10 hot groomsgirl wedding fashion ideas

Updated Jan 21 2020
Photo from What's a groom's gal pal to wear? Options for the Best Woman and Groomsgirl by Fable Photography

Our Offbeat Brides are no strangers to the gender-blind wedding party, and today we're celebrating the groomsgirls, y'all. We've seen these ladies stand up next to the groom wearing suits, dresses, and ties with dresses. Every last one of them completely rocked every last look.

If you've ever thought to yourself, "I like the idea of a groomsgirl… but what would a female best man wear?" we're here for you! I've rounded up a few groomsgirl wedding fashion ideas from REAL weddings so that you can see how groomsgirls can own their style while supporting the groom.

1. The groomsmen are wearing black, the bridesmaids are wearing purple — the groomsgirl wedding fashion can include both!

the guys
Photo from Wai Ching wedding party — with a dress for the groomsgirl! from millerunion08

2. Everyone on the groom's side will be wearing ties? Never a problem A tie looks great over a strapless dress.

alex & mark's wedding
Photo from How to dress a groomsgirl by Megan Finley

3. Don't forget to make everyone feel like part of the group!

Photo from A theater-infused movie wedding at an alma mater by Sally Watts Photo

4. This wedding has a hot groomsgirl, with bonus hot bridesboy!

Photo from Shelley & Erik's crafty DIY and bluegrass wedding by onelove photography

5. All we ask is… can everyone do rock-out hands? Good? Good

Photo from Even MORE unexpected groomsmen gifts for guys AND gals by Love Me Do Photography

6. Check it out — groomsgirls are TAKING OVER

Groom and his peeps
Photo from Jamie & Mengmeng's geeky Corgi-loving wedding by Bella Pop Photography

7. Everyone, the colors are black and silver-blue. Just mix it up

the gang
Photo from What's a groom's gal pal to wear? Options for the Best Woman and Groomsgirl from Jane Carnall

8. Groomsgirls makin' bridesmaids cry everywhere

Photo from Ryan & Kesslan's rockin' rainbow weekend dance-fest by Jason Comerford

9. The groom's party is wearing vests, three-piece suits, or kilts. And watch chains

Photo from Brianne & Michael's Time Travel costume wedding with a TARDIS by Tosha Pascuzzi

10. When your sister is your best man, and she outshines ALL the groomsmen in a red suit

Pic courtesy of @IAMSAFAREE on Twitter

So is there gonna be a groomsgirl in your wedding party? Oooo, or maybe you've been one? In either case, tell us about the pre-wedding parties, the interaction with the bridesmaids, and DEFINITELY the outfits!

  1. Our wedding party was sort of mixed. I wanted my sisters and brother to stand up on my side during the ceremony, so my husband had his sister and two groomsmen on his side for the ceremony. But, we had my sister-in-law wear the same dress as my sisters and my brother had the same tux as the groomsmen. The same dress thing was a bit complicated. I wanted the gals to just pick out their own dress, but they all requested in the nicest possible terms that I pick out something for them. Which was difficult, since I needed to find something that would work for a 21 year old, a 27 year old, and a 43 year old. Ended up with a vintage-style dress from eshakti, so that the girls could select their own dress length, sleeve length, etc. and be comfy. The gals got ready together and the guys got ready together, but when we stood up for the ceremony, we arranged as needed (SIL on hub's side, my brother on my side). Since everyone is spread out geographically, we didn't have any parties/events that would require "mixing" (ie my bachelorette, etc.)

  2. Best (Wo)man-to-be here! Plus, we're having both a bridesman and a groomsgirl in our own wedding party! (Bridesguy? Bridesdude? Groomsgal? Groomslady? Groomsmaid? Too many awesome options!) So, naturally, I love this. My BFF is a guy, so why should I stick him on the guy's side just cause he's a man?

  3. Went to a wedding where the groom had his sister as a groomsgirl. The menfolk were in traditional tuxes, and the bridesmaids were in two-toned dresses. The groomsgirl wore the exact same style of dress as the other ladies, but wore it in tuxedo black-and-white. It was such a cool look!

    • I've seen a few versions–groomsgal that wore her own black dress, completely separate from bridesmaids (same wedding, bridesman wore gray suit with tie that matched bridesmaids while groomsmen wore tuxes)

      Also saw a groomsgirl wearing the same dress as bridesmaids, but while theirs were green, hers was black, and was at a wedding this weekend where Best Woman wore the same suit as the guys.

      Each way totally worked. We haven't decided how we're going to go about it yet, but probably some combination of the first two (we have a bridesman and a groomsgirl.)

