How To Match Parent’s Attire To Your Wedding Party

In wedding planning, countless hours are spent preparing, scrutinizing, and synchronizing the outfits for bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as the rest of the wedding party. 

So naturally, the parents of the marrying couple need their own special outfits to suit the celebration. Ideally their attire should have its own flair and reflect their personal style while fitting in with the rest of the group. It can be difficult to decide because of the burden of choice and satisfying different tastes and personalities. 

Fortunately, there are a few approaches you can take to make the process easier. Here’s how to match your parents’ attire to your wedding party. 

Start With The Wedding Theme And Tone

The first place to begin your search for the perfect wedding attire for your parents is to focus on the theme and tone of your wedding. This will guide your decision and give you a direction to aim for and match. To do this, you can think about the mood, setting, decorative ideas, and theme of your ceremony. 

Is it more semiformal, rustic, and takes place outdoors or formalized, classic, and situated at a historical site? This will tell you whether to opt for evening gowns and tuxedos or pencil skirts, blazers and dress suits for the parents for instance. Since mothers tend to set the style precedent for the groom’s mother, make sure the chosen outfit style is thematically sound as a unit. You can click here to read more about mother-of-the-bride dress trends that can inspire some ideas. 

Choose Complementary Colors 

Color coordination is undoubtedly one of the most essential aspects to get right for your parents to match your wedding party. Parents who wear noticeably clashing colors tend to distract from the bride and groom during the reception party and in wedding pictures. But you can circumvent this by examining the existing hues chosen for your wedding party and find the colors that complement it. 

A great rule to help you navigate the color scheme is by sticking to colors of the same shade palette. For instance, if your wedding party dresses in soft feminine tones such as beige and brown. Then you can match your parent’s attire in colors that vary from it such as rose gold, pinks, champagne, cream, and others. 

If your parents prefer a break from old tradition to stand out tastefully, you can refer to the color wheel to find an understated version of the enhancing color. 

Play Around With Length And Texture 

Don’t be afraid to play around with texture because your parents’ wedding attire can be matched to your wedding party with the fabrics and materials and lengths. Common fabrics and textures include chiffon, lace, and organza that are satin, silk, or matted. For the men and ringbearer boys in a wedding party, they usually wear suits made from cashmere, cotton, flannel, and linen suits.

Thus, your parents can find outfits in one of these materials. They don’t have to have the same finishes as diverse textures of frosted, satin, velvet, glossy, matted or high sine can bring added dimension and variation to your wedding photos. 

In terms of length, mothers could opt for knee or tea-length dresses while fathers have ankle-raised hems and exposed shirt cuffs to mix and match the wedding party for instance.

Find The Right Accessories 

A great way for the parents to showcase their individual personalities while still matching the wedding party attire is with the accessories. Fortunately, accessories can still be matched in a number of ways, namely the positioning of the accessory such as a silk ribbon tied to the waist of the mother and bridesmaids or a flower boutonniere pinned on the upper lapel of the father and groomsmen. 

It doesn’t have to stop there, as there are also matching jeweled hairbands, minimalist necklaces, different color waistcoats, belts, or suspenders for men. The best way to approach this is to pick one common idea that your marriage party will wear and incorporate it into the style of the parents. To make it more personalized, you can use a family heirloom or borrowed items such as vintage watches or brooches for all the men to wear.


Matching your parents’ attire to the wedding party can be a more simplified process with the above approaches to finding suitable outfits. Color schemes, wedding themes, and tones as well as textures are great places to start drawing ideas from. 

From here, you can get creative by adding in small details such as outfit lengths and tailoring or going for the same or similar accessory pieces that the wedding party and parents can wear. Doing this can help you choose outfits that are parent-approved and complement the elegance of your ceremony and its guests. 

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