Your wedding day is a day that you will remember for the rest of your life. Every detail, from the flowers to the food, is carefully planned and executed to create a perfect day. One detail that should not be overlooked is the pocket square. A pocket square adds a touch of elegance and sophistication to any suit, and it can be the perfect finishing touch to your wedding day look. AND, from a photographer's perspective, everyone wearing a suit who is in the wedding party should be consistent with their pocket square fold. Here is a guide on how to fold a pocket square on your wedding day. If you're a visual learner (I know I am!) here is a great YouTube tutorial on various folds: Pocket Square Tutorial
- Choose the right pocket square
- The first step in folding a pocket square is to choose the right one. The pocket square should complement your suit and tie, not clash with them. You can choose a pocket square that matches your tie or suit, or you can choose one in a complementary color.
- Start with a clean and flat pocket square
- Before folding your pocket square, make sure it is clean and flat. Iron the pocket square if necessary to remove any wrinkles or creases. This is something that can be done BEFORE the wedding day.
- The Straight Fold
- The straight fold is the most basic and classic fold. Begin by folding the pocket square in half horizontally, so the two opposite corners meet. Then fold it again vertically, so that you have a square. Tuck it into your breast pocket, making sure that the folded edge is facing up.
- The Puff Fold
- The puff fold is a more relaxed and casual option. Start by picking up the pocket square in the center, and letting the corners hang down. Use your other hand to gently gather the fabric at the bottom of the pocket square, and then tuck it into your breast pocket.
- The Four-Point Fold
- The four-point fold is a more formal option. Begin by laying the pocket square flat, and then fold it in half diagonally to create a triangle. Fold the bottom corner up to the top corner, creating another triangle. Then fold the left and right corners up to the top corner, creating a smaller square. Tuck it into your breast pocket, making sure that the four points are visible.
- The Three-Stairs Fold
- The three-stairs fold is a more complex option that requires some practice. Start by laying the pocket square flat, and then fold it in half diagonally to create a triangle. Fold the bottom corner up to the top corner, creating another triangle. Fold the right corner in towards the center, and then fold the left corner over it. Fold the bottom corner up, creating a small triangle. Tuck it into your breast pocket, making sure that the three points are visible.
Folding a pocket square can be a simple and stylish way to elevate your wedding day look. You should determine which fold you would like to utilize and be sure that everyone wearing a suit folds their square the same way, for consistency. By choosing the right pocket square and mastering a few simple folds, you can create a look that is both elegant and timeless.
While a pocket square can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to a groom's wedding day look, some grooms may opt for a boutonnière instead. A boutonnière is a small floral arrangement that is worn on the lapel of a suit jacket, typically by the groom and groomsmen. For a super easy option - check out these insertable boutonnieres. Ask your florist about an option like this and save yourself the trouble of pinning boutonnieres on. TIP: Ask that the boutonnieres not be attached to cardboard, as it gets damp and floppy throughout the day.
Here are some reasons why you might choose a boutonnière over a pocket square:
- Adds a Pop of Color
- Boutonnieres can be customized to match the color scheme of the wedding, adding a pop of color to the groom's suit. They can also incorporate the same flowers used in the bridal bouquet, creating a cohesive look for the wedding party.
- Traditional Symbolism
- Boutonnieres have been worn at weddings for centuries, and they have a rich tradition and symbolism. In many cultures, the groom and his groomsmen wear boutonnieres as a symbol of love, celebration, and friendship.
- Unique Touch
- A boutonnière can add a unique touch to a groom's wedding day look. Unlike a pocket square, which can be fairly standard, a boutonnière can be designed to reflect the groom's personality or interests. For example, if the groom is an avid fisherman, his boutonnière could feature a fishing lure or fly.
- Boutonnieres can also be practical. They can be used to identify members of the wedding party, or they can serve as a memento for guests to take home after the wedding.
So, while a pocket square can add a touch of elegance to a groom's wedding day look, a boutonnière can be a unique and meaningful alternative. Whether you choose a pocket square or a boutonnière, (or BOTH!) the most important thing is to choose a detail that makes you feel confident and stylish on your special day.