  4. We had a Best Ma'am who dressed as a badass Viking shield maiden. She was amazing. I had a maid of honor but we called her a shield maiden too. They both got ready in the room with me and hubby because most of us had lived together at one time or another. It was fun to get in costume and tease each other, almost like siblings.

  5. While there is no groomsgirl in our wedding party, my older sibling has been dubbed the bridesbro. They will be rocking a kick-ass suit while the ladies in the party have awesome swing dresses. I love that this is becoming more common. Who says your friends all have to be the same gender?

  6. I had one bridesdude among my rather large "bridge crew" and and my husband had one groomsgirl among his . The bridesdude wore a suit and held a bouquet. The groomsgirl wore a dress and a boutonniere. Bat'leths to the bridge crew and light sabers to the jedi council for the reception. Since the wedding party chose their own outfits (within a rather broad color palette), these were both useful ways to acknowledge/unify our wedding party and show which group they were in without making them all look the same.

  7. My Man of Honor was my best friend and the speech he gave was awesome. My hubs' Best Woman was his best friend, and she and I sang a song together during the karaoke part of the reception.

    We'd instructed both sets of parents and our attendants that they should wear a certain shade of green, and for the most part, they complied. But to tie us all together, I had Tally's Treasury make a hair ornament for my Man of Honor out of the same material that was being used for me and the flower girls/ring bearers and the Best Woman got a paper boutonniere like my hubs' and my bouquet.

    Small weddings are the best!

  8. YES!!! This makes me so happy. For my wedding one of our wedding party women (we didn't have sides) wanted to wear a tux, but we couldn't find any good options that wouldn't require a good chunk of money to be tailored. It seems that good options are becoming more available. (And as a big Janelle Monet fan, I think it would be super cool to see a wedding party with Janelle Monet-style tuxes for all the women sometime!)

  9. Love this! We had a bridesman & groomsmaid and they looked fabulous! I wouldn't have picked anyone else to be with me on my side… plus it gave me the excuse to make a "If I promise not to make you wear a dress…." card and then proceed to tease him that instead he'd wear his kilt. He would've too, but we ended up putting him in a tux like the groomsmen….but we made him wear his hair loose so it could sway as he walked. 😉

  10. I was a groomsbabe at my friend's wedding in Lima, Peru three years ago. There were three groomsmen and two groomsbabes in the party, and he gave us the option to wear a dress or a suit. The other groomsbabe opted for a dress, but I blended the two and wore a skirt suit with sparkly loafers. I wanted to wear a tie, dangit!

    I've now tapped him to be a bridesdude at my wedding in August.

  11. I wish this was around two years ago when my sister was planning her wedding. My sister did not want her SIL on her side of the wedding party because her SIL would be there to support my BIL (my sister said she would never ask him to have our brother as a groomsman so he shouldn't ask her to have his sister as a bridesmaid). My BIL is very traditional and he thought it was weird to have a girl on the guys side (I think it would have helped him to see that people do it). They had a couple of fights over it and eventually he agreed (as if it was his own idea) that he should ask his sister to be on his side. My sister and her SIL get along very well. Her SIL came to the bachelorette and had her makeup done with the girls the morning of the wedding, but she also got to hang out with the guys the night before the wedding while they were drinking and telling stories and go skeet shooting with the guys the morning of the wedding. I was paired up with her and we had a great time playing up the situation. My sister didn't make us dance together during the wedding party dance but we would have totally done it if she wanted us to. Instead I got to dance with my husband and she got to dance with her bf.

  12. I was part of a groom's party a couple years ago, for a long-time guy friend of mine who is very chill and like "wear whatever's cool, man." But his wife makes most of the decisions in their partnership (and definitely in their wedding planning), so I actually worked with her to coordinate my outfit. The challenge I had was that she is a very petite Asian girl with bridesmaids who were all her also-petite sisters and cousins, so her request that I, a tall, plus-size girl, find a dress like theirs, but in the groom's color, was tough. The ladies' dress was hot pink, short, shiny unforgiving fabric, and strapless. And I needed to find that shit in "gunmetal grey." I was like, WTF? But thank god for Torrid — after several failed attempts at other stores and online, I walked into the Torrid in my local mall and there, literally, was a gunmetal grey, strapless, shiny (but forgiving and cut right for a size 18 person), short, but not too short, dress. Just sitting there on the sale rack, waiting for me. No alterations needed. I couldn't believe my luck, and wedding guests were like "whoa you coordinated so perfectly!!" My guy friend was like "cool, man" as usual–I don't think he understood the amazing-ness of that find, and I probably could have been his groomsgal in any old party dress if it were just about pleasing him. But his wife did appreciate the amazing-ness of my find, so I was glad I could make it happen for her.

Join the conversation

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

No-drama comment policy

Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.

Biz owners & wedding bloggers

Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.