Style School for Grooms
Unsure of your wedding day style? Take our personality quiz and find out the type of I Do-day duds that will best suit you.
1. WHAT KIND OF VENUE ARE YOU PLANNING TO MARRY AT?
A | I heard there’s this great new loft/warehouse space in the Pearl….
B | Hotel ballroom with lots of glitz and glam
C | 3 days of glamping with 75 of our closest friends
D | Vineyard/farm wedding—we are in Oregon, after all!
2. WHICH BEST DESCRIBES YOUR WEDDING RING?
A | Self-designed
B | Family heirloom
C | Etsy find
D | Found the perfect ring at the perfect price at a shop in town
3. WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL FRIDAY NIGHT WITH YOUR FIANCÉ ENTAIL?
A | If there’s a new restaurant in town—and this is Portland, who are we kidding—we’re there.
B | We’re likely at our favorite spot … with our favorite bottle of wine.
C | Doug Fir, Dante’s, Mississippi Studios—if there’s a show playing, we’re dancing ’til dawn.
D | On our sofa, catching up on Hulu with takeout from our favorite food cart around the corner.
4. YOU’RE IN CHARGE OF WEDDING DAY DRINKS—WHICH DO YOU SELECT?
A | Custom his and hers cocktails created by our cocktail caterer
B | Classic manhattans and negronis for all
C | Gin & tonic bar, with local ingredients, of course
D | All-you-can-drink wine and beer should have us covered
5. WHAT’S YOUR WEDDING DAY GROOMING PLAN?
A | A fresh cut with a personal stylist the week before; clean shave two days prior; and a close pass with the beard-trimmer day-of for swoon-worthy stubble
B | Morning-of hot shave—I want to be as kissably smooth as possible.
C | My fiancé reallyyyy wants me to trim my beard. But what if I just give it a fresh shampoo and douse it with beard oil, instead?
D | Number three on the top and number two on the sides—I’m my own best groomer.
6. WHOSE CELEBRITY STYLE DO YOU MOST ADMIRE?
A | John Legend
B | Daniel Craig
C | Seth Avett
D | Justin Timberlake
7. ANY TRAVEL PLANS FOR AFTER THE WEDDING?
A | Yes! We’re planning a gastronomic adventure across Europe and Asia.
B | We’re currently deciding between the Amalfi Coast and the Côte d’Azur—passport stamps are a must.
C | There’s a double hammock in Honduras calling our name!
D | We’re taking a mini road trip down the Oregon coast with our pup.
Chances are you’re considering a custom suit for your big day. You’ve wanted one for years, and this is the perfect excuse to get it. Plus, owning a suit made to your exact measurements will keep inspiring those workouts—don’t even think about letting out the waistband in a year! We love Portland-local Duchess Clothier and Wildwood & Company, both of which will custom-design and make a suit specific to you.
You’ve got Dean Martin- and Frank Sinatra-size goals. Black tie, white shirt, wing tip oxfords, and fancy pocket squares—you want to look as good as you feel on your wedding day. Head to Marios or Collier clothing—both downtown—for exquisite men’s looks from head to toe.
A powder blue tuxedo? You’re seriously considering it. Plus, it actually gives you something to shop for at the flea, instead of wandering around aimlessly, as you usually do. Better yet, check out Living Threads Vintage downtown or their online Etsy shop for sleek vintage suits, tuxedos, cufflinks, ties, and felt hats, though be prepared to leave with way more than you actually need.
Practical Yet Style-Savvy Shopper
You know what looks good when you see it, but still would rather save your big bucks for the honeymoon, house fund, or even retirement. Luckily, many off-the-rack suits can be perfectly tailored with just a few quickstitches—making you look like a million bucks, even when you know you’ve spent far less. Well-known stores like J. Crew and the Nordstrom Men’s Shop make suit shopping easy, even when you’d rather just be drinking a beer. Also keep in mind a great tie or a pair of colorful socks can add a personal punch to your big-day style, without breaking the bank.