Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Wedding Wednesday: Mismatched Bridesmaids

I know I've shared this sentiment before, but I was never the little girl that dreamed about wedding details. However, I've always known exactly who I would have standing by my side on the big day. When we got engaged one of the first things we did was sit down and figure out who we wanted to be in our bridal party (read more about my girls, and my bridesman, here!). As soon as that was over I went to the immediate detail of what they would wear...even though we were 15 months away from the wedding!

Even before the mismatched bridesmaid look was plastered all over Pinterest, I just knew that identical bridesmaids weren't in my future. I've been in my fair share of weddings up to this point and to all of those brides--I love you, and had a blast at your wedding, but it's just not my style. Especially once I selected my wedding party that ranges in age, size, color, etc. I knew there was absolutely no way I could select one dress that would 1. flatter each of my gals and 2. make them each feel comfortable which is one my top priorities for the big day.

Mismatched dresses it was! Even though you'd think this means less decisions there were still quite a few things to think through. Would I give my girls a color swatch and have them select dresses somewhere on a scale from light to dark? Would I select a dress color at David's bridal and then let the girls pick a particular style? (shout out to my girl Mo who did that!) Ultimately, I decided to give the least amount of direction possible: a navy dress that doesn't go below the knees and isn't in a shiny fabric.

Along with the dress stipulations I provided a few examples of dresses that I'd found online to showcase some of the style of the wedding. It's going to be pretty casual and nontraditional, so a fair amount of dresses are game. A few girls already wore navy in another wedding so can get another use out of the dress, because let's bring up the elephant in the room--I've yet to re-wear any of my bridesmaid dresses.

Some girls, like my sister, ran with this. She was immediately looking at dresses left and right and before Thanksgiving had purchased two to have me look and decide. Others have needed a bit more structure and so we've had longer conversations about it. A few of them are coming to Richmond this weekend and we're heading to the J.Crew Clearance store in Lynchburg where there's an entire room of the store full of bridesmaid dresses marked down to $70-$80.

At the end of the day, I'm incredibly glad that I made this decision. I absolutely can't wait for my wedding day to see what every girl has chosen and how they style it differently. I can't wait for pictures to see each their personalities shine through. And most importantly if they are uncomfortable in, or don't care for their dress--not my fault!

If you're thinking about mismatched bridesmaids, here's a few tips I've found helpful:
The Secrets for Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids by Belle
The Secrets for Successful Mismatched Bridesmaids Part 2 by Belle
Bridesmaid Dress Shopping, Made Easier with Joielle by A Practical Wedding

What do you think about the mismatched bridesmaid look? Have you been in a mismatched wedding, or had mismatched bridesmaids yourself?

ps. shout out to one of my lovely bridesmaids Lauren, who's birthday is today! Love you lady!


The Art of Being Happy said...

Love it! This way everyone can find something that looks good on THEM, while still sticking within the theme/color scheme! Can't wait for your big day! <3

Liz @ iheartvegetables said...

Love that idea!!! I'm doing one color from David's Bridal, but 4 different styles, so they can each get what fits them best!