Directions for mismatched bridesmaids dresses

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

We went through David’s Bridal and all I told them was a color… they could pick the style, fabric, length, and price they were comfortable with.

This is what it looked like:

Post # 4
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11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I tried doing this and my bridesmaids asked for more structure. Sigh. We ended up having them choose whatever style they wanted in a specific fabric in a certain color and it worked out wonderfully. I would probably get a swatch of color that you like and then see if you can all go together to find dresses that coordinate.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I picked a designer and colour and told them to pick a style. There were 5 or 6 styles to choose from. There was something to please everyone.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@DaneLady:  That looks really great!  Amazing that they all chose pretty much the same length

 

@memo:  I think if you don’t have the exact same colour, it’s good to go for some consistency with length – I’m just talking knee/floor length, nothing more specific than that.  If you’re having the same fabric (including colour/pattern) I don’t think it matters so much.  I love seeing mismatched bridesmaids as it’s so much better for everyone to be comfortable in what they’re wearing.  Mine are matching, but I only have 2 and they both loved the style of dress we’ve picked.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I chose a color from David’s Bridal and told my girls to pick anything in that color and knee length.  Everything else was up to them.  Here’s what it looked like come wedding day!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@vorpalette:  +1

I wanted mix match and different colors so I tried just giving my BM’s the colors I was wanting and it made them all very paranoid that they would pick the “wrong” dress. I ended up having to go shopping with each of them (separately unfortunately due to schedules) because they were so worried I wouldn’t approve of what they chose and then when one would finally pick a dress and another picked one they wanted to change what they had and go shopping again because they felt theirs wasn’t as nice or would clash in some way. 

Wish I had done what vorpalette recommended… In the end it all came out great, and I am still glad I did the mix match styles and colors, but it was an unneeded stress factor added to the wedding planning.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I let mine choose whatever dress they wanted, just had to be in the same color and preferably the same length. They all ended up going with strapless dresses that were long, but not all the same fabric. I felt it was important to have them in dresses that looked good on their body type and they felt comfortable in, as opposed to making them have a specific dress!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@memo:  I believe my girls’ dresses were between $49-$99.  They are all different materials but in the same “marine” color from DB.

And yes, they are hydrangeas!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@memo:  That’s what I did!  I just said knee-length in Windsor Blue from Dessy.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@memo:  I picked all my flowers up at noon the day before my wedding.  They came in vases.  They were placed in the hotel’s catering fridge and retreived by my coordinator at 10am on wedding day.  They were “in use” from 10am-1pm and then on the sweetheart table at the reception from 1pm-3pm.

They held up pretty well, but it was in the 50’s outside and they were in water most of the time.  I have a co-worker who used hydrangeas and hers held up pretty well.  If it’s hot, though, I’d say forget it, as they’d probably wilt fast.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@OldMrsMcDonald:  I’m doing mismatched dresses from DB in Marine too! Do you know if your girls all had the same type of fabric or if they had different types? If they had different types, was it obvious?

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