19 Bridesman Outfit Ideas for the Guys in Your Wedding Party

Plus, fashion tips to ensure they look their best.
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
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Hannah Nowack
Hannah Nowack The Knot Senior Weddings Editor
Hannah Nowack
Senior Editor, Weddings
  • Hannah writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on real wedding coverage.
  • Hannah has a passion for DE&I and plays an integral role in ensuring The Knot content highlights all voices and all love stories.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Hannah was the Social Media Editor at Martha Stewart Weddings.
Updated Dec 09, 2021

Gone are the days when brides had to have bridesmaids and grooms had to have groomsmen. Weddings are your day and that means your wedding party should reflect your true support system. Whatever you call them—your squad, your attendants, your party pals, your bridesmen and groomswomen—you should feel empowered to tap those nearest to you for the big day.

If you're a bride and you've asked some of the guys in your life to stand by you at the wedding and serve as a male bridesmaid or a bridesman, if you will, you may be wondering what they should wear. Furthermore, no matter the gender identity of your wedding party members, many brides are choosing to let their attendants select attire that feels right to them. That may mean some of your best friends rock tuxedos and bow ties while others don dresses or even jumpsuits. Even if each attendant is wearing a different type of outfit, it's nice to find ways to bring cohesiveness to the entire group's look so wedding guests can tell that these friends and family members are your wedding attendants. Plus, as any wedding photographer will tell you, making sure your wedding party looks cohesive is a great way to ensure your wedding photos look amazing.

If you're in the throes of wedding planning and having a hard time settling on the outfits you want your squad to rock, let these wedding ideas that past couples settled on for their real weddings inspire your own wedding party fashion decisions. There are a variety of different ways you can bring a thread of unity to a mixed-gender wedding party that's planning to wear both bridesmen suits and bridesmaid dresses. Let these tips and inspirational ideas inspire you.

Bridesman Attire Shopping Tips

When you're working on styling your wedding party, there are a few key tips you should keep in mind to ensure that everyone looks their best and shines in your wedding-day pics. Overall, it's paramount that you find ways to create complementary looks that feel cohesive to each other, yet different from the looks other wedding VIPs will be wearing.

Focus on Complementary Attire

In order for your entire squad to look like they're a cohesive group, it's important to find ways to unify all attendants' outfits. Leaning into your wedding color palette is a great way to do just that. The simplest option would be to have suit-wearing attendants select outfits in the same shade as the bridesmaid dresses. While this idea works well if the bridesmaid dresses are navy or gray, it may be harder if they're a hue like peach or burgundy. If that's the case, consider having a man of honor or a bridesman wear a neutral suit with a tie or pocket square that matches the color scheme you've chosen for the bridesmaids' gowns.

Differentiate From Groomsmen and Other Suit-Wearing Attendants

Beyond making sure your entire crew looks like a cohesive group, you'll also want to find ways to make sure they look set apart from other suit-wearing attendants. One simple way to do that is to select suiting in a different color palette. If there are ushers in black suits or groomsmen suits that are navy, opt for gray suits for your bridesmen so they are differentiated on the wedding day.

Bridesman Wedding Attire Ideas

As you're planning your own wedding party's looks, let these ideas inspire you. If you're planning to have both suit- and dress-wearing attendants on the big day, you're going to want to keep this fashion-forward inspiration nearby.

1. Wedding Party in Blue, Gray and Black Outfits

Bridesmaids at this wedding donned bridesmaid dresses in a variety of colors ranging from gray to blue and black. Meanwhile, the bridesmen wore black suits that complemented the suit worn by one of the brides.

2. Wedding Party in All-Black Attire

Everyone in this wedding party wore black attire. The bride rocked a black jumpsuit while her wedding party wore a collection of black dresses and black suits.

3. Bridesman in Gray Suit

The bridesman in this wedding slipped into a gray suit to complement the gray bridesmaid dresses the rest of the bridal party wore.

4. Wedding Party Members Wearing Suspenders

To help delineate which bride an attendant was supporting, one of the to-be-weds at this wedding had her dress-wearing attendants rock mauve dresses and the other to-be-wed's attendants wore dark-gray dresses. However, for those wedding party members who wore suits, suspenders completed their looks.

5. Bridesmen in Classic Black Suits

While bridesmaids wore champagne-hued dresses to this winter wedding, the bridesmen donned classic black suits.

6. Wedding Party in Light-Gray Suits

To complement the bride's white wedding suit, the attendants at this wedding each wore light gray suits.

7. Wedding Party in Navy Attire

One of the to-be-weds at this wedding wore a navy suit, while their partner donned an ivory wedding dress. To complement the navy attire, the wedding party rocked a collection of navy bridesmaid dresses and navy menswear.

8. Bridesman in Gray Suit With Blue Tie

To complement the blue dresses bridesmaids at this wedding were wearing, the bridesman wore a gray suit with a coordinating blue necktie.

9. Wedding Party in Complementary Blue and Peach Attire

To demarcate which bride they were supporting at this summer wedding, wedding party members either donned blue or peach dresses or neckties for this wedding.

10. Wedding Party in Classic Black Suits

While each wedding party member wore a matching suit and boutonniere, each attendant personalized their ensemble by selecting the tie of their choice.

11. Bridesman With Brown Suspenders and Orange Bowtie

In keeping with this wedding's fall color palette, the bridesman wore an outfit complete with brown suspenders and a burnt-orange bowtie. The whole look beautifully complemented the bride's dahlia bouquet.

12. Wedding Party in Black Suits and Pink Dresses

Dress-wearing attendants at this wedding slipped into floor-length pink dresses while suit-wearing wedding party members rocked elegant black suits.

13. Bridesman in Black Tuxedo With Purple Bowtie

This bride, who herself wore a black wedding dress, outfit bridesmaids in plum-hued dresses. To coordinate with their looks, the bridesman completed his tux with an on-palette purple bowtie.

14. Bridesman Wearing Simple Black Suit

Bridesmaids at this wedding rocked neutral-hued dresses while the bridesman of the group opted for an elegant black suit.

15. Wedding Party in Personalized Getting-Ready Attire

It's important that you not forget to plan getting-ready outfits for your crew. This bride had custom tanks made that bore each attendant's title, from bridesman to maid of honor.

16. Bridesmen in Navy Suits

While the bridesmaids at this wedding wore a variety of dresses in shades ranging from blush to mauve, all the bridesmen matched in classic navy suits.

17. Bridesmen in Cream Suits

Each bridesman at this wedding wore a cream suit. Then, to delineate which bride he was supporting, they rocked a necktie that matched the bridesmaids' dresses (either blue or pink).

18. Wedding Party in Champagne Dresses and Navy Suits

Dress-wearing attendants at this wedding wore champagne-hued silk dresses. To complement those ensembles, suit-wearing attendants slipped into navy suits with champagne neckties.

19. Wedding Party Attendants With Brown Suspenders and Blue Bowties

This to-be-wed outfit their attendants in summery looks complete with brown suspenders and blue patterned bowties.

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