In Lieu of Paper Sacks

I want my girls to look good. Like, “I feel like a rockstar” good. Seriously! I’m not the kind of bride that is secretly plotting to make my ladies look a mess so that I’ll look better by proxy. Hive, that is tacky. Also, no one wants to spend $100-$300 on a dress that they hate. I don’t even like spending that much on dresses I like.

But when I originally asked my bridesmaids what kind of dresses they were thinking about for the wedding, they were totally wonderful…but also very vague. They assured me that “they’d wear a paper sack if I wanted them to.” Well, hive, I’m here to announce the official cure for well-intentioned “I’ll wear whatever you want” bridesmaids! Spoiler alert: Terrorize them with pictures like this.

Img via RackedNY

I had some ideas before, mostly Pinterest inspired, but I was torn between matching and mismatched dresses. To add even more indecision, “mismatched” also has about 10 different ways TO mismatch.

Our only confirmed wedding colors are blue and gray. It just so happened that my favorite inspirations were usually one or the other of these colors. I also knew I would really like them in soft, light fabrics—like chiffon. I wasn’t sure if I preferred that they be long or short, just that they all chose long or all chose short. I loved “matching” options like these…

Image via Style Me Pretty
Img via Em for Marvelous

But then the mismatched options were cute, too….

Img via Style Me Pretty Photography by Jen Fariello
Img via Princess Wedding Styles

I loved that the mismatched options also worked really well with our ombre theme!

In case your head is spinning with options like mine was, I found this awesome blog post with examples of each mismatched “style.” I posted this link to my “Bridesmaids!” Facebook group (which I would highly recommend!) to clear things up so they could choose their favorite!

I polled my bridesmaids, and they actually unanimously picked long dresses over short. They also liked the same color, different dress idea! Now just to decide on blues or grays!

Next, we’ll try some on!


Miss Manatee

Fort Worth, TX
Wedding Date:
June 2013
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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:50 am

    If you read Southern Weddings Magazine, they featured a wedding with ombre bridesmaids’ dresses (more citrus-y tones). You could check it out and see if you like it!

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    KS, Guest @ 7:07 am

    I think varying shades of blue looks more intentional than varying grays, mostly because there’s just a wider variety of blue options while gray seems to only come in ‘warm’ or ‘cool’. But I may just be projecting based on how I can’t find gray tights that match my new gray-printed dress 😛

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    shugargirl71 85 posts, Worker bee @ 7:17 am

    I had the same color scheme and Ombre too – it came out great! PM me if you want to see any pix

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    manatee 31 posts, Newbee @ 9:01 am

    @KS: I think you’re right! I think we’re ultimately going to end up in blue!

    @Shugargirl71: I would love to see pics! I’ll pm you

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:04 am

    Haha terrorize them with oictures, why didn’t I think of that? Genius

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    oh man those neon ball gowns! where do you even get them?

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    mariewest 304 posts, Helper bee @ 8:37 pm

    I’m also doing mix-matched dress in the same color. We’re going with blue. It’s easier that way.

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    MrsCov 50 posts, Worker bee @ 5:58 am

    I had a really easy time of it as I only had one bridesmaid (my sister) and one flower girl (my niece). But I was incredibly excited that you used a picture of the dress my sister wore (the royal blue dress in the second photo)! But we added little cap sleeves. Love that dress.

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