Mix & Mismatch – Styling the mismatched trend
Well hello there lovely readers! What an honour it is to be gracing these oh-so-Fabulous pages!
My name is Mirlah and I’ve had the pleasure of working with the wonderful Karen at Darby and Joan over the past few months as their guest blogger and we’re both delighted to start sharing our ideas and vintage inspiration here with you each month. If you’re planning a wedding, party, big birthday, vintage tea party, or just fancy browsing through some prettiness then do stay tuned, as we can’t wait to get started.
Who are Darby & Joan? Specialising in planning, styling and creating beautiful weddings & events Darby & Joan are all about the little details. With an ever-growing, handpicked selection of antique props, vintage tableware & Dolly – a 1966 split screen VW campervan available to hire, Darby & Joan can be as involved with your event as much as you need.
Whether you are looking to hire vintage china, would like them to provide an Afternoon Tea or you would like them to work with you on planning your wedding, then Darby & Joan are here to help and they absolutely love what they do!
So then, to start with, we’re kicking things off by focusing on mismatching elements of your wedding styling – a style we think will never go out of fashion. The mismatched theme is perfect if you’re thinking about a shabby chic style wedding, don’t want things to look too formal and want to add a touch of rustic vintage. All the ideas aren’t necessarily limited to weddings and you could easily incorporate mismatched elements to any special event. We really hope you enjoy the posts. Let’s get going!
When it comes to planning your wedding you can be pretty sure you want everything to perfect, or do you? With the rise of the shabby chic, vintage style wedding, couples are now opting for a look that’s a little less pristine and are mixing things up to create a unique effortless style.
Décor & Tableware
Create fabulous centrepieces by mixing different vases and glassware on your tables. Opt for a range of sizes, shapes and even colours to create a beautiful and distinctive tablescape. Don’t be afraid to think small. A single stemmed rose is just as beautiful as a big centerpiece and when showcased in a stunning vintage cut glass bottle, it’s sure to make a big impression.
Image Credits: Left: s6 Photography via Love My Dress, Etsy: Leaping Gazelle, Style Me Pretty Right: Lehua Noelle via 100 Layer Cake Lavender & Linen: Pinterest
Image Credits: Left: Krystal Mann via Style Me Pretty, Kara Miller Photography via Style Me Pretty Right: 52 Flea, Raquel Sergio Photography via Ruffled Blog
Think twice about throwing out unusual tins and pots and make way for a spot of up-cycling. Turn those quirky coffee tins into vases, whilst looking fabulous they are incredibly thrifty too! If you’re feeling in the mood for a spot of DIY, jazz up regular food tins by giving them a spray paint or wrapping them in lace or twine.
Image Credits: Left: FHWedding, Wedding Wire, Weddingity.com Right: Love This Pic, Jayne Weddings
Why stop there? Give your Wedding Breakfast a real vintage edge with mismatched tableware and china. Layer it up and add a splash of colour to the table with different patterns and styles.
There is so much fun to be had in hunting around vintage shops and car boot sales and watching your collection come together. Why not even ask your guests to keep and eye out for any vintage beauties. If you are a little strapped for time you can always choose to hire it in. We have a wide range of gorgeous vintage wares and china available and you can choose to hire as much or as little as you like. Feel free to take a peek at our Prices over on our website.
Image Credits: Top/Bottom & Middle Right: hba photography via The Poppy Trading Company Middle Left: Jill Thomas via Ruffled Blog, Over the Moon
A Traditional Twist
If you fancy something quirky and floral then these fabulous chair covers from Doris Loves are just perfect! What a unique and gorgeous twist on traditional chair covers! Mismatch different colours and vintage fabrics for a stunning vintage look.
Image Credits: Doris Loves
After all that dancing you might want to ‘sit soft’ Why not create a lounge area in your venue where you and your guests can enjoy a little rest and sip those cocktails in comfort?
Outdoor Event? How about really shake things up by bringing the indoors outside. Add vintage coffee tables and lamps for a cosy living room feel and make use of that stunning countryside view. For a smaller, more intimate affair we’re loving the idea of using vintage sofas for the Wedding Ceremony seating.
Image Credits: Left: NT Calke Abbey, Found Rentals Right: The Lane, Found Rentals
Spot of DIY
If you fancy getting your hands a little dirty, here a few ways to decorate your seating or ceremony aisle. How about making some vintage inspired chair decorations using scraps of old fabrics? Although a little more time consuming it’s great to have handmade details dotted around to make things a little more personal and if you were having an outdoor wedding, these ribbons would look beautiful blowing in the breeze.
