(Closed) Bridesmaid Dresses: Different fabrics okay???

posted 10 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
53 posts
Worker bee

I had a friend who got married and did separates for her bridesmaids.  The bottom where satin and the tops were tafetta (or something like that).  The girls looked like they were wearing two different colors.  I say – if you want all of your Bridesmaid or Best Man to look like they are wearing the same color – choose the same fabric for all of them.  I did something similar and chose WTOO dresses, made of crinkle chiffon in plum, knee length.  I wanted everyone to be able to choose a style dress that flattered their figure and they were comfortable in. 


I can’t say 100% – but I think different fabrics – even if requested in the same color – can look like two different shades.  I would suggest looking at swatches of the exact fabrics and colors you are thinking just to be sure.


Good luck!

Post # 4
570 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I know that a really popular trend is to let them pick the style, and you pick the color and the fabric. That way they basically get what is going to look best for their body type, but it will be all one uniformed look and the same color!

Post # 5
6571 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i think it will look good in different fabrics! my girls picked their own dresses, i didn’t specify a fabric and i think they looked amazing!

Post # 6
573 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

It could look fine as long as the girls coordinate with each other so that they aren’t all wearing satin but one girl chooses taffetta.

Post # 7
13094 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I like you should choose one fabric otherwise the color of the different fabrics will look slightly off from each other.  When you’re obviously trying to somewhat match by choosing a color for them, that color difference due to different fabrics will look off.

Post # 8
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I specified the color and let the girls pick their dresses.  So I have one girl wearing a satin pickup floor-length dress and one girl wearing a tea-length jersey dress.  I agonized over them looking so different for about four minutes – then I realized I have two happy bridesmaids, which is more important to me than having matching bridesmaids! 

By all means, if it’s important to you to have all dresses match, make sure they do.  But if you and your BM’s are happy with the dress choices you already made, I say let it go.

Post # 9
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

If you want them all in the same fabric, I would choose something other than satin.  It can be pretty unflattering.

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