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Good afternoon, dolls!

After our feature last week on mixed bridesmaid dresses, we got to thinking. Wouldn’t it be fun for us to choose a few of our favorite dresses and create one big ‘ol mix ‘n’ match Shopping Guide? So with the help of the amazingly talented Miss Sierra we’ve now got color palettes full of gorgeous dresses that are sure to get your style wheels turning!

Let’s start with a nice muted tan and creamy combo. I could see this along side beaus in navy blazers and khakis. Yes, please!

From left to right: Lilly Pulitzer “Blossom” dress in cameo white swizzle stripe ($298), Anthropologie “Veiled Alder” dress in dark grey ($298), Alexia Ardmor “Jewel Neck Trapeze” dress in champagne hammered satin ($198), Laundry by Shelli Segal “Necklace Shimmer Waterfall” ($325)

This next selection makes me wish for spring already! Especially that SW blue J.Crew little number….

From left to right: Jenny Yoo “Quinn” in bamboo luxe shantung ($300), J.Crew “Bow Monde” dress in silk taffeta ($250), Donna Morgan “Striped” dress ($68), J.Crew “Lucienne” in dusty shale silk chiffon ($235)

Navy + black seem like such an unlikely pair, but together they make a sophisticated winter duo. Adding a pair of black tights elongates the silhouette AND keeps away the chill bumps – double score!

From left to right: BCBGeneration “Asymmetrical Double-Strap Dress” in stormy sky ($118), BHLDN “Chiffon Stripe Dress” in black ($250), J. Crew “Arabelle” in winter floral ($395) and Kate Spade “Jillian” ($395)

Yellow brings a pop of sunshine to these simple and classic dress designs.

From left to right: Maggie London “Keyhole Chiffon” dress in butter ($118), J.Crew “Mika dress in silk taffeta” ($250), Alice + Olivia “Elizabeth Tank Dress” ($118.80), Asos “Paprika One Shoulder Corsage Prom Dress” ($26.19)

Paired with metallic sandals, these red hues would work for a fall or spring wedding. Use accessory selection and hairstyle to dictate the season.

From left to right: J.Crew “Lucienne One-Shoulder Chiffon Dress” in vivid poppy ($235), Jim Hjelm Occasions “Style JH5150” in sunset, Jessica Simpson “Pleated Chiffon Dress” in coral ($148), BCBGeneration “Strapless Satin Blouson Dress” in passion ($118)

Looking for a way to make purple work in the fall? Ditch the grape tones and opt for a more plum- or raisin-colored palette. Fun and sophisticated.

From left to right: Eliza J Beaded Bloused Jersey Dress ($138), Soprano “One Shoulder Draped Dress” ($48), Eliza J “One Shoulder” dress in eggplant taffeta ($138), BCBGeneration “Strapless Cascade Dress” in rosewood ($128)

I’m dying over the one-shoulder striped Modcloth dress! Mixing subtle prints and solids is a great way to change up the ever-popular LBD!

From left to right: Eliza J “Sleeveless Taffeta” in black ($138), Modcloth “Elegant Engineer” ($68), Maggy London “One Shoulder Dress” in black ($128) and BHLDN “Beribboned” in pewter ($200)

Adding soft aqua to creamy coral really give this combo of dresses that punch of color it needs.

From left to right: Asos “Corsage One-Shoulder Dress” in pink ($114), Jessica Simpson “Tulip Tunic Dress” ($128), BCBGeneration “One-Shoulder Ruffle Dress” in burnt coral ($128), Asos “Lipsy VIP Embellished Bustier Tulip Dress” ($193)

This grouping is perfect for you lovely brides who are looking for a more monochromatic look. The color is the same, but the range of styles would complement all different body types and styles.

From left to right: J. Crew “Blakely” in warm riviera blue ($250), J.Crew “Claudia” long in matisse blue silk chiffon ($385), Dessy Collection “Style 2831” in sailor lux chiffon, Kara Janx “Bailey Charmeuse One Shoulder Dress” ($251.99)

Hello, pretty + preppy! Navy + pink is such a fun color combo, and our selection of Lillys will have you reaching for your pearls before you even have the dress on!

