Wedding Trends: 15 Examples of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

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Photography by Corrado Chiozzi

Wedding trends: 15 Examples of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

While some bridal parties are seen wearing bridesmaid dresses in the exact same color and style, it’s becoming far more common to find a range of bridesmaid dresses along the aisle, displaying distinct colors, fabrics, and cuts – while still speaking to a common theme.  With careful planning, this mismatched look can look just as coordinated and intentional as a matching scheme, while offering your maids a bit of personality and freedom to opt for the styles and colours that suit them best.

Planning your own coordinated-yet-mismatched look? Here are 15 examples from the Weddingful team to inspire you! For more wedding planning help, try our free wedding planner to be matched with vendors that fit your budget, location, and specific needs.

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Stick with Color Families

Range of Warm Colors

For a greater sense of freedom, pick a general color family and choose from a wide range of colors that fit within the the general family. Here, cuts vary from short-sleeve tea length to strapless cocktail, while the warmth of the common color family ties these styles together in colors ranging from burgundy to mustard.

Photography by Gideon Photography
Photography by Gideon Photography

 

Range of Jewel Tones

Narrow things down a bit more with a more specific color family – a rich jewel tone scheme offers clear guidelines while allowing each bridesmaid to pick her favorite hue.

Photography by Kat Braman
Photography by Kat Braman

 

Range of Pastels

Another color family that works well for bridesmaids is the pastel color family. This range of tones will keep things light, offering light colors in a more subtle variance.

Photography by Ryan Ray Photography
Photography by Ryan Ray Photography

 

Range of Dark Shades

For a low-maintenance approach, allow your bridesmaids to choose any style they like in a dark shade. Your bridesmaids will have no trouble finding a wide range of dresses in dark blues and greys (and most probably have something lurking in the closet already).

Photography by Emily Wren Photography
Photography by Emily Wren Photography

 

Range of Colors from the Bouquet

These dresses all dabble in the purples and magentas visible in the bride’s colorful bouquet, offering a wide range of purply tints.

Photography by Tara Libby
Photography by Tara Libby

 

Play with Tints

 

Range of Tints

A tint is generally defined as “white + color”. Varying the tint of your bridesmaid dresses is a great way to adhere to the exact same color while mixing things up a bit. These green bridesmaids all display the game green hue, while varying in tint from almost-white to rich emerald.

Photography by Sarah Dupree Photography
Photography by Sarah Dupree Photography

 

Same Tint

Continuing to play with tint, you can create a cohesive theme by allowing a range of colors, as long as they offer the same tint. These dresses range in hue from yellow to pink to green, all unified by the same level of white present in their tones.

Photography by Corrado Chiozzi
Photography by Corrado Chiozzi

 

Color-faded Range of Tints

Take your range of tints one step further with a color-faded array that creates a rich visual display of light to dark, bringing all of the bridesmaids into a unified color scheme that highlights the brightest tone of all – the white dress of the beautiful bride!

Photography by Leighanne Herr
Photography by Leighanne Herr

 

Choose a COmmon fabric

All Satin Fabrics

Adhere to a common material, and your bridesmaids will look coordinated – even if they’re wearing a wide range of colors and tints, as shown in this example. Color fades, dark charcoals, and purple pastels all find common ground in a silky satin material.

Photography by Paul O'Reilly Photography
Photography by Paul O’Reilly Photography

 

All Lace Fabrics

Define a common theme with fabric – these bridesmaid dresses display different cuts and colors, while all adhering to a common all-lace fabric theme.

Photography by Michelle Warren
Photography by Michelle Warren

 

Same Colored Fabric in Different Prints

These Indian saris offer the same turquoise and gold, with various interpretations offered by different prints on each bridesmaid’s dress.

Photography by Dan Fredo
Photography by Dan Fredo

 

All Sparkling Beaded Fabrics

Another example of using fabric material as a common element, these gowns offer various faded shades, unified by  the likeness of their sparkling beaded fabrics.

Photography by Clary Pfeiffer
Photography by Clary Pfeiffer

 

Opt for a COmmon Theme

Common Cut

Keep things traditional while maintaining a sense of personality with bridesmaid dresses in the  exact same cut. All gowns are identical in cut and fabric, providing a common theme for a range of soft pastel hues.

Photography by Artography
Photography by Artography

 

Vintage Cuts

These dresses feature different colors, shades, and prints, but they all speak to a certain vintage theme with their classic a-line shapes, classic pumps, and princess cuts.

Photography by Michelle Prunty
Photography by Michelle Prunty

Common Feel

These dresses all speak of a bright spring day full of lace, flowers, and upbeat colors. While  these dresses are completely mismatched, they’re all united by a common feeling of cheerfulness and lighthearted joy.

Photography by Alexandra Grace
Photography by Alexandra Grace

 

As you can see, there are endless ways to play with color, cut, and fabric in order to create a personalized bridesmaid look. With these example as inspiration, you can draw upon your own personality and wedding theme in order to create a mismatched look that’s right for you and your maids!

If you’re stuck when it comes to planning the logistics, Weddingful  can help. Our online planner is free, and it’s designed to match you with vendors – from photographers to planners to cake artists – who fit your location, budget, and style.

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