Post # 1
I was just wondering if anyone had any images or links to completely mismatched bridesmaids or had done that themselves- given their bridesmaids complete freedom in choosing an outfit?
I absolutely love the below examples and was wondering what other bees thought?
I read somewhere a few years ago with regards to clothes shopping that you should only buy articles that “make you want to dance”. As funny as that sounds it really stayed with me. I love the feeling of pure adoration/excitement you get when you stumble upon something that you love. I think it would be lovely to be told as a bridesmaid to pick a dress that makes you want to dance- dont you? Or would you rather some kind of guideline?
Also- any opinions on bridesmaids wearing fascinators?!
I love them!
Post # 3
@justjade: Just found these ones as well. Love the textures!
Post # 4
I absolutely love those pictures (esp the second one) and think it is a lovely idea, esp if you have lots of bm’s (I only have 1). You could choose your bouquets and get them to use this as inspiration when choosing the dResses… You could even let them surprise on the day(if you’re a very relaxed bride!!!! ;-)). Good luck. You’ll have to show us your pictures if you decide to go ahead 🙂
Post # 5
This idea is really fun… I found a few more photos!
I’d probably ask a lot of questions if a bride told me to choose whatever I want… like is black okay? Anything off limits? Is long okay? I’d have fun with it though and probably look for pictures as examples!
Post # 6
I love ALL of these examples. One thing I’m noticing though is that even though the colors and shapes are all different – the “feel” is the same – in the first one they’re all kind of whimsical and vintage, in the second one they’re all at the same level of formality and glam. So I think to pull it off as a “WOW” look, you could just guide them with a theme (vintage, modern) or a color family (pastels, brights). All I told my ladies was “navy blue with silver shoes” – and I LOVED how they all looked, but I love these looks too!
Post # 7
I think its an awsome idea, if you do it right!
There must be limits…like they should all be formal, or all be semi formal, and they should follow the same color scheme.
Im sort of doing that, but the girls need black dresses. But other than that and the gerneal length is “tea length” they can pick whatever they want. They love it because who wouldnt wear a black dress again, and they choose their budget wether they pick designer, or go to a thrift store or whatever
Post # 8
I think all the examples look great. If it were me I’d be tempted to give very loose guidelines. Maybe, “No cotton, no floor length” or “No long sleeves, but short sleeves down to sleeveless is fine” or “No prints that have more than one primary/secondary colors (so, like, a green, gray and white pattern would be okay, but not green, yellow and pink.)”
Post # 9
I have a friend who is doing this. She gave us the guideline of “knee length and jewel tones”. Its a little tricky because she wants us all in different colors and we don’t have time to shop together. So when one Bridesmaid or Best Man was planning on wearing purple I bought a blue dress. Then when I showed it to her I found out she had started leaning towards blue. It wasn’t a huge deal, but it can be tricky to create a cohesive group without a few guidelines. I like this a lot more with large bridal parties.
Post # 10
I love the guideline of ‘No Cotton’- brilliant!
Post # 11
Thank you! I had seen the second one down before and liked how each bridemaid still looked like themselves! Not sure on the tights though!
Post # 12
The second one down is from a vogue editorial (June 2009) called ‘The Wedding Party’. I love the notion of a wedding being a party/celebration and thought that picture completely just summed it up!
Post # 13
the briide probably asked them to wear tights of some sort because they are all wearing them (as far as I can tell) lol. I would go without tights as well but I like that picture too.
Post # 14
I don’t like the completely mismatched look. I could handle mismatched dresses in identical colors, but that’s the extent of it.
But only because I’m a total control freak and I like things to be very, very symmetrical. I can look at pictures of it and love the concept, but I couldn’t personally apply it.
Post # 15
I think those pictures are great examples, but I wouldn’t be able to pull it off for my wedding. Although they are all different, they still have a cohesive look/style, something I defintely don’t have the eye for. Plus, I really like the idea of having the bridesmaid all in the same dress or color to stand out from the rest of the guests.
Post # 16
I love this !
I am asking my 3 bridesmaids to do the same. They pick their dress, their shoes, & accesories and I will treat them to hair & make up