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Themed Weddings—How To Dress For The Occasion

1 November, 2017

De-coding the dress code—we’ve got the low-down on how to dress for the most popular wedding themes.

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The Garden Cocktail Wedding

Few wedding settings are as consistently eye-catching as a garden wedding. The colours and scents of the flowers, the trickling water features, the buzz of the bees, all make for an unforgettable occasion.

When dressing for a cocktail style garden wedding, dress for the weather, not your surroundings. Keep it classic with a navy two or three piece suit, white shirt and dark tie—this outfit is timeless, and rather than competing with the wisteria for attention, you will make a very cool contrast with your surroundings, whilst still looking sharp.

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InStitchu’s picks for the best three garden wedding locations in Australia:

Gardens House, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: If it’s olde world charm you’re after Gardens House has it in spades. Built in 1854, Gardens House is set in a lush landscape of historic gardens. Perfect for the kind of wedding where you turn up in a white 1930s Royce; preferably from your own private garage.

Waldara, Oberon: Not so much a garden as a splendid slice of Australian bushland. This unique wedding venue features beautiful gardens where you can say ‘I do’ to the chorus of Kookaburras. As a wet weather back up or perhaps for the reception, Waldara have hand crafted a beautiful wooden barn. Only a sprig of wattle in the boutonniere will suffice.

Chinese Garden of Friendship, Sydney: For a venue with a touch of the Orient, these striking gardens at Darling Harbour make an exotic spot to exchange vows. The garden features forests of bamboo, glistening waterfalls, carp filled lakes, hidden pathways, and a traditional Chinese tea house. Garden pavilions can accommodate up to 120 guests.   

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The Beach Wedding

The answer is linen—lightweight and breathable, linen lends itself perfectly for a summer, beach wedding with soaring temperatures. Utilise a lighter palette, and ditch the tie in favour of an open collar linen shirt and pocket square. For tropical, humid locations, consider a three piece suit, including jacket, pants and vest—if you take off your jacket due to the heat, you will still look smart in your vest.

Another style to consider is suit separates (exactly as it sounds—a two-piece suit comprising of jacket and pants worn as a full set or mixed and matched as separates.) Because each piece will be tailored to your body type, the separates will look like they belong together. The overall look for suit separates is a more casual style, perfect for a beach themed wedding.

Even though it’s a hassle in the sand, one should always wear shoes to a wedding, even a beach wedding! We recommend choosing something close to a suede boat-shoe or slip-on style leather shoe, with no socks.

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InStitchu’s picks for the three best beachside wedding locations in Australia:

Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays: Hands down the most spectacular beach in Australia, if not the world. Picture a perfect arc of white sand, edged by turquoise water and palm trees. An 8-minute chopper flight from Hamilton Island, this stunning location is suitable for groups of up to ten people.

Bondi Beach, Sydney: While you are not technically allowed to marry on the sand of Australia’s most iconic beach, you can still tie the knot in the park adjacent. Waverly Council allows groups up to 20 people, without needing special permission. Honeymoon Bay, Freycinet, Tasmania: Perhaps the most gorgeous coastal spot in the nation, there are many sandy beaches to choose from, but we rather like the name Honeymoon Bay. Surrounded by National Parks, it’s perfect for outdoorsy types.

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The Black Tie Wedding

A black tie wedding means you absolutely MUST wear a tuxedo. What it doesn’t mean is that you can get away with wearing the old black suit that you wore to your aunt Sue’s wake four years’ ago.

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The traditional tuxedo is a timeless wedding outfit and there’s no denying that the tuxedo has reached its golden age once again, due to rising ‘dapper culture’. A custom, tailored tux screams sophistication and elegance with brilliant construction, however when it comes to your choice of tuxedo, you can get ever so slightly creative. For a modern twist, try a midnight navy blue tuxedo, paired with a French cuffed tailored tuxedo shirt, bow-tie, pocket square and some evening slippers.

The Creative Wedding

We all have that one mate, the one who always dresses with a twist, the one who always suggests the out-of-the-box ideas... why would his wedding be any different? Creative weddings are often the most fun, with the most room to play with—think, backyard weddings, a wedding in a theme park, or even on a boat.

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These unconventional weddings call for some style with a twist—ditch the classic black tuxedo, and opt for eye-catching colour palettes such as maroons, brighter blues, and even pastels or make it more relaxed with chinos and a bright sports jacket. And finally, don’t forget to accessorise, pocket squares that pop, and bright bow ties are always the most creative way to decorate your look.

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