Bridesmaid Dresses - To Match, or Not to Match?

If you’ve been to a wedding in recent years, you’ve probably seen the trend of mismatched bridesmaid dresses. Chances are, you’ve probably been a bridesmaid recently who wore a unique dress in the wedding party! This trend isn’t new, nor is it going away anytime soon. But if you’re planning a wedding, the question begs - should your ladies match, or not?

Of course, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. Your bridesmaid fashion gives you the opportunity to show off your personal style as a bride, and the chance to show off your beautiful friends! With all of the different possibilities for bridesmaid dresses, there are a couple of things to keep in mind when making this decision!

Style of your wedding.

Are you having a classic, timeless affair, or a more carefree-boho celebration? The boundaries of wedding styles are always being tested, but if you have a specific idea for your wedding, don’t stray too far from it. If you’re having a black tie wedding, it’s probably safer to put all of your ladies in the same dress! If you’re having a laid back celebration, consider the possibility of mixing it up!

The size and shape of your bridal party.

When I say size, I don’t mean how many bridesmaids! (See photos below of brides who pulled off 12 mismatched ladies!) Consider what might look flattering among all of your bridesmaids. A strapless dress may look great on your maid of honor, but not on other ladies. Blush may really flatter your sister’s skin tone, but wash someone else out. If you have a bridal party of diverse looks, it might to best to mix up their dresses! Wedding planning tip? Take 2 or 3 of your ladies shopping at the same time to see what looks best on each and all of them!

Even if you mix it up, cohesion should still be your goal.

If you do decide to put your ladies in different dresses, you should still have a consistent look in mind. Maybe you put your maids in different shades of blue to keep them in the same color palette! You could keep your ladies in the same color, but change up their necklines. Trust me, I love the mismatched look, but we want it to look intentional, not random. The last thing we want is for your bridesmaids to be a distracting element from your day!

If you’re looking for some specific inspiration, here’s some of my favorite looks courtesy of my beautiful brides!

Angels in White.

White Bridesmaid Dresses White Sparrow Barn

If there’s any case for keeping your ladies in the same dress, look no further than this angelic bridal party! I have always loved white bridesmaid dresses, and this was no exception.

Ladies in Neutrals

Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses, Destination Wedding Photographer, Georgia Wedding Photographer, North Carolina Wedding Photographer

If you’re wondering if it’s possible to mismatch a large bridal party, the answer is YES! This group of 12 bridesmaids, in Joanna August, wore three different shades - blush, cream, and mauve.

Dusty Rose with Different Necklines

Foxhall Wedding, Dusty Rose Bridesmaid Dresses, Azazie Bridesmaid Dresses

This group of women look stunning in dusty rose, but if you look closely, they are actually wearing a variety of necklines! Find these dresses at Azazie.

Annabelle Bridesmaid Dress

Annabelle Jenny Yoo, BHLDN Bride, Blush Wedding Dress, Austin Wedding Photographer, Le San Michele Wedding

Why is this my favorite bridesmaid dress? It comes in so many different colors, and you can convert the straps into a variety of styles. The Jenny Yoo Annabelle bridesmaid dress is a dream.

Simply Blue

Dusty Blue Bridesmaid Dresses, White Sparrow Barn Wedding

When in doubt, strapless floor-length gowns are a perfect decision for your ladies. This grey-blue color makes my neutral heart happy!

Showing Off Your Maids

Farmhouse Wedding Photography, Blue Bridesmaid Dresses, Champagne Bridesmaid Dresses

If you want to make your maid (or maids) of honor stand out, give them a color of their own! These two maids of honor wore champagne and still fit in with the ladies in dusty blue.

Different Tones of Berry

Berry Bridesmaid Dresses, Thistle Springs Ranch Wedding

If you aren’t afraid of color, this wedding party in different tones of berry should inspire you! This color palette would be perfect for a fall wedding.

“Back” It Up

Dove Ridge Vineyard Wedding, Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Your bridesmaids don’t have to be mismatched to make a statement. Sometimes one dress with a great highlight, such as this open back, is all you need!

The Pink Ladies

Nasher Sculpture Center Wedding, Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses, Pink Bridesmaid Dresses, Sequin Bridesmaid Dresses,

Blush has been around in weddings for a while, and it’s here to stay! Blush bridesmaid dresses come in so many varieties, so there are endless options to choose from for your gals.

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