Making Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses Work for Your Wedding

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Each year, the wedding industry sees countless trends, from rustic chic decor to DIY details and everything in between. But, this year, there seems to be one trend that’s taken off at lightning speed — mismatched bridesmaid dresses!

Within the past year, the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend has evolved past letting your ‘maids choose different necklines in the same color and fabric to a whole new depth of variety. This year, brides have expanded into dressing their bridesmaids in different fabrics, colors and even prints! Depending on how far the bride wants to push the envelope, it gives her girls freedom to choose a dress that flatters her specific body type, personal style and budget.

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But, like all things wedding-related, pulling off the mismatched trend requires some planning to ensure your bridesmaids blend together. When putting together this look, it’s great for brides to think outside of the box and show their sense of style and vision for the big day. One way to do that is to give your bridesmaids different dress options and ask them to pick their favorites.

At the same time, you may also want to mediate the process to ensure no one goes overboard or strays too far from the color scheme. One tip to make sure everyone stays within your vision is by having them select dresses from one particular line. For example, you may choose gowns in different shades of purple from one line so the materials are all the same, the colors all work well together, but your bridesmaids still have freedom to mix up the top half!

When coordinating for mismatched colors, it’s also a good idea to choose gowns that incorporate your wedding color palette. Many brides decide to outfit their ‘maids in mismatched dresses within a similar color scheme — think shades of blush, varied neutrals or jewel tones. Even if you want to play with textures and prints, it’s important to have some level of coordination in mind.

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And, while you may think mismatching patterns is easy, making it look good can be tough! That’s why it’s important to make sure the gowns aren’t too overpowering and don’t distract from you, the bride. Here’s a good rule of thumb to keep in mind: Even if the pattern itself is different, make sure the prints are composed of repeating colors. Try varying the size of the patterns — for instance, if you have a more neutral wedding color palette, mix bold beige and white stripes with small black and white stripes and other simple combinations. Also, be sure to keep the base color consistent. Who’s to say a taupe lace dress doesn’t blend with a champagne brocade? More power to you for adding in a metallic!

Still, like many trends, going all-out with the mismatched look isn’t for everyone. In that case, there are other ways to show off your own personal style, but still keep a more classic look for your bridal party. Mix and match jewelry or add ombré floral shades to each bouquet. Whether you keep it simple or opt for a full mismatched look, this trend is the perfect way to personalize your wedding and have the unique styles of you and your bridesmaids reflected in a fun, fresh way.

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Derek is a George Street Photo & Video Wedding Coordinator. With more than 4 years experience, couples can count on Derek throughout the wedding planning process. He is there to ensure our talent has all the necessary information and that they’re ready for the Big Day. When he’s not assisting brides, Derek is out pursuing his passion for acting and directing! His fashion sense resembles that of his icons — David Bowie, Diana Vreeland and Alexander McQueen, which doesn’t accurately give way to his charming personality. A Mississippi transplant in a big city, Derek’s Southern charm makes him one fun-loving guy!

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