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When it came time to start searching out bridesmaid dresses, I couldn't help but think back to the movie 27 dresses and promise myself that I would not put my friends in anything even remotely resembling this….

(I know it's a movie, but I've seen worse in real life! Photo from 27 Dresses via

I may be a bride myself now, but I've been a bridesmaid before. I know what it's like to be put in a gorgeous vintage number or an adorable sunshine yellow dress for a summer wedding. You not only feel like a cherished friend, but you feel like you're adding to the vision the bride had for the day. It's an honor to be a part of something like that. On the other hand, I also know what it's like to be asked to wear a bright pink satin potato sack that trails from your neck down to the middle of your calves. It was an honor to be part of that too, but it took some time to get over the embarrassment that came along with it. It seems to me that bridesmaids dresses are notorious for being unflattering. I'm not sure about you girls, but this bothers me! These are my best friends, whom I love and want to honor by having them in my wedding. I'm determined to have them dressed accordingly. So here is a shout out to good-looking bridesmaids dresses everywhere. May you be worn again after the wedding!

That being said, I love the idea of having different styles for the girls in your wedding party! Your friends aren't all alike, so it only follows that they shouldn't all be dressed alike either. No matter what your color palette, style, or budget, it can be done in a way that looks gorgeous and put together without being distracting or mis-matched.

Mix-Matched Bridesmaid Dresses

These images are from a wedding I recently photographed. The bridesmaids looked gorgeous and it added so much to the overall look of this wedding! (

A great place to start is by simply picking a single color or color family for all the dresses. They can be different styles, yet similar tones, fabrics, or silhouettes can tie them together. My bridesmaids are going to be in grey chiffon dresses in all different styles. Each is just slightly different yet the same length and color. I've pulled a few images of dresses from some of my favorite shops, ( & ), to give you an idea…

Mix-Matched Bridesmaid Dresses

Pink may not be in our color scheme, but I love these soft, rose tinted dresses from j crew. They'd be gorgeous in a springtime garden wedding… So pretty…

Mix-Matched Bridesmaid Dresses

If you have a larger bridal party or are a little worried about all the girls getting their own dresses in time, bridal designers usually offer tons of different styles of dresses with the same fabric and color options! You get the same unique look of different dresses without the complications that can come with multiple stores and a larger wedding party. We're getting my seven girls their dresses from the same Watters bridesmaids line, and they are all still unique and adorable! I can't wait to see them all together…

Well I hope you've enjoyed this bit of bridesmaids fashion inspiration and have a lovely week 🙂

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  • Jana

    I love this idea and totally wanted to do this for my bridesmaids since they are all different sizes, shapes and all have different coloring. I found it extremely difficult to do though. Since they are all different sizes (and there are 8 of them), it was best to go through a bridesmaid dress shop, but there really weren't enough styles that would fit everyone to create this wonderful look. Instead, we found a dress style that fits them all so well and the maid of honor is in a different coordinating style. Good luck, can't wait to see what you chose!

  • Ashley

    Different styles is superb I think. I've heard horror stories about the bride saying "wear whatever you want" and then the bridesmaids freaking out over whether or not all the dresses won't go together. Giving them a color but then letting them pick the style I think is a spectacular way of saying "I appreciate your creativity enough to give you the task of picking out a dress style while still giving you guidelines so that you don't freak out." Also, if you don't know what the bridesmaids feel prettiest in, they might resent you for putting them in, for example, an empire waist dress when they feel they look totally preggers in an empire waist! I'm going through this right now, so I totally agree with you! I don't want my bridesmaids to hate me!! Good luck!!!!

  • Love mismatched bridesmaid dresses! It's so nice to have a style that fits your body!

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  • megansbeadeddesigns

    I actually kinda like that dress… lol 🙂 But I wouldn't make my bridemaids wear 'em. lol – for lovely handmade unique beaded jewelry and accessories

  • Giselle

    I agree with Ellen, I LOVE the mismatched bridesmaid dresses! I love things that are not common and the soft pink is completely unique.

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