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Dressing the Wedding Party

AJ4ever08AJ4ever08 member
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We are getting married June 2014 outside at a local park. I have been going through many ideas of the color that the BM and GM should wear. The colors I am going with are based off these flowers (pink, green, orange, and silver)

Here's the ideas I have come up with, let me know what would look best together. 

Bridesmaids:(all short dresses) 

1) Same or different dresses in the different colors (pink, green, orange, and silver) with white shoes & white flowers
2) Same or different dresses in gray/ silver with a ribbon at the waist in the different colors (pink, green, orange, and silver) with the matching shoe 
& flowers to the ribbon 

Groomsmen:
1) Khaki pants and vest with white shirt and tie in one of the colors (pink, green, orange, and silver)
2) Grey/ silver pants and vest with white shirt and tie in one of the colors (pink, green, orange, and silver)

What color should the mom's & dad's wear? 

Thanks! 

Re: Dressing the Wedding Party

  • AJ4ever08 said:
    We are getting married June 2014 outside at a local park. I have been going through many ideas of the color that the BM and GM should wear. The colors I am going with are based off these flowers (pink, green, orange, and silver)

    Here's the ideas I have come up with, let me know what would look best together. 

    Bridesmaids:(all short dresses) 

    1) Same or different dresses in the different colors (pink, green, orange, and silver) with white shoes & white flowers
    2) Same or different dresses in gray/ silver with a ribbon at the waist in the different colors (pink, green, orange, and silver) with the matching shoe 
    & flowers to the ribbon 

    Groomsmen:
    1) Khaki pants and vest with white shirt and tie in one of the colors (pink, green, orange, and silver)
    2) Grey/ silver pants and vest with white shirt and tie in one of the colors (pink, green, orange, and silver)

    What color should the mom's & dad's wear? 

    Thanks! 
    Just a couple of warnings of the responses you'll get here on The Knot: 
    1. Make sure that if you require your BM's to wear a certain shoe that you are paying for it. It's not really appropriate to require them to pay for anything beyond the dress. You are welcome to say "Wear any pair of silver/black heels you have!" But if you want a specific shoe, you should pay for it.
    2. For your question about mom's and dad's - it's also not appropriate for you to dictate their attire. If they personally would like to coordinate with your wedding colors, that's fine, but don't require them to match. They should just wear something comfortable and flattering that matches the wedding's formality. 

    Moving on to your question:
    You've got a lot of colors here. Out of your two bridesmaid options, I'd go with option one but exchange the white shoes for silver shoes. But a third option could be doing different shades of green or silver, and then having your pink and orange flowers be the pop of color. I'd have silver as your neutral over white - it will soften your very bright palette. 

    If you're doing an afternoon wedding, I like the khaki. But I personally (total personal opinion) like darker colors for evening weddings. Otherwise, I like the bright ties against the neutral vests. 
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  • Silver is a great idea for the neutral & shoes. I also like the idea of the different shades of grey, but I'm still not sure that grey & khaki go together. I was not sure about the parents because I have never been to a wedding & if there was a certain attire for them. The wedding would be late afternoon so maybe it will be cooler. Thanks for your advice!
    manateehugger
  • No worries! Wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt. I got my bum smacked with etiquette a couple times on here when I first started posting. People are blunt here, but the advice is well-meant. 

    Hmm yeah, I didn't think about the khaki and gray dresses - that might bug me too. Honestly, a light gray vest/pants combo would still be really nice for an afternoon wedding. 

    Here's a photo I dug up. image

    I think with your flowers in the pic you posted, this scheme would be adorable! And I still love the tie idea!
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  • I think I would pick one or two of your colors for your bridesmaids. It's a lot of color and I think if you stick with one or two (or even shades of one) it will look a little bit more cohesive without being too matchy.

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  • SBminiSBmini member
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    I feel that your colors are too bright and bold to dress your girls in different colors. I would pick one color for the girls (based on what they and you like best) and then accessorize accordingly. 
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  • mlg78mlg78 member
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    I agree -- select one color and use the rest of the colors in that bouquet as accents elsewhere.  And no white shoes...
  • 1) Wait to pick your BP for a couple months. Relationships change, just read some threads. 
    2) I think you're thinking too many colors, stick with one or two. 
    3) Make sure to ask your BP members their budget before you pick anything. 
    4) You want specific shoes? You pay for them. 
  • Thanks! I'm not asking them now, but they all know they are going to be in it without me having to say anything. I am trying to find a cute & unique way to official ask them later, but I am just trying to get my game plan together lol 
  • You can try color combinations.... I was thinking of doing something like this for mine? I am not sure whether it's tacky or it messes up the color scheme?

    http://wedding.choisr.com/wedding/alternative/this-color-combination/52bcb831151b425d#/
  • itzMSitzMS member
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    edited June 2013

    My vote is grey dresses and grey suits. Accent with brightly colored flowers and ties.

    Please don't ask them to wear white shoes or shoes in a bright accent color. Silver or black would be much more common and likely to be worn again.

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