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