Many brides-to-be are opting to stray away from the traditional one style dress for their bridal party. But, when choosing to go this route, it can open up a lot of questions. That's why we teamed up with BHLDN and two of their top online stylists to share a few tips, tricks and how-to's on pulling off mismatched bridesmaids dresses at your wedding.

Photographer: Christy L. Johnson

Bride: Ashley Guyatt

Bridesmaids: Allison Kelley, Talia HubbleKelsey Diprima, Jessica Bailey

What recommendations do you have if a bride-to-be wants to incorporate color variation into her bridesmaids' gowns?

We recommend starting with an inspiration image or two. You can find plenty of this on sites like Rocky Mountain Bride or by searching on Pinterest. From there, you can determine your color palette and vision. Whether it's choosing light and dark versions of the same hue (ex: fog to hydrangea from our collection), finding inspiration to direct your vision will make the process that much easier. 

And, to ensure a cohesive bridal party no matter what mismatched look you go for, it's important to have your bridesmaids select dresses with the same undertones (i.e. warm).

Don't have a color palette yet? BHLDN has you covered. Take their "How to Pick Wedding Colors" quiz to determine your bridesmiad color scheme.

How do you mix prints, patterns, and solids?

Don't be afraid to mix prints, solids, and patterns! It can be intimidating to think about which is why we recommend starting with a print you love followed by pulling out the solid colors within the print to create a complimentary party.

But, what if you're using multiple prints? No problem! If you decide to use multiple prints, the base color, and the overall vibe should be the same. For example, two blue chiffon dresses with watercolor florals would look lovely when paired with other solids pulled from the prints.

What's the best way to provide guidelines without coming across as bossy?

As stylists, we know the bride is coming to us for our expertise and advice. A bride should also feel confident in her vision and know that her favorite ladies will be happy to help her achieve it. And while achieving that vision is the goal, the bride should also let her girls know that she's thinking about them and their comfort; after all, everyone wants to look and feel their best! Communication is key and pictures are also a great tool here.

What's your favorite way to mismatch dresses? Colors? Sparkle?

We love to layer richer and softer hues within a palette. Our Bridesmaids Dresses by Color page is a great example. We add in texture with mixed fabrics and embellishments like beading for additional dimension, too.

Is mixing short and long gowns a bad idea?

We typically don't recommend this. If your bridal party has a preference on the length we try to either stick to all long hemlines or incorporate maxi and midi. A tulip or high-low hemline looks stunning when paired with longer options. Pairing short and long hemlines can come across as choppy.

We love a mix and match bridal party. It lets each of the bridesmaids choose a dress that suits her body type, budget, and style. When everyone feels beautiful in what they're wearing, it shows! But, at the end of the day, or planning process, remember to have fun! Your wedding day is about you marrying the love of your life and that's what your guests will be focused on too.


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