The Ultimate Guide to Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses!

by Abbi Morgan May 04, 2018 47 Comments

You said yes, you nailed the perfect bridesmaid proposals, and now it’s time to pick the bridesmaid dresses! One of the most fun ways to add personality and creativity to your wedding party is to mix and match dresses, colors, and details. Mismatched weddings are great because they allow your bridesmaids the freedom to choose a dress that will best fit their figure, sense of style, and budget! While it can seem overwhelming to make even more decisions about your wedding, it doesn’t have to be. We complied the ultimate list of anything and everything (plus more) that you will need to know about mismatched weddings. From mixing fabrics, designers, and everything in between, we are here to help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Color

As you know, color is one of the most important elements in your wedding! Choosing to mismatch your bridesmaid dresses is a great way to add personality and fun to your wedding. Mixing colors can pose challenges, so make sure you have a clear idea of what you want and communicate it to your bridesmaids! We suggest choosing a color family or palette as an easy way to create a cohesive look (such as neutrals, jewel tones, pinks, blues, etc.). You can be broad with a color family (pastels), more specific with a color (pink), or narrow it down to a particular shade (blush). You can order fabric swatches through Kennedy Blue to have a tangible way to compare your options, or you can visit a hardware store and pick up free paint samples! Giving your bridesmaids examples of what you would like makes it easier for everyone.

peacock themed wedding

Hello Dolly Photography

Fabric

Mixing fabrics is an easy way to create a beautiful mismatched look! Be careful, though, as fabrics that are too different may not look the best together. Luckily, at Kennedy Blue a lot of our dresses are easy to mix and match! Some of our styles (such as Jade or Wren) have and embroidered lace bodice with chiffon skirts. These are easy to combine with all chiffon dresses (like Amelia or Thea)! Crinkle chiffon and luxe chiffon fabrics also flow seamlessly together. As a guideline, it's usually best to pair cohesive fabrics like chiffon and lace together, and put shiny fabrics such as satin and silk together. Again, make sure to clarify for your bridesmaids! 

mismatched bridesmaids

Sophisticated Grace Photography 

Styles

The amazing thing about choosing a mismatched bridal style is that all your beautiful bridesmaids get to choose a dress style that truly flatters them! Let’s be honest, not every style looks good on everyone. We all are different heights, figures, and sizes, so choosing just one dress to compliment every ‘maid can be tough. Letting your bridesmaids choose their dress style gives them the opportunity to find a dress that will really make them shine. You can also help your Maid of Honor stand out this way by styling her in a different dress! There are really no rules when it comes to mismatched bridesmaid styles, but you can choose to include one consistent feature across the dresses. Choosing to go all strapless, have flowy skirts, or deciding on a consistent gown length can be a few ways to find a consistent flow. It can also be a smart idea to set a formality level. If one girl shows up in a fancy evening gown and another is in a summer dress, this will probably not create the look you were envisioning. Whatever you decide, make sure to be clear with your girls with what you are looking for. 

Kennedy Blue bridesmaid styles

Russell Heeter Photography

Details

If you are hesitant to mismatch your whole bridal party, you can make each look unique in the little details! This is a great way to be creative without getting too crazy. You can have your bridesmaids choose their own:

Having your girls choose accessories or hair styles that they feel confident in will help them shine that much more on your wedding day. It can be a fun way to add a little pop of color and let your ‘maids show off their personalities! On the other hand, the details of the look can be the cohesive feature you are looking for. If your girls all have different dresses, you can pull their look together by putting them in the same shoe or red lip. 

getting ready robes

Sophisticated Grace Photography 

Designers

While very possible to do, mismatching gowns from different designers is a tricky task. Choosing one designer ensures your dress colors will be very similar, so you won’t have an accidental color mismatch in your bridal party! Working with one designer also gives your bridesmaids more direction when they choose their dress. It’s a lot easier to choose from one website instead of the whole internet! 

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Flow Event Group

Your Maid of Honor

The mismatched theme is the perfect way to highlight your Maid of Honor! What better way to celebrate her than featuring her in a long dress instead of short, a statement necklace, or a different style or color? 

How to make the MOH stand out

Iris Studios Photography

Find inspiration

The mismatched bridal party theme is gaining popularity right now, so there are a lot of amazing inspiration, ideas, and examples out there! Finding ideas that you like will help you narrow down your options and decide on what you want. This will also help you determine what your objectives are for having a mismatched wedding. Do you want everyone to find a style that flatters their figure? Do you want a variety of colors? Do you have a specific, exact idea you are looking for, or are you open to whatever? A quick search on Pinterest or Instagram will provide you with more examples than you could ever look through.

