The in-crowd: How to dress a bridal party that stands out

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Photo: Tom Daly Photo: Tom Daly

Clothing for your bridesmaids and groomsmen is no place to cut corners or scrimp on style. Here are six ways local couples got it right.

For the bridesmaids

Printed (above) When one bride expressed an interest in floral patterns, her matron of honor suggested a dress she’d already purchased as an option. “Once she showed me the dress we all immediately loved it,” says the bride. One stressful dress hunt later (it was sold out when it came time for the other matron of honor to purchase it), they lucked out finding the Eliza J dress at Nordstrom. 

Photo: Tom Daly
Photo: Tom Daly

White  Who says the bride is the only one who can dress in white? This clean color palette is unexpected, but tied into the bride’s own dress, which had an illusion back. “All of my bridesmaids and myself are pretty conservative in dress, so the style we chose was ‘business in the front, party in the back,’” she says.

Photo: Cramer Photo
Photo: Cramer Photo

Textured  After eyeing the Sienna dress from BHLDN for herself, this bride decided it might work for her ’maids instead. She liked that it both complemented and contrasted her own dress—with a floral pattern, an illusion neckline and a silk chiffon skirt.

For the groomsmen

Photo: Liz Cook
Photo: Liz Cook

Different suit  If the bride can wear a different dress than the bridesmaids, so too can the groom wear a different suit than the groomsmen. It’s basic math.

Photo: Tom Daly
Photo: Tom Daly

Good fit  If only this weren’t a novel idea, but we’ve seen too many grooms with baggy, unflattering pants. At this wedding, the couple wanted their big day to be an extension of who they were: relaxed and classy, says the bride. So, the groom and best man wore fitted navy suits from J.Crew and, rather than having the second groomsman buy something new, they allowed him to wear a navy suit already in his closet.

Photo: Katelyn JamesPhoto: Katelyn James

Ties  We applaud couples who take every opportunity to inject personality into their big day, and these coordinating ties were no different.