I'll look into winchester shirts, I like that they add some colour, but can still have white in there too. People will definitely know who's who, there'll be about 85 people. Thank you for your insight Roger.
I'm definitely going to avoid the lavender shirts, I think they're fine for work or a night out but not our wedding. I've even decided to drop the purple completely and go with blue. The suits were going to be lined with a dark purple material which I'd now like to have in dark blue now, but I don't believe that's offered by institchu, I may have to go for a grey that's a couple of shades darker than the suits.
We'll go with white for my shirt and light blue for my mates. As far as pocket squares go, I wasn't going to match the ties exactly, but perhaps with a pattern that features blue in it, like the Kent Wang Notre Dame pocket square I mentioned previously. I'll stay with white linen for myself, but I guess the groomsmen could have white too.
Having two piece suits for the groomsmen is an excellent idea, neither of them are fans of suits at all. My best man doesn't even own one! But I was hoping to convert them... Thank you Aravenel.
I did mean "riff raff" in jest and I was referring to family and friends, I won't refer to them in that way again.
institchu are a company that you can order suits over the internet like Black Lapel and Indochino, but with the added advantage that they have an office in Sydney, Australia where they can measure us personally and avoid any rookie errors in measurements that I certainly would make. Plus, after the suits and shirts have been made, we can go back to the office where we try everything on and then decide if anything needs to be altered. The wedding isn't until November and institchu claim about 3-4 weeks to make the suits. Having said that, I'd still like us to go and be measured up and get the ball rolling in the next month or two just to allow plenty of time.
It's a 2pm wedding and it may be quite warm, so I thought a light grey would be ok. Actually, a glen plaid was my first choice but my fiancee put the kybosh on anything with more detail than a pick and pick. The ticket pocket I could have only on my suit, it's mainly an extravagance I wanted because of Goldfinger.
I was going to have us all in the same colour tie (I was now thinking navy blue) but different colours would liven things up a bit. theknottery.com do reasonably priced grenadine ties in black, navy and chocolate brown too, which would be more formal than a silk knit. With pocket squares, white linen will certainly be what I have, but for the groomsmen, I really don't have the PS know-how to pick something (other than white linen) that will work. On the suits I've seen on this forum, a lot of the pocket squares are more adventurous than what I would think of. I think I'd choose something that many would consider too "safe", like a gingham or paisley. For a pale blue shirt and navy tie, would something like these be ok in your opinion?
I've always had plain black shoes, but I've never had derbies or oxfords before, so I'd really be branching out if I got some oxfords with punched toe caps and all the rest. Still, I'd be interested in trying something different. Thank you for your post, it's been very helpful.