28 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

We've rounded up some of our favorite looks for a little inspiration.

Bridal party in nude/beige

Chi-Chi Ari; Event Planning by Tiffany Rivera of Simply Breathe Events; Bridesmaid Dresses by Jenny Yoo; Groomsmen Attire by Black Lapel; Floral Design by Sayles Livingston Design

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.

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Complement Your Venue

hawaiian bridal party

Matt Waugh

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.

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Go for Color

Colorful bridal party in greens and burgundy

Picture Me & U; Bridal Gown by Syreeta C Fashion; Bridesmaid Dresses by ASOS; Groom & Groomsmen Attire by Fran’s Tailors; Floral Design by Pebble and Lace

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.

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Try Ethereal Lace

Melissa Fuller Photography

Break from tradition and have your girls wear white lace for a dreamy look.

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Or White Tuxes

Grooms and groomsmaids toasting with champagne

Melia Lucida; Event Planning by Kimiko Hosaki of K.H & co.; Grooms' Suits by David Hart; Wedding Party Attire by Theory & Victoria Beckham 

These green-clad grooms outfitted their squad of 'groomsmaids' in all white power suits for a strong editorial vibe.

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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 mismatched look. These groomsmen wore a variety of rustic colors in shades of taupe, brown, and blue.

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Have Fun With Ties

Floral Printed Ties on Groomsmen

Steve Steinhardt; Event Planning by Duet Weddings

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

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Something Blue

blue bridesmaids dresses

Roey Yohai Studios; Event Planning by JZ Events

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.

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Cozy Up

Fur stoles

Laura Gordon

Winter brides, rejoice! We've got the perfect accessory to keep your girls looking divine and keeping them warm. These furry stoles complete the entire ensemble.

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Get Creative

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

Jessi Field Photography

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

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Consider Florals

Man in floral tux

Kadeem Johnson & Dar Es Salaam Riser

Florals aren't just for girls—they look just as good on the guys either as a total look or as a button-down paired with a colorful suit. This guy totally killed the baroque-inspired vibe and seamlessly blended with bridesmaids' pastel and watercolor dresses.

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Full Glitz

Bridesmaids in gold shimmering dresses

Merari Photography; Event Planning by Guerdy Abraira of Ocean Flowers & Events; Bridesmaid Dresses by THEIA from Daisy Tarsi

You can never go wrong with a little bit of shimmer, or a full look of the fairy dust either. The warmth of these gold bridesmaids dresses allows each lovely lady to shine while still maintaining her own individual sparkle in different silhouettes.

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Matching Details

Bridal party

Whitney Darling; Event Planning by RO & Co. Events

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.

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Go Classic but Modern

Groomsmen in white tuxedo jackets and bridesmaids in jewel-toned dresses

Erich McVey; Bridesmaid Dresses by Rent the Runway; Groomsmen Attire by Men’s Wearhouse 

Party on top, business on the bottom: This monochromatic look of black trousers and ivory coats is sharp, classy, and a little bit trendy not to mention an oh-so elegant complement to the bridesmaids' jewel-toned dresses.

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Add Some Drama

Bridesmaids in black dresses

IVASH; Event Planning by Lisi Korn of Forever Events; Bridesmaid Dresses by Moda Glam Boutique; Floral Design by Ovando & Melissa Fleming of Say Sukii Flowers

We know that black is not the first color to come to mind for wedding attire. But we would urge you to reconsider. The look radiates timeless sophistication. Bonus: An LBD is absolutely something your girls can wear again.

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Play With Pops of Color

One Summer Day Photo

A blend of playful bow ties adds flair to contemporary and chic suits.

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Don't Forget the Details

Natalie Watson Photography

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

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Free Reign

Bride with bridesmaids in mismatched dresses

Samm Blake

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.

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Tropic Thunder

DR wedding party

Asia Pimental 

Balmy, tropical destination weddings call for a shedding of the usual dress code pomp. Give the boys a break by letting them forgo the jackets and ties altogether for an airy and laid-back look.

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Mix and Match

Mixed prints

Monsoleil Weddings; Event Planning by Sapphire Events 

Prints aren't for everyone, but that doesn't mean you have to completely nix the idea for your bridal party. This blend of solid and printed Jenny Yoo dresses creates a charmingly whimsical yet rustic effect.

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Shed the Ties

Groom and groomsmen with no ties

Aimee Silver; Event Planning by Sasha Barbara Newbold of Vara Wedding; Groom's Suit by H&M; Groomsmen Attire by ASOS 

If your wedding has a relaxed feel, consider letting the groomsmen go sans tie for an unquestionably cool aesthetic.

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A Floral Array

Bride posing with bridesmaids in floral prints in Maui

Wendy Laurel Photography; Event Planning by Couture Events; Floral Design by Mandy Grace Designs  

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.

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Blend In

Groomsmen

Lilly Red Creative; Event Planning by Opihi Love 

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.

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White Out

All white bridal party

Lisa Poggi; Event Planning by Nathalie Cadet-James of Luxe Fête Event Planning and Design Studio

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.

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A Blushing Bridal Party

Bride and bridesmaids posing in front of mountain panorama

Robin Harper; Event Planning by Tara Cathcart of TMC PR 

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.

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Be Bold

Bridal party

Taylor Mccutchan; Event Planning by Roque Events

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.

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A Mélange of Metallics

Mixed metallic bridesmaids dresses

Angie Silvy Photography; Event Planning by Alicia K Designs 

The mixed metallic textures and hues of these dresses evoke a sumptuous opulence yet still have a playful Art Deco appeal. We love the anchoring of the ensemble with the presence of a few stark, black tuxes.

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Nautical

Nautical groomsmen

Sylvie Gil

A coastal celebration basically begs for a nautical theme. These groomsmen nailed the preppy look with navy sport coats and white trousers.

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Blended Prints

Floral print bridesmaids

Henry + Mac; Event Planning by Glass Event Planning 

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.

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