Post # 1
FI and I have decided that mistmatched bridesmaid dresses are okay, and I’m actually very much looking forward to helping them find the perfect dress for them. Here’s my dilemma.
My 13-year old daughter is my MOH and she will be wearing a dress similar to this:
Three of my bridesmaids are age 40 and over, all carry a little extra weight, all are under 5’4″ and would probably be considered short waisted. I’ve been looking at empire waist dresses for them.
My last bridesmaid is FI’s sister and she is 24 year olds and TALL. She would really like a long dress, but I don’t think long would work for ANY of the other bridesmaids.
Will it look terrible to have long/short, different fabrics, etc. or should I just say GO FOR IT as long as they’re all navy blue?
We’re having an outdoor ceremony at a golf course in September of next year.
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Post # 3
To be honest a lot of that decision is based on your tastes and what you think will look best. But I think it is very hard to please everyone with one dress.
I think that from looking at the pictures of the blue gowns you posted even if some were long and some were short it would look nice as long as they are all the same color.
I’m actually doing three different dresses in 3 different shades on my bridesmaids because they have different bodies and different body images concerns. I wanted them to all feel as pretty as possible. The unifying factor will be that the dresses will all be floor length, made of satin, and all have (or will have added) a fabric floral accent.
Post # 4
Seriously, with BMs in varying ages and sizes, just tell them to pick their own dress that makes them feel beautiful. It will save you a lot of headache. Trust me. LOL! I told my BMs to wear blue. I didn’t care what shade, style, length, just look pretty when you stand in a row. I think it worked out really well!
ETA: Woah we’re all super serious here. I meant to put a different photo. Really, we had a good time! LOL! But you get the point 😉
Post # 5
You pick fabric/vendor, they pick dress length and style.
Post # 6
I have girls of mismatched heights and sizes too… it was TOO hard to please everyone so I decided to go for convertible bridesmaid dresses. That way, it’s all the same colour and fabric, but they get to wear it the way that makes them most comfortable. I’m using these ones: http://www.henkaa.com/convertible-dresses/
The only dilemma I’m having is the length right now! I don’t know if I should go with long or short… but anyway, that’s another possibility for you to think about too! Good luck!
Post # 7
@bakerella: Get rid of the flowers and I feel this could be an album cover … can any of you sing? 😀
The dresses you picked out are all gorgeous and would definitely go together. They’re all the same color which certainly helps tie them all in. I don’t think this would look bad at all. You want your ladies to feel their best, so give them some leeway. You can say I want navy dresses from (insert store) and then let the girls pick what they want. That way they are all comfortable. No one wants to be in an incomfortable dress for 8 hours.
Post # 8
I think that different is ok but they need to be the same fabric. I think that it would look odd to have a few girls in a matte material and then one girl in shiny satin
Post # 9
I would go for same color, same fabric and same length but just different styles.
Post # 10
I’m with bakerella, no one’s going to be judgy about someone being in a long dress and everyone else in short or anythin glike that. As long as they all feel beautiful and you like the look the go for it!
Post # 11
The dresses you picked are really lovely and will go very well together!
I gave my gals a swatch and told them to find something they liked in that color – fabric wasn’t an issue, though length was, since it was an afternoon wedding and the invitation said cocktail attire. And here’s what I got
From Left to right-
Cotton sateen, Silk Shatung, Satin.
They looked fab and felt great, and that’s what mattered most!
Post # 12
I think everyone needs to be in different dresses. It would look odd to have a 13 yr old and 40 yr olds wearing the same thing! The one thing that might be important to keep constant is the length, but even that is subject to your opinion.
Post # 13
I think it’s ok to have different lengths but personally I like having everyone in the same fabric so you don’t have some in a shiny and others in a matte.
Post # 14
I had different fabrics/lengths/designers. It looked fab!
Post # 15
I think different fabrics, lengths, etc is fine as long as no one goes full-length