By Katy Eriks

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If you’re thinking about the attire for your wedding party you are probably well into the planning of your wedding which is awesome! Your date is set, venue is determined, and you’ve asked your closest friends and family members to stand by your side on your big day. Maybe you’ve started using Pinterest boards and instagram to get inspiration for how your wedding party will dress. As you start looking into styles and brands, did you ever think there would be so many options for what everyone will wear? Here are a few key tips from SuitShop to help you plan the picture-perfect attire for your wedding day.

Determine How Formal Your Event Is.

Ask yourself: will the wedding be black tie, black tie optional, cocktail attire, or casual? Typically your wedding venue can determine this for you but take into consideration your personal style and personalities as well. Who says you can’t have a black tie event in an industrial loft?

Choose Your Wedding Colors

What are you and your fiance’s favorite colors? Do they blend well? How do those colors fit into the season that you are getting married in? If both of your favorite colors are blue, you’ve got it easy. If your favorite colors are more eccentric, like mango and violet, you may have some compromising to do. 

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Find The Dresses

Yes, the wedding dress and the bridesmaids dresses. Your wedding dress should fit in well with your overall formality and theme but don’t be afraid to stand out. You want to be the most formal one there. Opting for a suit or a tuxedo instead of a wedding dress? Consider a white shawl lapel tuxedo. This classic look will never go out of style and you can accessorize however you see fit. Then, nail down the color of the bridesmaids dresses and if you will specify that everyone wear the same dress, same color, or be able to choose. Either visit stores in person or order swatches from a few online companies so you know what the colors truly look like, a picture can often be filtered and lighting plays a factor as well. 

Choose The Suits

Once the bridesmaids dress colors are chosen you can choose the suits or tuxedos their aisle mates will be wearing. Have someone on the groom’s side who wants to wear a woman’s suit? Find a brand that carries matching suits for both men’s and women’s bodies. Then, make sure that the suit color fits well into the season you will be married in. For example, if you’ve chosen gray as your suit color, consider light grey for a spring or summer wedding or charcoal grey for a fall or winter wedding. 


It’s always good to give your wedding party as many details as possible when it comes to accessories. This way you’ll get what you want for your photos, and your bridal party will know exactly what to pack for the big day. For the girls, decide on shoe style and color as well as jewelry, and if you will have any requests for hair, nails, etc. For the guys, determine if they will be wearing boutonnieres, pocket squares, or both. Find ties that complement the bridesmaids dresses, or for a casual wedding decide if the guys will wear ties at all. For belts and shoes it’s always key to be specific on color. If you’re having the guys wear black shoes and belts you can probably have everyone wear a pair they have at home as blacks don’t tend to vary much. When it comes to brown, however, you definitely need to tell the guys whether you are looking for a tan or a dark cognac brown. Or, ask them to all purchase the same shoes or give them their shoes as a gift to ensure your wedding photos are amazing. 

Hopefully these tips got the wheels spinning on your attire planning for the wedding day. SuitShop is a one stop shop offering suits for men, women, and kids as well as accessories and groomsmen gifts. They’re also experts when it comes to wedding style and can be reached at for any questions! Happy planning! 

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