(Closed) Coordinating Bridesmaid Dresses

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
27 posts
  • Wedding: May 2013

either pick one dress style but in different shades or different styles in all the same colors. Personally I think one color with different dress styles is the best way to go the girls get dresses they feel and look good in. But you should defiantly go with them when they pick the style and you have ultimate say. hope this helps 

Post # 3
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I’m doing the same, somewhat. Different dresses but same color. I suggest keeping the fabrics as similar as possible. Jerseys and chiffon or shiny fabrics together. It starts more cohesive.

Post # 4
962 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2015 - On a Cliff Overlooking the Bay, Florida

tassie.m:  I’m having shades of purple and they can choose whatever dress they like as long as it’s short. So everyone doesn’t choose the same shade I have 3 light and 3 dark purple and if they find a dress without me being there they just needs to send me a picture before buying it. I also have girls in a couple different states so it’s hard to get everyone together. I gave them DB colors to go off of but they can get dresses where ever and I’m hoping with them finding dresses form boutiques or department stores etc. I will end up with 6 different shades of purple.

Post # 5
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m doing something similar – variations of gray, different styles. Try to pick one or two fabric choices and maybe pull in a few pictures of the dresses that you like. It’ll help your bridesmaids out when they go look for dresses.

For example, I really like chiffon and tulle (when it’s flowy & soft). I generally like Amsale and Jenny Yoo dresses since they fall into that category, so I told my BM’s to find a style similar to those brands. Personally, I think it’s easier if you just pick a designer that you like and have your BMs choose the dress style. 

Also, let your BMs know what the general feel of your wedding should be like (e.g. soft, romantic, classic, modern, art deco, rustic, etc.).

Post # 6
1117 posts
Bumble bee

I had all different shades of pink as well as different styles (they were all long chiffon though). I coordinated with matching bouquets and necklaces. I loved the way it turned out. It’s helpful if you suggest a shade of pink to each girl (blush, rose, mauve, etc) so that way you end up with a variation and not 3 girls in the same and so on. Good luck!

Post # 7
53 posts
Worker bee

tassie.m:  I’m doing something similar with my bridesmaids! In order to ensure that the colours of their dresses will be cohesive, I picked out a paint chip colour I liked and fit my colour scheme and got 6 swatches. I will be giving the swatch to each bridesmaid so they can have the colour with them when they go shopping! I’m hoping to go shopping with all of them at a certain point, but having the same coloured swatch for everyone will hopefully make everything come together. 

Hope this helps! 

Post # 8
3854 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

tassie.m:  It really depends how “mismatched” you want it to look. You can give them the shades you like and have them find any dress in any fabric, but the length you want; You can give them the shades and fabric and length; or you can pick out a particular dress for them to buy. What I would suggest as you’re concerned with their body type, is that you find some shades you like and a fabric you like, but them them have free reign of any dress in those colors in that fabric. 

For me, I gave my girls a range of colors and no other expectations other than knee-length.

Post # 9
1502 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

tassie.m:  Give them a color (just say any shade of pink if you’re comfortable, or find some examples of colors you like) and give them a length (short vs. long).  If you have a particular fabric you want you can tell them, but honestly I don’t think this is super necessary.

Have them go looking for dresses and send pictures to you to ok before they buy.  The first few girls will have it easier.  As it gets down to the last few girls, just make sure the colors and fabrics coordinate.  Don’t be afraid to say no if you don’t think a particular dress will look right.

I did this with my wedding and a friend just did this with hers.  I had short blush dresses.  They were all similar in color and ended up every girl picked a dress with at least a little bit of lace on it.  My friend did long green dresses in all different shades and it worked perfectly.  Some were chiffon and some were satin but they looked great together.

Post # 10
2273 posts
Buzzing bee


I work in a boutique and while mismatching dresses can be awesome a majority of the time i see it go terribly wrong. I would honestly pick the styles whether it is one strapless or strap option, or 3-4 varying styles by the same designer or designers with similar colors/materials and then let your girls pick from the chosen styles. This will insure the dresses match to your liking, and it does not look like all of your girls are going to different events. 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 10 months ago by  llussier.
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Post # 12
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016


tassie.m:  as long as you can see the difference, i think it would be fine.

Post # 13
2978 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I’m doing different colours *and* different dresses for my 5 girls. They will all be in Alfred Sung dresses in dupioni. 

I originally had a biiiig range of colour but Fiance hated it so I’ve compromised into all blues.

I think of all the dresses are the same fabric and length and colour family they will look cohesive. 

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