How to Coordinate Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

June 4, 2024

Bride with her bridesmaids in coordinated dresses

Why Choose Mix-and-Match Bridesmaid Dresses Instead of Matching?

Even though the trend of mismatched (aka mix-and-match) bridesmaid dresses is no longer new, it’s a wedding trend that is here to stay. There are many reasons why bridesmaids (and groomsmen) are opting for a less overly matched look.

1. Personality & Comfort

One of the biggest reasons for choosing different dresses for each bridesmaid is to reflect personal style and comfort. Not everyone looks their best in the same cut and fabric. Allowing each bridesmaid to pick a dress they love and that fits their body well ensures everyone looks their best and feels comfortable.

2. Sustainability

Purchasing an item you’ll only ever wear once (wedding dress excluded) isn’t the most sustainable choice. Many bridesmaids end up with dresses they don’t love and have no occasion to wear again. When each bridesmaid gets to choose their own outfit, they are more likely to select a dress they can wear again, making the investment worth it for their budget. The planet (and their wallets) will thank you.

3. Visual Appeal

As a wedding photographer, this is my biggest reason for hyping up mismatched bridesmaid dresses! Varying patterns, materials, and hues add so much visual interest to the overall look. When everyone wears the exact same dress and color, the look as a whole can lack interest. Introducing a few variables creates depth and richness, giving the ensemble an editorial feel.

Bridesmaids with mismatched dresses

Coordinating Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

So, mismatched dresses seem like the way to go, but how do you coordinate the look?

1. Color

Give your bridesmaids guidance on the color palette you’d like to stick with. For example, my bride Caroline had all of her bridesmaids choose pink dresses. Although each dress was different, they harmoniously mixed together since they were all in the same color family. If possible, see all the dresses together in person to verify that the colors work well together.

2. Vibrancy

The vibrancy of color refers to how bright and saturated the colors are. In Caroline’s case, imagine if one bridesmaid had chosen a hot pink dress while others chose muted pinks—it wouldn’t have coordinated as well. Ensure the vibrancy levels are consistent for a cohesive look.

3. Length & Style

When it comes to the lengths and styles of the dresses, avoid the extremes. Super short dresses paired with floor-length gowns might not mesh well. Variations from below the knee to full length work well together, maintaining a long visual line. Keep the overall styles similar; something extremely tailored next to something overly romantic may not blend seamlessly.

As a wedding photographer, these observations have shown me that mismatched bridesmaid dresses can add a unique and beautiful touch to any wedding. Would you consider mismatched bridesmaid dresses for your wedding?

Bride and bridesmaids with pink dresses
Wedding bouquets with mix and match wedding dresses
Pink mismatched bridesmaid dresses

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