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HUNTED : { Bridesmaid Trend – Mis-matched Bridesmaids }

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HUNTED : { Bridesmaid Trend – Mis-matched Bridesmaids }

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In past times when it came to dressing the ladies of your bridal party tradition dictated that you’d find a bridesmaid dress you liked within your colour scheme, multiply by number in the party, then add matching shoes, jewellery and even hairstyles. Today, this doesn’t have to be the case.

Weddings and “tradition” have steadily been parting company over recent years. Not to say that the modern couple are all going for humanist rituals, festivals and wearing black. Just to say that they could if they wanted. One tradition I am enormously glad to see the back of is the matchy-matchy one. People are individuals, why dress them as identikit models – particularly when it comes to girls of differing shapes in dresses.

If you like the idea of mis-matched bridesmaid attire but aren’t sure how to execute without the overall look being of a random group of people standing together, some images for inspiration are hunted below.

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Different Dress, Same Colour Tones

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Bridesmaid inspiration dresses nudes retro bohemian

In this bridal line-up via Tumblr the slightly bohemian, Spring-like theme has translated as a request that all bridesmaids wear a short dress in neutral / nude shades. Shoes are all in the nude spectrum too, although each an individual choice. Your bridesmaids will thank you immensely as they’ll be able to wear them again. Hairstyles, whilst not uniform, are broadly all loose and tousled. The choice of matching bouquets in simple green and whites is wise, as it pulls the look together.

This is an excellent demonstration of how mis-matched dresses can still look like they belong together.

Non Matching Bridesmaid Ideas 2012

It’s not only neutral tones this will work well for – this image is a prime example of how tonally united mismatched greens can look beautiful together. Similar fabrics and hairstyles help enormously to pull the look together.

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Matching Dresses, Different Colours

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Bridesmaid inspiration wedding different colours

If you want to create a bridesmaid rainbow , you can choose dress colours that are significantly different from one another like in this line-up above. As above, though, by keeping dress style and tonal range (here, dusky and pastel shades as opposed to brights) identical they look part of a collective.

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Mis-matched Accessories

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bridesmaid dress idea non matching shoes

If you want just a splash of individuality, you could opt for all matching bar the shoes – in the above image they’ve kept it in theme by matching shoe colours with floral colours. Personally, I don’t find this as effective as the two above, but I’m quite comfortable for your taste to differ from mine. (via weddingdressonlineshop)

Bridesmaids Ideas Non Matching

Anothe novel idea is non-matching by their tights, like in this colourful display via Green Wedding Shoes.

Non Matching Bridesmaids Inspiration

Or, same principle but entirely different colour, like so. I’m not totally sure why the bridal party are wandering barefoot in a pine forest but it certainly demonstrates that black dresses are perfectly acceptable in a wedding. (image via Tumblr).

Mismatched Bridesmaids Ideas Non Matching Flowers

Another alternative option for mis-matching is to keep each bridesmaid dress the same, but give them differing bouquets. The shot above – credit to the fabulous Mister Phill – is actually from my wedding. My bouquet was a composite of all the individual bridesmaids blooms. I’m a little biased, but I thought it worked very well …

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Same dress colour and fabric, different styles

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bridesmaid inspiration mis matching unmatching brown

Finally, a trend I’ve seen at numerous weddings is for the bride to find a colour and fabric, then opt for differing bridesmaid dress styles. This allows each bridesmaid to pick a style that is most flattering for their figure, like with these brown grecian dresses.

Bridesmaids Dresses unmatching

Here we see an even greater style variety : strapless, high neck, plunge, all pulled together by keeping the material, skirt-length and in this case even hair identical. (image via Tumblr)

Non Matching Bridesmaids Same Fabric Different Style

If you’re option for “same fabric, different style” bridesmaids, one option is to make them yourselves / have them made for you. If you don’t know any seamstresses another option is to go to Two Birds Bridesmaids. They specialise in convertible dresses like these buttercup yellow ones above : perfect for this look.

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Mismatched bridesmaid dresses : you have been hunted.

Is it a look you would consider?

Or have you ever been a bridesmaid in this type of wedding? Was the overall look effective?

Comments always welcomed below

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8 thoughts on “HUNTED : { Bridesmaid Trend – Mis-matched Bridesmaids }

    • Thanks for the link – there are some fantastic rainbow brights in there. I love the concept too. Matching bridesmaids are fine if you’ve got a very small number, but once that increases, the girls start to look like irobot in frocks if the bride isn’t careful. Thanks for taking the time to comment – theweddinghunter (Milly)

      Posted by theweddinghunter | January 2, 2012, 2:32 pm
  1. Do you know by chance where the wedding dress is from in the picture with the neutral bridesmaids dresses? I need that dress!!!

    Posted by Casey | February 4, 2012, 7:27 am

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