In ancient Rome bridesmaids wore the same color as the bride to confuse evil spirits who might want to harm her. Over the years that tradition changed and it became virtually unheard of for anyone to wear white to a wedding except for the bride. The pendulum is swinging yet again and all white wedding parties are staging a comeback. In fact all white wedding parties are now considered to be the epitome of class and elegance.

Bridesmaids’ dresses can be all white or with a splash of colour added in a sash or with a purse for a little contrast. The dresses don’t have to be all the same style. In reality it is extremely difficult to find a single style to suit the body shape of several women. The one constant should be the length of the dress and if a coloured accent piece is selected, every bridesmaid should have the same one. The same applies for flower girls.

The groom and groomsmen can wear white tuxedos any time of year. The only problem with wearing white tuxedos is that they are strictly wedding attire while black tuxedos are a staple that every man should have in his wardrobe. I would therefore recommend renting a white tuxedo where as it would probably make more sense to buy a black tuxedo. White dinner jackets are appropriate for summer weddings only. If the wedding is very casual – on the beach or in a backyard white linen suits are a great choice. Several years ago I was at the wedding of friends who had a summer wedding in their backyard and all of the guests played croquet. The groom dressed for croquet in white shorts, a white shirt, and white linen jacket and looked just great. No matter what colour is worn the groom’s attire must be as formal as the bride’s dress.

Will you be having an all white wedding party?