how to mix & match your bridesmaids’ dresses

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

Happy Wednesday y’all! I am back with another Wedding Wednesday, and I am so excited to share today’s post. It is something I get a lot of questions about, so today I thought I would share how to put together mix & match bridesmaids dresses. I am pretty proud with how the ones I picked turned out, and at the end of the day my ‘maids were just as pleased with their dresses as I was. Pulling mix & match dresses is much easier than you would expect too!

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

  1. First things first, find inspiration. Whether it’s a color palette, a photo of another bridal party or something else– let this be your stepping stone! I stumbled upon a photo of a bridal party on Instagram right after I got engaged. The dresses were a range of muted purples & greys, with a mix of textures, and I immediately fell in love. I was set on having grey & purple bridesmaids dresses after seeing that photo. This inspiration set the tone for the rest of my wedding planning, only because it was the first thing I knew I wanted for our wedding.

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

2. When mixing & matching, I personally think a range of shades & different textures work best, but that is just my personal style & taste! However, if you’re just looking for just a little bit of variety, you could always opt for a simpler option– same dress color, with different cuts & fabrics. Whatever your style is, go with that! You’ll be glad you did at the end of the day.

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

3. This might be my biggest tip:: be mindful of your bridesmaids’ figures, skin tone, etc. This makes choosing mix & match dresses so easy because you can find a dress that suits every one of your girls perfectly. By this point we’re all aware that everyone’s body is different, and taking your girls’ figures into consideration will make everyone happier at the end of the day. They’ll feel better in a dress that is flattering and happy bridesmaids make your wedding day much better 😉 And if you’re working with dresses in different colors, then keep in mind skin tones too!

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

4. Think about the dresses you choose against your own wedding dress and your venue! When pulling different styles, you want them to compliment your dress and the setting of the wedding. You wouldn’t want to pair a more casual bridesmaids dress with a ball gown wedding dress.

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

5. Do you give your girls a choice of which dress they want to wear? This is a personal preference, but I did not. I found dresses that I knew would flatter each of their body types, and that was that! You’re the bride, so you’re allowed to make these decisions on your own. However, if one of my girls was totally against the dress I chose for her, I would have absolutely listened & reconsidered. Another reason you might consider assigning dresses, is so your girls aren’t fighting over who gets to wear which dress.

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

6. How do you know they’ll all go together? Well I was a little Type A about this, and drove myself insane trying to make sure they went together perfectly. See my crazy solution to this problem above! HA! I took a screenshot of every grey & purple dress I could find, and eventually found a combination of 8 of them that worked best. Adding their pretty faces via my shotty photoshop skills helped the girls remember whose dress was whose!

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

7. Search different stores, boutiques, websites! Depending on how different you want your dresses to be, it might be more difficult to find all of the dresses from the same place.

How to mix & match bridesmaids dresses / Mix & Match Bridesmaids Dresses

Enjoy the process, and don’t take the decision too seriously. Ask for help from your girls if you need help, or ask for opinions from your wedding crew! Just remember, happy bridesmaids make your day so much better 😉

Dresses (L-R):
Donna Morgan* / Adrianna Papell / Jenny Yoo* / Donna Morgan* / Adrianna Papell / Jenny Yoo* / Donna Morgan* / Adrianna Papell

*from Twirl Boutique 

19 Comments

  1. Danielle
    August 9, 2017 / 10:54 am

    I absolutely love this trend of mixing and matching dresses! When done right, it photographs so beautifully. Adore the shade you chose!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

  2. August 9, 2017 / 3:14 pm

    This post is amazing Shelby! I am dying over the little dress “chart” you made. That is SO something I would do.

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

  3. August 9, 2017 / 4:37 pm

    This was such a helpful post. I plan to mix and match my bridesmaids dresses in the future, so it’s good to know exactly how to achieve that! Your bridal party looked gorgeous in their different shades of purple and gray! I love it!

  4. August 9, 2017 / 4:50 pm

    I love the way this looks! So much better than everyone wearing the same!

  5. August 9, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    You and the bridal party look STUNNING! I love the different dresses and the color scheme you chose– so cute!

  6. Sarah K Tripp
    August 9, 2017 / 6:40 pm

    Your bridal party is stunning! Love their dresses!

  7. August 10, 2017 / 9:56 am

    All of the dresses were stunning and looked so great together these are awesome tips!

  8. August 10, 2017 / 11:56 pm

    Such a good idea! I love how all the colors and textured pulled together. It looks like an Anthropologie wedding!

    Megan | http://www.pipmegan.com

  9. Maggie
    August 11, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Oh they look so pretty together!

  10. Lauren
    August 11, 2017 / 6:06 pm

    I love the way it looks to chose a color and let each girl shoe her own style and exact color. It’s so much prettier and unique this way – love the result!

  11. August 12, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    These dresses are just stunning! And can we talk about those gorg flowers? This makes me want to get married all over again!

    xo, Sara

  12. Laura B
    August 13, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    What a fun idea! I had never seen it done in shoes of purple and grey!

    Laura B.

  13. August 15, 2017 / 11:48 pm

    Wow I love this! The mix and matched dresses look so beautiful with your all white look! xx

  14. August 16, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    What a great way to figure it out! I love your board lol!! So funny! You picked the perfect mix of dresses, your wedding party was BEAUTIFUL!! LOVE the colors!

  15. Jessica
    August 19, 2017 / 1:01 am

    All of these dresses look so great together! Love all of the different colors and designs.
    Jessica