(Closed) Directions for mismatched bridesmaids dresses

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

With mismatched dresses, you can really do it just about any way you want.

For me, I told my girls that we would pick a designer together, and they could pick any dress as long as it was long and available in navy chiffon.

The swatch thing would work though – Mood Fabrics has a ton of colors available in their silk charmeuse.

I think the key is to pick a few common components (fabric, length, and color for example), and then let the girls pick the style that suits them best.  Restricting it a bit can help, because you should want the decision to be easy for them as well.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@sah612:  They had different fabrics.  Two satin, one cotton sateen and one jersey (maternity).  I don’t think it was obvious in person, but I do see a slight color difference in the photos, mainly of the jersey.  

If a slight color difference is going to matter, then request they are all the same fabric.  It totally didn’t matter to me, though, and considering she was 6 months pregnant, I was glad she even agreed to be a BM!

 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m kind of planning to do the same thing.  I want to give them the length – full length as it’s likely a March wedding and I think the longer style is more appropriate for that time.  Then I’m going to give them a color palette I’ve made with different shades of the same color.  They can pick any shade of that color tone.  I would love to end up with an almost ombre look.  We’ll see how it works out!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I will be doing mismatched dresses. I went to a fabric store and bought samples for different shades of cranberry I liked. Sewed them together and each will be receiving one to use as a guideline. Otherwise I said no satin or shiny fabrics, and knee length. Patterns are fine, different colours in the dress are ok too as long as the main colour is cranberry.

As a back up I have another piece of fabric that will be used in the fabric flower bouquets that I will send if they have a hard time finding a cranberry dress. That will give them the option of creams, blue, mustard yellow. All of which are also in the bouquets.

Post # 21
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

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@OldMrsMcDonald:  Thanks! The main reason I’m doing mismatched dresses (other than for their comfort and happiness) is that there’s a good chance that any or all of 3 of my 4 bridesmaids may be pregnant (my wedding is 10 months away, so we really have no idea yet). If there aren’t many maternity options in specific fabrics then I would tell the pregnant girl or girls to get whatever fabric works for them…. so I might as well tell that to all of them rather than single out the pregnant one(s).

Post # 22
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

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@sah612:  If you plan on using David’s, their maternity dresses are exclusively matte jersey… at least they were last fall.  They do make some jersey non-maternity dresses, too.  Depending on how pregnant they are, your maids may fit in other dresses, you never know!

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