The Secret Guide to Coordinating Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

When you think of your wedding party, you want them to match, right? But, you also want to make sure the bridal party is feeling their absolute best on the wedding day. Your bridal party will be by your side all day long, so you want to make sure their outfits coordinate accordingly.

Matching bridesmaids and groomsmen is such an essential part of wedding planning and can be super tricky and confusing. We're here to help you coordinate your bridesmaid and groomsmen, so your wedding party looks flawless as if a professional put them together. Get ready because we have all the best tips and tricks to help coordinate your bridal party to absolute perfection.Coordinating Bridesmaid and Groomsmen

Ryan & Cameron Bridesmaid Dresses in Moss | CR Photos

Coordinating Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

Bringing two sides of a wedding party's outfits together to match is easier than you think. Coordinating and matching bridesmaids and groomsmen is how you set the tone and personality for your wedding, but also reflecting your style. Now let's be clear, it is entirely unrealistic to completely match your bridal party with so many different shades of colors and all fabric types, but that's okay! Once we all have accepted that fact, it will be much easier to choose your bridal parties outfits.Red Bridesmaid Dresses Black Groomsmen Suits

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in Bordeaux | Dani Nicole Photography

We're here to help you coordinate bridesmaid and groomsmen, making this an easy process to plan. To match the bridal party correctly, there shouldn't be too much stress. With our help, you can pull off a cohesive and straightforward matched bridal party! Here is your step-by-step guide for you to follow on how to coordinate your wedding party. Believe us - you're going to be shocked at how easy this is - let's get started!

Wedding Party Colors: How To Choose Your Color Scheme

First, to coordinate your bridesmaid and groomsmen, pick out your wedding colors and overall theme. Your wedding colors are going to be used everywhere throughout your big day in the decoration, outfits, etc., so it's essential to spend some time making this decision. 

When deciding on your perfect shades, know you're not limited to only two or three. It is common and pretty standard to have primary wedding colors and secondary 'accent' colors. This gives you endless possibilities of ideas you might want to tie in creatively. We recommend you and your partner choose around 3-5 colors for your wedding palette that you will love.Light Blue Wedding Color Scheme

Wedding Shoppe Fog Color SwatchBeth Joy Photos

There’s no “correct” way to choose your wedding colors. You might want to start by looking at weddings in the colors you already know you like. You could also search for weddings in your favorite aesthetics or that most similarly match your style and see which colors they used. You could even check out some lists of trending wedding colors for inspiration. 

Now that some of the favorite colors have been identified for your wedding, it's time to solidify 1-2 primary colors. These are the colors seen predominantly throughout your ceremony space and will be the colors you choose for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. You should consider what your primary color will look like as a suit or a bridesmaid dress and validate you love it.Gold Wedding Palette

Wedding Shoppe Gold Color Swatch | Natalie McIntire

Common ways to coordinate your bridesmaids and groomsmen would be using your primary color for the bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen accessories such as a tie, a pocket square, and even socks!

You want to make your primary wedding colors shape the overall aesthetic of your wedding. This process can be a fun part of the wedding planning process! Your wedding colors will help reflect you as a couple and help set the mood for the rest of the wedding day.

Order Bridesmaid Dress Swatches to See Colors In Person

Ordering samples of your bridesmaids and groomsmen elements are a perfect way to look at the fabrics and colors together at the same time. This will make coordinating those elements super easy and stress-free. Be sure to order a few different bridesmaid dress fabric swatches so that you can see how your favorite colors look in different fabric types.

Emerald Wedding Color Scheme

Emerald Green Velvet Fabric Swatch | Paige Allred Photo

Color swatches also make it easy to coordinate your bridesmaids with the groomsmen! You can easily compare exact colors when you have swatches in hand. Plus, color swatches are great to hand off to your vendors to color match, such as your florist or decorator.

Decide On Your Favorite Bridesmaid Dresses Color

Your favorite primary colors don't have to stay in just one shade. Get creative! Mixing and matching your bridesmaid dresses is a super stylish and unique way to make your bridesmaids feel extra special. It's a great way to incorporate your primary wedding colors.

