Post # 1
Although I loveee the look of one single dress for all bridesmaids, I understand that every body is different and each of my maids may feel more comfortable in specific styles.
I am currently thinking of choosing a specific color from one designer and letting my BMs choose their own dresses (from a designated list with more than enough options).
Has anyone pulled off the “mismatched” look? What guidelines did you give your girls?
Did it backfire??
Post # 2
So not super mismatched, but I told my girls: long, black, v neck, sleeveless, no embellishments. i sent them 50+ options and also told them they were allowed to go rogue as long as I had final approval. These are 6/7 of my girls’ dresses. (My MoH is wearing black on black lace to stand out a bit 🙂 )
Post # 3
I’m doing the same dress, but each bridesmaid a different color blue. They’ll be lined up at the altar dark to light blue, like a gradient. It happens to be all the same dress, but I initially said I either wanted all the same dress and different blues, different dresses and different blues, or different blues and different dresses (what a mouthful!). It sort of ended up backfiring because I gave them too many options – choosing together which combo of dress/color, as well as cut, length, etc. They said while they super appreciated the options, it would have definitely been easier if I had narrowed it down some more. I ended up picking three dresses, having them vote, choosing the most popular, and then telling each bridesmaid what color to wear according to what they preferred.
They don’t have their dresses yet, so I’m anxious to see what they all look like together!
Post # 5
My girls all had diffferent types of dresses and I think it turned out really nice! This is a “first look” picture from when they saw me so its kind of awkward lol All of my bridemaids were different sizes and shapes! One was even pregnant so it was easier to let them pick what they felt most comfortable in. I only asked that the dresses were navy and long 🙂
Post # 6
I just told each of my bridesmaids too choose a floor length dress in ivory, no shiny fabrics, from wherever they’d like 🙂 I thought they looked lovely.
Post # 7
I picked out a few fabric swatches I liked and told my girls that as long as it is in that gray/silver color range and short…anything goes! I am encouraging beading since we are doing an art deco theme. I am not too concerned as I have a large bridal party of 10 and feel like it will look cohesive!
Post # 8
I don’t have my wedding photos back yet to show what the dresses looked like on everyone, but these are some of the dresses that were worn. (there were two more in the darker pink as well) There was an 11 inch height difference between my tallest and shortest bridesmaids, a 10 year age difference between the oldest and youngest bridesmaids, and they all greatly ranged in dress size, so I knew it was going to be really hard (if not impossible) to find one dress that worked for everyone. I wanted everyone to have something they felt good in and that fit their personal sense of style. So I just gave them a colour scheme and a length, and let them pick whatever they wanted. It did end up really mismatched, but I was really happy with how it turned out! Everyone looked beautiful and was happy with their dress.
Post # 9
- Wedding: The Retreat at Bradley\'s Pond
I was supposed to have 3 girls but 1 got pregnant after I asked her (I knew she was trying) and she lived on the other side of the country so she wasn’t able to attend. Also, they all lived in major cities 2-4 hours away from me.
So I went with David’s Bridal for ease and to keep it cheap for them. Just told them “petal floor length chiffon gowns”. Accessories, etc were up to them (because their style and shapes were toally different).
Ironically enough everyone had ruffles (my Maid/Matron of Honor has them going down her back) on their dress including me! So that was a fun surprise and they found what worked for them price and style wise (one got hers for $75!).
Post # 11
Following! I asked my bridesmaids to pick something long, solid light blue (I gave them a ‘dark as you should go’ and ‘light as you should go’), and not in a shiny fabric.
Post # 12
- Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom
I had my girls in wrap dresses by https://www.henkaa.com
My SIL actually used these dresses too for her wedding. They are great because its a one size fits all dress you can style I think 30 different ways. They picked their own wrap style based on their comfort and modesty needs. I also let the girls choose their own shoes, hair and makeup. For the boquets we did them ourselves. I just purchased as many different types of white silk flowers I could find and let them create something they loved.
Post # 13
I had 5 bridesmaids who lived anywhere from NC to NY and were all different body types with different styles too! Luckily I was able to do 3 different shopping trips with various groups of them at David’s Bridal. My only guidelines to them were that it had to be short (around knee-length), chiffon and coral. All 5 girls chose a different dress from one another. It actually came out great and still really looked cohesive (although one bridesmaid deviated from plan a little and wound up getting her dress at Alfred Angelo, so her shade of coral was slightly different than the ohter 4 girls’ dresses, but it was only noticeable in some pics!)
So here’s a couple pictures of the look (sorry they’re so huge!):
Post # 14
This is the colour we’ve gone with, this isn’t one of my the dresses but they are 1 off designs so the following shapes are some of the shapes, the other 2 are one asymmetric ankle length for maid of honour and my sil chose a variation of the above with skirt all one length and open back
My bridesmaids vary in height from 4 ft 11 to 5 foot 2 ( actually only myself and 1 of my sisters is over 5ft) and ranginare sizesUK 8,10,16 and 22 so we just found something they all liked. They’re my sisters and I’m in UK so I buy the dresses, we had a ball choosing them and the company blonde and wise was the best customer service I have ever had, even making an extra belt for my junior bridesmaid so I could tie in her ivory dress and made a design they don’t normally carry in my chosen fabric especially for my sister at no extra charge, also made 1 dress a size bigger than their normal range for another sister at no extra charge.
Post # 15
That color is gorgeous! If I wasn’t already so invested in my current colors I would probably go with something very similar to the petal.
Were the wraps easy to do and comfortable enough to wear for several hours? All of my maids and I are particularly busty so I’m wondering if they would have enough support.
That is the same color that my sister used for my dress (MOH) in her wedding. It is beautiful is person!