Last I discussed this topic, I had decided to go with mismatched styles of long chiffon Bari Jay dresses in the color wisteria. I bragged that it was a simple decision. I boasted about how quickly I had made up my mind. I was proud of my decisiveness. Well, I come back with my tail between my legs and my antlers in a tizzy. I changed my mind.
Even though I am happy with my choice of designer, length, and fabric, and my decision to allow my girls to pick whatever style they want, I cannot get past this nagging desire to have mismatched colors as well. You see, I have always hated overly matchy things. Even as a child when my mom would buy me beautiful matching outfits, I would take the pieces apart and wear them with other pieces so as to not match too much. So the idea of eight girls wearing the same color, standing next to each other most of the evening has been getting to me…I am just so nervous it will look TOO matchy-matchy.
And just look at how awesome these look? I mean, seriously, I couldn’t help but get a complex looking at pictures like these:
And the photo that truly captured my heart and made me swoon:
It was becoming painfully obvious that I wouldn’t be happy until I had a completely mismatched look. But I really didn’t think it was feasible to get mismatched without looking crazy—I needed to have some coordination! Moreover, I really didn’t want to have to pick my bridesmaids’ color choices for them—I want them to feel comfortable! And so began my feasibility study. I made a PowerPoint of six colors I felt would go well with my overall look and sent it to out to my bridesmaids, asking which color(s) they would MOST like to wear out of all of them.
Images via Bari jay
I knew going in that there would have to be some overlap, as I have eight bridesmaids and only six color choices, so I was OK with that. I was just worried that people would have an obvious preference for one or two of the colors and leave the rest behind. Surprisingly, every color (except petal—insert sad face here) has been chosen!
- Bridesmaid K: wisteria or periwinkle —> wisteria
- Bridesmaid C: misty blue or periwinkle —> misty blue
- Bridesmaid M: daffodil or misty blue —> daffodil
- Bridesmaid J: rose or periwinkle —> rose
- Bridesmaid D: wisteria, periwinkle, or rose —> periwinkle (?)
- MOH L: wisteria or misty blue —> periwinkle
- Bridesmaids T and A: TBD
I am SOOO EXCITED this plan may actually work! I know there is a strong possibility no one will pick petal, and even though I really think it would make a good addition to the color scheme I don’t blame my bridesmaids for not wanting to wear pale pink. Now I just have to wait for my last two bridesmaids’ responses. I also need to decide which colors to double up on and away we go!!!
Did you decide to do something you thought would be difficult but turned out fairly easy in the end? And what do you think of my color scheme?
- City: Syracuse/Long Island
- Medical Student
- Wedding Date:
- May 2012
- The Old Field Club