How to have mismatched bridesmaid dresses at your wedding

24 Feb 2022

Find some inspiration for your bridesmaids’ gowns with these down to earth colour schemes 

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Colour plays a crucial role in your wedding, contributing to the atmosphere of the day. Brides are now looking to mismatched colours and differing styles for their bridal party. Whether your wedding is in the picturesque countryside or a historical venue, see how you can achieve a cohesive mismatched look. 


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Down to earth 

First, consider your colour palette. Earthy tones are all the rage at the moment, so look to these colours when picking out bridesmaids’ outfits. These hues flatter all skin tones and are extremely versatile, complementing any dress design or outfit style. Look to dark orange and terracotta, soft lavender, dusty blue and sage green to adorn your bridal party.  

These earthy accents also provide an authentic, relaxed vibe to your wedding theme. Earth-toned bridesmaids’ outfits are ideal for outdoor, rustic and bohemian-style wedding venues as they can add pops of colour. 



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A cohesive touch 

When in doubt, stick to two to three different colours to achieve a cohesive look. Or, have each of your bridesmaids in a different colour for a bold look.  

Look for tones and hues that complement each other. You could even choose the same colour in different shade variations. Your bridal party could vary from a dark olive to a light sage. 


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In keeping with this natural theme, you could opt to keep the bridesmaids in one colour and your maid of honour in a similar shade. Look for a lighter or darker shade, or a completely different colour altogether to make your maid of honour stand out. Your bridesmaids could wear a soft lilac while the head bridesmaid wears a muted plum. 


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Mix and match 

If you want to mix and match vibrant shades on your wedding day, consider bridesmaids’ gowns with contrasting colours. On the colour wheel, these are pairings of orange and blue, yellow and purple, and red and green.  

Doing this can add real depth to your overall wedding palette. For example, teal and green tones pair beautifully with rust and mustard colours.  


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Don’t forget to keep in mind the style of your bridesmaids’ dresses. If dressing your bridal party in multiple colours is not for you, get your bridesmaids a multiway dress. This allows your bridesmaids to wear the same coloured dress in different styles. Another option is to get your bridesmaids’ dresses from the same designer for a cohesive look.  

You could also look at different dress patterns for a mismatched style. Look to similar floral patterned ruffle dresses to create a soft, romantic feel to your bridal party.

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