For decades brides thought they had to dress their bridesmaids in a uniform look that may or may not suit their girls' personal style. Long gone are those days! More brides and their 'maids are opting to go for a mismatched bridal party — whether it's a combo of colors, silhouettes, fabrics, or all three.
There's absolutely no reason why your girls can't choose their own style. After all, while this is your day, you want your closest friends and family to feel comfortable and have a great time, right? With the freedom to choose a style that suits them, your girls will focus less energy on the uncomfortable neckline or short hemline and more on ensuring you have the best day of your life. Not to mention, a mismatched bridal party, if done right, looks awesome.
There are many options when it comes to a perfectly coordinated yet uncoordinated bridal party. You can have your girls simply choose a silhouette that works for their body type — all the while choosing a color, designer, and fabric that fits your wedding's color scheme — or you can give them very general instructions such as "pick a bold color."
If you're nervous about your girls looking too hackneyed, offer some silhouette, hemline or color restrictions. Having them stay in the same fabric family is helpful as well. On the other hand, having your girls show up in an array of materials makes for interesting mixture of textures that will pop in photos. It all comes down to what you're comfortable with!
Want to let your girls choose their own bridesmaid dresses? See how other real brides pulled off this trending look.
Different fabrics and textures only make these mismatched nude gowns that much more interesting.
Deep blue tones and a dose of shimmer gave this bridal party's dresses an enchanted feel.
This bride had her bridesmaids choose a variety of long gowns from BHLDN in blush and champagne shades.
Instead of asking that they match each other, this bride had her 'maids wear dresses that represented her venue's vibrant hues.
Mismatched mint dresses fit this country ranch celebration's laidback vibes.
To fit their historical Italian backdrop, this bride had her girls each go for a color that matched her reception's color scheme.
An array of warm tones — burgundy, red, and pale pink — highlighted this wedding's flowers.
Complementary colors work well together, too! Just look at these dresses by Rachel Pally in shades of soft gray and peach.
Mixing and matching coral and fuchsia Monique Lhuillier dresses made this bridal party pop.
The ombré spectrum of gray tones couldn't come together more perfectly.
This bride asked her bridesmaids to choose a bold color they felt comfortable in to express their personal style.
Long gowns in various pastel hues kept this bridal party classic.
Vibrant mismatched metallic shifts brought this Moroccan-themed affair to life.
Varying pastel hues bring out the soft shades of the bride and her bridesmaids' bouquets.
Who says your bridesmaids can't wear white? This bride made like many famous Brits before her and had her girls rock ivory, cream, and eggshell dresses.
With such a large bridal party, this bride had her girls don gray, cream and black dresses that fit their style and her neutral color scheme.
One way to make a small bridal party stand out? Have them all choose a jewel-toned dress, à la Sex and the City.
Picking a specific fabric (this bride chose tulle) is a great way to bring together different colors and silhouette.
A spectrum of silver and gray gives these 10 bridesmaids an elevated, modern feel.