a tuxedo.
If you choose to have a formal wedding in the evening, you have by default put yourself into a tuxedo. This should actually allow you to breathe a sigh of relief, as the options for tuxedos are much more limited than those for suits and are thus easier to handle.
In the event of chillier weather -a late October wedding, for example- a three-piece tuxedo will be both handsome and functional, keeping you a bit warmer.
Though we relax our rules around rented clothing for morning dress, we firm them right back up again with regard to tuxedos. A proper one can be purchased relatively cheaply nowadays, and you and your party will look better for it. This ease of acquisition also applies to guests invited to a black tie wedding.
Informal Daytime: Wear A Suit
By “informal,” we mean a suit or something even more casual. The beauty of a wedding is that you don’t have to wear your staid navy blue suit if you don’t want to. This is an opportunity to have a bit of fun, especially if you have a closet full of navy and grey that you wear to work. Ever wanted to wear a boldly-patterned suit like a windowpane or a plaid? Now’s your chance. Curious how you’d look in a double-breasted waistcoat? With no boss or clients to appease, you can let your personality shine through to the extent that you feel inclined to do so.
You can let your peacockishness come through even more during the day. Even though it’s autumn, your daytime colors can be a bit bolder than your nighttime ones. The gentleman in the above image did a great job with this.