(Closed) Groom’s tie (and ties) deciding bridesmaids dress color

posted 10 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
484 posts
Helper bee

without seeing the tie and vest, I can suggest the following:




yellow (for contrast and to brighten up your pictures, bonus if there is a yellow stripe in the tie)

burnt orange

hope this helps!

Post # 5
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

Is this tartan that he chose his family’s tartan? Or is it just one that he liked?

I had a friend who married into a very scottish family and all of the groomsmen, etc. wore kilts in blue/green. The bridesmaid dresses were red and it didn’t look christmas-y at all. So maybe using a colour like dark blue will help prevent it from being too christmas-y.

Are there any other colours in the tartan that are not the green/red? That would be a good colour to have your bridesmaids in.

Good luck! 🙂

Edit: I just looked at your photo and there is no red in it. So if that is the case, I’d choosen either green or blue (or a mixture of both!) and it should look just fine!

Post # 6
23 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’d pull out one of the blues and add a red or cream accent.  

Or what if the girls had a simple black dress and you added the tartan trim.  I mean the guys are in black and tartan already right?  This also gives them the option to take the trim off later and they’ve have a nice LBD to wear again.

Additionally, you could make the attendants flowers match the tartin exactly.  It might still be a bit Chrimassy to you but at least it’s just the flowers and not the girls.

Just my two cents anyways – and a few notes on the bagpipes for you! Good luck!

Post # 7
484 posts
Helper bee

Thanks for posting the pic. I would pull out the green. It looks somewhat muted so I think a moss or sage green would look great and not very Christmas-y at all (stay away from hunter green)

also I still think yellow could work and your wedding date is early enough in the fall that you could get away with it 🙂

Post # 9
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

I feel your pain.  My fiance is also crazy about his heritage.  He is no more Scots than I am, but you wouldn’t know it.  He and all his grooms man are wearing kilts.  He even wants a bagpiper to pipe them in.  (be grateful for small miracles that your fiance has not made this request).

 His tartan is red and blue and green and yellow and black.  YIKES.  We compromised with him wearing a tartan that wasn’t his family tartan.  (green and brown)  There are some very nice green bridesmaid dresses out there:

 http://www.morilee.com/DressDetail.aspx?C=3&D=203&P=1  (pick the patina color)

http://www.alfredangeloca.com/Collections/ProductDisplay.aspx?productID=54933601-1453-4ae6-a212-a5a2aa863b49&categoryID=053f22f3-72d9-4a6d-af34-392c45fe8c96&pg=0  (chose hunter)


Blue would work very nicely too.  I’m having green bridesmaid dresses and yellow flowers. 

Here’s something weird:  the mackay tartan is my family tartan, and your wedding day is my fiance’s and i’s anniversary. 

Here’s another way his heritage could be put into play if you decide against the vest idea.  We are having the guests chose who’s tartan we are going to take as a family tartan.  If you have even the smallest bit of scotish blood you could do that. 

Or use the family crest as part of the details of the wedding

 The Mackay clan motto is "with a firm hand".  KInd of hard to work that in the wedding because it sounds like they go around smacking people around.  We are leaving that part out…


Post # 11
17 posts
  • Wedding: May 2009

Here’s another idea:  Give him clan Mackay cufflinks.  Who knew they existed right?  I’m toying with the idea of giving them to my fiance.


The cufflinks here are rediculously overpriced but it gives you the idea.  There are loads of sites selling this kind of thing; i’ve seen as low as $20. 

He gets another piece of heritage, he can use it again, and it is subtle (the anti-bag pipe).

Also tell your future hubby that he is lucky to have a bride that would even consider plaid.  My fiance and I have a running joke that goes something like this: 

me: does the color of my skirt match my shirt?

him:  I don’t know.  I like plaid.

Moral of the story: plaid is synonymous with bad/strange fashion taste.  That you are will to run with this is a sign that you are an awesome catch and deserve foot rubs.

Okay, this post is totally off in left field but i’m happy to have found a kindred (plaid) spirit.

Post # 12
469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I just looked at the picture of the tartan – my suggestion is navy blue Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, and then use whites, creams, and moss green in the flowers, paper products, and cake.  That tartan is beautiful – and as some PP have mentioned, it could be worse!

Post # 13
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

you know, my gut reaction after seeing the colors was a golden yellow. it would look so lovely with that. since your wedding is in october, golden yellow would work as well since that is a fall color still. either that or a satiny dark brown if you want to go for more muted tones. But my vote is for the golden yellow. that would give it such a nice pop of color but still looks so great together. 

Post # 14
1022 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think a navy or emerald or moss green would look lovely and not at all Christmas-y

Post # 15
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You could go with the yellow or the blue in the tie, those would play down the christmassy feel

Post # 16
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

She probably already decided since her wedding was last October 🙂

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