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2017 Trends: Mismatched Bridal Party Outfits

December 5, 2016 by The Marquardt Ranch

Mixing and matching may seem like something to keep to cozy socks or comfy pajamas, but it’s actually poised to be a big trend in 2017 in the form of mismatched bridal party outfits. Mixing and matching bridesmaid dresses is a trend that’s been around for a while, but it only recently started gaining steam. Contrary to what your mother or grandma might fear, it can be pulled off well and add an aesthetically pleasing touch to your wedding and to the photos you will cherish for a lifetime. Use these tips to help you communicate with your bridesmaids and groomsmen exactly what you’re looking for, and have fun incorporating this trendy 2017 theme into your wedding!

Tip #1: Stick with a Color Scheme

The first way to make sure everything blends together well is to stick with a specific color scheme. One option is to stick with a monochromatic look—like these lovely bridesmaids in shades of purple, or these dresses in shades of mint. Keeping to shades of one particular color will not only look lovely in your photos, but will also make it easier on your bridesmaids when they go shopping. If you’re planning on keeping the same color and letting your bridesmaids choose different styles of dresses, consider giving each one a multi-toned paint swatch and assigning each lady a shade. This way, the colors will be sure to harmonize, and you won’t be stuck fielding question after question about whether your future sister-in-law’s dress of choice is closer to lilac or lavender.

Tip #2: Keep it Simple

This old adage is as relevant in selecting bridesmaid dresses as anywhere else. Ask your bridesmaids to keep the lines of their dresses simple and clean cut in order to help pull the look together. Simple lines helped pull off the prismatic color scheme of this bridal party. Selecting a designated length can also be helpful. Whether you decide cocktail or floor length, or instead go for a more retro tea dress vibe, your bridesmaids can find a variety of dresses that both work for your wedding and that they might actually wear again.

If you prefer a more traditional route and would rather stick with one particular style and color of dress, you can still get on board with the trend by mixing up your bridesmaids’ and groomsmen’s accessories. Whether you go for individualized rings or mixed and matched necklaces and pumps, even small pieces can have a big impact.

Will you be incorporating this trend into your wedding? We’d love to hear!

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