When you use different shades from your primary colors, it makes it that much easier to coordinate bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen suits in your wedding party. You'll have more than enough options to make sure the dresses and groomsmen accessories are coordinated and not too matchy-matchy.

Mismatching bridesmaid dresses can seem a little intimidating as a bride because you don't want the dresses to look too different. If you need help, check out our helpful guide to mismatched bridesmaid dresses!

Spice Bridesmaid Dresses

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in Spice | Tonya Hjort Photography

Bridesmaids at Mariah and Tanner’s fall wedding wore different styles of dresses all in the same color: spice. The dresses range from the Kennedy Blue “Courtney” with flowy ruffly sleeves to the simple and elegant Kennedy Blue “Riley” bridesmaid dress. Keeping the same color assures that your bridesmaids will all match but letting them choose their style of dress allows them to wear something they feel comfortable in.

Mismatched Ocean Color Bridesmaid Dresses

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in Sea Glass, Moss, and Deep Sea | Dacre Co. Photo

Patrick and Rachel’s wedding featured bridesmaid dresses in 3 coordinating shades of green and blue. These dresses are in Kennedy Blue colors Sea Glass, Moss, and Deep Sea. They chose a few different styles of dress including the Kennedy Blue Iris and the Kennedy Blue Amanda.Mismatched Fabric Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses in Different Textures | Brianna Lane Photography

If you really want to mix it up, you can let your bridesmaids mix and match colors and textures. Alyssa and Joshua’s bridesmaids feature dresses in different shades of blue in different styles and fabrics, even some in velvet!

Coordinating Groomsmen Suits with Bridesmaid Dresses

Coordinating groomsmen suits with your bridesmaids’ dresses is usually fairly simple! Most groomsmen suits are made in somewhat neutral tones. Black, navy blue, and grey are the most popular colors for groomsmen to wear. These colors are easy to coordinate with bridesmaid colors! You can even choose groomsmen ties that match the bridesmaid dresses exactly.

If you want to get creative, groomsmen suits come in many other colors, which may take a little more effort to coordinate but are more unique. Cream, white, red, and beige are other interesting options for groomsmen suits. Tan suits are especially nice for a beach wedding! You could even do a pattern if your groomsmen want to go bold.

Black Groomsmen Suits

Black suits are a classic choice, especially in fall and winter! They coordinate well with just about any bridesmaid dress color, especially darker and deeper tones.

Black Groomsman Suit Spice Bridesmaid Dress

Black Tweed Groomsmen Suit | Riley Bridesmaid Dress in Spice | Tonya Hjort Photography

Grey Groomsmen Suits

Grey is a nice lighter alternative to traditional black suits. Grey is a nice neutral color that is easy to coordinate with your bridesmaids dresses. We especially love grey suits with lighter colored dresses.

Mint Bridesmaid Dress Gray Groomsman Suit

Grey Groomsmen Suit | Sea Glass Bridesmaid Dress | Newhouse Photo

Navy Blue Groomsmen Suits

Navy allows your groomsmen to wear a color but is neutral enough to match a lot of other tones. You could contrast blue suits with a warm color bridesmaid dress. We also love when groomsmen wear navy and bridesmaids wear other cool-toned colors like blue or green.

Navy Groomsman Suit Green Bridesmaid Dress

Navy Groomsmen Suit | Kennedy Blue Iris in Moss | Dacre Co. Photo

Groomsmen Ties

Ties are the easiest way to match groomsmen to bridesmaids. We love the cohesion that matching dresses to neckties adds to wedding colors. Ties are also a great way to add a pop of color to groomsmen who are often in black, grey, or another neutral color suit.Matching Red Orange Groomsmen Ties and Bridesmaid Dresses

Cinnamon Bridesmaid Dresses | Coordinating Groomsmen ties

Choose A Common Element For Your Wedding Party

We are nearing the end of our guide to perfectly coordinate your bridesmaids and groomsmen, but this is where the effortless look comes into fruition. All you have to do is choose one element that will remain the same between the two sides of the wedding party. It's truly that simple!

