Weddings may be rooted in tradition—but your outfit doesn’t have to be. Anything goes up on the altar, whether it’s a gown in a shocking color, or a fabulous Thom Brown tuxedo. Many queer brides, grooms, and brooms (those who identify as both a bride and groom) embrace chic suiting for their nuptials and forgo the white gown all together. For many duos, it’s more than an aesthetic choice. “Choosing to wear a suit, rather than a dress, was a way to define my queerness throughout the traditional process of a marriage ceremony,” says Nikita Majajas, a Sydney-based accessories designer who wed DJ Charlie Villas in November 2019.
Majajas is not alone. Particularly for creative types, and for those who are nonbinary or don’t identify with being highly-femme, wearing suits better reflects their personal style and what they feel the most comfortable in. “We both knew we’d wear suits as soon as we were engaged,” says Jillian Firns, who wed partner Shiloh Firns in September 2020. “Shiloh is butch and I fall in the gender non-conforming camp, so we were excited for the chance to design custom suits that represent our styles.”
While more people are interested in wearing suits instead of dresses for their wedding, the options for people who don’t identify as male or aren’t comfortable wearing strictly menswear are still somewhat limited, according to couples who wore them to tie the knot. “We had trouble finding a lot of representation regarding two-suited weddings,” says Firns. “To the point that using the hashtag #oneweddingtwosuits was easy, as no one else had yet claimed it!” Inspired by Firns’s look, however, Vogue reached out to 8 queer folks to see where they got their splendid wedding suits. Whether it was a custom creation or off-the-rack, these style stars rebuked tradition and made saying “I do” look both chic and fresh.
Below, how 8 brides, grooms, and brooms chose their wedding day suits.
Married in: November 2019