Other helpful tips to keep in mind:

  • Don’t leave everything up to your bridesmaids. While you might think this will be best for them, it may just actually make everyone more stressed out. Setting a few guidelines such as color, fabric, or designer can make the shopping process a whole lot easier. 
  • It’s a good idea to approve your bridesmaid’s dresses before they order them. Even if you let your ‘maids choose their style, color, etc., it’s YOUR wedding and you should love everything! (And with that it’s also okay to say no, your bridesmaids are already elated to be part of your big day and will understand!)
  • After you approve your bridesmaids’ dresses, tell and show the rest of the girls. This way if you wanted each girl in a different color, there won’t accidentally be three in slate blue. Sometimes it helps to assign each ‘maid a dress style or color. 
  • Order extra Kennedy Blue fabric swatches for your bridesmaids to help them choose what colors and fabrics will look best together. Having everything in front of you is so much easier than trying to picture it in your head! You can also visit a home department store for free paint chips so you can show your ‘maids exactly what shade of blue you are looking for.  
  • Make sure your mismatched bridal party still matches your overall theme of your wedding. It’s fun to let your bridesmaid pick their own dress color, but just make sure it still will look good with the rest of the wedding!
  • Have fun! While choosing just one dress in just one color might be easier, mismatched weddings are your chance to let your bridesmaid shine in unique looks. Don’t be afraid to be bold in your choices to create a truly memorable look!

Natasha Levkovich

Mismatched bridesmaid dresses are the best way to allow each bridesmaid to be creative and unique in your wedding party. Letting your girls choose their own style of dress will help them find a gown that will fit their personality and figure! You can also decide to mix colors, fabrics, and the details of their outfits. Whatever you decide, remember that this is YOUR wedding day and ultimately you get to make the final decisions! And most importantly: have fun! 

Where have you found inspiration for a mismatched wedding? Have you ever attended, been in, or planned one? Let us know in the comments section!  



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47 Responses

Bri
Bri

July 24, 2018

This post was incredibly helpful to me while deciding how to coordinate my bridesmaids’ look from the other side of the country. Fashion is not my forte, so I can use all the guidance I can get!

Brittany Whitley
Brittany Whitley

July 05, 2018

I’ve been considering what to have my girls wear and am throwing around the idea of having them mismatch. This article was helpful!

DANIELLE Brehm
DANIELLE Brehm

June 28, 2018

Love this. My bridesmaids all have different dresses and it shows their personality! Yet each dress also compliments my dress too!!

Aubrey McElroy
Aubrey McElroy

June 18, 2018

I really love this idea especially because all of my bridesmaid live in different states and it would be so much easier for them I think!

Alejandra
Alejandra

June 13, 2018

This article helped me a lot!! It allowed me to see how I would want my bridesmaids to mismatch their dresses!! Very insightful

Blair
Blair

June 03, 2018

This article is spot on! I personally love the idea of having the same color, but different styles of dresses! I am considering doing this for my bridesmaids.

Melisha Wilson
Melisha Wilson

June 03, 2018

Love this idea! I think my bridesmaids and I are definitely going this route in pretty shades of blue

Jennifer Williams
Jennifer Williams

May 25, 2018

I love the idea of mismatched dresses! It definitely offers more freedom in chosing what suits each lady :)

Rose Difilippantonio
Rose Difilippantonio

May 24, 2018

Super helpful article! Great content and advice!

Abigail Welch
Abigail Welch

May 23, 2018

Super helpful article!! I keep going back and fourth on if I want to do this or not and this was very helpful.

Hannah
Hannah

May 23, 2018

I’ve been anxious about how to perfect the mismatched bridesmaid look, and this gave me some great tips!

Megan Meyer
Megan Meyer

May 22, 2018

Loved this article, as I am wanting to mismatch my bridesmaid. It had so much good advice! I have a large bridal party with 8 bridesmaids plus my MOH. I’m thinking about doing 5 in plum and 4 in a lighter shade of purple called wisteria, but then letting each maid choose her own dress in chiffon with lace detailing allowed. Has anyone on here ever done mismatch in two areas like this (color and style)?

Mami2jcn
Mami2jcn

May 21, 2018

I’m planning to go with lace dresses in different colors.

Shannon Collins
Shannon Collins

May 16, 2018

This is super helpful! This is the kind of thing that I want to do, but didn’t know how to execute it.
:)

Jordan
Jordan

May 15, 2018

I can’t wait to have mismatched dresses at my wedding! These are so cute!

Hannah S
Hannah S

May 15, 2018

Great article! I’ve thought of having the same color of bridesmaid dress with different styles but hadn’t considered other variations you mentioned. Thanks for the ideas!

Christie Hagen
Christie Hagen

May 15, 2018

Loved being able to see a picture of the mixture of lace/chiffon dresses and plain chiffon dresses, because that is what I’m considering for my bridesmaids. It looks beautiful! I am definitely going to include those options!

