6 Style Tips for Brides at a Same-Sex Wedding

A bride wearing a black suit kissing another bride on the cheek who 's wearing a white dress.

Finding the perfect outfit to wear to a special occasion is almost always a challenge—even more so if it’s your own wedding! With a wedding between two women, your outfit options are endless. Whether you opt for two dresses, two tuxes, or something in between, you’re guaranteed to look fabulous. Hopefully, some of these tips will help narrow down your choices.

1. Coordinate in Some Way

Two brides wearing white dresses.

It’s important that both you and your partner coordinate to some degree in your outfit choices. This may be a shared color palette, material, or style. Talk to your partner before you start shopping to decide on what will be your focus. And when you do go shopping, have a photo, swatch, or another reference.

If you don’t want to shop together to keep the tradition of not revealing your look before the big day, consider these suggestions. You could shop at the same bridal shop, but with separate appointments. That way, the stylist can be the mediator between the two of you. Alternatively, have a common friend attend alongside both of your shopping trips and do the same.

2. Avoid Being Twins

While it’s important to match, you shouldn’t look like siblings. Of course, there’s nothing wrong with having matching outfits, but if you and your significant other look too similar, you might look more bridesmaid than a bride. Try to change at least one noticeable detail.

For example, if you both decide on the same tux, wear different colored jackets (e.g., black and white). Or, have one bride leave her hair down while the other does an up-do. Accessories can also be very useful in transforming an outfit, as can opposing shades of lipstick.

3. Make Sure You Don’t Clash Colors

If you’re choosing to wear two different colors, double-check that they match. They should be in the same family, otherwise you’ll clash. Keep in mind that matching doesn’t mean the colors should be too similar. If you have a white and an off-white dress, or a pink and a hot-pink dress, the combination may take away from each other’s outfits. There should be a notable distinction between the two.

4. Make a Statement

Two brides holding hands and wearing black and white outfits.

One way to coordinate your outfits is to share one key detail between the two of you. For example, if your spouse wears a red dress but you want to wear a white one, why not wear red shoes with it and vice-versa?

5. Hop into a Jumpsuit

Can’t decide between a dress, tux, or suit? Why not try on a jumpsuit? Some of the dressier versions can look as glam as a gown and rival any tux out there.

6. Just Be Yourself

While these tips can be helpful, you should stay true to who you are. Same-sex weddings are known for being events where no rules apply, so feel free to do what you want. What is important at the end of the day is that both you and your partner are happy and comfortable.

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