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Four Reasons To Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo by Amanda K White Photography

Photo by Amanda K White Photography

The mix and match bridesmaid dress look is very in trend, and I am ALL about it. I did this for my own bridesmaids and they looked absolutely stunning. My husband did the same thing with his groomsmen too, so this works both ways, and allows all wedding party members to show off their unique style.

Here’s why this way totally rocks:

 1. One Dress Does Not Fit All

This will be no surprise to you, but our bodies are all made differently. Instead of choosing a dress that could leave one person feeling uncomfortable, why not just grant them the autonomy to select their own look?

2. Everyone Has a Different Budget

By telling your bridesmaids a specific look and feel, but allowing them to make the final choice, they can select a dress that meets suits their look AND is in their budget. You may find one bridesmaid will buy her dress for $30 used online, and another will buy a full price Reformation dress. Regardless of the price differentiation, everyone will look cohesive and beautiful!

3. Saves Everyone Time

Planning a wedding takes a ton of time- and the last thing you need is more work! Instead of coordinating different times to go bridesmaid dress shopping, have everyone choose their own. While you may think it’s no big deal, your bridesmaids have to do a LOT for you leading up to your wedding so this is one area where everyone can have some time back. 

4. Embrace the Differences in Style

It might just be me and the influence of living in NYC where everyone CRAVES to look different, but the idea of having everyone wear the same thing just because they are in your wedding party so weird to me. This is not to say it is not beautiful, but can bring up a deeper conversation on why we need people in our life to all look and act one certain way. Embrace the differences and see how stunning your bridal babes are when they feel confident, and in their own style!

For reference, this is the exact email I had sent my bridesmaids to get the ideal look!

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Olivia: 4 Ways to be There For Your BFF On Her Wedding Day

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You gave an Oscar-worthy toast at the engagement party, threw the bridal shower of her dreams, and helped her get low after numerous vodka sodas at the bach party. Now the big day is here, and you quickly realize your BFF duties are more important than ever. 

Show your love and support with these wedding-day tips: 

Hold Space

This is a concept I use a lot when teaching yoga. It allows people to feel the open energy and know they can come to you if they need anything. Holding space essentially means that you stay present in the moment, and leave room for your BFF to communicate what she needs too. Holding space could look like sitting in the room with her, making sure she doesn’t feel rushed, keeping quiet on any complaints you have about your hair, or playing a soothing playlist as she is getting her day started (with pump-up jams to come later of course!) 

Capture the Moment

This is one of the most important days of your bestie’s life, and it’s going to be over before she knows it. Help her reminisce by taking tons of photos, especially those fabulous behind-the-scenes shots.

It’s likely she will have a professional photographer taking “traditional” pictures, so explore some unconventional ways to capture the memories. My personal favorites include disposable camera at the reception, and a polaroid photoshoot while getting ready!

 

Be Her Gatekeeper

There’s going to be tons of last minute things happening on your BFF’s wedding day, and everyone will assume their task is the most important. Field the questions, requests, and concerns people try to bring to the Bride, allowing her to focus on what’s really important- connecting with loved ones! 

 

Prepare for Every Possible Outcome

Every wedding is beautiful in their own way, but every wedding will also have a moment where things don’t quite go as planned. A relative could get too tipsy, the bride could get a blister, or the flower girl could have a total meltdown. 

Once again, you’ll save the day by stepping up and handling these mini-crises.

The best way to be prepared is to build an emergency wedding day kit, complete with everything you need to combat potential problems.

(Recommended) Emergency Wedding Kit Checklist:

  • Bandaids
  • Airplane shots
  • Tampons
  • Snacks
  • Safety pins
  • Makeup Wipes
  • Hairspray
  • Bobby Pins
  • Hair tie
  • Deodorant
  • Advil
  • Anything else you think your bride and her guests could need!

 

You can also purchase these ready-made on etsy :)