Like any wedding style, same-sex wedding fashion is all about wearing what makes you feel like the bride or groom of your dreams! In case you’re having trouble narrowing down exactly what that is, we’re here with six tips for coordinating your same-sex wedding outfits to help you complement each other while fitting in with your wedding vibe, showing off your personal style, being comfortable on your big day.
Determine Your Wedding Vibe
Since the overall look of your wedding day will likely influence what you wear, a good first step is to figure out your wedding vibe. What style is your venue? What season are you getting married in? How would you describe your style preferences? If you need some ideas, check out these 5 unique 2018 wedding styles to consider this year, take our quiz to find out which wedding style best fits your personality, or get inspired by the fashion-forward couples below!
Choose a Color Palette
Much like your wedding style, your wedding color palette might have an impact on your same-sex wedding fashion – that is, if you don’t fear a little color walking down the aisle! When it comes to your wedding outfits, whether you’re going for suits, dresses, or something in between, having a color story is a great way to tie your looks together. Some of our favorite ways to infuse your color story are with shared colors in each other’s outfits (think pocket squares, shoes, or jewelry), wearing colors in similar tones, and using pops of color in alternating ways in each other’s outfits.
Dusty Rose + Navy
Olive, Navy, Slate, and Stone
Navy + Emerald
Complement Each Other
Do you both want to wear a wedding dress but you’re not sure how to make the look work? Instead of buying identical wedding dresses, we recommend finding different gowns with common features that speak back to each other, like lace, beading, or general vibe. Besides dresses with similar details, you can stylishly complement one another with similar accessories like hair pieces or jewelry. Keep in mind that complementary looks have as much to do with contrast as they do with sameness, so wearing different silhouettes or styling your hair differently can do a lot to differentiate your styles while telling the same story.
Similar Floral Ties
Or Go in On Matching Outfits
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to lean into matching outfits on your big day, especially if you’re suiting up for your wedding! From getting the same suit tailored to fit your body to choosing the same tie, pocket square, and shoes, you can appear as a single unit on your wedding day when the contrast is between you and your guests instead of each of you independently.
Show Off Your Personal Style
Contrary to popular belief, weddings are about making your own rules and infusing your personality into as many aspects of your day as possible – this includes your style! Just because you’re two brides or two grooms doesn’t mean you have to follow any kind of traditional wedding fashion expectations – whether that’s wearing white or even wearing a dress or suit. When choosing your wedding outfits, think about your everyday style and what it looks like dressed to the nines. Don’t be afraid to go against the grain with unexpected textures, patterns, colors, silhouettes, or styles!
Gown vs. Bridal Separates
Jumpsuit vs. Dress
Wear What You’re Comfortable In
At the end of the day, you should both feel as comfortable as possible on your wedding day! If you hate wearing dresses in your everyday life, there’s no reason to wear one as a bride (unless you want to, of course!). And just because one of you wants to wear a dress or suit doesn’t mean you both have to. This is as much your special day as it is your future spouse’s, so we encourage you to select the wedding outfit of your dreams – whatever that may be! When you close your eyes and picture yourself walking down the aisle, what are you wearing? Trust your instincts and don’t worry about following any rules but your own.
Planning a same-sex wedding and feeling stumped about where to start? We’ve got some helpful tips that cover everything from choosing vendors to finding decor that’s perfect for who you are as a couple to what to do about bachelor or bachelorette parties!