Dinner Suit for Wedding

Dinner suits for a daytime wedding

When to choose a dinner suit as your wedding suit

This is a question we’ve been asked a lot recently. Gentlemen often come to us with: “I’m getting married at 2pm, is it totally unheard of to wear a dinner suit at this time of day?”

It can work (see the photos of Jake and Carla’s wedding above). But to properly answer that, you need to ask yourself a few questions.

What style of venue are you getting married in? 

If you’re getting married in a church, then a dinner suit is not appropriate and morning tails or a lounge suit is more suitable (pardon the pun). We’ve offer hire wear for both types of suit.


Morning tails                                                                            Lounge Suit

What style of wedding are you having?

If you are opting for a vintage theme, then a dinner suit won’t work as you’d more likely wear a quirky three-piece suit or a tweed suit as shown on our hire page.

As a guide, you can wear a dinner suit when:

  • you’re getting married in a venue that’s incredibly glamorous and formal e.g. a hotel ballroom.
  • your chosen colours are rich or crisp white, then a dinner suit can look very dramatic.
  • you’re getting married in winter.
  • you’re getting married after 6pm in summer

If the answer is yes to any of the above, consider one of our made-to-measure or bespoke creations or hire one of our highly popular Bond dinner suits.

Dark dinner suit

Bond Dinner Suit

In short…

If you’re getting married in the evening, this is the most usual time that you would wear a dinner suit. That said, more and more grooms are opting for it regardless of time of the day they are getting married, so consider the above questions to help you decide whether or not this option will work for you. One wouldn’t be seen wearing a dinner suit in the blazing summer sun, but it is deemed appropriate in winter when it gets dark much earlier. Also, think about the scene you are setting: is it romantic and candlelit? If yes then a dinner suit would work well. And don’t restrict yourself to black, as our featured image suggests – navy works wonders!

Ultimately, it’s your wedding, and they do say rules are there to be broken, so wear what you feel comfortable in and have a ball!

To discuss any questions you have, simply drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help!