(Closed) Matching groomsmen to mismatching bridesmaids

posted 8 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 3
46595 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I say no to matchy matchy also.

I love your dresses and your color scheme.

Use the cream coloured vests and ties that have the wedding colors.

Post # 4
272 posts
Helper bee

I think using the ties with your wedding colors would be great.  If your fiance really wants a little bit of “matching,” why not give each groomsman a different boutonniere in the color of a bridesmaid’s dress.  It would be very subtle and actually break up the uniformity you’re chafing against.

Post # 5
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I LOVE the idea of incorporating your wedding colors (which are gorgeous) into a tie and having all the men wear the same thing.  I think this will look really polished and pulled together.  Your FI’s idea is actually kind of cool in theory (and major props to him for thinking creatively!), but I think it might look kind of weird in reality… and too couple-y if the people matched up are not couples (which is unlikely).

Post # 6
96 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If Fiance is hell-bent on black tuxes, and you’re hell-bent on a vintage/traditional look for the day, why not just keep the boys in black and white?  Stick’em in black vests or cummerbunds and throw the hint of colors into the boutenneire as suggested above. Really, there’s nothing more vintage/traditional than leaving the men as  blank canvas for the women’s dresses to shine on the evening. I think if you throw them in ties that pull together all the colors you will need to throw them in brighter vests (or no vests at all) and then you may go from Vintage to Vintage (slash) Modern Wedding Matchiness (which I think you’re trying to avoid). 

As for the concern about the brown dress… I never ran into this until I started paying attention to my fiance’s wedding message-boards.  I think this worry is a uniquely modern one where our only dress-up opportunities are prom and our wedding day and we’ve decided that the dates must match each other.  None of the men will be “wearing” the bridemaid in the brown dress as an accessory. Just because a man in a black suit would not wear brown shoes doesn’t mean that the woman standing next to him can’t wear brown. There’s no ivory or brown in Bateman’s clothing and none on Leo’s. Sure the brown in the dresses don’t pop next to the black tuxes, but I don’t think the sight of brown next to pure black and white tuxes would be bad at all—especially in the context of a vintage-styled wedding party. 

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Post # 8
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am doing that.  I let my bridesmaids pick there dresses and all of the groomsmen will be a simple traditional tux with platinum cumberbun’s and ties.

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