Jan 13, 2015

How to pull of the Mismatched Bridal Party Trend

It's no surprise I love brides and while my main focus is their makeup, I also have to stay on top of the trends. I must say I'm elated with the evolution of weddings over the past few years, things at least appear so much more relaxed and carefree. Makeup has gone from over the top glam to soft and radiant, we've traded our perfect up do's  for soft waves and braids.  But one of the my favorite trends that's been going strong since last season is the mismatched dress trend for Bridesmaids and Groomsmen! Don't these wedding parties just look like they're having more fun? maybe it's because everybody is comfortable in what they're wearing. Although it may look effortless, there is a good amount of thought that goes into these looks. Read on to find out more. 

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and for the fellas...
According to Brides Blog there are a few rules to help your maids pull this off seamlessly.

Vary only two features: Choose two things to maximum that can be different about each dress and keep the rest the same. For example, different necklines and colors (in a pre-decided color palette) but in the same fabric. Or, different fabric (lace, cotton, chiffon, brocade, etc.) and necklines but in the same color. Changing more than that can start to look very confused.

Keep the length of the dresses the same: We've all seen those photos on Pinterest where the wedding party is wearing a variety of dress styles. The difference between the ones that look good and the ones that don't? The hem length. When you have mixed hems, it is very hard to create a cohesive look; so stick to one length.

Same dress different shades: Different colored dresses are very popular right now.  Select colors that look good together. The easiest way to visualize how they will look together is to purchase a few swatches  And consider pre-selecting the color each bridesmaid will wear — can prevent a lot of inter-wedding party conflict.

Don't let them do it alone: A lot of brides love the idea of giving their bridesmaids a color and the freedom to shop for their own gown. Unless it's black (which I've seen work nicely) this method can really backfire. Think about it: If you tell your six girls to find a long navy dress, you are going to end up with six different shades of navy that may not blend well. You are also going to have different fabrics that won't photograph in the same way. The result? Awkward photos!

Heck! I loved this trend so much I decided to do it for my own wedding. Below are pictures of me and my girls on my wedding day! 





There are so many great ways to work this trend. The photographs just portray so much personality and playfulness, don't you think?  I'm all for seeing this trend stick around for a few more years (or maybe permanently!) . What do you think of the mismatched bridal trend?  Neigh or yay in the comments below!


With Love - Teirney 

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