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.
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:
- Look uniform
- Show off their individuality
- Be flattering to their body shape
- 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:
My gorgeous bride Lynn pulled off the look perfectly:
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?