28 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

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

Tara and Tyler

Allan Zepeda

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

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 have your girls wear 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 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

M Three Studio Photography

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

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 colorful suit.

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Full Glitz

Metallic bridesmaids dresses

Carina Skrobecki; Event Planning by Greenwood Events 

You can never go wrong with a little bit of sparkle, or a full look of the fairy dust either. The warmth of these gold bridesmaids dresses makes for a perfect addition to the rich colors and autumnal theme.

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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

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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Add Some Drama

Black dresses.

Phil Chester; Event Planning by by Karen Morlet Eventos 

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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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 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

Bridal party

El Marco Rojo; Event Planning by Tres Eventos 

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

No ties

Leo Patrone; Event Planning by Ashley Smith Events 

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

Mixed florals

James Autery 

Who knew you could mix florals? This bride definitely did. We love that each bridesmaid's bouquet is created to match the blooms on her dress.

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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

Jana Williams 

Is there anything more glam than an all white bridal party? We think not, and we're in good company, too. Solange and the Kardashians are just a few stars who love the chic wedding-day look.

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A Blushing Bridal Party

Bridal party

Lelia Scarfiotti 

Shades of blush tones in silk chiffon are the ultimate combination for a soft, romantic aeshetic. The tiered skirts, high necklines, and long sleeves add a poetic touch to these already dreamy Tuscan nuptials.

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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

Metallic bridal party

Katie Grant

The mixed metallic textures of these dresses evoke a sumptuous opulence yet still have a boho appeal. We love the anchoring of the ensemble with the presence of a few stark, black gowns.

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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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