What Should My Siblings (Who Aren't in the Wedding Party) Wear to Our Wedding?

Updated 05/17/16

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You've got a wedding dress, he's got a suit, and your bridesmaids and groomsmen are ready to don their matching attire. But that's not everyone! Chances are you've got siblings or close family members who aren't in the wedding party, some of whom might be participating in your ceremony in one way or another. So while they're ready to follow the dress code, should you pick out something specific for them to wear? Here's what our experts have to say.

If you're having a formal wedding, make sure your siblings' attire is just as dressy as your wedding party's. That means brothers in tuxedos (even if the dress code is black tie optional) and sisters in floor-length gowns. Chances are your moms will be wearing dresses that generally match your color scheme, but it's up to you whether you'd like to extend this to your sisters, as well. (But just imagine how beautiful that color-coordinated photo will look!)

For something a little more casual, think about putting any brothers in suits that coordinate with the groomsmen. That might mean gray suits if the groomsmen are wearing charcoal, or sports coats in a similar shade of navy. To really tie it all together, consider gifting them ties that match or coordinate with your groomsmen's to set them apart from the rest of your guests. Your sisters don't need to wear dresses that match the bridesmaids, but they should definitely fit your dress code to a T. This is the perfect opportunity for a shopping trip!

Help them find something they love and feel comfortable with that also fits into your vision.

If the wedding is more casual, or you aren't having a wedding party at all, again, make sure your siblings are really representative of your dress code.

For any siblings who are participating in the ceremony as ushers or readers, details that will illustrate that they're a big part of the celebration are a great idea, whether it's matching ties, boutonnieres, or dresses in a similar hue to the bridesmaids'.

See more: Can We Set a Dress Code for Our Vendors?

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