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Can the Groom See the Bridesmaid Dresses?

Traditionally, the groom isn’t supposed to see the wedding dress before the ceremony. However, you might be wondering if it’s okay for the groom to see the bridesmaid dresses.

So, can the groom see the bridesmaid’s dresses? It is okay for the groom to see the bridesmaid’s dresses. In fact, he might even help with picking out colors and matching the groomsmen’s shirts and ties. The only dress that the groom should not see is the bride’s wedding dress.

Here is more background behind the groom seeing the dresses and why it’s not a big deal for him to see the bridesmaid’s dresses.

Wedding Dress Superstition

The tradition of not letting the groom see the wedding dress before the wedding started during the time when arranged marriages were common. In fact, the engaged couple was not allowed to see each other before the wedding at all… let alone seeing the wedding dress.

The wedding simply symbolized a deal between two families where the brides daughter would give her over to a man with a rich family. However, he would hide her from her future husband so that the man wouldn’t run away if she was unattractive, calling off the wedding.

Therefore, the bride and groom weren’t allowed to meet until the wedding ceremony. Additionally, the bride’s veil was meant to hide her face so that the groom wouldn’t be able to see what she looked like until the last possible moment (when it was practically too late to call it off).

Today, many brides still don’t want their future husband to see their wedding dress before the ceremony. It makes their special day that much more exciting and memorable. Other people believe that seeing the wedding dress before the wedding is “unlucky”.

Some people choose to share a special “first look” just before the ceremony where they have an intimate moment before they go before their guests. Usually, their wedding photographer will capture the moment for them.

You might even choose to have formal pictures taken before the ceremony to save time in between the ceremony and reception. In this case you would have your “first look” earlier in the day with pictures following.

Why It’s Okay for the Groom to See the Bridesmaids Dresses

If this is something you’re worried about, just remember that when your groom is standing at the end of the aisle waiting for you, he doesn’t have eyes for the bridesmaids. His eyes are all for you!

Frankly, he could care less for what anyone else in the room is wearing at that point. He just can’t wait to make you his wife and see how beautiful you are!

Also, don’t forget to discuss this concern with your future husband. He can assure you that it doesn’t matter. Maybe he doesn’t really care about seeing the bridesmaids dresses so it’s no big deal at all. Just be open with him and share your concerns, I’m sure you will be able to work it out and settle it easily between the two of you.

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Hi, I’m Kristin. While I haven’t found my Prince Charming yet, I’ve been dreaming of getting married for a long long time. I started this site as a place to record all the things I’ve found and researched in preparation for my own wedding someday. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

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