From left to right: Lilly Pulitzer “Eryn” dress in multi chorus girl ($198), Lilly Pulitzer “Adelson” shift in azalea pink ($278), Lilly Pulitzer “Dominica” dress in bright navy brava ($188), Lilly Pulitzer “Shayna” lace dress in true navy ($368)

Our green machine combo takes traditional apple green and mixes with muted sage to create quite the lovely ensemble.

From left to right: Jenny Yoo “Bacall” in emerald green silk shangtung ($300), ModCloth “Have We Met? Dress” ($84.99), Anthropologie “Sweet Osmanthus” shift in green ($178), ModCloth “Feelin’ Finery Dress” ($47.99)

What do you think, ladies? Do we have your bridesmaid dress wheels turning? :)

P.S. Need more Southern Style? Here are a few favorite past posts:
Wedding style inspired by “The Notebook”
Rainy day wedding inspiration
Sleeved gown picks

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  2. avatar Jennifer Rea reply

    I love the idea of mixing up prints and solids all in the same color family. The mixed green and pink is my favorite.

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That’s right, y’all! These Southern girls are headed North (for the weekend, that is)! Whitney and I could NOT be more excited about our upcoming trip to the Big Apple for New York’s Bridal Market. We’ll be getting up close and personal with all the gorgeous collections of designer dresses for Fall 2012 to bring you, our lovely brides, the best and most Southern gowns and glittering goodies!

Whitney: I just had to jump in, because I’m too excited to let Marissa make this fantastic announcement all by herself! This will be my first time attending Bridal Market, and I’m just as happy as can be to get the chance to see all of the gorgeousness from our favorite bridal designers. It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it, right Marissa?

Image credit: Fred Egan, from last year’s amazing Priscilla of Boston show

Here’s a little rundown on all the fabulous details of our trip!

What exactly is Bridal Market? It’s so much fun, y’all! No, really! Bridal Market is a gathering of the best of the best in bridal fashion from all over the world. It’s also where wedding gown and accessory designers introduce their collections for the next season. Think Fashion Week – only better! We were thrilled to be invited to cover all the loveliness! Let me tell you, last year I think I said “Oh my gosh, y’all!” over 100 times. Just ask Lara!

When will the SW ladies be there? We’ll be jetting into NYC in the wee hours of the morning on Saturday and heading back below the Mason-Dixon on Monday night.

What designers will you be seeing? This might be my favorite part! We’ll be heading to the shows of Claire Pettibone, Amsale, Junko Yoshioka, Reem Acra, Monique Lhuillier, Anne Barge, Watters and a few more! Yeehaw! Yep, we’re planning on fitting all those lovely gowns into just three short days!

We’ll also be keeping you all in the loop: we’ll have tweet-coverage LIVE all weekend long, so be sure to follow along with us: Southern Weddings, Marissa and Whitney.

Are you going to be there? You know what else we love besides silk, lace and ribbon? Seeing old friends and making new ones! If you see us at Market, we’d simply adore it if you’d come say “howdy!” P.S. We’re from the South, so we’re huggers! Can’t find us? Tweet us, Facebook us or email us! We’ll be sure to say “hey!”.

Image credit: Mille Holloman. Now you know what we look like, so you have no excuse not to come say “hey”!

If you can’t wait until October 15th, get your fill with all of last year’s goodness. It was so huge we had to break it into eight pieces! 1, 2, 3, 4 , 5, 6, 7 and 8.

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Trent reply

    So exciting! Cannot wait!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So jealous! Have fun, ladies! :)

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Why hello, lovelies! Today we’re talking about a trend that I am huge fan of – mixed bridesmaid dresses! It’s a bit different from the all-one-designer, different styles look (though that’s lovely, too!). No, today we’re talking about any designer, any style — but all matching in tone or color. Not only is it an extremely stylish option, it’s a great way to ensure that your bridesmaids feel as beautiful on your wedding day as you do (well, almost — no one can top the bride’s glow!). Even celebs love giving their gals a little freedom with their dress choice. Most recently Molly Sims chose this fashion option, her bridesmaids each wore a different Elizabeth Kennedy floor-length dress.

