(Closed) Bridesmaids Dress Mismatched

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: What Dresses to Do?
    Let them pick their own : (17 votes)
    35 %
    Make them all Long but pick their own : (13 votes)
    27 %
    Make them all Short but pick their own : (13 votes)
    27 %
    Pick 1 long and 1 short option for them to pick from : (5 votes)
    10 %
    All short but MOH : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    2385 posts
    Buzzing bee

    i think mismatched legnths is fine. Your wedding pictures will look funny and dated 20 years from now no matter what you do. That’s part of the fun of them; don’t you remember looking at your parent’s old wedding pictures? 

    Post # 4
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    As long as they have something in common, they will look fine. make sure they are the same material (satin, chiffon, etc) and color.

    Post # 6
    50 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    If you find a nice a-line it will compliment all body types. I also have to warn you that not everyone is good a chosing dresses that look well on them. I am dealing with the issue of mixed body types sizes ranging from 20s to 5s and heights from 5’10” to 5’2″ busty to no bust at all. I too was going for a” choose your own” option until I realized that was leading to people choosing a dress without any regard to what everyone else was wearing or the style of my wedding etc. I ended up changing to a rainbow wedding anyway, with everyone in a different color and it was a perfect time to tell them they needed to wear the same style dress. I gave two variations on the skirt and all ended up choosing the same 1st pic and LOVING the dress on thier body… both are corset backs and give amazing support and control, creating curves when once they were hidden and pulling in what wants to hang out.

    This was the second option


    you can always put your Sister in a shawl or bolero if arms are an issue. Honestly the Maid/Matron of Honor is often different from the other girls so a different color or even a different dress in a different color would still be ok. However, a lot of the the pics you see of mix matched dresses do not have different lengths. Just browse pinterest… I went with long because I felt my sleeker girls could go a day without showing off their legs for the sake of the others who really needed to feel equally pretty for a change.


    ETA that that last point is a biggie. Something all brides should consider. If you’ve always been slim or had a decent average body it may not occur to you that your bridesmaids are extremely aware of who they are literally standing up against. The beauty queen (s) can make some sacrifices for the girl or girls who struggle with thier appearence In My Humble Opinion. I have been in both places. 

    Post # 7
    1578 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013 - Country Club

    When I originally told my ladies “pick whatever dress you want” I meant literally whichever one they wanted. Later on I added that I wanted it to be short (knee length) and the flowy material. 
    Three of my bridesmaids chose the same dress. I am making sure that is okay with the fourth one (but if it’s not, that’s fine because she’s the Maid/Matron of Honor and can go a different direction). It turns out that even though they have differing body types/shapes they still look lovely in the same dress.


    here are two of my bridesmaids:


    Post # 9
    479 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    As long as they are the same colors and type of material. You will be fine. My.girls had different dresses

    Post # 10
    2781 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Why not put all your BMs in a long dress? Are any of the girls refusing to be in your wedding if it’s not a short dress? If not then just go with long for all of them. There are plenty of long styles that will suit every body type, so you wouldn’t have to worry about that. I think length is one of the important aspects that needs to be consistent for cohesion, it’s one thing for the Maid/Matron of Honor to be the only one in a different length, but the rest of the girls should be in the same length, material and colour for a proper cohesive look.

    Post # 11
    360 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m doing mismatched dresses for my bridesmaids. I chose the color, material and told my bridesmaids to get a cocktail length. I am letting my Maid/Matron of Honor choose whether she wants a gown or cocktail length because I know she’s self conscious about her legs. I think as long as they’re wearing the same color and material it will look fine.

    Post # 12
    371 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I have mismatched girls as well, and we’re doing 2 short, 2 long (all the same fabric and color). The top pick for short dresses is the same as missmorganista

    Post # 13
    16213 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    Here’s an image I found online (on Martha Stewart Weddings) of some mismatched dresses, where the colors, necklines, and lengths aren’t the same, and I think it still looks great!

    Post # 14
    2874 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    i personally prefer same fabric, colour and length and thats what i said to my BMs – saphire blue, chiffon and long. From dessy, that still gave them a lot of styles to choose from

    Sometimes i think different lengths can be distracting in the photos, but if you do it i prefer say…2 of each. 3 long and one short isnt my fave look

    upper arms can be hidden with a bolero

    Post # 15
    28 posts
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was actually in the exact same situation as you–first I wanted all short yellow chiffon dresses , whichever ones they wanted from anywhere. But then SIL was self conscious and had to have a long dress. I sympathized and said yes, but since I didn’t want her to end up looking like the Maid/Matron of Honor being the only one in a long dress, I asked my actual Maid/Matron of Honor (sister) to please get a long dress too. All of my bm’s ended up in David’s bridal dresses (all chosen by them) but my Maid/Matron of Honor got hers from somewhere else so it was a slightly brighter shade than everyone else’s. To recap, I had 2 bm in short dresses, 1 bm in a long dress and my Maid/Matron of Honor in a long brighter shade dress. Sounds chaotic and honestly stressed about it a bit before the big day. But the day of, I didn’t even notice the differences (and as the bride, I would obviously be the one who cared the most about it), I just saw that my girls all looked beautiful and comfortable–as for the guests, all they saw was that the bridal party was dressed in our wedding colors so it was still traditional and gorgeous. 🙂

    Post # 16
    2965 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I was in the same situation as you as well. I knew I wanted them all to be the same length and fabric and color but I wanted the Maid/Matron of Honor to have a different dress from the BMs so she can stand out. I ended up picking this but even now I just love the MOH’s dress and really don’t care 2 much for the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, it was just the most complimenting dress to the Maid/Matron of Honor dress. Even now I’m thinking about having the girls be in all the same dresses and just have the Maid/Matron of Honor be in a DB guava color and the BMs in a DB coral color (they’re only one shade off). And for the record, most of my BMs (4 out of 6) are plus size.

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