Post # 1
My plan is to let my bridesmaids choose their dress from any store. I will give them guidelines for the color, length, and material… Has anyone done this?
I would live to see pictures of you’re girls in their mismatch dresses!!
Post # 3
I didn’t do this (my mismatched bridesmaids dresses are all from the same designer, and theyre the same length and color and fabric, but the girls picked whichever dress they wanted out of like over 20) but a friend of mine did this for her January wedding where all her bridesmaids wore long black dresses. So she just let them pick their own from wherever. It looked great. I probably wouldn’t do this with any other color but black. But her girls really did look awesome.
Post # 4
We did this too 🙂 We did stick to the same store so the dye lot would at least match… and there was ZERO drama involved with them choosing their own styles. I haven’t gotten married yet- so I don’t have any pics, sorry!
Post # 5
This is what I did! Although I had them all get them from J. Crew so the colors would be exactly the same. I love the look of non-identical dresses!
Post # 6
I did this, and it turned out fantastic. Sorry the pic doesn’t show tons of detail, but I don’t want to post pics of them with faces.
The only requirements were dark purple, and not too slutty.
I didn’t even see 2 of the dresses until the day of.
Post # 7
I’m doing this! I gave them several paint chips (varying shades of aqua/teal) and my only request is that it be approximately knee-length and wedding appropriate (not too casual or skanky). My girls are very different in body type and personal style and since they’re buying the dresses I really want them to buy something they will wear again. Also some of them can’t afford to spend very much and I don’t want them to be stressed out about that.
Only one of them has actually purchased a dress yet (we’re still almost a year out from the wedding) but a few of them have sent me links of ones they are considering and so far they are all great dresses!
Post # 8
Like some of the other posters, I don’t have pictures yet since my wedding isn’t for another year +, but I’m doing this for my girls too. I told them the length (knee), the fabric (satin), and the color (navy blue), and am letting them do the rest. They are planning to all order them from the same store though (right now we are leaning toward Alfred Angelo, since the girls are spread across the country and there’s an AA store near each of them) since “navy blue” seems to mean something different (sometimes quite drastically) to every store/designer.
I’m really excited for the mismatched look! It will also let the girls pick dresses that they are comfortable in, with styles that flatter them. It also increases the odds that they will wear them again. We’re also going to have the groomsmen all wearing navy blue-based ties with different patterns so each BM/GM pair will be different than the others. I’ve seen pictures of the mismatched groomsmen too and it looks really neat. I can’t wait! 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you all for the suggestions! I like the idea of same
@andielovesj thank you for the picture! If anyone else has pictures I would love to see them 🙂
Post # 10
I sort of did this but asked all my girls to get their dresses from J.Crew. This acted as a sort of quality control, to ensure that no one showed up in a skin-tight mini dress, which is just not my style or the vibe of wedding we are going for. Havent had the wedding yet but the dresses look beautiful next to each other, and each girl was able to get her dress for less than $80 (yay, clearance sales!)
Post # 11
I did it!
I just told the girls any color grey just has to be above the knee. I trusted them to choose something they knew I would like. I love the way they all looked and their own styles shined through.
Hopefully the girls don’t mind me putting pictures of them up.
Post # 12
@cherrydoll: some friends did this recently and it looked wonderful! The bridesmaids all looked lovely in dresses that fitted them nicely. Kudos to you for doing this! I wish more brides went this route.
Post # 13
I told them to pick royal blue and they all ended up basically the exact same colour! One is from le chateau, one from aritzia, one from the dessy group and one was custom made.
Post # 14
I did 🙂 I actually had several shades they could choose from so my girls aren’t even in the same colors. I loved it though and got tons of compliments. Plus, my girls loved that their dresses were not “bridesmaids” dresses so they could wear them again.
I don’t have pro pics yet so I apologize that they are kind of difficult to see.
Post # 15
I love all the pictures! Can’t wait to see what my girls come up with! Thanks for sharing!!
Post # 16
I too chose to go with mismatched bridesmaids dresses. I had all my girls over for brunch on Sunday to talk about the wedding and pick their dresses. Here are photos of what everyone has chosen so far… I’m still waiting on one girl. I can’t wait to see how they all look on everyone in person and as a group!! What does everyone think of these as a group??