There’s no doubt that mixing and matching your bridesmaids’ attire is growing in popularity. It allows everyone a little more flexibility and involvement, while creating a unique and beautiful look. There are four things to keep in mind when you are planning on doing mismatched bridesmaid dresses: Color, Fabric, Style & Accessories. These elements allow you to mix and match dresses while still looking like a cohesive bridal party and not just guests. These real weddings show you how it’s done.
Color is the most visually obvious bridesmaid dress characteristic when it comes to keeping things cohesive for the mismatched dress look. Some brides choose to give their bridesmaids an exact color from one designer or they pick a range of colors to choose from (“Pick a color dress”). This allows the bridesmaids to choose the dress style that fits them and leaves them feeling confident. We love these cute Alfred Sung mix and match dresses with cute bows on the back.
Along with color, bridesmaid dress fabric choice can really impact the look and feel of the wedding. It’s great to give some direction with this so you don’t end up with one bridesmaid in a stiff fabric like dupioni while all the others are in lace. Choose the theme or feeling and use it as a guide. Chiffons and jerseys will blend together to create a flowy, romantic look, while telling everyone to find a sparkly dress will lend a luxurious feel to the bridal party.
You can direct just one element of the bridesmaid dress such as everyone getting a strapless, sweetheart neckline. It can also be the entire dress style that stays the same, while you allow your bridesmaids to choose their own shade of blue or whatever color you’d like. You can also create a mismatched bridal party look by letting the bridesmaids choose between different dress lengths.
The final piece of the mix and match puzzle is the accessories. Having the same bouquets, jewelry, shoes or embellishments will keep the variety of dresses looking cohesive.
Or, you can let the accessories be the mismatched items.
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