Post # 1
So I thought I had it all figured out. My girls were all going to be in a warm ivory, me in near-white. The groom has ordered a custom three-piece suit in charcoal (my Mr. Fancypants). I thought, terrific, groomsmen in neutral (non-blue) mid-gray three-piece suits.
Now the bridesmaids dresses are no longer made in ivory (grr), so I had to go with champagne as the best alternative. It’s shimmery, and has a VERY slight purple tinge in some light, but not really.
What color should I put the groomsmen in?
I am not so into black, but I feel like that’s the “safe” option. I feel like mid-gray might make everyone look muddled (even though I generally love the combo…maybe not in such large quantities), and matching his charcoal will be near impossible maybe (especially since he thinks an iPhone picture is the same thing as a fabric swatch – no).
We don’t have a color scheme per se – the mantra is “the color is texture”, we’re trying to keep things as neutral/natural as possible.
Here are the bridesmaids’ dress color (Jim Hjelm luminescent chiffon in Shimmer):
Post # 3
The dresses are a light shade of grey? champagne? whatever you want to call it. Looks grey on my monitor.
I would choose a charcoal or black suit for the men.. Their suit does not have to match the groom’s if you choose charcoal.
I think light grey suits would be a bit ho-hum.
Post # 4
@julies1949: Thanks so much! I was worried about hue-matching for the charcoal, but I think as long as it’s not un-complementary, it will be fine.
Post # 5
I love the short bm dresses. Beautiful. I voted for charcoal suits for the guys.
Post # 6
Will the men be in suits or tuxedos?
If a tuxedo, go with black. If suits, go with charcoal.
A black suit often looks like a funeral, but a black tuxedo is crisp and classic. Next to these champagne dresses, mid or light gray will look like a mistake. The dresses could look dusty and faded by comparison.
Post # 7
What does the groom want them to wear?
Navy blue suits are a good option, and the most important suit to have in ones closet. Some may even have one already.
Post # 8
@Professor6pack: It’ll be a three-piece suit (he told the guy measuring him “like Nucky Thompson of Boardwalk Empire”). I agree, if it’s a lighter gray, it’ll be all…soupy. Ugh. Charcoal sounds like the best bet!
@Duncan: He doesn’t care. He’s one of those “I wanted to elope” guys, he’s sitting back and letting me plan most things. He was pretty solid on his own suit though, because he already has a custom navy suit and knew for sure he didn’t want to wear that; he’s worn it several times already so it doesn’t feel as special, he’s lost some weight since it was made, and he knew he needed a charcoal suit anyway. (I thought he had a really nice light gray suit but he felt that was too informal.) I doubt any of these guys besides FI have a navy blue suit, but maybe they should!
Post # 9
@2BeeMrsE: They definitely should have a navy, or a charcoal suit. I actually regret picking mid grey for my guys; I feel badly because now two of them will have that as their only suit, and one will probably wear it for his own wedding, and he had said he’d rather have charcoal.
Post # 10
@Duncan: I had assumed they would rent so I didn’t even consider what they should have (or want to have) in their wardrobes! Thanks for this! (Maybe some will suprise me and even have this covered….)
Post # 11
@2BeeMrsE: Yeah I jthough ink throwing $150-200down a hole for a suit they’ll wear once is silly. Buy a cheap suit for the same money.