Alaina and I are blessed to have some awesome friends and family who we have asked to stand up with us and support us as we make our commitment to each other. Since we already have the two bride things going it seemed weird to have bridesmaids or a best man, so we took on the term “bridesmates”, which I think is much more fitting of our friends. My bridesmates are my sister and my brother, along with my friends Lisa, Ky, and Susanna. Alaina’s bridesmates are her sister and brother, along with her friends Dylan and Christin. The fact that we have an uneven number bugs me a little, but I think this is Alaina’s way of forcing me to get over my OCD tendencies, or really she is just way better at playing favorites than I am!
One of the hardest parts of being a bride for me is that I am expected to tell the people I love the most what to wear to my party. That is hard for me, and I reallydon’t want to. They each have their own unique and stellar style, why should I try to make them all look the same? And I certainly don’t want them to look like my ladies in waiting. However, I understand that having some guidelines can be helpful especially since I don’t want to stress out our friends by asking them to be an integral part of our wedding memories. Alaina and I really want to keep things relaxed and fun. I have absolutely no desire to ask anyone to wear satin polyester on an 80° August day or spent $300 on an outfit they can “totally wear again”. So, instead I’m going to give our bridesmates a couple of ideas or suggestions, offer to go shopping with them, and trust in their personal style.
I really like this look. The dresses are mismatched cotton sundresses while the guys are in matching shirts and pants to bring it all together. So let’s start with the dress wearing bridemates.
All three of these dresses are made by Amanda Archer on Etsybut are a little on the pricey end. The yellow one is the one my sister has kind of fallen for. I really like the look of these dresses, they are unique and fit the personalities of the dress wearing bridesmates. The cotton fabric and knee-length provides a little unity.
These dresses come from eShakti which is an online retailer that specializes in customizing their pieces to fit your body. I haven’t ordered anything from them yet, so I’m not sure exactly how it works, but I like the concept and they have really cute dresses. I love the blue one on the right! Oh, and the cherry on top is that each of these dresses are right around $60.
Add a vibrant dahlia bouquet to finish off the look!
Has anyone done mismatched bridesmate/maid dresses? Do you have any suggestions or advice? Bridemates, what do you think? Ready for a shopping trip? Next up, pants wearing bridemates!