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How to Color-Coordinate Your Bridesmaids and Groomsmen

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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 for 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 groomsmen, bridesmaids, groom, and bride during a wedding ceremony

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 decor.

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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