Selecting one element can help create that consistent look without being overwhelmingly matched which could pertain to color, a color pattern, or a particular print. When selecting the element, the outfits have to complement each other. For example, the bridesmaid dress color could match the design of the groomsmen tie or vice versa.

One interesting way to accomplish a coordinated look is by choosing different shades of the same color. You could also match the bridesmaid's accessories to the groomsmen pocket squares. Because these are both smaller elements, when pulling the same shades of color, it perfectly ties the two together without looking forced.

Need Coordinating Bridal Party Inspiration?

All that information can be overwhelming, and it's a lot to process, especially on top of all the other wedding planning that needs to get done! To ease your mind a little, here are some matching bridal party examples.

Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses With Gray Groomsmen Suits

A soothing sage green goes perfectly with light gray groomsmen suits. This sage can also look nice in multiple fabrics. We love satin bridesmaid dresses in sage!Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses Gray Groomsmen Suits

Kai Sage Green Bridesmaid Dress | Sage Green Groomsmen Tie 

Dusty Rose Bridesmaid Dresses & Gray Groomsmen Suits

A shade of rose is a great way to add a subtle feminine touch to your wedding colors. We love how this color is almost neutral but still vibrant! We think it coordinates well with gray groomsmen suits!Pink Bridesmaid Dresses Gray Groomsmen Suits

Shannon Desert Rose Bridesmaid Dress | Desert Rose Bow Tie

Gold Bridesmaid Dresses & Black Groomsmen Suits

Gold, beige, champagne, and other warm-toned neutrals are all beautiful options for a light colored bridesmaid dresses. We love the contrast between these light shades and a black groomsman suit. Coordinating the color of the dress with a matching tie will bring the whole wedding party's look together.

Gold Wedding Color

Kennedy Blue “Marnie” Gold Satin Bridesmaid Dress | Matching Gold Groomsmen Tie

Black Wedding Theme

Black is an underrated bridesmaid dress color. Everybody looks great in black. The bride in white will really stand out with the groom, the groomsmen, and the bridesmaids all wearing black.

All Black Bridal Party

Black Bridesmaid Dresses | Black Bow Ties | Katherine Chapman Photo

Emerald Green Wedding

Emerald is a bold shade of green that is perfect for winter weddings. We love these bridesmaids in emerald, the groomsmen in black, and emerald bow ties to tie it all together.

Green Bridesmaid Dresses Black Groomsmen Suits

Emerald Green Kennedy Blue “Zoey” Bridesmaid DressEmerald Green Bow Tie

Pink Bridesmaid Dress Wedding Inspo

There are so many shades of pink to choose from these days. We love Kennedy Blue's Rosewood because it's not too bright and not too pale. It's also not too feminine for the groomsmen to wear matching Rosewood bow ties.

Pink Bridesmaid Dresses Black Groomsmen SuitsRosewood: Kennedy Blue Cameron, Alexis, & Rose | Ash McMahon Photography

Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses With Black Groomsmen Suits

We mentioned our love for sage green bridesmaid dresses earlier with gray suits, but we also love this color with black suits! Sage can compliment just about any suit color. 

Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses Black Groomsmen Suits

Kennedy Blue Sage Green Bridesmaid Dresses: Kristen, Milly, & Athena | Sage Green Bow Ties | Megan Kay Photography

Neutral Wedding Colors

Neutrals are always a safe bet! We often decorate our houses in neutrals because they are timeless and calming to look at. Why not use the same logic with your wedding colors? We highly recommend the combination of light colored bridesmaid dresses and light colored groomsmen suits!

Neutral Bridesmaid Dresses and Groomsmen Ties

Kennedy Blue Zoey Bridesmaid Dress in Latte | Groomsmen Bow Tie

Coordinating Cinnamon Bridal Party Inspiration

Cinnamon is such a fun shade of reddish-orange! We love how bright it is and how it contrasts with these gray groomsmen suits! The fall flower bouquets, cinnamon bridesmaid dresses, gray suits, and matching cinnamon groomsmen ties all go together perfectly.

Cinnamon Bridesmaid Dresses and Matching Groomsmen Ties

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses in Cinnamon | Coordinating Kennedy Blue Ties

Coordinating Spice Bridal Party Inspiration

Spice is a pretty terracotta tone that looks great on bridesmaid dresses! Bridesmaids will look beautiful in spice and groomsmen will look handsome in black suits with spice colored ties and pocket squares.

