- Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amy's Inspired: Bridesmaids

From intern Amy

Out of all the bold and unique things you could do to style your wedding, one of my favorite style trends in wedding fashion is mismatched bridesmaids dresses. Coordinating bridesmaids dresses can definitely be tricky. When deciding what to put on your girls, you may be working with a variety of body types, skin tones, and even hair colors/cuts. In order to help you take this trend on right and guide you through this process, I've collected a few tips and tricks from top wedding blog, 100 Layer Cake, along with my added commentary.

1. Decide what aspect you are going to mismatch. Before overwhelming yourself with hundreds of styles and colors to choose from, first decide what you would like to mismatch. You do not necessarily have to mismatch colors. If you don't want to go too crazy, something you can do is put your maids in all the same color but in different style dresses. No matter what you go with, decide this first to let the rest of your vision flow.

2. Select a color scheme. If you have wedding colors you are centering all your decorations around be sure to blend in your bridesmaids dresses with your theme, as well. Base the dresses on various tones of that central color, or pick shades that are within the same color family. If you want some extra inspiration, play around with some Pantone swatches, or do some research online to see what works well with the colors you have chosen.

3. Make an inspiration board. Whether you go old school and use a cork board with magazine cuttings or use the modern inspiration tool, Pinterest, all brides should utilize the resources around them to create a cohesive color/design story through all aspects of their wedding. By collecting all your ideas in one space, you will be better able to imagine how everything will look together on the big day, and you will be able to see how your bridesmaids' style fits into all that.

4. Let your maids pick their dresses. If everyone is wearing the same dress, of course the bride will be selecting the style. But if you are going to mix-and-match your maids, allow your bridesmaids to voice out what silhouettes and necklines they feel comfortable in. Some might not be comfortable in a strapless, while others wear only that. No one knows your body better than yourself, and the same goes for your bridesmaids. Perhaps you can choose the colors or textures of all the dresses yourself, but let your maids select the cut and style that best fits them, and they will definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness.

5. Tie it all together. One of the best ways to tie mismatched dresses together is by selecting a uniform element that each girl can wear. For example, perhaps all of your maids can wear the same necklace or fun pair of shoes. Or maybe everyone can wear something completely different but style their hair the same, whether all up or all down. Or flower crowns, anyone? :)

Happy planning!

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