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mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
Do you make your bridesmaids wear a “uniform?” And no, I don’t mean like a baseball uniform or a military uniform, I mean the exact same uniform look for each bridesmaid.  Are they told to wear the same dress, the same accessories, the same hairstyle?  Or do you give them a little leeway in the individuality department?  Remember ladies, your bridesmaids are your best friends (or are supposed to be).  Don’t make them look bad or take away any chance they have of looking a bit like themselves at your wedding.  Here are some options to make both you and your bridesmaids happy!
Same Dress Color, Different Styles
mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
{Jamie Delaine / original post on Oh Lovely Day}

If you do want them to all wear the same gown, how about choosing different styles or shades?  Or if you want them exactly the same, why not let them to wear whatever shoes they like (If you are afraid this will get out of hand, specify any nude shoe, or any black shoe, or any closed toe shoe in the blue color family, etc).  Or let them wear their hair however they want. 
Same Dresss Style, Different Shades
mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
{Becky Hill / original post on Oh Lovely Day}
mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
{Melody Davis / original post on Oh Lovely Day}
But my favorite bridesmaid look is to be completely mismatched!  Let your girls wear a dress of their choice in the same color family, or in your palette of colors.  As long as the dress isn’t completely inappropriate, it will look great, your bridesmaid will appreciate being able to choose (or possible wear something she already has or will actually wear again), and it makes for a really cool look!  Plus, everyone is really looking at you, right? 

 

 Bridesmaid choice of dress in different shades

mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
{Austin Gros via Green Wedding Shoes}
 Bridesmaid choice of dress in different colors
mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
{via People.com}
mismatched bridesmaids and tips on how to treat your bridesmaids
Personally, I chose a bridesmaid dress by Lela Rose with my bridesmaids that came in 3 different styles (halter, one shoulder, and two straps) and told them to choose whichever style they thought looked best on them.  Ironically, they all chose the same one!  But they did wear whatever shoe, jewelry, and hair style they wanted.  And they looked fab!  See 🙂

{Jennifer Roper / my wedding posts seen here}
So, I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Do you like your bridesmaids to be uniform or are you going for a mismatched look?  If you want matching dresses, do you let your bridesmaids pick their own accessories and hairstyles?  You should!  This isn’t a cheerleading squad.  But I digress…  What do you think?
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