The Secret to Coordinating Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

When it comes to your bridal squad, you want to make sure they are feeling their absolute best on your big day. Your bridal party will be standing next to you almost all day long so you want to make sure their outfits coordinate accordingly. As someone who as dreamed about her future wedding, I realize I’ve never really thought about what the groomsmen should wear. But coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen is such a pivotal part of wedding planning. It can be super difficult and confusing to match your bridesmaids and groomsmen, plus they don’t need to 100% match! We are going to teach them how to coordinate your bridesmaid and groomsmen. It’s all about finding commonalities to make it a seamless pair when coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen. We have all the best tips and tricks to make sure you coordinate your bridal squad to Pinterest perfection. 

Coordinating Your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen Like a Pro

Bringing the two sides of a wedding party is easy to do through their outfits. Coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen is a great way to set the tone and personality of your wedding and reflect your style as a couple. But let’s get this out of the way now. It is completely unrealistic to completely match your bridal party. With so many different shades of colors and fabric types, there is no way you will get things to match perfectly. And that’s completely okay! Once we have accepted that and moved on, it will be that much easier choosing your bridal parties outfits.

We are going to help you coordinate bridesmaid and groomsmen and make it a super simple process. There shouldn’t be too much stress behind matching them perfectly and with our help, you will pull off a simple and cohesive matching bridal party set. We have step-by-step lists for you to follow on how to coordinate your wedding party. It is truly that easy! Let’s get started.

Step #1: Determine your wedding palette

coordinating your bridesmaids and groomsmen

Dress: Samantha in Sea Glass

The first step to coordinating bridesmaid and groomsmen is picking out your wedding colors overall theme. Your wedding colors are going to be used everywhere throughout your big day so it’s really important to spend some time on this decision. When deciding on your colors, know that you’re not limited to two or three. It is common and pretty much standard to have primary wedding colors and secondary ‘accent’ colors. This gives you endless possibilities of what fun things you might want to creatively tie in.

We recommend that you choose around 3-5 colors for your wedding palette. This also guarantees that there will be colors both you and your partner love.

Step #2: Pick out your primary colors

Now that we’ve identified some colors for your wedding palette, it’s time to solidify 1-2 primary colors. These are colors you will see predominantly throughout your ceremony space and will help determine what colors you choose for your bridesmaids and groomsmen. You should consider what your primary color would look like as a suit or a bridesmaid dress to make sure you really love it.

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen

The most common way to coordinate your bridesmaids and groomsmen would be using your primary color for the bridesmaid dresses and the groomsmen accessories. This could include a tie, a pocket square or even socks!

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

Step #3: Determine your bridesmaid dress colors based on your primary colors

This is where your creativity can come into play! Your primary color doesn’t have to live at your wedding in just one shade. Mixing and matching your bridesmaid dresses is a super unique and fun way to make your bridesmaids feel extra special. This is a trendy way to incorporate your primary wedding color without being too trapped to a list.

When you use different shades from your primary color, it makes it that much easier to coordinate bridesmaids and groomsmen. This gives you more than enough options to make sure the dresses and groomsmen accessories are coordinated and not too matchy.

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen

Studio Twelve Photography

Mixing and matching bridesmaid dresses can seem a little intimidating as a bride because you don’t want the dresses to look too overwhelming. Wedding Shoppe has put together an easy guide to perfecting the mismatched bridesmaid dresses look--check it out! 

Step #4: Identify the common thread you want between bridesmaids and groomsmen

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

Selecting just one element can help create that consistent look without being overwhelmingly matched. This could be a color, a color pattern, or a certain print. When selecting your one element, they just have to complement each other.

The bridesmaids dress color could match the pattern of the groomsmen tie. The colors in both of these elements just have to complement each other.

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen

Studio Twelve Photography

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. If the colors compliment each other and are both in your wedding palette, you won’t have to worry about a choppy wedding vision. This automatically guarantees coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen.

One of the easiest ways to accomplish this is by choosing different shades of the same color. A great example of this I’ve seen at weddings is matching the bridesmaid's accessories to the groomsmen pocket squares. Because these are both smaller elements, when they pulled shades of the same color, it perfectly tied the two together without looking forced.

Need Some Inspiration?

Girl, we know how overwhelming all that information was. Trust me. It's a lot to process through and think about--especially on top of all the other shit you have to get done to pull this wedding together! 

Let me help you get to where you need to go, love. This is literally what I get paid to do. Without further ado, check out some of our favorite bridesmaid + groomsmen looks! 

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen


coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen

coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen


The most important thing when coordinating bridesmaids and groomsmen is to think about what you want your wedding day to feel like. The colors you choose for your bridal party really play a role in the mood and personality of your big day.

Your bridal party is the people who support you and your success as a couple the most. Putting effort into their look on the big day let’s them know just how much they mean to you and what it means to be a part of your big day.

At Kennedy Blue, we make the search for that perfect dress simple and straight forward. Our dresses are offered in 40+ colors giving you unlimited options for your big day.

Comfort is always a plus when spending all day in a dress so all our dresses have pockets!

Best of all, all dresses here at Kennedy Blue are $150 or less making it the perfect price point for any bridesmaid!

Tell us in the comments down below what style and color you are picking for your bridesmaid dresses! How would you coordinate bridesmaids and groomsmen? Are you a tie and dress bride? Or an accessory and socks bride? Let us know in the comments!

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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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