So I just have to share one of the most exciting segments we are going to start posting here on the vine consists of the BEST wedding rules/ traditions to break because....I mean...why not? While we love ALL the custom choices that bride and grooms do for their big day, we want to celebrate those who truly make their big day EXACTLY what they want without worrying about how it has been done before.
This month we are going to talk about mixed gender bridal parties. Its tradition that the bride has her bridesmaids and the groom has his groomsmen. While we love all bridal parties, we are SOO excited about these mixed parties. Why should you not have the exact group of loved ones on your side? Why does it matter about it all being gals or guys?
Cheers to the groomsladies, groomswomen, mans of honor and bridesmen out there, we salute you!
If your worried about how to coordinate the formal wear for the mixed gender idea don't be! Looking at all the example photos there are so many different ways that you can make this look cohesive. Check out this article on Refinery 29,
In summary, both in the article in my opinion, here are some options for attire and a mixed gender bridal party:
1. Keep it simple in color and style each side its own... On each side choose a color from the color story of the wedding. On the brides side maybe the party wears lavender ( dresses / suits ) and on the grooms side they do a charcoal ( suits and dresses).
2. OR do the opposite and style all the party in the same color but maybe change the form of attire. Maybe the groomsmen where a suit jacket with certain details and the bridesmen where no jacket and suspenders with colors matching the brides side. The bridesmaids all wear dresses while the groomswomen where jumpsuits/ pantsuits.
3. Maybe its an accessory that all those standing for the groom share that shows which side they stand on, and same for the bride!
I think that this idea is fantastic and the different ways to dress just add even more layers to a well designed day.
When it comes to how to walking down the aisle maybe your unsure how to work this??? AGAIN DON'T BE! Have each member walk alone, have them walk in a mix of same sex and opposite sex couples, or even have everyone walk together in more of a group format. Toss around the idea of even doing odd numbers walking together.
I think one of my biggest take aways from this idea is to not over think this. When it comes to choosing the people the mean the most to you, most the time that choice is pretty easy. So why worry about how to make it work? Just make it work! No need to worry about how you stand up to how things are traditionally done, spice it up, mix it up, and make this day 150% personal to you, your partner, and your squad.