While the majority of today's bridesmaids wear long, full-length frocks, shorter bridesmaid dresses tend to be popular for warm-weather weddings in the spring or summer seasons, as well as destination nuptials during any time of the year. They're especially fitting for a beach wedding, poolside celebration, or a fête that takes place at a more casual, outdoor venue.
Some bridesmaids-to-be prefer longer gowns, while others would rather wear cocktail-length dresses. It's hard to please every girl, which is why many brides have adopted the mismatched bridesmaid dress trend where each member of the bridal party dons their choice of gown as long as it is in the same color family, material, or silhouette as the others. Unfortunately, most mismatched bridesmaids that look cohesive wear dresses that are the same length; so it may be difficult to appease bridesmaids who want to wear a mixture of short and long dresses. If you like the look of shorter gowns and feel it's right for the formality of your wedding, women with a wide range of body types and heights can look absolutely lovely when styled right.
Take a look at the bridesmaids below who donned short bridesmaid dresses beautifully! Some wore lightweight chiffon numbers, while others went for more structured fabrics that were tailored to each bridesmaids' specifications. Lace is another elegant way to add some personality to a shorter frock! For more inspiration from these real weddings, click on each photo to see the rest of the celebrations!
Photo by Embrace Life Photography; Consulting by Bluebell Events
Photo by John Schnack Photography; Bridal Salon: Wedding Atelier
Photo by Carter Rose for f8studio; Floral Design by Bella Flora of Dallas
Photo by Luke & Katherine Griffin for Max & Friends; Consulting by EverAfter Events
Photo by Next Exit Photography; Bridal Gown by Monique Lhuillier
Photo by Harwell Photography; Bridal Gown by Claire Pettibone
Photo by Vanessa Joy Photography; Bridesmaid Gowns by Monique Lhuillier
Photo by Docuvitae; Consulting by Bluebell Events
Photo by Judith Rae; Bridal Gown by Legends Romona Keveža
Photo by Kristina Chartier; Bridal Gown by Claire Pettibone
Discover stylish mismatched bridesmaid dresses from real weddings, learn how to create a cohesive look for 'maids, and browse images of bridesmaid attire in our photo galleries for further inspiration!
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