Post # 17
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
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
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
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
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
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!