Bridesman in different coloured suit to groomsmen?

posted 1 week ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
664 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I think it would be fine.  Have him wear a burgundy tie and pocket square and it all makes sense!

Post # 3
8729 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

FutureMrsBennett1 :  I think if he is in a different suit to your Fiance and his groomsmen, it will look like he is the groom – unless I am missing something! 


ETA: Also, I personally think black and navy suits are a weird combo 

Post # 4
27 posts

I’d prefer the bridesman to be in a different suit from the groomsmen. Since he’s the only one I see no point in putting him through the extra expense of buying a new suit anyway. 

Post # 5
77 posts
Worker bee

FutureMrsBennett1 :  Sorry bee, I think you should get him the same color suit. In all the weddings I’ve been too, the only man who wears something unique is the groom! It may also look weird in the pictures as black and navy look a little funky together.

Post # 6
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

If your husband also wears navy, then this friend will look like the groom, unless the girls are in black dresses too.

Post # 7
226 posts
Helper bee

FutureMrsBennett1 :  Yeah I think you have to put him in the same suit as the groomsmen otherwise he’ll stand out to much. It’s just a navy suit, I’m sure no one will mind.


Post # 8
3795 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2019 - City, State

FutureMrsBennett1 :  We’re twins! I have a bridesman for my wedding at the end of the month too!

This is what Fiance picked out for the guys:

The bridesmaids are in black dresses and the bridesman will be in a black suit, ivory shirt, black vest and black bowtie (and rainbow suspenders haha!)

I was a bit concerned about the black and blue combo but I found some pics on pinterest and it actually looks really great. Apparently I didnt actually pin them but I heres one with blue dresses & black suits to show you. I think it looks good! 

I thought my bridesman would stand out more in a blue suit beside black dresses than in a black suit beside blue suits. Everyone coming to the wedding knows who the groom is, and if they dont, he’ll be the one in the middle with me… I’m not too worried about the bridesman being mistaken for the groom and either is my Fiance. 

Post # 9
819 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

My brother is my Man of Honor, and if he owned a nice suit already I would just let him wear it. My bridesmaid attends military balls annually, so I told her that she could wear one of the dresses she already has if she doesn’t want to pick out a new one. Since my brother doesn’t own a suit, I’ll probably just get one with him that coordinates with whatever my bridesmaid chooses. 

I don’t know if my SO will have a different colored suit than his groomsmen, but I’m not concerned about it. If people mistake my brother for the groom, then lol. 

But if standing out is a concern, then matching the bridesman to the other men is probably the safest option.

Post # 10
375 posts
Helper bee

Make him wear accessories to match the bridesmaids dresses. It will make perfect sense and no one will mistake him for the groom.


ETA: is the groom also planning on wearing burgundy accessories? In that case it might make your bridesman stabd out more but not necessarily. How dark is the navy suit? My husband picked a dark navy for our wedding and it almost looked black in the photos, especially in the sun. No one could tell the difference really. 

Post # 11
580 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Probably depends how matchy-matchy your look is.

I had a bridesman. He wore a blue suit he already owned. The bridesmaids were all in mismatched blue shades. I thought it looked great. The groom and his whole side all wore grey suits with blue ties. Noone mistook the bridesman for the groom and his suit meant he looked clearly on the bride’s side. But given they were all in different dresses anyway it’s not like he was the only person not-matching. 

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