Mismatched Bridesmaid are having a real moment in wedding fashion at the moment but it can be tricky to get right, for every lust worth image of gorgeous girls in subtle hues of nude, you come across another 4 of maids sporting every colour of the rainbow all in different lengths and silhouettes. In my opinion there are 3 simple rules to miss-matched bridesmaid styling:
1. Keep it simple
2. Make it fun
3. Work to your bridesmaids strengths
1. Keep it simple
Easier said than done I realise, bridesmaid styling can be complicated at the best of times but it's best to lay down a few ground rules before you begin, especially if wanting your BFF's to choose their own dress. Set a colour range, even going as far as to getting some swatches from dress companies or even colour charts from B&Q could do the trick! That way you know the colours will look great against one another. Plus it will make it easier to compare and match colours while out shopping if dresses are not in the same stores. If you are going for contrasting colours rather than shades of the same colours, stick to similar style dresses if not the same style. Too many differences will make it unclear who is part of the wedding party and who is a guest and photos will look confused and possibly even messy. Here are my picks for whats available now
2. Make it fun
This applies to both the experience and the end result. If you have a little fun on your shopping trips and include your girls rather than dictating to them you will end up with a better result. If you have a little fun with the dresses and accessories you could end up with something really beautiful. Don't be afraid to mix up accessories with bridesmaids, flowers in the hair, layered bracelets and rings, stand out costume jewellery works so well with structured but simple gowns. Play with patterns and fabrics, mismatching doesn't just need to be about shape and colour! Here are some examples of how to make your girls stand out, have fun and look great.
3. Work to your Bridesmaid's strengths
I'm going to say it now, I can not wear backless dresses, I have big boobs and I've had a baby. It's not going to happen, please don't make me wear something I am not comfortable in. I will look bad and feel uncomfortable, resulting in naff, awkward pictures as I will be too self-conscious to smile. You know your friends, you know what they like to wear, the areas they emphasise and those they hide. Just because it's your wedding day it doesn't mean they will feel any better if you put them in something they don't like. This is the perfect reason to miss match your bridesmaids but don't loose sight of why you're doing it. Play to their strengths, tall girls might like a gown, short girls might not want to be swamped with full length. Big boobs need some support and a smaller chest might love a plunging neckline. You can have fun with all these things but make sure you let your bridesmaids lead the way in what they feel comfortable in.
I actually have one final rule, commit! If you are to pull this off you need to commit to it, I think the best looks I've seen on Pinterest or other wedding blogs are those that go for it and are not afraid to try something different, treat it like your very own fashion shoot. I really do think it's that simple to create the perfect miss matched wedding party, happy Shopping! xx
Dress collections Via BHLDN
With spring on our doorstep and literally blooming in our gardens you may wonder why the winter wedding post? Well having spent the last decade working in various disciplines of marketing I'm used to being briefed on winter and festive projects right about now (or earlier!). The same applies to planning your wedding. If you're newly engaged and have set a date for this coming winter chances are you will be starting to pull together your ideas and thinking about what you would like your wintery day to look like. Reams of luscious spring and summer weddings might not be so helpful for you right now!
I think winter weddings are hard, and if i'm honest I have always preferred a summer soiree, but then I am a summer person. However, I also think there is less quality inspiration out there for winter brides and it can sometimes seem a bit tacky, especially with a festive theme, so it is harder to plan. So as a challenge to myself and a benefit for all you winter brides I have created a few sample mood boards which nod to the winter and festive seasons without you having to get married in a grotto.
Soft twinkling lights, rustic blooms and homemade details are the order of the day!
Red and green should never be seen as we are told, but I think it can make a fantastic winter wedding theme as long as you keep things simple, incorporate lots of rustic features like homemade biscuits and brown parcel paper, red gingham ribbon (a massive catwalk trend this season) fairy lights and christmas tree seating plans with vintage baubles. This will give a wonderful cosy 'Christmas with your nearest and dearest' feeling to the day.
Finding the right colour balance is key, don't overdo the red, keep green strong as a contrast colour with rustic woody browns to add depth and background. A deep forrest green could look amazing on your bridesmaids with a long sleeve and cosy wraps for added elegance.
It's also a great excuse for a red lip, amazing on flawless skin and will make your teeth look whiter in photographs!
With your flowers, same rules as above apply, keep bouquet's hand tied and natural, using a variety of blooms like roses, ranunculus and amaryllis with some contrasting greens and browns like conifer and fern.
If these fill you with inspiration you can also check out my Pinterest page for loads of seasonal fashion, venue and detail ideas.
xx Katie xx
Title Image via Erich McVey // Fairy lights // Branch tree via Printerest // Berries in jug // Berry Wreath // Elie Saab green dress // White Green and Red bouquet photo by Jennifer Stuart photography // Berry bouquet via Sonja Lekovic // White dress Jovana Rikalo // Plant pot candles // Berry crown photo by Bethany Marie // Beige wrap red lip by Juste Boreikaite // Hanging roses via Pinterest // Red Lip via pinterest // Star Biscuits photo by Christine Meintjes // Red Bouquet via Brides magazine // Table runner by JoPhoto // Red Bridesmaid dress via Pinterest // Homemade favours photograph by Marija Savic //