Why bridesmaids in different color but groomsmen in the same color?

posted 4 months ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
2917 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

chillbee29 :  My thought would be that finding one style of dress that fits several different body types would be difficult. Although one wedding I was in we were all put in the same dress, in the same color. The other weddings the bride has just told us a color scheme and floor length, otherwise whatever we wanted worked. 


Post # 4
6411 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

This isn’t always the case. Often the groomsmen wear different outfits from the groom. For a while, for example, it was popular for men to wear white tuxes, but not the groomsmen. Now, the groom sometimes wears a black tux while the groomsmen are in grey, or the groom wears a jacket while the groomsmen only wear a vest or just suspenders. Even when they do wear the same colour, the groom will often wear a different coloured tie and/or vest.

Post # 5
383 posts
Helper bee

My guess is that men’s formal wear is just more limited in terms of style options than women’s, and there’s also this concept of not upstaging the bride, so the bridesmaids dresses have to be less fancy and not matching the bride.

Post # 6
4713 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Cost. Suits can be very expensive so people usually spend money of a few standard colored ones and change up the shirts/ties/vests in terms of colors and designs. Suit shirts and ties can be different colors/shades to match the dresses and be different from the groom’s.

Post # 7
838 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2019

My husband wore black with teal and his groomsmen wore grey with purple so he looked unique. I wanted him in black with silver but… he wanted color and that wasn’t worth fighting over lol

Post # 8
27 posts

If I am remembering correctly, I believe the tradition of bridesmaids came long ago when we needed to ‘confuse the devil’ as to who was the bride and originally they all wore very similar white dresses. Not sure why things changed, I’d imagine when it was more acceptable to be unique. 

Post # 9
5418 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: July 2018

I think it’s just been a trend that started and then became the norm, traditionally bridesmaids were supposed to be dressed like the bride, not be different. 

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