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The Pros and Cons of Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Matching bridesmaid dresses are a little outdated in this day and age – the modern trend is to select a color family and let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses within a set of confines. This means that you can still hit your top priorities, such as your wedding colors, gowns of a similar length or style, matching fabrics, etc., without having to force your best friends into dresses they hate. But before you decide to go this route, here are a few pros and cons to consider.

1. Budget. When you select the dresses your bridesmaids will wear, you lock them into a budget that they may not be able to afford. If you’re paying for the dresses as your gift to them, then this is perfectly acceptable. But if they’re on the hook for buying their own gowns, you might want to go with the mismatched look and let them select their own dresses. Simply provide them with guidelines for color, style, and so on.
2. Fit. Finding a flattering dress for your body type is no easy feat. So what makes you think you can select a single gown that will fit and flatter the various shapes and sizes of your bridesmaids? By opting for mismatched dresses you have the opportunity to ensure that every lady beside you on your special day is comfortable, confident, and beautiful.
3. Less stress. You’ve got enough to do planning the rest of your wedding. Why would you want the added stress of trying to choose a bridesmaid dress that will make everyone happy? By opting to let bridesmaids pick their own dresses, you can impose enough guidelines that you feel comfortable with the process, relieving you of the burden of choosing. And your bridesmaids won’t have the stress of wearing a dress they hate all day and lying to your face about liking it.

1. Loss of control. Let’s be honest: some brides simply can’t relinquish control of any single aspect of the wedding planning process. And if you’ve been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl, you might not want to risk having your vision compromised by a bridesmaid with her own ideas of what is acceptable.
2. Poor taste. We can’t all be Vivienne Westwood or Vera Wang, and you might come up against problems when you allow your bridesmaids to select mismatched dresses, especially if some of the ladies you love have questionable taste. But you can control this to some extent by limiting styles (no strapless or minis, for example) and adornments.
3. Rogue bridesmaids. Even if you provide guidelines concerning color, style, and so on, you could end up with that one bridesmaid who doesn’t stick to the plan. And the result could be that your mismatched bridesmaid dresses don’t look nearly as cohesive as you planned. One good option is to pick a site like Allure Bridals or Weddington Way so that you can show examples of the dresses you prefer. This should help your bridesmaids stick with the program, even though they’re operating somewhat autonomously.

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