photo by Emily Delamater Photography
More often than not, brides are choosing mismatched bridesmaids looks for their best gals to wear on the big day. For some, the process of actually dressing the bridesmaids and pulling this look together can be a little overwhelming. No one wants their girls to look like a random jumble of colors, but you still want their personalities to shine. With these tips, you can have it all: mismatched dresses that look cohesive with each other and the rest of your wedding design.
Tip One: Stick to one color in varying tones
Here’s a little color theory for you: tone refers to the lightness (tint) or darkness (shade) of a color. Once you’ve decided on a color for your bridesmaids to wear, let them choose dresses in a range of light to dark versions of that color. Let’s try a metaphor: think of these dresses as sisters, not twins.
Tip Two: Choose different colors in the same tone
To achieve this look, select like-colors in the same level of brightness of hue. For instance, all of your girls dressed in pastels or all of your girls dressed in jewel tones. Think of these dresses as cousins from the same family.
Tip Three: Balance out a multiple-color palette
When selecting dresses, balance your bridesmaids by both dark and light tones and by color. This helps your palette appear cohesive instead of all over the place! Think of these dresses as sets of sisters who get along really well (still loving this metaphor?).
Tip Four: Go for one print or texture in a similar color story but various styles
This look is a little bit more adventurous, but can have a major payoff with a stylish statement. If you want your gals dressed in a print, keep them all warm-colored floral or all cool-colored polka dots, with varying pattern styles. If you envision them in a little sparkle, let them each choose a sequin gown that fits their personality in the same color and tone.
Tip Five: Consider your focal point
In each of these examples below, the majority of the group is in a subtle or similar color or tone, while one bridesmaid pulls the visual focus. The idea here is to not have too many competing colors and to allow one to represent the boldest hue in your color palette or to set apart your Maid of Honor.
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