Post # 1
Ok y’all. I have a vision for my bridal party, but I’m having such a hard time with how to execute. I want the girls in navy and I would love to have them all in different dresses. Some sequins, beaded, velvet, chiffon, etc. I want tons of texture. The problem is I am having such a hard time finding dresses from the same place or designer with all those different things so the colors don’t clash. And I’m worried if we order them from all over the place that the different shades will look weird all together (is this a thing? Tell me your thoughts on that). Have any of you every done anything like this? I’m wondering if I should just find a website like azazie, pick a few styles I like and ask everyone to just choose a dress because I haven’t found any websites with a ton of sequin and velvet options all in one place. I am happy to adjust my vision! I just wanted to know if anyone here did anything like this or has suggestions I haven’t thought of. If anyone had pictures of a wedding party all the same color like this please please please share!!!
Post # 2
Just tell your bridesmaids you want navy blue, you would love a variety of textures and let them take it from there. You can ask them to run their choice by you if you want, but if they buy navy blue, even if the shades are slightly different, it will look fine. Velvet, satin, chiffon etc are all going to reflect the light differently and will look different in your pics anyhow.
Here are a couple of examples of mismatched dresses and they both look great.
Post # 3
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Have you checked out lulus? They have a ton of different dresses to choose from!
Post # 4
I agree with pp. Just tell them navy, textured dresses. The difference in shade and texture will be interesting but cohesive.
Post # 5
I’m doing the mix n match thing as well – BHLDN has been my best find for my vision with dresses that all my girls love. Maybe see if they have a navy that fits your vision?
Post # 6
Not sure that you’re going to find one designer that has all of the variety your looking for, but the textures you are looking at arent going match shades perfectly anyways. I love mismatched bridesmaid dresses. You might check out Windsor for velvet options. It’s a little out of season right now but they probably still have some. Also, you might check out renzrags on Etsy for sequins.
Post # 7
Just tell your bridesmaids navy, and let them purchase from different places. You don’t have to worry about the color difference. I was a bridesmaid in a wedding where we all had different navy dresses, and the color was the same across the board. Another color could be harder to match, but navy is pretty ubiquitous everywhere. Different texture fabrics will also hide any tiny color difference (ie: velvet will have a different sheen to it than chiffon, etc).
Post # 8
I’m in your shoes, too! Also going for the mismatched navy look, also feeling like I’ve gone overboard…. here’s one of my inspiration pics: https://www.dressforthewedding.com/navy-mismatched-bridesmaid-dresses/ Fabric, texture, even shade are all different and I think it looks great!
How are you handling giving your bridesmaids your opinion? Most of me doesn’t want to be overwhelmed or overwhelm my friends with something that’s ultimately trivial. But I also secretly don’t care for some of their suggestions. Seriously thinking about telling them first to buy the dress sets the “tone” and the rest will just have to follow suit…
Post # 9
I’m in a wedding later this year and we’re doing this with Bill Levkoff dresses in a cranberry color. The texture differences aren’t as great as you are envisioning but the styles are. We’ve got some chiffon, some satin and lace (she has a ten person bridal party).
We haven’t tested it but they were ordered at the same time so they should all be the same dye lot. My guess is, it’ll look great, especially in navy.
Post # 10
Thank you all for your great advice! One of my BMs made me nervous about colors clashing, but I had never even considered the textures would also provide a difference and would bring everything together.
I’m thinking of finding a ton of dresses online and sending links to all my BMs (I have 8! 😭) and then saying if they don’t like any of them we can keep looking for other options. I started saving inspo photos to my phone so I can go back and find them all online. I might go in order one by one so that everybody chooses a dress but then I don’t end up with multiples liking the same one and an argument starting.
Post # 11
I’m also prepared for multiple liking the same one and arguments ensuing – esp between my two sisters and best friend LOL. I’ve asked them all to pick a top 3 (or 5) and then I’ll coordinate from there keeping their favorite choices in mind.
Post # 12
i had all my bridesmaids in “blush-ish embellished Adrianna pappel dresses” the colors ranged from pink-toned taupe to rose. All were beaded, but different.
Have you looked at AP? She makes a lot of mix n match dresses and definitely has beads and sequins (velvet might be harder, but since it’s so on-trend right now i wouldn’t be surprised).
In general, you might have an easier time of it if you’re not expecting the exact same color in all of them – especially as different fabrics will look different colors anyway even if it’s the same dye lot. Embrace the variations and color as part of the mismatched asethetic, and it’ll look awesome!
Post # 13
Maybe you are right! if your ordered bridesmaid dresses from all over the place that the different shades will look weird all together. But you can buy colors fabric from other stores or you can book dresses online from https://www.bycouturier.com/
Post # 14
https://www.instagram.com/p/BVVzgz1j6F8/?taken-by=nikkilimo Nikki Limo did mismatched navy dresses and they all turned out pretty navy!
Post # 15
The problem I found with wanting to do mismatched is that I had a vision in mind, and when you tell multiple girls that they can choose “this, this, or this”, the dresses they choose don’t end up looking like your vision at all. I did mismatched because I thought it would make it easier on my bridesmaids (which it did, I think – lots of options), but it made it really hard on me because I had to let go of my control of how it would all turn out and just cross my fingers.
So my advice is only do mismatched if you don’t have a really set vision you are going for. If you’re okay with however it turns out because you’re a pretty relaxed bride, go for it!