The days of traditional, matching dresses for your bridal party are fleeting. Mismatching bridesmaid dresses are taking over the wedding world. And I’m here to say – Amen!
Let’s face it. The typical bridal party comes in all shapes, sizes, styles and personalities. Rarely does one dress match each bridesmaids’ taste. By allowing each bridesmaid to select a dress that fits her body type and style – you can ensure she’ll be comfortable and confident on your big day. (Read: There’s officially no excuse for her to not get out there on the dance floor!)
With wedding season on the horizon, we’re kicking off a new series that will feature mismatched bridesmaid dresses, shoes and accessories. You’d be amazed at the variety of dresses we carry. (As a recent bride, I can personally attest that the majority of my bridesmaids found their dresses at – you guessed it – Bon-Ton. Keep reading, I’ll share details later.)
One of the hottest bridesmaid dress trends this season is a mix of gold and champagne bridesmaid dresses. We selected and styled six of our favorite dresses to show you how they could fit together to make the perfectly coordinated bridal party.
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How My Bridesmaids Wore the Mismatched Dresses Trend
On a gorgeous sunny day last July, I said “I do” to the man of my dreams. Everything about the day was perfect. I had my best friends by my side and every last detail went off without a hitch.
From the moment Spencer proposed, I knew that my bridesmaids would play a major role in our big day. They have been my wing women, my cheerleaders and my partners in crime throughout all of life’s ups and downs – and on my wedding day I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Having been in several weddings myself, I know that bridesmaid dresses can be quite a big investment. It was important to me that my bridesmaids got their money’s worth. But more than anything, I wanted my bridesmaids to feel comfortable and confident in their dresses. Each of them has such a unique personality and style, I wanted their dresses to match their tastes. With these things in mind, I opted to have each bridesmaid select their own dress.
5 Tips for Coordinating Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses
- Start with a color palette. (Some things to consider when putting together your color palette: The time of year, venue, dress, flowers, skin tone.) My color palette wasn’t exclusively champagne and gold. I also included hints of mint and sage.
- Specify length. I really liked the idea of all my bridesmaids having full-length dresses. I’ve also seen brides have their maid of honor in a full-length dress and the other bridesmaids in shorter, knee-length dresses. It’s your wedding – You can do what ever you want.
- Start a Pinterest board. I created an exclusive “Bridesmaid Dresses” Pinterest board (an idea I stole from the Bon-Ton “Beautiful Bridesmaids” board!). I pinned some dresses that matched what I was looking for and invited my bridesmaids to do the same. I made sure that my Pinterest board was secret though. Some details are better to be kept private until your big day. Part of the excitement in being a wedding guest is showing up and seeing all the intricate little details from center pieces to bridesmaid dresses, that make the day so special.
- Consider the standing order. Keep in mind the order your bridesmaids will stand in during the ceremony. Try to spread out any similar styles. As my bridesmaids selected their dresses, I kept a make-shift graphic of how they would appear together. This helped me to envision how they would look together in real life.
- Don’t be afraid to say no. If a bridesmaid happens to select a dress that doesn’t match the look you’re going for, don’t be afraid to politely tell her that it’s not the right fit. I guarantee she’d rather you be honest with her upfront than have you be anything less than happy when all the dresses come together on your wedding day.
For example, two of my bridesmaids fell in love with the same dress (I don’t blame them, it was really pretty!) At first I thought we could make the dresses work together. But after thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that it would look a little off when they were standing next to each other in person. I kindly suggested that one of them find a different dress. Of course she ended up finding one she loved even more and everyone was happy!
In the end, I couldn’t have been happier with how everything turned out. All my bridesmaids ended up falling in love with the same designer – Adrianna Papell. Her dresses come in a wide variety of sizes and styles, so everyone felt beautiful and themselves. The dresses photographed fabulously and I got oodles of compliments on them.
That’s not all. Here’s the cherry on top – It hasn’t even been a year since my wedding and already three of my bridesmaids have re-worn their dresses for other special occasions! I think it’s safe to say they got their money’s worth. Talk about a happily ever after!
*Photos by George Street Photo