Not Just An Accessory.

The Rock My Wedding ethos is ‘Your Day Your Way’ and that goes for grooms as well as brides. We love it when grooms get involved in the organisation of W-day… Especially if that involvement extends beyond simply picking the band and playlist.

So grooms, you don’t want to be just an accessory on one of the biggest days of your life and one way to prevent this most heinous of W-day crimes is to accessorise yourself (see what I did there). Groom fashion has never been so diverse and today we’re going to look at a few of the ways grooms have been getting involved, tinkering with their look and personalising their appearance.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Socks can be really powerful and I don’t mean in the Stilton sense of the word. You can go loud and proud with your man hosiery (brosiery anyone?), safe in the knowledge that they will be safely covered 90% of the time by your trousers and footwear. A crazy pair of socks will remain pretty stealth, save for the odd ‘action flash’ as you make your way to the front of the church. You can choose if and when to reveal the power that lies beneath… The ‘shock sock’ is firm favourite with wedding photographers looking for a cheeky informal image.


Wedding photographers have embraced the shock sock to such a level that some of are even writing about them… Check out Christian wards thoughts on his personal blog mainly about me.

Personally, the geek in me is loving the fact that not only can you pick a pair of socks to tie in with your colour scheme but also now, thanks to Pantone, you can do an exact sock to decor colour match (complete with pantone reference). And there are a lot of colours to choose from.

Pantone socks available from – SockShop.co.uk

Stick Your Neck Out

Bow ties have been really popular for the last year or so and I must admit it’s only recently that I have started to once again favour the look of a traditional tie over the funky dapper dicky-bow.

Identical ties or a variety that match your colour theme will pull you and your groomsmen together and unify your look. A great trick especially if you are asking them to provide their own suits. A pattern will do the same job and right now polka-dots are seriously hot.



A polka dot has a knack of lending a whimsical touch to the formality of wedding attire without being too casual, and there is a great selection on the highstreet to choose from. Here are a couple of my current faves.

Blue tie white polka dot – Reiss

white tie blue polka dot – Pink

Wedding Day Bling

Another way to feel a bit different on your wedding day is by accessorising with some new or unique jewellery.

If you play your cards right and drop the odd well timed hint about the bit of bling you’ve got your beady eye on, you may even end up with a nice little wedding morning gift!

Don’t Be The Weakest Link

Cufflinks are a really customisable item that could reflect the theme or colour scheme of the day, or maybe something personal about you as a person or you and your future wife as a couple.




I so badly want a pair of the plectrum cufflinks, I just don’t know whether I would opt for a silver set like the ones below from Not On The Highstreet or go down and dirty with some authentic plastic picks from eBay.

Either way, they make a bold statement and would also make a great present. You may want to provide cufflinks for all your groomsmen for example.

Born And Bred Silver cufflinks – by Dizzy via Not On The High Street

Plastic cufflinks in various designs – independent eBay shop

Get Me To The Church On Time

My accessory-of-the-minute (and not only because it allows me to do another time based pun) is the pocket watch. I love them. So. Much.

There is something ridiculously cool about having a bit of chain looping between your buttonhole and pocket, and the actual item itself? What a fabulous object to remember your wedding by, and what a perfect gift it would make too (look here grooms, you have to start dropping the hints now ;)).



If you are looking to source a vintage pocket watch then your best bet would probably be to check out eBay or Amazon online and of course get yourself around some local car boot sales and antique fairs.

There are also some websites out there selling brand new pocket watches in classic and contemporary designs.

Silver plated pocket watch – Jean Pierre via Pocketwatch.co.uk

O Chive pocket watch – Full spot via o-clock.co.uk

For a vintage inspired or modern elegant wedding my choice would be the silver plated Jean Pierre pocket watch pictured above. It can currently be yours for £88.00

I wasn’t sure what to make of the O Chive pocket watches when I first laid my peepers upon them but I can see these bright modern timepeices from Italian design house Full Spot fitting in to a contemporary wedding perfectly, and they are available in a range of colours.

The more I look at them, the more they grow on me. Full Spot do a range of watches in a similar style and they are all really funky and quirky.

Prices for new pocket watches seem to range from as little as £20.00 right up to thousands – so just as with wrist watches there appears to be a watch to suit every budget. The O Chive pocket watch can be yours for a pretty modest £39.95

So, just a few ways to get the fashion based creative juices flowing of any grooms-to-be (and of course all you brides-to-be) out there in blogland.

Have any of you discussed accessories for ‘him’?

Are any of you girls perhaps considering presenting your future husband with a wedding morning gift for him to wear?

Leave your thoughts as per usual in our comments box below… Right, I’m off to choose my cufflinks – do I go For Kiss or Guns N Roses?

Adam.

Author: Adam Crohill
Adam likes Pina Coladas and getting caught in the rain.

23 thoughts on “Not Just An Accessory.

  1. Well Mr C has a very very funky tie and (ssshhh) I’ve got him some plectrum cufflinks (plain silver – getting them engraved on the reverse with ‘Tramps like us’ on one and Born to run on the other (Born to run is still a contender for first dance, its between that and Jackie Wilson) but after seeing this… he definately needs to bright socks too….

