(Closed) One groomsman in dress blues?

posted 6 years ago in Grooms/men
  • poll: Would it look odd to have one groomsmen in dress blues (military uniform)
    Yes, it would look a little strange : (15 votes)
    58 %
    No, it would be fine : (11 votes)
    42 %
  • Post # 3
    3569 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I agree with you, however since your Fi already offered it be rude to ask to switch now.

    Post # 4
    3886 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It won’t draw attention away from the groom; there will be plenty of attention to be paid to everyone, and while folks will no doubt pay SOME attention to the groomsman and his dress uniform, it won’t in any way detract from you, your groom, or the overall wedding.

    This question pops up from time to time on this site and I’ve yet to be convinced that it’s in any way negative to have a groomsman or even a groom in military uniform.  The uniform itself looks sharp, and while it would be non-standard when compared to the rest of the bridal party, it’s not non-standard in a bad way.  

    Post # 5
    3182 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    At this point I would just let the groomsmen know that it’s up to him.  If Fiance suggested it he can kind of back track a little bit and say that he is fine in the regular tux or whatever too, and it’s up to him.  He will stand out a bit, but I don’t think it will take away from the groom and I feel like military uniforms are an exception here. 

    Post # 7
    4416 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Hrmm, this is a tricky one. Darling Husband wore his uniform at our wedding while his groomsmen wore suits, so I’m just picturing the exact same scenario except now the groom ISN’T the guy in the uniform …

    I think it’s sort of on a par with a VIP guest wearing white. It’s not that they’ll be CONFUSED for the bride (or groom in this case), but it may draw some attention away (though in this case, in a positive way as opposed to people mumbling how much of a faux pas it is to wear white).

    That said, if Fiance has already suggested he wear the uniform then it would look bad to be like “yeah, just kidding, you will steal attention away from the groom so you must wear a suit instead!” So, might just have to let it happen!

    Post # 8
    1513 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    i do think if everyone is wearing the exact same tux it would be a bit of a distraction. i dont know what the rules for dress blues are. for some reason i thought you could only wear them at military things or your own wedding? i didnt realize you could wear them whenever you wanted.

    Post # 9
    3697 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    My SIL had her best woman in her uniform.  She didn’t know if she’d be able to make it or not, so when she did she just wore her uniform.  The other two of us had the same dress in different colors.  We were all over the place, but it was still cute, and everyone was still looking at them, not us. 

    Post # 10
    1068 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2013

    <3 Dress blues.

    Post # 11
    449 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    i think it may look odd if he is not the best man or groom. if you do decide to let him wear them you may want to consider placement of him ( dont want him in the middle of the line)

    Post # 12
    5921 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    One of our groomsmen got home from Afghanistan a few weeks before the wedding, and asked which I would prefer he wear.  I left it completely up to him, and he asked if he could wear his dress blues.  I am so happy he did! He looked really nice and in my opinion, he didn’t distract from the other members of the wedding party.


    @sparrow02:  He was in the middle of our line (I didn’t think about moving him, lol!) and I think it looked fine.

    Post # 14
    597 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I think the groom is the groom but I myself can’t take my eyes off a man in his uniform. They are soo classy! 

    I am sure however, that your man will be dazzling, maybe to set him apart opt for a different colored vest than the others? 


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