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Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses Do’s and Don’ts

Have you ever taken a look at your mom’s wedding album and cringed at the poofy pink dresses with way too much tulle, huge sleeves and the matching wide brimmed hats to top it off? Lucky for us bridesmaid dresses styles have come a long way. Gone are the days of the matching bridesmaid dresses, and (hopefully) here to stay is the ability to mix and match your bridesmaids to not only fit your vision but to also make your girls feel more comfortable during your big day. There are a few ways to achieve this look the right way and a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Same Color Dress in Different Styles: This is perfect for the bride that wants to stick to their color scheme but also wants to allow their bridesmaids to pick the style that works best for them. Not every dress is flattering on everyone so letting your girls pick the style they love ensures that your bridesmaids feel comfortable and can enjoy your day to the fullest.
  2. Keep in mind hemlines: While I think it’s great to get different styles of dresses that flatter everyone’s body types it’s important to not get too crazy with the hemlines. For pictures with your bridal party varying hemlines can draw the eye to how different the dresses are versus where they should be- on the bride and groom!
  3. Same Style Dress in Different Colors: This can look so beautiful when done correctly. When choosing to do the same style of dress in different colors it’s important to get enough varying shades of your color where it looks initial but not too different of shades that it’s distracting in your pictures. Try to keep it to no more than three varying shades to create a seamless look.
  4. Have your maid/matron of honor where a different dress: This is a great way to make your maid/matron of honor feel special. Be sure to keep the hemline and color scheme tips in mind as you still want it to create a seamless look but if you are wanting your best gal to stand out from the crowd a little this a great way to take part in the mismatch trend subtly.
  5. Don’t choose different dress fabric. Different fabrics photography differently. Silk looks way different and reflects light differently than cotton does. This may seem like a small detail but it will very noticeable in your photos.
  6. Provide some guidance. While you may think it’s easier to tell your girls to get a long, navy dress; it might actually end up being more work and stress in the long run when the look doesn’t come together like you expected. If possible decide your bridesmaids options in advance. This still gives them the option to pick between the 8-10 dresses you’ve narrowed down and takes away the added stress of making sure it fits your vision.

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses not only let your girls feel comfortable in their own unique style but it also helps you showcase your style! Mismatched dresses can make for some beautiful and dynamic bridal party photos when done the right way, if not done the right way it can make for a dis-jointed look and can really throw off the over aesthetics of your day. We hope these tips help you chose how to implement the mismatched dresses trend!

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