Written by GroomInspiration

It is often said that the wedding is only as good as the bridal party; and although the bridal party adds the fun factor to the wedding, what they wear and how they’re coordinated is important, so it doesn’t look like the bridal party showed up wearing whatever they woke up in!

Brides are known to have a dilemma when deciding what their bridesmaids should wear. They’ve got to find a balance between making them beautiful, but not so beautiful that they overshadow her when it comes to the main event. Once the bridesmaids’ outfits are decided, then it’s time to start thinking about what the groomsmen will wear.

Because the groomsmen’s suits are generally determined by the colours and textures of the bridesmaids’ gowns, I’ve put together a few style secrets when it comes to dressing the groomsmen:

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Keep it Classy

Whatever colour the bridesmaids choose, whether it’s green or marsala, the classic black-tie and tuxedo is always a safe option. With black-tie, the groomsmen won’t necessarily need to add any other accessories; which makes this a simple, but classic choice.


I generally advise groomsmen to have only one or two accessories that match the bridesmaids’ dresses, without going overboard. A lapel flower is an extremely popular trend at the moment and the idea is to match the pin to the bridesmaid’s dresses. These days it’s easy to have lapel flowers in the exact colors of the bridesmaids dresses made.

If you’re choosing to go with a tie, you can then opt for either a necktie or a bowtie. If you choose a bowtie, there are even more choices – from the butterfly to the straight fold and pointed bowties. This accessory can be in a matching shade to the bridesmaids’ dresses or, for something more cutting-edge, you can choose a patterned tie that matches the colour of the bridesmaid gowns. On trend at the moment are polka-dots and stripes.

Different but the Same

This look is about teaming opposite colours together, rather than teeing different shades of green together. The key to this look is ensuring that you select a color that is complimentary, rather than conflicting, unless of course it is a ‘color blocking’ themed wedding. So, for example, if the bridesmaids choose red dresses, having orange accessories for the groomsmen is not going to be a good idea; try a shade of blue with the orange instead. This look is trickier to execute, but the effect is stylish, bold and exciting.

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