Does the bridal party necessarily have to include females only? And does the groom’s party have to be all men? Absolutely not. If the bride has close male friends that she wants to stand with her on her wedding day, these are known as “bridesmen”. And if a groom has friends that are female that he’d like to include in the wedding, these are called “groomsmaids”. This may not be traditional, but when it comes to the wedding couple, it’s their day—and they should be allowed to include their best friends and family members no matter what.

Although it’s not a wildly common thing yet, it is becoming more and more familiar. And as a result, there are some amazing attire options to be had. Here are some of the best options that we’ve seen.

groomswoman-tuxGroomsmaid Tux

This is when a female in the groom’s party chooses to wear the same tuxedo as the groomsmen. It’s a popular choice because it’s very cute!

groomswoman-suit-and-heelsGroomsmaid Suit

Exactly the same situation as the tuxedo! A groomsmaid can wear the same suit as the guys. This looks particularly great in wedding photos.

groomsmaid-wedding-portraitGroomsmaid Dress

This is what most groomsmaids wear. It’s a formal dress that’s different than the bridesmaids’ dresses—usually darker in color to go with the tone of the groomsmen’s suits, or borrowing from bridesmaids’ dress colors but still different from theirs.



This choice gives the groomsmaid a dress that exactly matches the groomsmen’s colors and/or style. It’s more coordinated than a groomsmaid simply wearing a dark color, and therefore a little more “tied together” for photos. It also makes it very clear that she’s a groomsmaid.


Suit Dress

A groomsmaid can choose a suit dress that’s separate from the other groomsmen’s look—darker or a different style than theirs—or it can match the their attire (see “groomsmaid matching” above). Either way, it’s super cute!

formal-jumpsuitGroomsmaid Formal Jumpsuit

Some groomsmaids don’t want to wear a suit or tux, but they still want to have a masculine touch to feel like they’re a part of the groom’s side—and they want to be formal. voilà! The formal jumpsuit saves the day!


Wedding Party Matching

This is another popular choice. This is when the groomsmaids and bridesmen simply wear the same attire as the bridesmaids and groomsmen. This method can cause some confusion: wedding guests might wonder why groomsmen or bridesmaids are on the “wrong side” during the ceremony.

bridesman-in-a-suitBridesman Suit

This attire is when a bridesman simply wears a suit or tux alongside the bridesmaids. It doesn’t necessarily match their dresses, and it doesn’t match the groomsmen’s attire, either—it’s just its own individual thing. This is the equivalent to a groomsmaid’s dress.



This choice allows the bridesman to have a male version of the bridesmaids’ dresses. This means his outfit will have the same color, material, or style as theirs so that he “matches” them and joins in seamlessly with their look. It isn’t necessary, but it does pull a look together more so than just a regular tux or suit on its own.

mixed-wedding-party-with-groomsmaids-and-bridesmenIndividually Matching

Definitely a favorite! This method makes sure that everyone in the bridal party matches the wedding’s color palette—but groomsmaids and bridesmaids each get their own look, and groomsmen and bridesmen get their own look, too. It keeps the wedding party cohesive while also making it clear who’s who. And it looks amazing!

Your wedding day should be planned exactly the way you want it, with your favorite music, your favorite food, and your favorite people standing next to you—regardless of their gender. With a little creativity on what they should wear, the vision you have for your wedding day and wedding photos can come to life.

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