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Lady Gabriella Windsor and Thomas Kingston. Photo courtesy of Luisa Beccaria
As it happens every year, the first sunny days mark the beginning of the wedding season.
Whether you are the happy groom, the father of the bride or one of the guests, you want to look your best on such a wonderful occasion, right? Not sure what to wear or, know what to wear but want to double check if you made the right choice? No problem, just keep reading our guide.
First of all, read the invitation, if there is a dress code specified, please do follow it; do not show up in a morning suit at an informal beach wedding, or in a sand linen suit at a formal evening wedding.
In the last 12 months, we had three big royal weddings where you can find some great fashion inspiration; Prince Harry and Meghan, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and the most recent, Lady Gabriella Windsor, daughter of the Austrian Princess Micheal of Kent, and Thomas Kingston.
Tuxedo or tails for evening weddings
Prince Philip and King Felipe of Spain
The tailcoat is worn on festive occasions from 6 pm on, but you may wear it to evening weddings that begin at around 4 pm, and when specified on the dress code, to the dinner party before or after the religious ceremony. The elegant tuxedo suit consists of a waist-long jacket with knee-long tails, which is worn open, tailored trousers with side silk ribbons and worn with suspenders and never with a belt, a white shirt with piqué chest, white tie and the tailcoat vest.
Morning suit or cut for day weddings
Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi at Lady Gabriella's wedding.
The cutaway is the formal suit for a wedding during the day, and you shouldn’t wear it later than 6 pm. The cut consists of a grey or black morning coat with tails, grey or grey and black striped trousers, a white or light-blue shirt with double-cuff worn with cufflinks, and a vest and tie that can be light grey or coloured. Wear black Oxford shoes. Make sure never to wear a belt, cummerbund or a bow tie with your morning suit!
Suit for semi-informal weddings
Prince Charles and his sons, the Dukes of Cambridge and Sussex, at the Commonwealth Day service
For a more casual wedding or when stated "suit" on the invitation, you can wear a smart navy, dark grey or black suit but avoid light colours like the very light grey suit that George Clooney wore to Prince Harry and Meghan’s wedding unless it’s a relaxed beach ceremony. A three-piece suit is a good option for a wedding. Wear tie and handkerchief that go well together but do not match them exactly, that’s tacky.
The newlyweds, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, on their way to their wedding party
Do not wear a black tie to the church but when stated on the invitation, to the dinner party before or after the religious ceremony, as Prince Harry did to continue celebrating the happy occasion in style.
If you do not own a Tuxedo or morning suit, the best places to rent one in Vienna are: