Long gone are the days when bridesmaids walked down the aisle in matching dresses and the groomsmen escorted the guests while wearing a traditional black tux. Today, wedding 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 with 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? Dress your bridesmaids and groomsmen in multiple colors.
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 (like stripes or florals) or those that are all texture (sequins).
Even groomsmen are picking up on 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. A few wedding parties have even played rebel by skipping the suit jackets in favor of flaunting bright suspenders or colorful vests.
Ahead, we've rounded up our favorite wedding party looks for a little inspiration.
Complement Your Venue
These Show Me Your Mumu bridesmaid dresses draw inspiration from vintage Hawaiian bark cloth prints. Fun and playful, they're ideal for a tropical wedding.
Go for Color
This bridal party certainly does not shy away from a colorful palette, and they definitely know how to do it right. From saturated sages and forest greens to the groom in a brooding burgundy suit and bride in a nudey-pink gown, all of the tones remain complementary and cohesive as a whole.
Or White Tuxes
These green-clad grooms outfitted their squad of 'groomsmaids' in all white power suits for a strong editorial vibe.
Can't find the perfect something blue to carry on the tradition on your big day? Outfit your besties as your lucky charms instead. We absolutely adore the pale blue color scheme of these Amsale dresses.
These bridesmaids may not be fashioned in the same dresses, but they are all sporting similar ruffled skirts that adhere to the Spanish-inspiration of the wedding theme.
Your bridesmaids are a big part of your life because of the individual light that they each bring into your life. Let them reflect their personalities by giving them the complete freedom to wear whatever their hearts desire. Somehow, it all comes together in a cohesive look in the end—just like your girl squad.
A Floral Array
Who knew you could mix florals? This bride definitely did. We love how each lady boasts complementary pops of color that tie their ensemble in with the rest of the group.
If your wedding is taking place at an outdoor venue filled with lush greenery, why not outfit the groomsmen to blend with the environment? These dapper groomsmen wore suits in shades of gray that appear almost olive green in color, a perfect choice for the ranch-style Hawaiian wedding.
Is there anything more glam than an all white bridal party? We think not, and we're in good company, too. This bride definitely knew how to make an entrance in a nude embellished wedding dress accompanied by a full entourage in white.
A Blushing Bridal Party
Shades of blush tones are the ultimate combination for a soft, romantic aeshetic. The mixtures of various textures, styles, and finishes add a poetic touch to these dramatic mountainous vistas.
This bride totally nailed the "resort-chic" vibe she was striving to achieve when she asked her ladies to choose dresses within a coral color scheme. The vibrant, punchy hues bring so much personality to these portraits.
A coastal celebration basically begs for a nautical theme. These groomsmen nailed the preppy look with navy sport coats and white trousers.
How adorable is this bride squad in their mixed array of printed sundresses? They remind us a bit of the prairie dresses of our youth. The look is oh-so sweet yet entirely refreshing.