There are so ways to incorporate the mixed bridesmaids look into your wedding day style. You can opt for the monochromatic look, with all your maids in coordinating shades of one color, or go a little crazy and let them choose their own style completely. Either way, I know your BFFs will be sure to thank you!

P.S. Worried your ‘maids might not want the responsibility of choosing their own gown, or might be confused by the open-ended request? Feel free to shoot them an email with some suggested dresses — but emphasize that these are just examples, and they’re welcome to find their own frock.

Image credits from top to bottom: Jill Thomas, Erin Hearts Court, Celine Kim, Erin Hearts Court, Lane Dittoe, Tim Will (see more of this reader-favorite V3 wedding here), Jose Villa via Inspired by This, Lane Dittoe, Thread Bridesmaids, Josh McCullock, Paul Johson (see more of this gorgeous wedding here + here), Todd Pellowe (see more from this wedding on SW here + here), and Aaron Shintaku.

What do y’all think? Would/will you give your girls a little freedom when it comes to picking their own dresses?

P.S. Looking for some more Southern style inspiration?
Wellies
Derby Hats
Sleeved Gowns
Short-Haired Brides

marissa Written with love by Marissa
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  1. avatar Lisa reply

    LOVE this trend…though I hesitate to say trend, because I hope it sticks around! I definitely want to do this for my bridesmaids someday!

  2. avatar Lydia reply

    I love it when brides do this! I still have a bridesmaid dress in the back of my closet that I absolutely detest. Determined to get it out this summer and sell it!

  3. avatar Brittany R reply

    I love the idea of the monochromatic color scheme–like the one featured in the first photo. Problem: my wonderful other half has TOTALLY nixed this idea. He is 100% against shades of the same color–he’s okay with same designer/color and different styles but this…would be a no-go. Is that something I should just “deal with”? I never thought it would really matter to him. Thoughts?

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Hi Brittany, you never know what your beau is going to care about! BDK (my husband) had this weird thing that the bride (myself) should only wear white! No color on shoes or sashes. It was odd! Just remember, this is the beginning of a marriage and in marriage comes compromise. If he is totally against it and you are luke warm, I’d let it go. Focus on what’s most important to each of you and left the rest fall into place naturally. Hope this helps! xo, Marissa p.s Either way I know you’ll be a stunning bride!

    • avatar Brittany reply

      Marissa: Such good advice. In the end, I really don’t care what colors our party wears (I mean I do care, but you know…it’s not the most important thing). Great point about compromise. Thanks for your sweet reply!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      My pleasure! I’m sure either way that you and your bridesmaids will look gorgeous! Best of luck! xo, Marissa

  4. avatar Ashley, Indie Atlantic Films reply

    I think it really adds a personal, unique touch! I love the idea!

  5. avatar Emily reply

    I think my favorite is the Todd Pellowe photo with all the rich colors in camel, plum, and ruby! Perfect for fall!

  6. avatar Sara reply

    I feel almost silly asking five independent, intelligent women in their 30s wear the same dress! This is a great idea and I loved the examples-makes me feel a lot better about it. The photos still look great!

  7. avatar Tracy reply

    I’m doing this for my wedding at the end of the month (I’ve let my bridesmaids choose cocktail dresses in various shades of grey), and I am thrilled to see all of these beautiful pictures. You’ve just reinforced to me that I’m making a good decision. I’m a Midwest girl, but I went to school at/lived in Chapel Hill for 7 years so I have definitely taken away a love of Southern details from my years of living in the South, and I am extra excited to hear that this is considered a “Southern” tradition. Cheers!

    • avatar Marissa reply

      Ooh, I love the shades of gray! That is going to look so stunning (not as stunning as you though!). Best of luck! xo, Marissa

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  10. avatar tiffany reply

    ok so i am having a true southern style wedding from the dress to the place where we are having it. and i was wanting to know if anyone out there could help im doing southern belle type dresses but cant find them anywhere or any one to make them for me . i love the whole feel of everything on this page but i was to take my wedding style way. back to gone with the wind type of style

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