Post # 1
Just curious to know the orgins or meaning behind this – Why are the groomsmen’s outfits mostly the same color and style as the groom’s but the bridesmaids wear different colors and styles from the bride?
ETA – For example – Groom is in a black suit and so are groomsmen. Why is it more common to have groom and groomsmen in the same color but not the bride and bridesmaids? Wouldn’t it look more symmetrical if the groom was also in a unique color than his groomsmen?
Post # 2
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 # 3
futuremrs2020 : Sorry I wasn’t more clear with wording my question. I have edited it now. I meant why are the suit colors the same for the groom and groomsmen but the bride is in white and her bridesmaids are not in white? Or why is the groom not in white? Or his groomsmen not wear the same color suit he is wearing (such as black or grey or whatever he is wearing)?
I see some weddings where the groomsmen wear a lighter grey or darker grey than the groom but it seems to be the minority than the majority so I wondered.
Post # 4
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
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
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
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
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
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.