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A Tailors Guide to Designing your Bespoke or Made-to-Measure Wedding Suit

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A Guide To Designing Your Wedding Suit

When designing your bespoke or made to measure wedding suit, we want to make sure you have an amazing experience, choosing every detail from start to finish in our luxurious store in Wilmslow, just outside of Manchester.

At Whitfield & Ward, we know that designing a bespoke suit is not something you do every day – it’s often a once in a lifetime experience, much like your first date or buying your first car.

Read on for advice on everything you need to know, from how to get it right and more importantly, how to design your perfect bespoke wedding suit.

A Bespoke Suit or Made-to-Measure Suit?

A made to measure suit is taken from a standard design and gives you a pre-set starting point with the benefit of a tailored fit. A bespoke suit is designed and made from scratch using full body measurements and is based on the client’s exact design specification.  Either of these options will give you a perfectly tailored suit designed to fit and flatter your build – your decision will depend on the level of customisation you desire and of course, your budget.

Think About Your Suit Style?

Men’s wedding suit style has seen a dramatic shift in recent years, with a well tailored lounge suit becoming a more popular choice over classic morning suits. Should you decide to go for a bespoke lounge suit, you need to consider how formal you want to go.

Traditionally, a formal wedding suit features a peak lapel and covered buttons, whereas a business suit may feature a notch lapel and bone buttons. At Whitfield and Ward, we don’t believe in sticking to the rules – our advice is to design a suit that is multifunctional, one that is completely personal to you and can be worn at any occasion with a few accessory changes, such as a waistcoat or pocket square as you can see in the 3 images below.

A collage showing a navy suit jacket with different style and colour waistcoats and ties.

If you’re looking to make a statement at your wedding, we’ll help you to design the perfect bespoke suit that will make you feel confident and stand the test of time.

Do your Style Research

Before you start the design process for your bespoke or made to measure suit, do your research by gathering images from Google, Pinterest or Instagram. To get the best out of your suit design appointments, we recommend that you create a collection of looks and suit features you like. Below are some of the key styling options to consider in your research.


Jacket Style: Single breasted (with 1 or 2 buttons) or double breasted

Lapel Style & Width: Notch, peak or shawl

Pockets: Flap, ticket or jetted – cut straight or on a slant

Trouser Style

Classic pleated

Slim or super slim cut (with a choice of belt loops or side adjusters)


The classic options are single breasted, double breasted (with or without lapel) or scoop front but we can create any custom design.


Finally, you can really give your bespoke wedding suit the wow factor, by adding your own personal touch with the following features:

Lining & piping


Buttons & buttonholes

Under collar melton

A collage showing the different waistcoat styles available at Whitfield and Ward.

Find Yourself a Good Tailor

Designing a bespoke wedding suit is a one off experience, so finding a tailor that not only understands your style, but listens to what you want and not what they think you should have, is really important. At Whitfield & Ward we have a pretty relaxed and informal approach. Our role is to listen to your ideas, advise you where necessary and work with you to create your perfect wedding suit vision.

Design Process

To take a look at our design process, please click herehttps://whitfieldandward.co.uk/tailoring/

An inside shot of Whitfield and Ward

Based in Wilmslow, we cover the whole of Cheshire, Manchester and other major cities. We work on an appointment only basis to ensure that we are able to give each customer our undivided attention. If you’d like to design a suit with Whitfield & Ward, you can make your appointment by calling us on 01625 536 545 or by emailing us at contact@whitfieldandward.com.