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How to Color-Coordinate Your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

It was easier, once upon a time, when grooms and groomsmen wore black suits and black ties. It required so little thought. But now? Now there are options and we don’t know what to do with ourselves. There are multiple shades for your suit and near-infinite options of ties. The possibilities are endless.

One of the first rules for picking a suit color, aside from preference, is to make sure it fits the overall style and theme of your wedding, including the bride’s dress. But what about your accessories? A neutral color that goes with your suit is always a solid choice, but why limit yourself?

As with any wedding decision, when in doubt ask the bride. But if you want to get ahead, here are a few good ways to go when trying to coordinate your groomsmen with your bridesmaids.


Picture of coordinated outfits of groomsmen and bridesmaids

Matching Ties and Dresses

An easy and classic route to go is having the ties match the bridesmaid dresses exactly. If the dresses are blush, the ties are blush, and so on. This creates a more uniform look that will look pleasing to the eye and in pictures. This also works well if you want your bridesmaids and groomsmen to match and the groom to have a different look that stands out.

Color-Family Ties

You’ve probably seen the trends of mismatched bridesmaid dresses, like ombre or similar neutral colors. Well, the same thing can be done with ties, as long as they’re going with the dresses and overall look of the wedding. Or, alternatively, matching ties that are a shade or two off from the dresses. If the dresses are lavender, the ties could be plum. The same goes for the groom’s tie versus the groomsmen’s ties. The groom does not have to match the groomsmen exactly.


Picture of Color Coordinated Groomsmen, Bridesmaids, Groom, and Bride

Color Palette Ties

Another option, that isn’t neutral or an exact match to the dresses is to go with a color that is a secondary color in the palette. Often color palettes will have two main colors and one or more other colors that come through in other elements, like flowers, decor, and accessories. Choosing one of these colors still matches your theme without clashing with the dresses. For example, if your palette is teal and coral, the groomsmen could wear whatever color the bridesmaids aren’t or another color like gold or blush that might come up in your flowers and other decors.

Whatever you decide to go with, stick to the palette that your bride carefully selected and you’re golden. To help you on your expedition to find perfect color coordination, Generation Tux offers complimentary fabric swatches and free groom’s Home Try-On so that he can try out his look months before the wedding. When you look good, you feel good. Your bride and guests will be stunned and the pictures will turn out great.


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