Spice Bridesmaid Dresses Matching Groomsmen Pocket Square

Kennedy Blue “Caitlin” Bridesmaid Dress in Spice | Coordinating Groomsmen Pocket Square

Coordinating Light Blue Bridal Party Inspiration

We love light blue for winter and spring weddings. This pastel shade contrasts nicely with black groomsmen suits. It would also complement gray or beige suits!

Blue Bridesmaid Dresses Black Groomsmen Suits

Kennedy Blue “Jay” Bridesmaid Dress in Slate Blue | Kennedy Blue Groomsman Tie in Slate Blue

Get Started Choosing Your Wedding Colors!

We hope this guide has helped you start brainstorming which wedding colors best suit your vision! Need more inspiration? Check out the top 2023 wedding colors for this wedding season. Let us know what other questions you may have in the comments below!

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Emily Abrell
August 24, 2020 14:47

Wow…thank you so much for this article. I feel way less stressed about my color combinations now!

Samantha Hernandez
July 29, 2020 08:53

I appreciate the recommendation of the two companies at the end that will make the experience of coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen so much easier since they both carry the same fabrics and colors! Thank you!

Drawing Debbie
July 26, 2020 22:20

Great tips! This was a useful article!

June 14, 2020 08:47

Great tips!

June 08, 2020 15:49

The visuals were SO helpful!!!

Brianna M
April 20, 2020 16:28

Thanks for these tips!

Mariah Letourneau
April 20, 2020 16:28

My wedding is in oct and it’s screaming navy and maroon. The problem I’m having is I want the groomsmen in a laid back suit with khakis and everything looks like a school boy uniform.

Carolyn Arndt
April 03, 2020 13:57

For the guys, I definitely love the navy suit with a light blue tie and white shirt. Looks great with light blue bridesmaid dresses.

Krista Hougsted
April 03, 2020 13:57

Love all these hints and suggestions!! Great way to explore color options and mixing and matching groomsman and bridesmaids!

April 03, 2020 13:57

The pictures are so nice

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April 03, 2020 13:57

Love this!

Brianna M
April 03, 2020 13:57

A good read, thanks!

Kayla Anderson
April 03, 2020 13:57

Love the blue groomsmens suits!

March 29, 2020 09:17

Love these helpful tips!!

March 29, 2020 09:17

We wanted burnt orange as our accent color, but there was no way I was making my girls wear an orange dress. Thankfully slate blue dresses look gorgeous with navy suits!

March 29, 2020 09:17

Totally loving that moss color!

March 29, 2020 09:17


March 29, 2020 09:17

Going with light blue for bridal party and navy for the men!

March 26, 2020 17:32

Loving the rustic colors and the barn theme would be wonderful to use some of these ideas for my wedding

March 26, 2020 17:32

love the grey colored suits with the bolder bridesmaids

March 16, 2020 10:27

I am huge on neutral, but I’m worried that it might wash out a few of my more “pasty” friends. Any suggestions?

March 13, 2020 23:22

This post was so helpful!

March 13, 2020 23:22

I would love to see some suggestions for using the new Moss color.

March 06, 2020 10:38

I was worried that the blue on blue would be too much , but it looks nice here. Makes me feel better going forward :)

Elizabeth Sells
March 06, 2020 10:38

This blog really helped me finalize my colors!! I was nervous about the way it would look with the venue but I am now just excited!!

Cassie Stepp
March 06, 2020 10:38

Love these ideas! I plan on using blue and a pink!

March 04, 2020 22:28

Love the moss color!!

March 04, 2020 22:28

This is so helpful! I’ve been really stressed about color scheme and making everything fit together. This is a fantastic reference.

March 04, 2020 22:28

Super helpful information. Thanks Wedding Shoppe!

March 04, 2020 22:28

Thank you! Super helpful

Alexa Starkweather
March 04, 2020 22:28

This is so helpful. Honestly the most stressful part of this wedding planning process has been colors and making sure my wedding party looks amazing 🥰

lexi hellerud
March 04, 2020 22:28

These are amazing tips that I will be using for my wedding!!

