There are hundreds of little micro-adjustments and details that we can make in the tailoring process that go a long way in making a suit complement your body rather than just cover it,” says Trapper Roderick, president of the Lehi-based True Gentleman Custom Suits. To get a suit you’ll want to wear years after the wedding reception ends, come to your custom suit fitting armed with the following:

KNOW YOUR BUDGET

Custom suits start at about $600, but the average cost ranges from $1,000 to $2,000. For the latter amount, you can expect to get a high-quality suit that you’ll love and will be more likely to wear many times after your wedding day.

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ASSEMBLE THE DECISION MAKERS

If you know your fiancé has an opinion about color, fit and style, by all means, bring them along to your initial fitting. Doing so will save time and money for everyone involved.

CONSIDER COLOR

Well-fitting and high-quality suits in black, dark blue or gray are easy to buy off the rack. And so it makes more sense, when going the custom route, to explore unique prints or colors like a pinstripe, plaid or beautiful red, green or royal blue. Distinctive suits better express your personality while remaining classic and wearable over the long-term.

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Photo courtesy of True Gentleman Custom Suits

WOOL IS SEASONLESS

It may seem counter intuitive, but nothing breathes as well—and is therefore as cool and comfortable—as wool. Desirable variations on pure-wool fabrics include very light wool-linen blends and wool-lycra blends that offer a little stretch.

BE AWARE OF TIMELINES

Plan on an hour for the initial consultation, measurements and fabric selection followed by six to seven weeks for the suit to be made. Once production is complete, you’ll need to allocate 30 minutes or so for a fitting and then a couple of days for those final adjustments to be completed.


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Melissa Fields is a wife, mother, freelance writer, editor and—since the moment she migrated to Utah from Michigan more than 25 years ago—a huge fan of the Wasatch Mountains. A few of the outlets Melissa writes and edits for include Salt Lake Magazine, Park City Magazine, Utah Bride & Groom Magazine, visitutah.com and downtownslc.org. When not wordsmithing at her laptop, Melissa spends her time volunteering, hiking, pedaling, skiing, rock climbing and playing her guitar.