Non-matchy bridesmaids with only 2 bridesmaids?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
7630 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2013

I think they can look fine wearing whatever they want. However, if you want some cohesion I think the easiest way is to pick a color. I asked my bridesmaids to all black dresses. I think it was easy because there’s not much color variation like if you asked everyone to wear blue or something. They looked gorgeous! 

You could also tie things together with an accessory like tights, cardigans, wraps, etc. 

Post # 4
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think if you have shades of a color in your wedding (say blue) and asked them to stick a couple shades within a certain color (like midnight), that it will make it easier and more cohesive, especially when you include flowers in a variety of shades!


I really want to do this with my wedding but an not planning on having bridesmaids. Right now I am thinking I’ll ask my sister and his sisters to get a certain color so that we can have those fun photos despite not having a BP!

Post # 5
9204 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2018

I think it could look nice, I would just have some level of coordination – same colour, same fabric, same length, same straps (or no straps), etc. 

I am just having two bridesmaids (one MOH, one BM) as well, and will probably have one of them wear one wedding colour and the other one wear the other wedding colour, preferably the same dress.

I agree with PP that you could tie them together with accessories, or hairstyle even.

Post # 7
210 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I am having 2 BM’s too. And they are wearing non matching dresses. The first objective was a short black formal dress. Then one BM didn’t feel comfortable wearing a short dress. So we just changed to one wearing short and one wearing long(the second BM didnt want to wear long) In the end, for us we wanted them to both be comfortable, and be able to wear the dress again..

I think if you at least give them a specific colour, that may help:) Good luck 

Post # 8
248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

because we’re having a DW with just us, and our two groomsmen, and two bridesmaids, we’re not doing ‘bridal party’ outfits. They’re just going to wear cute dresses – probably ones they already own. I think when I’m over at theirs closer to the day, I’ll get them to dig out a few options, and see if there’s a couple that will look nice together, similar levels of formality etc. because obviously we can’t have one in a full length, bright pink crystal beaded satin gown, and the other one in a smart blue shift dress and chic nude heels. In case you can’t tell, the latter would be my preference for the tone of the ceremony. 

Post # 9
543 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I had two MOH’s, and DH had a BW so still 3 women in the WP, but I think it looked great with everyone choosing what they wanted to wear. The only direction was warm colors (pinks, reds, corals, etc.) We did tell the BM to get a basic black tux so he didn’t really get to choose whatever he wanted. 🙂 

Post # 10
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Pixel8:  I was in my best friend’s wedding last summer. There were two bridesmaids and we wore totally different dresses (two different jewel tones, different necklines, different length, different embellishments). I can send you a photo of you’d like, but I don’t want it posted on the bee for privacy.

Post # 11
3222 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@Pixel8:  also, we (the two bridesmaids) set out to get dresses made because even though spending so much on dresses is usually a pain, we love our friend and wanted her to have her perfect wedding! We thought she was relaxed about our attire because she was being overly considerate of us.

The bride did finally clarify that she’d prefer mismatched dresses. We still sent her pictures to confirm she’d be happy with what we chose.

Post # 12
3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Pixel8:  Like PP’s stated, I’d pick a color and a length. For instance, knee length and coral colored. Now you and I know that “coral” comes in a million shades but just giving them that little bit of direction will help them focus their energies all the while knowing that they are keep you happy.

Post # 13
2364 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Pixel8:  I hear you.  I have two girls (and a bridesMAN) and really wanted to do the same fabric and color but two different necklines…

To me, it looked like they belonged at two different weddings!  I can’t believe how much I hated it once I saw it. 

IMHO, if you only have 2, they HAVE to match.  Is one of them your MOH?   

Post # 14
1118 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I had only two and they wore different dresses bc they have substantially different body types.  It didnt’ look bad… The one thing I would “try” to do though is have them wear the same material.  My girls choose different material and although it looked ok, I think it could have looked better. However, my main goal for my wedding was to have fun and be happy and I wanted everyONE to be happy and they were.  My MOH said this was her favorite dress for any wedding b/c she GOT to pick it and she’s been in over 15 weddings!!!!  LOL

Post # 16
1108 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’ve got three bridesmaids. Two are wearing the same tea-length dress but in different colors (peacock blue and clover green) and my third bridesmaid is wearing a long dress in horizon blue. They’re matching in with the over all color scheme of the wedding, which is blues, greens, and ivory. I didn’t want matchy-matchy dresses.

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