(Closed) BM dresses: Matching, not matching, somehwere in between?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What option did you choose for BM's dresses?

    BM(s) all wore the same dress

    BM(s) chose from a small subset of dress options, or chose their own cut in the same fabric

    BM(s) all wore different dress, but I chose them/gave heavy input

    BM(s) chose their own dress, based on some criteria (ex. must be pink)

    BM(s) chose their own dress, no criteria

    Other and I'll explain

  • Post # 17
    112 posts
    Blushing bee

    I love the look of bridesmaids wearing different dresses they picked but I was concerend with the girls not choosing tasteful dresses.  I really do not like strapless dresses, shiny fabrics and wanted long dress, so since I was a bit picky I thought it would save a lot of hassle by choosing the dress.

    Post # 18
    1135 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    I’m having each bridesmaid in a jewel tone Bill Levkoff dress. They can pick any neckline/cut/style they want as long as it’s this length, and I let them each choose a shade they liked. It’ll end up looking something like this:

    I think for my November wedding the colour palette will be perfect!

    Post # 19
    1893 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

    @cbgg:  I’m hoping to have everyone in the same dress but in different colours, which is ‘out-there’ enough for my mother I think.

    Post # 20
    2031 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We were going to do 3 different dresses of the same length, color, designer, and fabric because my bm are all very different sizes and ages, but they all ended up wanting the same dress so that is what we did.  Personally I think the only way to do mismatched is to have a lot of criteria or it just looks sloppy, but done right it works just as well.  Just see what your bm’s think

    Post # 21
    985 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017 - Baton Rouge, LA

    nothing is set in stone yet- but i would love my 4 BMs to have diff dresses. All diff necklines, 2 in plum, 2 in champagne, same fabric & length

    Post # 22
    469 posts
    Helper bee

    I went with other. They are technically wearing the same dress, but it’s convertible, so it’s going to be tied in the style of their choosing.

    Post # 23
    3997 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I originally planned on having them choose their own dresses in the same colour, but then I found a dress on Ruche that was affordable and fit our wedding perfectly so they’re all going to wear that (:

    Post # 24
    817 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We’re doing Ann Taylor “mint” dresses, they pick the style.  I expressed a preference for a mix of styles and not all the same, although I think they would have happily worn the same style if I wanted them to.  I have the most accomodating bridesmaids ever.

    Post # 25
    1182 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @laureneliz87:  Love the jewel tones!

    Post # 26
    1488 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2014 - Waldorf Astoria, Chicago

    I wanted to do missmatched dresses, but then I was trying to chose which dress out of 5 adrianna papell dresses each girl should wear, and they are from Nordstroms and none of them by me had all the dresses in stock so I could see them side by side, so we ended up having all the girls in the same adrianna papell dress.  Picking out the dresses was stresfful b/c everyone has an opinion about it.  But everyone was happy in the end 🙂

    Post # 27
    2529 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    @cbgg:  I can’t vote because I haven’t decided what to do yet! I was interested in the topic though and came to check it out. Personally I’m leaning towards non-matching dresses within a certain range of colors– like green, peach, or pale pink, and in similar types of fabric/with the same aesthestic. I don’t like how matching dresses or even different dresses of identical colors look at all; my friend who’s one of my bridesmaids likes matching bridesmaids though– eek! Hopefully she will be OK with what I like; it’s not going to be a hodgepodge (as I have seen in some magazines), rather it will be subtle variations.

    Post # 28
    267 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Because I chose a 50’s inspired dress, it was way easier to have all the girls wear the same dress. It was flattering on all figures and I chose black. They wore different satin heels and had fun choosing their own retro hair style, so they didn’t look identical by any means. I loved the outcome! My Maid/Matron of Honor is getting married in May and we are getting to pick our own dress in her color. I love this option, too.

    Post # 29
    975 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t care at all what my bridesmaids wear. I’m having them wear a black short dress of their choosing with black shoes. The guys will be wearing gray suits with black ties and white shirts.

    We didn’t really have a theme or colors, so I felt this was the best way for our wedding party to save money by either wearing something they aleady own or buying something they can definitely wear again.

    Post # 30
    401 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @laureneliz87:  This looks great! I’m glad you posted it because I’ve been wrestling with how I can have my BMs all wear different colours and still look cohesive, when they all have such different body types. We couldn’t find a single dress that looks good on everyone. I think I’m going to do the same thing as you and pick a brand and fabric type but let them pick colour (from a limited selection) and style. This reassures me that it can still look like a proper bridal party!

    Post # 31
    433 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)


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    @pocketfox:  Hooray for convertible dresses! That’s what my girls are doing as well. 🙂

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