(Closed) Mismatched bridesmaids dresses that DIDN”T work?

posted 12 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 62
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I am doing slightly mismatched dresses… They will all be the same color, fabric, length and designer, but each chose her own particular style.

Post # 63
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@moniquek:  Thank you! If you mean the one-shoulder, tie-sash one, I actually found it on www.polkadotbride.com. I’m not sure where the actual dress is from though. So sorry! 

Post # 64
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Newbee

@frankiedoora:  do know where those dresses in your pic came from? I showed the pic to my bridesmaid (that’s the color we are going for too) and the girls love them (especially the two on the bottom left side)!

Post # 65
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Blushing bee

@Ms. Sloth:  I actually wore the first plum one as a bridesmaid not that long ago!  I have worn it maybe 3 times since, too- which is AWESOME.

Post # 66
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m so afraid my girls dresses will come up as ones that didn’t work, even though I thought they did a great job!  We did what @frankiedoora:  is doing.

Post # 67
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Call me old-fashioned, but I want my bridesmaids to have them same colors. Some of these pictures look like wedding day disasters!

Post # 68
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

All my bridesmaids are all wearing Black dresses, so far I have seen them all they all look great the one thing is we (including myself) are wearing the same shoes.

 

I love this picture, so I wanted to recreate this. The last pic is the shoes we all have but in red.

Post # 69
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I really like this. Maybe not the burnt orange bouquets

but it seems like they are dressed in a grey scale from dark to white!

Post # 70
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

love mismatched bridesmaids! I definitely don’t want all my maids dressed alike, I just don’t go for the bridal army look. My first priority is that they all feel beautiful and comfortable in dresses that they can wear again. 

My criteria is going to be dark blue, and probably knee length or shorter. One of my maids has already bought her dress. It’s a looong way off, but she’s a practical lady and needed a cocktail dress for another wedding, so she just got a navy blue one. It’s an adorable taffeta party dress.

I don’t care if people can’t tell that they’re in the wedding party, and I don’t care how it photographs. I want my wedding to be about family and friends and fun, not perfect photo ops.

Post # 71
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Personally, I think it looks bizarre for bridesmaids to look TOO similar.  In real life people never dress that way!  My bridesmaids will be wearing cocktail dresses in different shades of pink.

 

One tip I’ve gotten before is to have your bridesmaids all wear the same shoes if you’re doing different dresses, just to pull it together a little more.

 

Post # 72
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think mismatched dresses become a fail for me when the dresses are different lengths, fabric and totally different colors. Mismatched dresses can be beautiful if they look like they’re in the same family. Otherwise it looks like anyone who had a pretty dress was asked to be a bm. 

Post # 73
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love the idea of mismatched bridesmaids, and haven’t run across any set I would consider a “fail”.  I have seen some matching bridesmaids dresses that were less than flattering on some of the bridesmaids. And if each girl doesn’t feel she looks good, the total picture doesn’t look good.

Post # 74
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@frankiedoora:  these pictures were the same inspiration for my bridesmaids! I told them the exact same things as you told yours! I can’t wait to see all of them together in thier dresses!

 

Post # 75
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We are doing a formal evening wedding with an art deco theme, and I asked my bridesmaids to wear sequinned or sparkly dresses in black, gold, copper, or silver. (Mine is a very architectural dress with little bronze studs on it, it’s less insane than it sounds). Here’s a photoshopped mockup of the three dresses:

 

And this was my inspo pic:

 

I think they are going to look gorgeous!

 

Post # 76
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Alright, married user here.  I did mismatched blush/cream dresses.  In my opinion, it looked great, but it was a lot of work to manage and I probably would not do it again. 

My tips:

 

1) Keep dresses the same length and the same level of formality (don’t mix sundresses with cocktail dresses)

2) Make a pinterest board with a big selection of dresses girls can choose from. Have it be first-come, first-serve.  Let everyone know what gets picked.

3) Have everyone wear the same shoes.  It is a small detail that really ties things together.  

 

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