Post # 1
I’m wearing an ivory crinkle chiffon dress. It’s different and a little edgy while still traditional (and I’m wearing royal blue shoes). My bridesmaids will all wear black dresses (with bright purple shoes). Originally I was thinking I wanted them all in chiffon but they could choose the style they liked for a designer we agree on. Now I’m wondering if it matters. If I wear chiffon will it be weird for the girls to wear satin? Does it matter if they all wear the same fabric?
Post # 3
I think it matters if all the BMs are wearing the same fabric, but it doesn’t have to be the same fabric as your dress.
Post # 4
i’ve seen so much mix and match and patterns that anyone can really wear anything these days and it looks fine.
Post # 5
@ajillity81: I’ve seen ones gone wrong too! Where I’m putting the girls in black I’m more concerned…shades of black can look weird. Shades of colours aren’t as bad.
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - Rustic mill, historical site
I used to want the girls in all matching fabrics because I didn’t want them to look foo in pictures, now I just don’t care. I think it will look fine. We originally picked satin dresses but my cousin found out she was pregnant soon after they chose their dresses and the only maternity ones are in chiffon, so hers is a bit different. I actually LIKE the kind of mismatched look now 🙂
I definitely think they do NOT need to match your fabric in your dress, though.
Post # 7
@MsGinkgo: I think you’re fine with anything. But then I asked my girls to get any long black dress they like so they won’t match each other in fabric and I’m totally fine with that, so maybe I’m too permissive. I just can’t drum up the will to care about that level of attention to detail 🙂
Post # 8
I think it generally looks better if all the bridesmaids have are matching each other with the fabric – but matching you? Nah, no big deal.
Post # 9
@MsGinkgo: I don’t think it would look weird for you to be in chiffon and your girls to be in satin. I had questions about types of fabric when I was deciding on bridesmaids dresses, because I let my girls pick their own (all mismatched). I found, through some internet research and based on my personal taste, that the more important thing is that the fabrics be the same general style, ie: semi-formal versus casual. What you don’t want is one girl in satin (formal fabric) and another in jersey knit cotton (casual t-shirt fabric).
For example, this set of bridesmaid dresses (I think) looks pretty bad, because some girls are wearing relatively casual sun dresses and others are wearing semi-formal cocktail dresses. Not to mention one is wearing cowboy boots and the rest are in flats (they should all be wearing flats or all be wearing boots). I would also nix the patterns, it’s visually distracting to have most of the maids in solids and two in patterns.
Whereas, in the pic below even though the maids are wearing really different dresses, they work well together because they’re all the same level of formalness, about the same length, and different shades of the same color. It also helps that they have the same bouquet and their shoes are all light tones.
Post # 10
@ellie-b: this green one is one of the ones I’ve seen I’m not such a fan of. I don’t mind the colour variation but the pattern and style differences are a bit much.
Post # 12
@MsGinkgo: I wore organza and my bridesmaids dresses were satin.. It looked fine.. So no it a doesn’t matter.
Post # 13
I voted “yes they should match each other”, but of course this is simply my opinion…here’s why.
I love the idea of choosing a color, and any other specifics, but giving the girls basically free reign to find something that will look amazing and make them feel great…
However…and especially with black, the difference in fabric, will very likely cause a difference in shade of black. And if you’re worried about the SHADE of black, then you would want to make sure they are the same fabric.
It doesn’t need to match your fabric, but matching the fabric between the girls will help you attain a more cohesive look if that is what you’re after.
My dress is off white, some chiffon, some satin… All of my bridesmaids are going to be in long black chiffon…they made it easy for me and actually all picked the SAME dress…with the exception of my Maid/Matron of Honor. Different dress, but still floor length, black chiffon 🙂