Bridesmaids Dresses - To Match or Not To Match?

Matching your bridesmaids - elegant look or overly strict? Are you planning for your bridesmaids to wear the exact same dress? Same style different colours? Different styles same colour? Or all different? Why might you want everyone to match? I’m going to talk you through both sides so you can decide what is right for you and your bride tribe!

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Let’s start with matching. Having matching bridesmaids does look stunning in photos, it’s indisputable. There’s a symmetry you get when all the dudes are in matching suits and the bridesmaids are in matching dresses. Even without the groomsmen, the consistency of your bridesmaids in the same colour and/or style looks great in the photos and on the day! Not only that, but matching dresses will perfectly fit into whatever theme or vibe you are planning. Keeping everyone matching is an easy way to keep the bridesmaids on theme and in the style of your special day. Best of all, if everyone’s matching it’s really easy for other guests to work out who the bridesmaids are!

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Why wouldn’t you want bridesmaids to match? Well despite it being aesthetically quite pleasing, it isn’t always everyone’s cup of tea. If your bridesmaids are different shapes and sizes (most of us are!) then they might not feel comfortable in the same dress as everyone else. It’s true, what suits a 6ft tall leggy model doesn’t suit me! I wouldn’t expect it to either! Mismatching bridesmaids dresses means you can account for what each person feels comfortable in. 

There are other advantages to mismatching dresses. If each bridesmaid is allowed input into their own dress its a great way to include them in your wedding plans. They’re also more likely to wear the dress again if they’ve played some part in choosing it. This doesn’t mean you can’t have the dresses loosely linked for example by having them all a similar colour or shade. It’s an opportunity to be creative and think outside the box!

There are advantages and disadvantages to matching and mismatching your bridesmaids. My advice, look at what’s important to you and your bride tribe. Talk to them and find out what works best for them. Do what will go best with your plans and don’t be afraid to do what you think is right!


If you want a hand with bridesmaids, dresses or anything else relating to your wedding get in touch! I’d like nothing more than to have a chat with you about your wedding plans, preferably over a cuppa!