    (ah stop it RMW there is only 3 weeks to go!!!)

  2. ooh hello pantone socks! cute as a button.

    I’m furious that Lee wont tell me what he’ll be wearing on the big day apart from yellow socks (apparently i’m not the only one who can have secrets) but you’ve given me some great ideas for pressies! LOVE that yellow pocket watch!! x

  3. We have just bought the pink pantone socks love them Plus it was a cute link to the fact my other half is a graphic designer!

    Love the yellow pocket watch might be off to get that and add it to other half’s morning box of goodies!

    Thank you! Do love a men’s fashion post! x

  4. OH MY! The socks is what my better half is planning -for him and the best men… very bright, cheery and colourful socks – to show off after the ceremony!
    But I love the plectrum cufflinks…right down his street – great present idea!! He will be pleased to his that his sock secret was also on RMW!! x

  5. What a beautiful collection, if only I’d of seen a few of these items before my wedding ha!

    I guess I was lucky to have got some beautifully handmade wedding stationery for my wedding, from Little Jem though! I LOVE IT!

    Thanks non-the-less RMW!

  6. Thanks, Adam – more groom posts, please! My H2B is hopefully getting a 3-piece suit made (or if the budget really won’t stretch – adapted) and we’re on the look-out for a plum-coloured paisley tie for him and plain ones for the groomsmen – anyone seen any? And after reading this, I think plum-coloured socks will also be a must! Love the pocket watches although I think he wants a wristwatch as his pressie…

  7. @Hayley – I got Mikes tie from Gresham Blake as a gift for hia birthday (little pricey but his suit is free as part of the hire packages!) We also got the boys paisley ties from My Tuxedo… might be worth a look?

  8. I’m doing a groom gift for the morning, miniature whisky, socks, a quirky book of donts for husbands and cufflinks, leeds utd ones to be precise. hardest purchase i’ve ever made, I’m a derby county fan. But I’m promising to love him and his god awful taste forever so best show my support!!

  9. I’m glad you are liking a bit of groom fashion today peeps!

    @Abi *whispers* good for you – start the plectrum cufflink revolution!

    @Maddi – I haven’t met a designer yet without a soft spot for pantone products so I think you’ve struck gold (or bright pink maybe) with that purchase.

    @Karen – glad you like that pocket watch. It did take a while to grow on me, so I was a bit scared of showing it off on the blog but I have decided now that it is 100% ace – there are lot’s of other really trendy pastel matte colours too which are really tempting.

    @Hayley – I do have a pit of a thing for Thomas Pink at the moment and you can search the site by colour and design which is hand, check them out.

    Adam x

  10. Its a bit difficult for myself, you see, being Scottish my H2B will be donning a kilt (no complaints…loves a man in a kilt) so the outfit gift options are limited! However, am really keen on getting him an engraved sgian-dubh (pronounced skee-an-doo for all you southerners) as its a tradition part of the whole get up!
    Loving the pocket watches though 🙂

  11. Ahh I’m gettin my H2B a pocket watch…does anyone have any ideas of what I can get engraved on it…was thinking just along the lines of “all my love, Rhian xxx 06.10.12” But is that a bit boring? I don’t want anything cheesy! I dont even think it’s crossed his mind to buy me anything haha I’ll have to start dropping hints!

  12. @Lauren – “Marching on Together, Leeds, Leeds, Leeds” – I was brought up on Saturday visits to Elland Road with my old man. There are deffo worse people to marry than a Leeds United fan…my mum has been married to one for over forty years…and she is Man U!

    xoxo

  13. fab post!
    Still not sure what I’ll get h2b yet (but got a year to go still, so plenty of time I think!)
    Quite like the scrable cufflinks though, may have to hunt them down 🙂
    @Rhian – same here with regards to getting a prezzie from h2b – have already started the hints (ie. showing him wedding posts where the bride receives beautiful new shoes from her groom on the mornng of the wedding!!) ha ha x

  14. @Rebecca – my mates had cufflinks made out of vintage typewriter keys, they looked pretty cool.

    @Adam – it’s very unconventional so i get what you mean. it’s cool, but it’s the colour that grabs you then it’s the rest of it that takes the getting used to… it would have to be a certain type of gentleman who could pull it off i think otherwise it’d look a little ‘Fisher Price’!

  15. @Hayley – all of our ushers, the best men and h2b will be in mismatching Liberty print ties. One usher was v keen to avoid the floral and we’ve capitulated and allowed him a paisley one. There are a couple of Liberty paisley prints available but have a look at the more muted ‘Mark’ print. We had ours made by up by Tux and Tulle on Etsy, but if you’re under more of a time constraint, Peak Princess in this country will make them up for you and Lissa, who owns and runs the company is so incredibly helpful. x

    1. @Tilly – thank you so much! Love the idea of mismatching Liberty print ties – sounds awesome! I am going to look it all up tomorrow – and we’ve got plenty of time so it should be fine 🙂 x

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