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