Post # 1
I have put a lot of thought into this, and my four bridesmaids are all very different sizes. Recently in magazines I have seen that many bridal parties have the girls wearing different dresses, sometimes different lengths, materials, etc. How much freedom should I give them? Did you give your BM’s specific guidelines or just let them pick whatever they wanted?
Also, if your bridesmaids wore mismatched dresses please post a picture! Would love to see your ideas!
Post # 3
I was a bridesmaid and the bride let us pick our dress. It had to be floor length, and a specific color from Davids Bridal but other than that it was up to us. It looked great in pictures. She had 8 BM’s ranging from size 2 to 22 so to find a style that would look good on everyone can be very hard.
Post # 4
Personally, I like the mismatched look!
But I definitely think you need to give them some guidelines, whether it be dress length, or having a certain colour as part of the dress. I also think if you are going the mismatched route that you should use accessories to tie their different looks together.
Post # 5
I am asking my girls to pick the style dress from a particular color. 🙂
Post # 6
I chose the designer, length, color, fabric…. They get to choose the style. I wanted a cohesive look, but I want them to be comfortable.
After a lot of research we decided to go with Alfred Angelo because they have a lot of options in satin/floor length dresses for the girls to choose from.
Post # 7
personally I like mismatched. I was talked out of different colors (I saw the reasoning), although it just so happens when all the girls went to try picking the first time, they all liked the same dress.
Meh, whatever, I just want them dressed and there on the day. 😉
Post # 8
I gave my girls a ton of choice… they even said too much, haha. I have 6 BMs, no Maid/Matron of Honor, ranging from less than size 0 to size 24. I didn’t have a designer in mind, or length, so I just let them look around and got a feel for what they liked. On the second shopping trip we narrowed it down to long, “tealness” color Alfred Angelo dresses. They each found an AA style they loved and none of them match. Most are satin, one is chiffon. I think it will look great, although I’m not married yet so I don’t have pics.
Post # 9
I let mine choose the dress and color (except my sister(MOH)–she’s wearing purple, but probably would have chosen that anyway)–Only parameter I set was a “bright color.” I have no double colors and it also wound up that everyone is wearing a short dress! FUN!!!! I CAN’T WAIT!!!!
Post # 10
I told my girls to pick whatever they felt comfortable in as long as it was red. Surprisingly they all agreed on the same dress style. They are wearing David Bridal Apple red gown. I love it.
Post # 11
I asked mine to choose their own black knee-length dresses, the girls range from a size 2 to a size 20, so I wasn’t sure what one look would flatter all of them. They are doing LBDs–I’m happy to forward you the email I sent them with the guidelines if you go that route–just PM me if you’d like it!
I love that they will all be wearing dresses they like at a price point they chose, but I almost wish I had just said, “this color from J Crew/David’s Bridal/wherever else”, because too much freedom in choice can make it harder to find something. It seems almost like they wished I would narrow it down more! Luckily it all seems to be coming together and I think they will look great!
Post # 12
i have 2 bm’s and we’re all best friends. i told them they could pick the dress as long as it was navy. but since there are only 2 of them, i asked that they match each other
Post # 13
I had my girls pick from 7 different styles that I chose for them. Each dress had a similar bottom, however, the tops of the dresses were completely different. One shoulder, straps, strapless, etc. They are all Alfred Angelo, chiffon, in “Pool” and are short. They were perfectly fine with this since the main concerns were their boobs or arms. I wanted them all to be comfortable in what they were wearing.
Post # 14
I let mine pick their own from 12 different dresses at DB. It worked very well, and the pictures looked great 🙂
Post # 15
At first I gave the girls free reign. Then I immediately regretted it and they are all now going with two-tone grey infinity dresses worn in 4 very different ways. Cohesive, yet different. 🙂
Post # 16
I let them pick style of dress of the same fabric, line and length. And they all still managed to pick the same style! I love the slightly mismatched bridesmaids, which is what I was hoping for lol. Oh well! They looked beautiful and were all very comfortable!