T Williams
T Williams

May 14, 2018

Love the colors.

Amber
Amber

May 14, 2018

This article helped give me advice about going this route. I love the idea of the same color dresses, but different styles.

Athena Rae
Athena Rae

May 14, 2018

I love the idea and capabilities of mismatching dresses because not every girl is the same size height etc. Kennedy Blue makes this sooo easy with a variety of options in dresses and beautiful colors!

Valley
Valley

May 14, 2018

I really want to make sure each of my bridesmaid’s personality/ style shows through. I am going to pick the color/ pattern but have them pick which style fits them best.

Ive been in a wedding before where I felt like a robot and not myself in what i was in. I think the reasons you pick them to be in your party is because what makes them unique and themselves!

Rachael Guadagnoli
Rachael Guadagnoli

May 14, 2018

Can not wait to see my girls in their amazing mismatched dresses!!!

Donna Fertig
Donna Fertig

May 14, 2018

Great way to let bridesmaids select the perfect dress for themselves.

Nicole Fuentes
Nicole Fuentes

May 13, 2018

Great article!!! Thank you!

Courtney
Courtney

May 13, 2018

Great article! I’m thinking of doing mis-matched bridesmaid dresses for my bridesmaids so this was definitely helpful!

Kirsten
Kirsten

May 13, 2018

This is very helpful. I’m letting my bridesmaids choose their own style within a range of shades.

Karen Carr
Karen Carr

May 13, 2018

Such a helpful article!

Holly Fisher
Holly Fisher

May 13, 2018

Very good advice. I have 4 brides maid and if like them all in the same dress bit with different body types it’s best to have them wear what they fee comfortable in

RP
RP

May 13, 2018

Exactly what I was looking for!

Christine Noelle
Christine Noelle

May 13, 2018

I am absolutely in love with the mix-matched bridesmaids look, I like it’s a wonderful way to show everyone’s personality.

Danielle
Danielle

May 10, 2018

Absolutely love this idea. Photos would look amazing.

Nicole
Nicole

May 10, 2018

LOVE THIS IDEA and definitely doing it for my own wedding next summer! I want all of my bridesmaids to feel beautiful on this special day :)

Andrea Krueger
Andrea Krueger

May 09, 2018

Love this! Makes everyone feel so comfortable!

Meredith
Meredith

May 08, 2018

Love this! I’ve been a bridesmaid in 5 weddings now, and for my wedding, I want my girls to feel beautiful in a dress they love and may ACTUALLY wear again haha

Alyssa Warner
Alyssa Warner

May 08, 2018

So helpful, thanks!

Alexa D Woodson
Alexa D Woodson

May 08, 2018

I’ve been considering this, so this article was super helpful!

Brittany Swinson
Brittany Swinson

May 08, 2018

Love this. all of my girls have different styles of dresses. They are all the same color, but I love how times have changed more towards letting the girls decide what they feel would work best for them! I’m all for that.

Kate Merritt
Kate Merritt

May 07, 2018

Thank you for this post! Definitely sending it to my bridesmaids asap :)

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn

May 07, 2018

This is helpful! I’m doing mismatched bridesmaid dresses, and it’s good to have some guidelines.

Lindsey
Lindsey

May 07, 2018

This was super helpful. Saving for later!

Kaitlyn kutchman
Kaitlyn kutchman

May 07, 2018

I love the idea of the mismatched colors, but I’m having a hard time with finding colors that are similar to and don’t clash with Bordeaux…so we’re going mismatching styles!

Alexis Simms
Alexis Simms

May 07, 2018

I think I want my bridesmaids to have different styles in the same color.

Melissa Ortiz
Melissa Ortiz

May 07, 2018

This is so helpful! Thank you!

Macy
Macy

May 07, 2018

Love this article! I am looking to do this with shades of blue. Thanks for the tips!

Hope Fitzgerald
Hope Fitzgerald

May 07, 2018

I absolutely love this blog so excited!

Tamra
Tamra

May 07, 2018

Great advice, I want everyone in my wedding party to feel confident and beautiful and this is a great way to do it!

Louise
Louise

May 07, 2018

What a great article. I’m so pleased that mis-matched bridesmaid dresses are getting more coverage, I think they look great.

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Measurement Guide - How to Measure for Your Size

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn’t be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor.

Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it’s not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.

Bust Size
Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist Size
While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button. Stand up straight and do not “suck in” when taking this measurment.

Hip size
Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Compare these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5” (size 12), your waist measures 31” (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5” (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body.

Depending on the fabric, a dress can be altered down up to 2 full sizes, but can be very difficult to let out as there is only about .5 inch of fabric to do so at the seams.