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Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses – My Wedding Ideas

(Image via Once Wed)

As I’m now right in the thick of our wedding plans, I’ve been on the hunt for inspiration to show my bridesmaids and with all of my ‘entourage’  in different counties (and countries!) sending lots of pictures via email has been an invaluable tool!

I’m sure my girls well-and-truly get the ‘vision’but I thought it might be nice to share a little with you. I’m talking about mismatched bridesmaid dresses and the little bit of rule-breaking so many modern Brides are now indulging in. We’re all different shapes, sizes, skin-tones – so why not celebrate that fact and let every Maid dress to maximise their assets!

I love each of my girls for very different reasons and I want to celebrate their individuality and show off their style.  I salute the mismatched frock! How about you?

Credits: Top-Bottom via Elizabeth Anne Designs; via Wedding Bee; via Inspired By This; via Once Wed; via Simply Unique Weddings

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  • Salma January 25, 2011, 10:04 am

    YES! I love it! If I were having more than three bridesmaids, I’d definitely go for the mismatched look! I think it looks great if there is quite a large group of bridesmaids. Maybe not so if there are just two or three – as I don’t think the impact is enough – but to really celebrate a diverse group of girls with diverse dresses is an excellent idea!! (To be honest I wish I was doing this now!)

  • Sarah January 25, 2011, 10:20 am

    Thanks Salma…I totally agree, it works wonderfully with the impact of 3 plus B’maids. We have five…ranging from 5ft 0″ to 6ft 1″! Hope your plans are going well! X

  • Charlotte January 25, 2011, 10:43 am

    I LOVE mismatching! I’m right in the middle of trying to work out a “theme” (I HATE that word) and am really hoping that all my bridesmaids choose different colours – although I don’t think my mum is too sure…! But like you, I have chosen ladies in different countries and in different sizes, and really want everyone to feel comfortable, so love the idea of mismatching! Great post xx

  • Sarah January 25, 2011, 10:51 am

    Thanks Charlotte! My Mum took a lot of persuading…so I making sure I email her with ideas and updates on their choices…it makes her feel part of the decision = happy Mum! Creating the style of the day can be so hard too, esp if the venue doesn’t dictate a ‘theme’ or era…I’m trusting that if we just go for things that we like & are personal…that it will somehow work *fingers crossed*. Keep us posted! xx

  • Zoe January 25, 2011, 10:51 am

    I love the idea of mismatched bridesmaids and haev to say the florals are my favourite.

  • Sarah - Super Glossy January 25, 2011, 11:10 am

    Love it! I was completely going for dressing my bridesmaids in different dresses but planned to accessorise them the same – but they ended up choosing the same dress! Hey ho, no mismatched bridesmaid for me but think it’s a great idea! I do have a bridesman however and he has a different outfit! X

  • Lisa January 25, 2011, 11:20 am

    Those photos are stunning, love the rainbow effect! Am tempted to put mine in red, blue, black and green… Both ski theme and in homage to SATC. Matbe just stick to blues and greens to bring it all together better!

  • Phoebe Miller January 25, 2011, 11:52 am

    I loveeeeeeee it! Although I do think it works best in larger numbers. If I were a bridesmaid thought I would want to get in there quickly to get the best colour!!! Hope your plans are going swimmingly.

  • admin January 25, 2011, 12:00 pm

    Wow ladies, such wonderful + exciting comments! Zoe, I’m hoping one of my girls goes floral!
    Lisa, your palette is so sumptuous – I think it’ll look stunning!
    Sarah – Bridesman?! Awesome!!!
    Phoebe…haha! Two of them already have, pink and orange!

  • jill January 25, 2011, 12:16 pm

    I think it is a really strong visual statement when you have mis matching dresses. It is the sign of a brave bride who is willing to let her bridesmaids look their best in whatever shape/colour suits them best. I especially love the mis matched prints and zingy colours, it makes a visual feast for the eyes and much more interesting wedding photos.

  • Kaelan January 25, 2011, 2:26 pm

    I think it’s lovely but so hard to do! The central theme is imperative – was at a wedding this summer with no coordination, and it gave a bit of a schizophrenic feel to an otherwise traditional and elegant wedding. Love it for outdoor weddings.


  • Kristen January 25, 2011, 3:53 pm

    We’re big fans of the mismatched bridesmaids’ dresses, as well as different shades of the same color. Trés chic!

  • Katy January 25, 2011, 5:29 pm

    I love this post. When i eventually get round to mine i hope to have dusky shades of grey, nude and olive chiffon 😉 You know i’ll have changed my mind by then..nevermind! xx

  • Katy January 25, 2011, 5:30 pm

    p.s. Purple and green would go lovely with pink and orange for your autumn do. And maybe another shade of pink.

  • admin January 25, 2011, 5:36 pm

    Thanks all for your wonderful comments – so glad it’s struck a chord with so many!
    As Jill said it can really make a statement…and be tres chic! But Kaelan has a point…it’s a fine line! Katy those colours are gorgeous! We’re using purple and kingfisher blue to accent – hope it works! xx

  • Ali January 26, 2011, 2:44 pm

    I totally agree! I’ve got 7 maids and each one is in a different dress / different designer / different shade of purple. My bouquet has several several shades of purples and pinks, so I think it will blend beautifully! Reading your post makes me feel more confident about this look. Thanks!

  • Caroline Starrs February 2, 2011, 3:58 pm

    Wow what an inspiration! I’m getting so bogged down with “what colour” that I’m thinking we should sweep one through with lots of different colours. Just like the picture above with one colour bouquet and lots of different colour bridesmaids. I do love the floral though. I have three bridesmaids, but I also have only 50 guests so I think it will work well. Great blog!!

  • Sarah February 2, 2011, 4:13 pm

    Thanks Caroline – nice to hear it’s inspired you! We’ve got 50 guests too…and I figure if my friends weren’t b’maids, they’d be wearing diff frocks anyway…so what does it matter really?! Nice to shake it up a little. Happy planning xx

  • Salma February 10, 2011, 10:04 am

    Guess what… last night I decided to change my matching dresses to mis-matching dresses!! Three matching elegant style dresses are being sold and three different 50s style circle dresses are being purchased!! With only 85 days to go – am I crazy?!

  • Jane April 13, 2011, 1:27 pm

    Just loving these photos of the mismatched bridesmaids – it’s a brilliant idea especially if bm’s are different sizes and ages. Love it!