Must-Follow Style Tips for Mismatching Your Bridesmaids

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Nov 082016
 

One of the most popular wedding party trends right now is mismatched bridesmaids dresses. While we LOVE when brides do this, sometimes working with too many variables and options can lead to a visual disaster. So how do you get the look and keep your ladies in style? Read on for tips on how to mismatch your bridesmaid dresses.

Tie it Together
While alternating colors, styles, silhouettes, or all of the above, it's important to have one design component that ties all the looks together for a cohesive aesthetic. Perhaps a rhinestone belt or hairpiece can do the trick. If you're alternating dress colors, represent each color in the bridesmaid bouquet for stunning photos. Or, consider statement necklaces or earrings for a uniform accessory look. (You can give these as bridesmaid gifts, too!)

Choice and Voice
The beauty of having various bridesmaid dresses is that each girl can feel beautiful and confident in their own look, while still fitting in to your desired vision and color scheme. Before you go assigning the dress model, make and color, talk to your girls. When having a uniformed style, this isn't always an option, but we can guarantee your bridal party will be more than grateful to have their voices and concerns heard. Bustier bridesmaids may want a more modest neckline, some girls may want fitted silhouettes and others may not have a preference whatsoever, but since you have the room for discussion take this opportunity to give your girls a choice.

Length Counts
In the true spirit of mismatching, dress lengths can vary, too. Just be sure that there is a good mix of lengths (and silhouettes, for that matter) to go around. Otherwise, bridal party photos may look a bit awkward if all your girls opt for long except one, or vice-versa. Whether you choose all floor-length gowns, a uniform to-the-knee hem, or varying lengths based on the dress and the 'maid, make sure you stick to a hemline or have balanced options on the table. Your photographer will thank you!

See More: These Lucky Bridesmaids Held PUPPIES Instead of Flowers for Their Wedding Photos

Theme
Unless you're going for straight up rainbow vibes, it's important your vision still have a theme, or guiding color concept. Maybe you have six bridesmaids and colors will vary by pairs of two, or perhaps you want all your girls in varying shades of one color family. Regardless, don't be too loosey-goosey with your visions. You still want your bridesmaids to look like bridesmaids, right? To do this, share swatches or color families with your girls, or give them options of 10-15 dresses to choose from in the colors you desire. By doing this, they still have an element of choice, and you have peace of mind that your dresses will meet your vision for the big day.


6 Must-Know Etiquette Tips for Bridesmaids Shopping for Their Own Mismatched Dresses

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Oct 112016
 
tips for letting bridesmaids choose dresses

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When it's done right, mismatched bridesmaid dresses can look effortless, a little bohemian, and totally stylish. But that effortless look actually requires a lot of effort! If you've been invited to be a bridesmaid for a friend — and to choose your own bridesmaid dress instead of heading to a bridal salon — you've got some shopping to do! To help make sure you end up with something both you and the bride love, our experts have six tips to make shopping for mismatched bridesmaid dresses a little easier.

Follow the Guidelines
This is probably the most important tip to keep in mind. Whether it's a few color swatches she wants you to try to match, a certain fabric, or a length, sticking to the guidelines the bride has set will ensure that your dress fits in with the other girls — and the bride's vision.

Remember the Dress Code
Most black tie dresses are floor-length. You know what else is floor-length? Breezy, beachy maxi dresses! Make sure that you pick a style that is both within the bride's requests and appropriate for
her dress code.

Tone it Down
Yes, you want a dress that's flattering and looks fabulous on you, but you shouldn't pick the most show-stopping dress in the store. When it comes to wedding day, all eyes should still be on the bride, not on you!

See more: Bridesmaid Dress Shopping Etiquette 101: Rules Every 'Maid Should Follow

Leave Something to the Imagination
Along with not wearing the flashiest dress in the room, you also don't want to be wearing the sexiest or most revealing dress. Especially if the couple is having a ceremony in a house of worship, make sure the dress you pick is appropriate. Sure, we love a low-cut neckline or a skirt with a dramatic slit, but you may want to choose one or the other in this instance, instead of both.

Ask if You're Not Sure!
Having a hard time finding just the right dress? If you live near the bride, invite her to come shopping with you so she can give you her opinion in person. If not, take pictures of yourself in a few different options.

Check in With the Gang
The whole point of mis-matched bridesmaids is, well, bridesmaids that don't match! Once you've found your dress, send a photo or a link to the rest of the 'maids to let them know what you've picked out — that way you avoid showing up with the exact same bridesmaid dress as the girl walking down the aisle in front of you.

What to Do if Your Bridesmaid Wants to Change Into a Second Dress

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Sep 262016
 
Bridesmaid Wants To Change Dresses

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No matter how trendy or gorgeous you think your bridesmaid dresses are, there is a chance that your girls may not be thrilled with the choice. Some might even be eager to change into something a little bit more fitting with their personal style during the reception. One of the questions you may find your bridesmaids asking is if it is okay for them to change into a second dress halfway through your wedding. While your eyes might bulge at the idea at first, you do have a few options on how you handle the request.

Bridesmaid dresses get expensive, so if your bridesmaids are asking to buy a second dress on top of the first dress, you may want to get to the bottom of the reason. After hearing their explanation on why they want to change into a second dress, it's best for you to have a chat with them about whether or not you're okay with this. If you're completely against the idea, it's best to tell them before the wedding. If you're okay with the idea of a costume change, you may want to ask them to make that change at a specific time in the evening.

The best time for your bridesmaids to change into their second dress is of course after the ceremony and the photos. You may even ask them to keep on their original dress for the start of the reception, since that is usually when the wedding party is announced to all the guests.

Either way, try not to take their second dress question personally. They may just want to toss on something a bit more comfortable or they may want celebrate the official end to their bridesmaid duties. Just make sure you communicate what you want so you are all on the same page.

See More: Wedding Etiquette 101: The Bridal Party

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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