Caitlyn Witt
March 04, 2020 22:28

Love these ideas!

March 04, 2020 22:28

This is super helpful in figuring out what colors go best together and seeing various color schemes with a variety of shades. Thank you!

March 04, 2020 22:28

We’re doing all black for everyone. I like the pocket square you guys used for the black tux.

March 04, 2020 11:55

Love the sage green color!!

February 28, 2020 10:46

Good read.

February 27, 2020 08:46

So inspiring! I have so many ideas for my wedding colors now!

February 26, 2020 08:39

I love it!

February 24, 2020 13:23

This is super helpful! We just picked out the general color scheme for our wedding but didn’t know how to proceed from there. Thanks for this post!

Mary Mackessack
February 23, 2020 18:29

I found this information very helpful.

February 23, 2020 07:25

Good advice! It sure is helpful to see examples!

February 23, 2020 07:25

Love these helpful tips! And also love looking at some of these color schemes to get ideas.

February 23, 2020 07:25

Any suggestions on how to coordinate brides men so male friends can be a part of my wedding party without wearing a bright colored suit? 🤔

Rachel Larsen
February 23, 2020 07:25

Great information! Excited to use the Rosewood color for my wedding in March 2021!

February 23, 2020 07:25

I love the slate blue combination!

February 23, 2020 07:25

Great ideas

Kayla Bosley
February 20, 2020 14:42

Very helpful information!

Kayla Bosley
February 20, 2020 14:42

Very helpful information!

Kayla Bosley
February 20, 2020 14:42

Very helpful information!

Kara Kessener
February 20, 2020 14:42

Love the storm blue color!! Exactly what I want for my ladies!

Tamara L Collins
February 19, 2020 21:27

I love the pics!

Mackenzie Leonard
February 19, 2020 21:27

Great info!! Good read

Megan Heffron
February 19, 2020 21:27

This is what I was having trouble with but I think I’ve managed to figure it out with these tips. Thank you!

Kristen Schalter
February 19, 2020 21:27

My fiancée wanted to pick out a maroon suit to wear because he thought it would be easy to match to garnet dresses. Convinced him to wear a white jacket and black pants with black bow tie instead!

February 19, 2020 21:27

Seriously, coordinating colors well is so much harder than I ever expected. Thanks for the tips!!

Joanna Zuaro
February 19, 2020 21:27

so hard to choose !!

February 19, 2020 21:27

Need to figure out what color I can use besides Dove!

Jessica F.
February 19, 2020 21:28

This is very helpful! We’re thinking pink and black and white !

February 19, 2020 21:28

Great advice, my fiancée and I are struggling to figure out how we want to do our bridal parties. This is super helpful

Grace Nelson
February 19, 2020 21:28

Good ideas!

February 19, 2020 21:28

Thanks for writing this article! So helpful

February 19, 2020 21:28

I’m considering blue so I think the bridesmaid dress and tie combo may work- thanks!

February 14, 2020 18:46

Great advice!

GeorgeAnn Fazio
February 14, 2020 18:46

Very helpful tips!!

Andrea Villasenor
February 14, 2020 18:46

I am doing different shades of slate blue for the bridesmaids and black suits for the groomsmen. Also pairing the blue with champagne and greenery.

Caitlin Cox
February 10, 2020 10:14

Super helpful!!

February 08, 2020 17:33

Thanks for pointing out that men’s accessories don’t have to perfectly match the bridesmaids dresses. That’s a helpful tip!

February 07, 2020 23:34

I really like the blissful in blue look 💙

February 04, 2020 14:44

I love this post! It is so helpful for planning!

Amanda Sanborn
February 04, 2020 14:44

Storm, Navy, Sapphire, and Dove are my coordinating colors! LOVE!

Bri Lundgren
January 19, 2020 15:13

I’ve been really struggling with figuring out how to coordinate my bridesmaids and groomsman and deciding what colors go best together. This post was extremely helpful in giving me a picture of what my wedding party could look like. THANK YOU THANK YOU!!

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