Mix and misMatch Part 3: Bridesmaids & Groomsmen

Hello! How are we?   This week we’re taking a closer look at how to mismatch the wedding fashion. We’re mainly focussing on bridesmaids but we’ve even got a dash of inspiration for the groomsmen. Enjoy. x

Mismatched Maids

Finding that one dress that fits, suits and pleases everyone is always going to be tough. So, deciding to mix and match your bridesmaids’ dresses may just be the best idea yet.  There are so many different ways you can achieve this trend, different colours, different styles and lengths or just, well, completely different dresses.

Same Colour Different Styles

If you have a set colour theme for your big day then you can still get the mismatched look without compromising your theme. Find dresses in the same colour and mismatch elements such as the length and necklines. Scout the high street and wedding boutiques for dresses that are part of the same collection; they will often be the same colour and fabric but each with a different twist.

Yellow Mismatched Bridesmaids

Two birds have a fabulous selection of colours and with 15 ways to wear each dress you’re bound to find a style to suit all of your maids.

Pink Mismatched Bridesmaids

Two Birds Mismatched Bridesmaids

Image Credits: Magic Dress Bridesmaid UK Theebury CollectionTwo Birds

It’s amazing what a few twists and different kinds of wrapping can do. Each dress looks unique and utterly gorgeous in its own right but is still coordinated. Genius. For all the different styles and tips on how to tie the dresses head over to TwoBirds – How to tie. 

Same Style Different Colours

Not all colours suit every skin tone and with this in mind why not dress your girls in varying shades of your colour scheme? Make a pit stop at a DIY shop, grab a paint chart and find colours that compliment each other and carry it in tow on your shopping trips. For more colour inspiration have a peek at websites such as Design Seeds. They are a fantastic way to find complimentary colours and while away an hour or two looking at gorgeous pictures and colour schemes.

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Same Style Different Colours

Colour Palette Inspiration

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Same Style Different Colour

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Same Style Different Colours

Image Credits: Festival Brides Photographer: Brandon Kidd / Design Seeds Style Unveiled Photographer: Judy Pak / Wedding Inspiasi

Different Styles Different Colours

This option can be really effective and your bound to keep everyone happy. Keep that paint chart handy and don’t be afraid to  mix different textures and fabrics, you might be surprised to see how well it all comes together.

Mismatched Bridesmaids Different Style Different Colours

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Different Style Different Colour

Image Credits: Winter Sparrows / Rock n Roll Bride Photographer: Joanna Brown

Throw the rulebook out altogether by mixing florals, patterns and blocks of colour to really embrace the trend.

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Different Style Different Colour

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Different Style Different Colour

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Different Style Different Colour

Mismatched Bridesmaids - Different Style Different Colour

Image Credits: Green Wedding Shoes Photographer: Matthew Morgan / Wedding Chicks / Ruffled Blog Photographer: Dan O’Day / Rock n Roll Bride Photographer: Julian Beattie

Wild Card

Why not let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses? It’s fair to say people know what they look good in and ultimately you want your girls to feel fabulous in what they’re wearing. Before letting them loose, consider a girly Pinterest evening to get some inspiration. Talk colour palettes, fabrics and make clear any ‘No Nos’.

Mismatched Bridesmaids

Mismatched Bridesmaids

Image Credits: Style me Pretty / Our Labour of Love 

Tying it all Together

Whichever way you choose to mismatch you bridesmaids you still want to make sure they look a part of Team Bride! Create a common thread and tie it all together with flower bouquets, coordinated  hairstyles or matching accessories.

One for the guys.

Mismatching isn’t just for the ladies. Gone are the days where just a black and white tux is on the menu. Now your Groom and his Merry Men can fuss over braces, bow ties and handkerchiefs galore. Ooze effortless cool and let the fellas mix up their suits. Ditch the jackets, don the braces, maybe add a waistcoat? and don’t forget the socks! Stick with your chosen colour palette and mix textures and patterns for perfectly mismatched attire.

Mismatched Groomsmen

Mismatched Groomsmen


Mismatched Groomsmen

Mismatched Groomsmen

Mismatched Groomsmen

Image Credits:  The Bijou Bride Photographer: Hejley Petein /Pinterest / South Bound Bride / Naum / Photographer : unknown

There we have it, the end of this post and the mismatched series; although no doubt this trend is here to stay for a good while yet. We could pour ourselves over this look forever but we hope we’ve given you some inspiration on how to avoid being too ‘matchy matchy’ and actually, if done right nothing looks out of place at all.

As always we’d love to hear from you. Anyone struggling to find dresses that all your girls like? Has anyone experienced letting their maids choose their own dresses? Do get in touch.

Next week we’ve got something a little different, but we won’t give much away just yet. If there are any particular posts you’d like to see then please do let us know.


10:15 5 June 2013

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