One of my favorite parts of weddings, is seeing the bridesmaid dresses. Each wedding I've photographed, every bridesmaid ensemble has been different. I love the classic look of all matching bridesmaid dresses, but I adore when they are mix and matched!
Not only can you add a little more style, color and depth to your wedding palette, but choosing contrasting dresses is also a great way to cater for the different shapes, styles and coloring of your wedding party.
Mix and match bridesmaid dresses may sounds and look pretty easy to pull off, but sometimes it's not. Not only do you have to come up with a selection of colors, tones, and fabrics, but once you introduce choices to your bridesmaids, they may not come together as you envisioned.
Not to worry though, I'm here to help with some useful tips!
TIPS FOR CHOOSING MIX AND MATCH DRESSES FOR YOUR BRIDESMAIDS
– Not all the same color. Unless you choose colors such as white, gold or black, don’t ask all of your girls to pick up a dress in a single designated color. Chances are if you ask for five green dresses, one will stand out as the wrong hue. Many brands offer lots of styles in the same tone, so opt for one of them, and let your girls make their choice.
– Don’t delegate it all. It might be tempting to let your girls have free reign, but they need some direction. Create a Pinterest board, show the girls your colors and decor for inspiration. “A black dress” can be anything from an office staple to a gothic gown, so pointers are always helpful.
– Hook them up. Mix and match can be really handy if you’re not all available for a group shopping trip. Say you have six bridesmaids spread across the country so you’ve asked your girls to get dresses in either blush, mauve or taupe. So far, so easy! Just be sure to put them in touch with one another, to make sure your hues are even spread across the bunch.
– Sparkle or lace. Don’t be afraid to introduce patterns, sequins, ruffle or lace for a really fashion forward take on the trend. Like in the photo above, those lace dresses really worked so well together, even though they were all different!
– A shade away. If you’re going for an ombre look, or choosing colours from a similar spectrum, try to ensure the dresses are a full shade apart, as dresses that are almost the same color but not quite, might look odd in the pictures.
– Select some swatches. Make things easy for yourself and opt to get your dresses from a readily mix and matchable collection (like Dessy, Donna Morgan, Amsale, Twobirds or Jenny Yoo). They might already have examples of dresses that go well together, but order swatches if you’re unsure.
– Toss out the rule book. There are so many articles on rules for constructing a palette of mix and match dresses, like sticking to a maximum of three colours, avoiding more than two differences in a dress, and keeping the same hemlines. But the truth is, there are no rules.