Jazz up the seating by attaching ribbon, bunting, handmade pompoms or tying big bows of vintage fabric. Use a selection of different colours and fabrics such as lace and silk to create the perfect mismatched look. You could even ask a few guests to help, host a little DIY party evening, these ideas are so easy even after a glass of fizz!
Image Credits: Left: I do Crafts, Intimate Weddings Right: Michaela Noelle, ee photography via Green Wedding Shoes, Recreations Project
Onto the fashion! Finding that one dress that fits, suits and pleases everyone is always going to be tough. So deciding to mix and match your bridesmaids’ dresses may just be the best idea yet. There are so many different ways you can achieve this trend, different colours, different styles and lengths or just, well, completely different dresses.
Same Colour Different Style
If you have a set colour scheme for your big day then you can still get the mismatched look without compromising your theme. Find dresses in the same colour and mismatch elements such as the length and necklines. Scout the high street and wedding boutiques for dresses that are part of the same collection; they will often be the same colour and fabric but each with a different twist.
Two birds have a fabulous selection of colours and with 15 ways to wear each dress you’re bound to find a style to suit all of your maids.
Image Credits: Left: Theebury Collection, Raya Carlisle via Ruffled Blog Right: Magic Dress Bridesmaid UK , Two Birds
It’s amazing what a few twists and different kinds of wrapping can do. Each dress looks unique and utterly gorgeous in its own right but is still coordinated. Genius. For all the different styles and tips on how to tie the dresses head over to TwoBirds - How to tie.
Different Colours Same Style
Not all colours suit every skin tone and with this in mind why not dress your girls in varying shades of your colour scheme? Make a pit stop at a DIY shop, grab a paint chart and find colours that compliment each other and carry it in tow on your shopping trips. For more colour inspiration have a peek at websites such as Design Seeds. They are a fantastic way to find complimentary colours and while away an hour or two looking at gorgeous pictures and colour schemes.
Image Credits: Top: Judy Pak via Style Unveiled, Design Seeds Middle: Colin Cowie Weddings, Brandon Kidd via Festival Brides Bottom: Wedding Inspirasi
Different Styles & Different Colours
This option can be really effective and your bound to keep everyone happy. Keep that paint chart handy and don’t be afraid to mix different textures and fabrics, you might be surprised to see how well it all comes together. Throw the rulebook out altogether by mixing florals, patterns and blocks of colour to really embrace the trend. Think spot vs. stripes, lace vs. sequins and you’ll be on the right track.
Image Credits: Left: Joanna Brown via Rock n Roll Bride, Matthew Morgan via Green Wedding Shoes Wedding Chicks, Right: Dan O’Day via Ruffled Blog , Julian Beattie via Rock n Roll Bride
Let them loose
Why not let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses? It’s fair to say people know what they look good in and ultimately you want your girls to feel fabulous in what they’re wearing. Before letting them loose, consider a girly Pinterest get together to get some inspiration. Talk colour palettes, fabrics and make clear any ‘No No’s’.
Image Credits: Our Labour of Love , Style me Pretty
A Common Thread
Whichever way you choose to mismatch you bridesmaids you still want to make sure they look a part of Team Bride! Create a common thread and tie it all together with flower bouquets, coordinated hairstyles or matching accessories.
The Merry Men
Mismatching isn’t just for the ladies. Gone are the days where just a black and white tux is on the menu. Now your Groom and his Merry Men can fuss over braces, bow ties and handkerchiefs galore. Ooze effortless cool and let the fellas mix up their suits. Ditch the jackets, don the braces, maybe add a waistcoat? And don’t forget the socks! Stick with your chosen colour palette and mix textures and patterns for perfectly mismatched attire.
Image Credits: Top: Toni Darcy via South Bound Bride Left: Hejley Petein via The Bijou Bride , Pobke Photography via Landlocked Bride Pinterest Right: More Than Stats Ryan Ray Photo, Well Groomed
Well there we have it. Are you feeling inspired to begin the hunt for vintage goodies? We hope you’re eager to start playing around with different sized vases, bottles and any other delights you can get your hands on. Where will you be scouting out your vintage wares or have you already started your collection? Will you be adding your creative touch your chairs and décor? And what are your thoughts on letting your bridesmaids choose their own dresses? We’d love to know.
We could pour ourselves over this look forever but we do hope we’ve given you some inspiration on how to avoid being too ‘matchy matchy’ and actually, if done right nothing looks out of place at all.