PSA for guys, gals and everyone in between: you do not have to wear a black tuxedo for your elopement day! I repeat: when choosing a suit color for your elopement, it does not need to be black!
It’s happened multiple times: the Suit Wearing Type has internalized that weddings mean white dresses and black tuxes. The look is plastered on stickers, cake toppers and all matter of wedding paraphernalia. So when it comes time to choose a suit color, Suit Wearing Type is on autopilot, browsing bland black tuxedos.
THERE IS A BETTER WAY!!
So, for the vastly underserved Suit Wearing Type, here is a wedding blog for you. Here are important questions and tips to guide your suit color decision making.
If this is an important point for you, here is my professional opinion. As a photographer, light is the most important element in photography. Literally, it is maybe the ONLY element of photography. The thing about black is, it absorbs all the light.
For that reason, it tends to render flat and featureless in photos. Put that next to a bright white dress that reflects light outdoors with the strength of a million suns, you end up with a visually disjointed subject.
Black suits and tuxes are hard to photograph next to bright white wedding dresses. They also are quite harsh and stiff for the vibe of outdoor elopements. You’ll always be the darkest thing in the frame, and it just doesn’t look as good as a lighter grey, blue or stone color.
Different locations will have different color schemes. Consider the location you’ll be at, and which colors will compliment the surroundings.
Time of year can change the look of a place a lot. You may consider more “spring” colors to match the blooming wildflowers and greenery, vs. “fall/winter” colors when leaves start to change.
You can go with colors that match the scenery, or intentionally contrast against it. This makes your look overall more bold and eye-catching.
If your partner already has ideas in mind, or has their outfit picked out, consider what looks good against that. If you’re not super partial to any one look, let them pick their aesthetic first. Then you can just sync up with them!
There is an entire TikTok subgenre of people who go get their “colors” professionally picked out. All that is to say, some colors are going to compliment your skin, eyes and hair better than others. Usually, people know at least one of these colors (or just ask your partner/auntie/mom). Pick a color that enhances your skin’s natural undertones and brings out your eyes.
Maybe most importantly, pick colors you feel good in. Yeah, pink suit guy is a vibe, but pink suit guy also HAS a vibe. If that vibe is not you, then don’t feel pressure to be someone your not. This is your wedding day, and your experience and comfort is the most important thing. If you’re choosing a suit color circle and keep circling back to that black tux, then damn it, rock that black tux! I’m here for it.
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