As laid-back weddings are taking the centre stage day by day, mismatched bridesmaid dresses are becoming the “thing” for modern weddings. So if you are someone who does not want to walk the aisle the traditional way, this might just work for you. Moreover, how many of your friends have that perfect hourglass figure? Some might be thin, while some might be on the heavier side. It’s quite unlikely that you will find a set of bridesmaid dresses of similar style and size. Why take tension? Today, brides are mixing it up and letting their maids rock the party with different styles, fabrics, and colors. It gives them the freedom to work on individual style and choice. Sounds fun, isn’t it? But everything has its pros and cons. If it’s not done right, you might end up with a very disappointed looking wedding party. So, before you decide for your “girls”, here are few things that you need to consider.
Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are not about “wear what you want” but rather “wear what looks good on you”. Again, it is not about convenient dressing. Sounds confusing? Here’s the tip. If you want to make sure that everyone is wearing something they love, have a specific vision of your own. Here’s what you can do. Don’t tell people to pick out a dress. Instead, give directions. Suggest them about the basics like colour, cuts and fabric of the dress. The plus point is, you won’t have to manage everything all by yourself. But remember to keep track of the process.
Nevertheless, to make things simple, here are 4 rules that will make the process a piece of cake!
- Keep the length same: What to do when your friends choose a combination of striking colors like wine, pink and red? With different necklines! Simple. Keep the length same. Make sure the hem length of all the dresses is same. Don’t mix the hems or else it will be very hard to create an organized look. The thumb rule is to stick to the same length.
- Vary only two features: Love mismatched dresses? No problem. But don’t make the mistake of taking it too further. According to wedding experts, it is advisable to keep two features different. Keep the rest similar. The difference can be in necklines and hem length or maybe in necklines and color. You are free to mix and match bit restrict the difference to two.
- Choose different colors of the same palette: Your wedding might have a theme color and you want mismatch dresses for your besties. Don’t worry. The solution is to choose different colors belonging to the same palette. Different colored dresses are popular right now. But it can be difficult to select the shades that will look good together. Here’s a tip. Don’t follow the small swatches on the shade card provided by the designer. The color might look different when they are made into a gown. The best thing that you can do is to check out full-sized samples in broad daylight. See how they look together. Switch off those colors that do not match the combo. To prevent any confusion, select colors that each bridesmaid will wear beforehand.
- Don’t give them too many choices: I know you love your friends and want to pamper them especially on your wedding. They are after all your bridesmaid! Wrong! Don’t give them the freedom to select and shop for their own gown. Think about it. If you tell six girls to go for green long gowns, it’s very likely that they might pop up with six different shades of green that might not blend with the theme color. The outcome? Awkward photos! I’m sure you do not want this to happen. So, what do you do? Make separate appointments with your girls. Note down their options in advance. Select dresses accordingly. And then let them choose their favorite. It saves a lot of time and confusion, trust me.
A little advice, no matter what you do for your bridesmaid and how you do it, always remember to choose a dress that you like and they love wearing it. You both will enjoy wearing them on your wedding day.
Author bio – Lisa Hall, an eminent wedding stylist is here with us again to share her experience on helping brides and her maids to rock the wedding day with style and fun wearing the much talked about mismatched bridesmaid dresses. She makes sure that your bridesmaid looks cohesive if they are sporting different styles and colors.