Wedding Diaries: The One with the Mismatched Bridesmaids

June 10, 2015

If you know me, you know I am the farthest thing from a fashionista. So the idea that I would have to “dress” an entire bridal party makes me want to cry a little.  Luckily Sam knew what he wanted for the guys (blue suits, brown shoes, and jazzy socks. Easy.) so I just had to figure out what to do with my girls.

Enter Pinterest.

I did a ton of research to try and figure out what I even wanted. Long or short? What color? And what the heck is taffeta? I wrote down a list of what was most important. I wanted my bridesmaids’ dresses to:

  1. Look uniform
  2. Show off their individuality
  3. Be flattering to their body shape
  4. Something they can afford AND will wear again

I quickly fell in love with the idea of mismatched bridesmaids dresses. Everyone could wear a unique dress that will hopefully end up looking good together. Plus with each of my girls living in a different city, this would allow them to buy their dresses on their own time.

One thing I wanted to avoid was being too mismatched. As in everyone wearing whatever they want with nothing to distinguish them from a regular guest. For example:

Photos borrowed from Pinterest

My gorgeous bride Lynn pulled off the look perfectly:



Photo borrowed from Style Me Pretty

In order to keep things cohesive, I decided on the following guidelines:

  • a shade somewhere between blush and off-white (to go with our neutral theme)
  • knee-lengh (hello its August!)
  • polyester (it seemed to be what I was naturally drawn to)
  • & pretty 😉

Our wedding is in a weird place between elegant/formal and bohemian, so the options are endless! I also sent the girls some inspiration dresses I found with the links to buy them online.



The next time I will see everyone together will be at our wedding, so I will have to wait until then to see how it comes together! Stay tuned!

How are you styling your bridesmaids? Do you prefer the mismatched or perfectly matching look?



Thanks Jessica! It really turned out great but let me tell you it was mostly my ladies who really embraced the theme and yet still feeling beautiful themselves. There are pros and cons to each option, just remember to keep your vision in mind and let your ladies know what you are looking for. And trust in your vision!