11 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

We've rounded up some of our favorite wedding party looks from real weddings to offer a little inspiration

Updated 05/16/16

Photo by Allan Zepeda

Long gone are the days when bridesmaids walked the aisle in matching dresses and the groomsmen escorted the guests while wearing the traditional black tux. Today, bridal party attire is often chosen as a reflection of the couple's wedding style as well as of the personalities of the men and women wearing it.

Throwing a boho wonderland in the woods? Bridesmaid dresses that mix and match lace and wildflower floral prints will create an ethereal vibe to complete your woodland theme. Hosting a Palm Springs affair? Groomsmen in brightly colored trousers will make a complementary statement. Having a quirky or eccentric wedding? Why choose one color when you can dress your bridesmaids and groomsmen in the colors of the rainbow?

The mismatched bridesmaid dress trend that quickly became popular in recent years has evolved into a variety of styles, from designated color palettes (think ombré or jewel tones) to variations of a central theme (a roaring 1920s bash, anyone?). And brides who do prefer a more uniform look still find a way to make a statement with their bridal party fashion by opting for patterned dresses (stripes! florals!) or those that are all texture (sequins!).

Even groomsmen are picking up on the stylish trends, going for a dapper look in tweed or dressing in a range of shades with a central hue. If they're really feeling playful, mix-and-match ties or bow ties and fun socks are always a favorite, and a few even play rebel by skipping the suit jackets in favor of flaunting bright suspenders or colorful vests.

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Compliment Your Venue

Matt Waugh

These Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaid dresses draw inspiration from vintage Hawaiian barkcloth prints. Fun and playful, they're ideal for a tropical wedding.

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Go for Color

Garrett Richardson for Clove & Kin

Salmon-hued suspenders add a pop of color to neutral groomsmen outfits.

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Try Ethereal Lace

Melissa Fuller Photography

Break from tradition and dress your girls in white lace for a dreamy look.

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Dress in Earthy Tones

Arden Prucha Photography

The bridesmaids aren't the only ones who know how to pull off a mis-matched look. These groomsmen pull off a variety of rustic colors in shades of taupe, brown, and blue.

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Have Fun with Ties

M Three Studio Photography

Mix and match patterned ties to bring out the groomsmen's individuality in an otherwise cohesive look.

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Be Creative with Color

Jessi Field Photography

With different colored trousers, these guys take the rainbow look to a whole new level.

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Consider Florals

Big Bouquet Photography

Florals aren't just for girls — they look just as good on the guys as a button-down, especially when paired with a colored suit.

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Go Classic but Modern

The Happy Bloom

Party on top, business on the bottom. This monochromatic look of black trousers and ivory coats is sharp, classy, and a little bit trendy.

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Don't Forget the Details

Natalie Watson Photography

Diverse patterned linings jazz up beige suit coats, mixing the whimsical with the traditional.

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Include a Hat

Hazelwood Photo

From a perky fedora and charming bow tie to a Duchess Clothier tweed jacket and carmine pants, this mixed tux is pure vintage gold.

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Play with Pops of Color

One Summer Day Photo

A mix of playful bowties add flair to contemporary and chic navy and grey suits.

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