I am an Auckland, New Zealand Offbeat Bride and am thinking of asking my three brideswomen to just pick a dress they like (maybe within a colour scheme…?) I don't think they have to be matching because they are all uniquely beautiful and hopefully will feel more comfortable in something that they have picked out themselves. Have you got any pics of non-matching brideswomens' dresses?


This is actually a very popular choice among Offbeat Brides — encouraging bridesmaids to wear something that generally coordinates, but isn't matchy-matchy. I've heard stories of some bridesmaids being uncomfortable with the idea (I guess freedom can be overwhelming?), but giving your brides dress liberation can be a great way to make sure that your ladies enjoy maximum awesomeness on your wedding day.

As for pictures — damn right I've got some!

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Photo by Gwyneth Colleen Photography holder wedding.


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Comments on Non-matching bridesmaid dresses

  1. im wondering if this (different dress or different color dresses) works better if there are more than 2 bridesmaids. i am leaning towards either of these options even though i have a feeling my two friends will probably choose to match. the eclectic look might be better with three plus maids….but i think seem to be the only person truly ‘offbeat’ planning the wedding : )

  2. Well, I keep on studying the sites where I could start planning for my wedding. For I have not yet decided who would be my wedding planner but I guess I will myself plan my wedding.. which is not so big deal in itself.

  3. Great pictures, im doing this too. My bridesmaids are all different shapes, sizes and have different colouring. So they all have just above knee, kinda jewel toned (royal blue, rich burgundy and fushia pink) dresses and they all look gorgeous and unique. They are worried about not looking like bridesmaids so im making them all matching tiaras! All our groomsmen are having different coloured bow ties too (red orange and green) so that they are like a rainbow 🙂
    They are all happy they have a bit of input.
    Getting a hard time from relatives about ‘colour scheme’ though, get over it guys, rainbow is gonna look awesome!

  4. I love this. I have six bridesmaids ranging from 22-40 years old and the thought of picking one dress for all of them was horrible to me. They live in three different states as well. I’m giving them little silk flower petals and ribbon cuttings of the five shades of blue for them choose from and letting them pick whatever style they like. I will be making them all hair clips with little charms sewn in that represent something that they like (skulls, dragonfly, monkey) so they will each have their own flair. Same for the MOG and MOB. It has really worked out well so far. No complaints from anyone.

  5. I’m totally offbeat, then! 😀 All my “bridesmaids” are just all the girls who attend my wedding- I hate when people feel left out! All my bridesmaids could be dressing up steam punk/vintage/video game-y or in a dress or pants or skirt or shorts.. it’ll be a complete surprise to me the day of the wedding 😀

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