Post # 1
I’ve been looking at bridesmaid dresses and I picture a vintage-inspired Audrey Hepburn type dress. I sent my bridesmaids photos of what I was envisioning and one by one I got, “I want a long dress, I don’t want a strapless dress, I want something that covers my top more.” My bridesmaids range from size 0 to 16 and they range in age from 13 to 45. There will be 5 of them total. I want them to feel comfortable, I want them to wear something they like.
I’m having a vintage-inspired wedding with navy blue, ivory and gold accents as my colors. I keep reading online that mismatched dresses are in for 2010. I’m in Iowa so I figure we’re behind in the times, but maybe by September 2011, it will have reached us. I picture different hues of navy blue, lighter blue, etc. Would the different fabric textures provide too much distraction? Would having different lengths be “off.”
I found these two photos online and I really love how they “work.” Honest thoughts?
Post # 3
I think it is a great look and obviously has the advantage of each maid being able to choose a dress that suits her figure.
Post # 4
I gave the ladies in the wedding party a swatch card ring of the color family I’m using in the wedding. They can wear whatever they want, as long as it’s one of the swatch colors (of which there are about 30 choices).
Post # 6
I’m thinking about this ready for Bridesmaid or Best Man shopping mid-Jan. All 3 of my BMs have said they’d all wear a long dress but so that they’re more likely to wear it again and so they look individual I’m going to let them pick out a couple of dresses they like and we’ll see. I think i’d rather personally them be in the same fabric though.
Post # 7
I told my bridesmaids to pick a blue dress that was kneeish length and sent them all a card with the colors I was using for the wedding to help guide them. They all looked great, and like themselves (and oddly, picked kinda similar dresses independently).
Post # 8
I just put this together, pulling some dresses that I like off the net. This is a mixture of long and short, and the colors that I would be using. I dunno, I like it.
Post # 9
Okay, let’s try that again!
Post # 10
I’ve actual seen the first photo online before and LOVED it! I don’t really like matchy-matchy bridesmaids dresses so I say go for it! Here are some inspiration boards I made a while back for the bridesmaids.
Post # 11
I love the idea…I am doing the same, however they are all in the same color and fabric!(I am going with david’s bridal). My girls range from size 2-24 so I wanted them to feel comfortable and look their best!
Post # 12
I think something needs to be similar (even color family), but I’m all for mismatching. My girls will be in the same dress, but three different colors.
Post # 13
I love the idea. I say ‘Go for it’!
Post # 14
My colours are black and white with red and silver accents, so I asked my bridesmaids to each choose a dress that was black, tea or knee length, and silk or satin (or anything that had a silk or satiny “sheen”). Personally, I like a little bit of consistency in the materials and/or level of formality–a jersey dress suitable for a beach wedding might look funny next to a full-length satin one. But I love the idea of letting my bridesmaids’ personalities shine through their choices, and letting them pick cuts that flatter their figures.
Post # 15
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the photos posted, and LOVE LOVE LOVE this idea. Its more interesting than the same dress coming down the aisle over and over!
Post # 16
my girls’ dresses were the same designer, color, length, and fabric, and it looked fantastic. but i think even less matchy is cute too