AFL star Joel Selwood's guide to preparing for your wedding like a boss

I rarely have anything in common with an elite athlete, but sitting down to talk with AFL superstar Joel Selwood, it turns out we're in a similar situation. 

The 31-year-old captain is getting married to long term fiancee, Brit Davis, while I'm set to tie the knot in May.

"It's exciting but a bit stressful, there is a long list of things to do, you know what I mean?" asks Joel.

Yes, I do!  Getting married means a to-do list that seems never-ending, but when I catch up with Joel, he's fresh from the most exciting part of wedding day prep for any groom: the suit fitting.

In contrast to the rustic setting of their wedding location, Selwood and his groomsmen, which includes brother and fellow AFL star Scott, have opted for traditional black tie.

To ensure they nail this important event, they've chosen to have their suits done by a brand that epitomises modern classic style, Hugo Boss.

"Brit and I always had it in my mind that our wedding was going to be a black-tie event, and we're getting married on a private  property, with a classic Australian background, so we wanted something classic to marry up with that," he says.

The result was a timeless selection from Boss's evening wear range: classic black tuxedo, bow ties and patent shoes to complete the look. 

"I like that style for a wedding, and no one does menswear better than BOSS, so it was a no brainer," Joel says.


"It makes it feel formal, and it's so rare we get dressed up for these types of occasions now, so it's fun to make it a bit of an event."

Much like Joel, I've notched up serious hours over the past six months deep in wedding details; revising guest lists, discussing table settings, picking the playlist. 

But in the lead up to our big day, it's fair to say that my wife-to-be has had the lion's share of pre-wedding fun. 

From the hen's night to the high tea, and endless bridal lunches, she's taken party-prep to a new level. 

Which is why the suit fitting represents such a golden opportunity to bond with the men who matter most.

"It does feel like the one thing the boys get to do together as a close-knit group, and I was really excited about it," echoes Joel.

"We went out for lunch beforehand, had a few beers and a chat about the day, it's the kind of bonding that you don't normally get with close friends, so it does feel special."

"For a few of my groomsmen, it was their first time in a dinner suit, and it was nice to watch them enjoy the fitting experience." 

"Plus we were able to take some Polaroid photos with the wedding party during the BOSS fitting, and I'll keep those memories forever."

"We're all pretty busy with life and don't get to catch up as much as we'd like, so this was a chance just to take a moment together." 

Now that he's successfully suited and booted, Joel can start to focus on getting ready for his wedding. 

A three-time AFL Grand Final winner, the Bendigo-native is no stranger to high-pressure environments, but how will walking down the aisle compare to running out onto the MCG?

"Well I'm always nervous before a game, but I think wedding day nerves will be good nerves and ones that I can't wait to feel," he says.

"I'm pretty emotional, and I think it'll be hard to hold back the tears on the day if I'm honest!" 

Kicking the year off with his wedding represents the start of a massive twelve months for the Geelong Cats captain. 

Joel will be looking to play his 300th game of top-flight AFL while also helping the Cats continue their solid form after finishing 2019 as minor premiers.

"It's going to be a huge year, and I'm looking forward to heading into this season as a married man," admits Joel.

"You know what they say, 'happy wife, happy life' and I think it'll help me feel stable and focused."