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The Groom’s Guide to Destination Wedding Attire

Answering your most burning questions about destination wedding fashion for grooms

Close-up of groom with bow tie and boutonniere
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With all the decisions that go into styling a destination wedding, the groom’s look often doesn’t get as much attention. But when you’re marrying abroad, especially in a tropical location, there are several things to keep in mind to ensure the perfect combination of style and comfort. Here are some tips for choosing the right groom’s look for your destination wedding.

Groom in beige suit and bride with flowing sleeves on her dress holding a bouquet of flowers

1. Choose light colors.

When it comes to fashion choices for a wedding, color is the first thing that comes to many grooms’ minds. Along with setting the tone for your wedding look, the colors you choose can make a major difference in your comfort level.

White, beige, and light grey are all great choices for a destination wedding. Not only will they help you stay cool in the heat, but they’ll also look great in photos. If you want a pop of color, try a dusty blue or rose.

Avoid dark colors like black, navy, and dark brown. These colors will absorb more heat, making you more likely to sweat through your clothes.

Bride and groom walk on the beach at sunset

2. Opt for lightweight fabrics.

Just like the color you choose, the fabric you choose will affect your comfort throughout the event. Linen and cotton are your best bets for a destination wedding. They’re breathable, comfortable, and won’t weigh you down in the heat. A beige linen suit with an Egyptian cotton dress shirt is a classic and timeless combination.

Grooms should avoid heavy fabrics like wool and tweed for a destination wedding. They’ll be too hot and uncomfortable in the tropical climate, and you may find it difficult to move in them.

Close-up of men's dress shoes and a tie

3. Tie or no tie?

This is a personal choice, but many grooms opt to forgo the tie for a destination wedding. If you do choose to wear a tie, make sure it’s made from lightweight fabric. And if you choose to go tie-less, undo the top button (or a maximum of two) for a chill, relaxed look.

A bow tie is also a good choice for a summer wedding. It’s often more comfortable than a traditional necktie, and it looks great with a linen suit.

A groom in a black suit with a necktie

4. Accessorize appropriately.

Accessories are a great way to add personal style to your wedding look. But when choosing accessories for a destination wedding, it’s important to consider both function and fashion.

If you’re wearing a suit, a simple kerchief is a great accessory for a destination wedding. They also add a touch of personality and style to your look.

There are many different types of kerchiefs to choose from, so you can find one that perfectly matches your wedding style. A paisley print kerchief is perfect for a vintage or rustic wedding, while a brightly colored silk kerchief is perfect for a more contemporary affair.

When it comes to jewelry, less is more. A simple gold or silver watch is all you need to complete your look.

Groom gets suit fitted by a tailor

5. Make sure your clothes are well-fitted.

One of the most important aspects of any wedding look is fit. No matter how stylish your suit is, it won’t look good if it doesn’t fit properly. Make sure your suit is tailored to your specific measurements for the best results.

If you’re not sure where to start, consider visiting a local tailor or menswear store. The experts there will be able to help you make any necessary adjustments.

Close-up of groom adjusting his dress shoes

6. Don’t forget your footwear.

Your choice of footwear can make or break your destination wedding look. Sandals are a popular choice for grooms, but make sure they’re dressy enough for the occasion. Leather or braided sandals are a good choice.

If you prefer, you can also wear dress shoes, such as brown loafers, with no socks. This is a popular choice for grooms getting married on the beach. Just make sure your shoes are comfortable enough to walk in the sand.

Close-up of a groom's boutonniere

7. Tie your look together with a boutonniere.

From the French word for “buttonhole,” a boutonniere is a small floral decoration worn by the groom on his lapel. It typically consists of a small flower, such as a rose or carnation, and some greenery.

Boutonnieres are not required for a destination wedding, but many grooms choose to wear one anyway. If you decide to wear a boutonniere, make sure it coordinates with the bride’s bouquet.

A white rose boutonniere is a classic choice that goes well with any wedding style. For a more unique look, consider a boutonniere made with a tropical arrangement or even non-floral items, like seashells or starfish.


When it comes to destination wedding fashion, the groom has more choices than what meets the eye. By balancing style and comfort, you can spend your wedding day focused on your spouse, friends, and family, while creating cherished photos and memories to last a lifetime.


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