LGBTQ+ Tips for Styling Two Dresses Together

Are you and your SO both wearing a wedding dress on your special day? Check out our top LGBTQ styling tips with this complete guide.

By Rachel Varina

LGBT+ Tips for Styling Two Dresses Together
Photo by Alyssa Rachel

Planning a wedding comes with a lot of choices, but one of the biggest is what you’re going to wear. If you and your SO are both planning to rock wedding dresses, you’re probably wondering the best way to pick styles that complement each other without being complete matches. Here are our top tips for styling two wedding dresses together.

Discuss Styles and Vibes Ahead of Time

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One of the most fun parts of picking what to wear at your wedding is dreaming about the options before you even try anything on. Before heading to a boutique, sit down and chat about your wedding vibe. Are you going majorly formal or beachy boho? Once you have the feel of your day figured out, have an open conversation about what you picture wearing. Does one of you want to wear a suit? Do both of you? Is there a particular style you don’t like or something you’d love to see your SO in? While the choice is ultimately yours, getting your SO’s opinion before trying on items might help you narrow down your choices when it comes time to say “yes” on your wedding day.

Shop Together

If you’re not one for superstition, consider shopping for your dresses together. Once the big day arrives and your hair is done, your makeup is on, and your wedding glow is in full force, you’ll still blow your future spouse away when you see her in her wedding gown. When shopping, look for pieces that complement each other (consider elements such as similar necklines, trains, or fabrics) and let your stylists know that you’re looking for dresses that pair well together. Not only will you get live feedback from each other and be able to tell how your dresses look side-by-side, but you’ll get to have another special experience while wedding planning (and another chance to snap a few selfies in your dream dresses).

Entrust a Friend or Stylist to Help

If you’d rather stick to tradition and wait until the big day to see your SO’s dream dress, consider entrusting a mutual friend or two to shop with each of you. He or she will be able to subtly guide you and help to ensure that each dress style complements one another. If your friend groups don’t exactly align, you could always have your SO FaceTime in at the start of your consultation (and vice versa) and chat with the stylists. They can let him or her know what wedding dress style, fabric, or elements they’ve chosen, so your stylists can build off of that to create a harmonious look amongst your dresses.

Choose a Similar Dress Component

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Once you have a friend or stylist on the inside, there are a few different ways to style your dresses together. The first is to pick a major component that’s cohesive between the two gowns. If you both opt for deep plunging necklines, curve-hugging silhouettes, long trains, or off-the-shoulder looks, your styles will seamlessly complement each other. If you don’t want a look that appears too matchy-matchy, just make sure that you only have one or two of the same elements.

Select Different Silhouettes

Once you have a similar component to work off of, one of the most exciting ways to pair wedding dresses together is to both select different silhouettes. If both brides have sweetheart necklines, but one bride is wearing a ballgown, while the other is in a curve-hugging sheath, the look will appear complimentary without being too similar. Utilizing this technique not only creates captivating photographs but also gives each bride the chance to showcase her style.

Choose Similar or Vastly Contrasting Fabrics

Experimenting with fabrics is vital to wedding dress shopping, and is even more so if two dresses are involved. If you’re both eyeing similar silhouettes for the big day, select different fabrics (such as satin and lace, or tulle and chiffon) so it doesn’t look like you’re both wearing the same dress. However, if you both like different styles, utilizing the same fabric is a smart way to coordinate vastly contrasting silhouettes.

Add a Pop of Pizzazz With Colors or Accessories

Another great way to coordinate your gowns is to include hints of color. Consider wearing sashes in the same colors, or ribbons on your bouquets to tie in a mutual theme. Additionally, selecting similar or matching accessories will help tie your looks together. Glamorous hair clips, matching diamond pendant necklaces, or pearl bracelets will showcase your styles and help turn your two different dresses into one cohesive wedding day look.

Whether it’s two dresses with similar silhouettes or a lace gown next to a satin one, as long as you’re marrying the love of your life, your bridal beauty will shine through. The most important thing is that you feel beautiful in whatever you wear on your wedding day.

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