Post # 1
We’re planning on having a mixed gender bridal party- we’re each gonna have four of the same sex, and two of the opposite, so i’ve got four bridesmaids and two bridesmen and he has four groomsmen and two groomsmaids. We’re a little stuck on what each side should wear, and i’d love some ideas or photo suggestions of what people have done with mix gender parties. Our colors are eggplant and maroon.
My bridesmaids will be wearing this dress
Right now, we’re debating between putting the groomsmaids (who are his younger sisters) in either the same dress, or the same dress with a different style bottom- this dress
If we go with the same dresses, would it look weird if we did say the brides side in dark red crinoline and the grooms side in a different color? Or should we keep all the women in the same dress, regardless of the side they’re on? The two dresses are only different in one is the full skirt and one is the wiggle dress.
Then we’re on to the men. All the guys are wearing back suites. The groom will be in a white vest, with a maroon tie and a purple bout. We’re thinking about giving the groomsmen a purple tie, and the bridesmen a maroon tie. Or, again should we go the same color for all the men, regardless of the side they’re on?
I’d love to see any mixed gender bridal party inspiration. We’re really trying to figure out a way to incorporate both genders with out it looking weird. Thanks in advance!
Post # 3
I would keep everyone the same.
ETA-Also, I love that first dress!
Post # 4
I don’t want to post pictures without pemission, but I was in a mixed gender bridal party (two ladies and two men on each side). All the men wore the same tux, and all of the girls wore the same black dress. They considered having the bridesmaids wearing the same dress in red, and the “groomsmaids” wearing the black, but in the end, they wanted to keep things simple.
Post # 5
I did the same colors/styles around. I had a man of honor and he wore the same exact thing as the boys on DHs side. I did have a junior bridesmaid and she wore a different dress but thats mostly because I don’t think a halter is appropriate for a 12 year old
Post # 6
@ThingsThatShine: Thanks I do to haha! And thankfully, all my ladies do as well!
@peaches13: I think it probably would be simpler just to keep all the genders in the same outfit. Does it look ok with the ladies on the guys side in the same dress as the bridesmaids? Another option would be the groomsmaids in black, but I’m not really a fan of that
Post # 7
@cirk: I like the idea of keeping all the girls in the same dress. If you want to mix it up, the groomsmaids could wear a corsage (wrist or pin-on) instead of carrying a bouquet.
Post # 8
We only had one groomslady, so she wore a black dress and the men were in black pants, white shirts, black vests and purple ties. The BM’s wore any purple dress.
In your case, maybe have those on the grooms side wear black versions of your dress, and have those on your side wearing purple accessories
Post # 9
I vote for the same color, but different styles could be cute. Maybe different style dresses for the girls and different patterened ties for the guys?
Post # 10
We have a groomswoman in our bridal party, and since we’re having black dresses (it was to make things easy on everyone) but using sashes to incorporate color, the groomswoman is wearing the sash color to match the vest color the boys are wearing (their vest color is different then the sash color the girls are wearing, but it goes together really well)
Does that make sense?
Post # 11
I did a little more looking around, and I found this dress. It’s not the exact same dress, but it’s VERY close (same brand!)
I’m thinking of doing it this way
Brides side: Girls in purple dress from first post with red and white flowers; guys in black suit purple vests/ties
Grooms: Guys in black suits red vest/tie, girls in black dress with purple and white flowers.
I think I want it to be clear which side is which, by doing my side in purple accents, and his in red accents. Then together, we’ll both have both red and purple. Thoughts?
Post # 12
bumping for thoughts, opinions or ideas!
Post # 13
Are those dresses by Stop Staring!, or some other label? Stop Staring! also makes this dress in purple – close-fitting like #2, except with more of a peplum at the bottom so the skirt has some swing like #1.
Not to throw another option into the mix or anything … (They also have some nice black dresses, similar to what you posted. Not sure how they compare price-wise, etc.)
Also, something to think about: I know this probably isn’t your primary consideration, but … Dress #1 is by far the most “bridesmaidy” of the lot and will be the least likely to be re-used. The black one is *definitely* something that many people would be able to re-use. Purple Dress #2 and the Stop Staring! dress I just linked to are both matte fabrics, and so there’s a good chance they could get worn again as well. Of course, depends on the individual woman’s style preferences, etc., but if you are looking to find a dress your ladies won’t be stuck never wearing again, that’s my $0.02
Post # 14
I went to a wedding recently with mixed genders on both sides. All of the girls wore the same dresses and the guys wore the same tuxes. I think it looks cleaner that way!
Post # 15
We have a mixed bridal party, all women who choose to will wear a black infinity dress, all men or women who prefer will wear a black suit/tux <<not sure exactly the getup.
Post # 16
@KCKnd2: It’s not actually by Stop Staring, but the company who makes it sells with them… if that makes sense lol. And the top dress is the same material, exact same matte plum color. Not sure why it looks so shiney in that one.
Thanks for the suggestions though! I think I’m going to pretend I didn’t see that dress you posted so I don’t have another one to add to the confusion! (Although I do like it, I think it’s a different color purple and if we go with all the purples, they have to be the exact same. That’s why I chose those two dresses, because they are the exact same shade of purple and same fabric. MIght buy myself one though lol!)
@madteaparty: That’s what my Fiance said, and I’m starting to lean towards that for simplicity and eveness. Even though I worry about how that dress will look on his sisters, since they’re only going to be 15 and 17. But good news is, I can take them to try the dresses on, and then decide if I like it or not!