A wedding officiant is a person who creates and performs a memorable wedding ceremony for the bride and the groom. Officiants can make all the difference between a boring and drab ceremony as opposed to an exciting experience up until the bride and groom say the words “I do.”
As an officiant, it is important to remember that all eyes will be focused on you, the bride, and the groom during the wedding ceremony. It is important that you are comfortable and dressed appropriately to show respect to the bride, groom, and wedding guests.
If you are relatively new at this then this article may help you to decide what attire you should wear to the ceremony that you have been asked to conduct. Remember there are a few other things to consider such as the weather, the location, and the theme of the wedding.
Male Wedding Officiant Attire Made Simple
Traditionally a male wedding officiant will wear a black or grey suit coupled with a lighter colored shirt and a tie that is somewhat similar to what the groom and the groomsmen are wearing.
Be careful, though, not to stand too out too much to not distract the guest’s attention from the wedding party.
Here are some helpful tips to shed some light on what a male wedding officiant should wear to the ceremony that he is conducting:
In most cases, it is advisable to ask the bride what she would prefer you to wear. Sometimes a bride may want her officiant to match her wedding which would mean that you would have to wear attire that matches the theme of the occasion.
Bear in mind that you are more than likely going to be in a few of the photos during the photoshoot so it is important to fit in as much as possible while at the same time does not wear something that could be too busy or distracting.
What To Consider When Choosing Your Officiant Attire
If the bride does not have a preference and does not need you to fit in with her theme, then here are a few things that you can use to base your dress attire decision on.
# 1 You Have To Be Comfortable
Nobody wants to see the wedding officiant fumbling with his tie or adjusting his trousers during the ceremony. You are going to be on your feet for the duration of the ceremony so make sure that your attire is comfortable. This goes for your shoes as well.
# 2 Dress According to The Formality and The Venue
Find out if the ceremony is going to take place in a wedding venue or at a church. Sometimes the wedding theme may be extremely formal whereas other brides may go for a more rustic and simpler theme. Ask the bride what her theme is going to be if you are not sure.
# 3 Solid Colors Are Best
The color scheme is important. Ask the bride what her color scheme is going to be as well as what the men in her wedding party are going to be wearing.
It is always better to keep your outfit as neutral as possible. This is so that the bride and groom are the main focus in the room during the ceremony.
This being said, whatever color you wear should be a solid color. Stay away from patterns or stripes. Also make sure that your tie follows suit, so to speak, and that it is a solid and subtle color.
Take Away: Important Points to Remember
- Unless it is going to be a very informal wedding, it is always advisable to dress up for the occasion.
- Do not dress the same as the groom and the groomsmen unless the bride has requested you to do so. If they are wearing tuxedos, then wear a suit.
- A smart black suit is always a good option. You can always play around with shirt and tie options to match the wedding theme.
- When it comes to casual weddings then a pair of dress pants and a button-up shirt are the best way to go.
- At the bride’s request, a pair of good jeans with a button-up shirt can be the perfect attire for a more casual and rustic ceremony.