Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mismatched Bridesmaids Dresses- Is this a Do?

If you are currently planning a wedding, or have planned one in the past few years, I know you have come across mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Even if you are not planning a wedding and you have seen Sex and the City the movie, you saw how Carrie let the girls’ wear whatever dress they wanted. It’s a huge trend right now, and it’s easy to understand why it’s so popular; each bridesmaid can choose a style that they like and that fits their body type.

Being a bridesmaid can be expensive and dropping 150+ on a dress that you are likely only going to wear once is tough. But if you can chose a dress that you like then, you might actually wear it again.

But there are drawbacks to going this route. The biggest one for me is the lack of uniformity and cohesiveness. I like everything to look like it goes together, and I personally think it’s cute when all of the bridesmaids are dressed alike with only subtle differences. And you may want your girls to stand out as bridesmaids and not look like random guests standing up with you, which could happen if you make no guidelines for the dresses.

The most cohesive way to pull of this trend is for you choose a fabric, color and length, and let the girls chose their individual style of dress. I like this best because it still coordinates, while letting the bridesmaids show their individuality. A good tip is to choose one designer and let the girls choose from their styles, that way the color is the same. No matter how mismatched you want them to be, you should ask to see the dress they plan to wear before they buy it to make sure it fits your vision. Of course you want them to be comfortable, but it is your wedding and you have to look at the photos forever so you have some say in what they wear.

Overall I think it’s a good trend, but I’m still not sure if it’s for me. I just like the look of bridesmaids all dressed alike. I guess I still have time to figure it out...

So do you think this is a do, or a don’t? What if it is just a trend, in the future, do you think it will make your wedding look dated? Are your bridesmaids wearing mismatched dresses?


  1. I think it looks cool, but I would never do it for my wedding. I'm just too OCD to not have things match!

  2. I think it can be beautiful. I've been in a couple weddings now where we got to pick our own dresses, just in the same color, or in the same fabric. Each time it turned out beautiful!
    I am only having one attendant, my matron of honor, and she picked her own color and dress. She did make sure that I loved what she picked.

  3. Lovely Dresses
    Where were the above dresses purchased I love them

  4. I thought about doing mismatched, but fell in love with one particular Dessy dress. I know what you mean though, could it look a bit weird in years to come...

  5. I understand why the look is popular, but I think its a distraction. Instead of all focus on the bride, people are checking out the different dresses, and making comparisons. LOL, sounds selfish, I know, but when you looked at the above picture, what did your eye noticed first?

  6. Okay, I'm sorry. Absolutely not! It was a movie! Nobody had to look at the pictures forever. It's basic composition. When the bridesmaids dresses don't match your eyes are all over the place, and the last place they land is on the bride. It's like having a "Where's Waldo" wedding picture. Get over it, it's a trend you'll regret. It's a messy look, it really does not work, and in twenty years it's going to be the puffy sleeves of the 80's.

  7. And after looking at the picture above again, all I was checking out was each different detail on each girl's dress. Totally distracting, hate it. All eyes should be on the bride. It's your day!! The bridesmaids will each have their turn, but now it is yours. Don't blow it on a trend, Puffy.

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