Gone are the days when brides surrounded themselves with friends clad in identical frocks. Instead, today’s bride recognizes and wants to honor the individuality of the ones closest to her by allowing them to pick dresses best suited to their personalities, style and body types. There are many ways to approach the selection of bridesmaids’ dresses that will simultaneously allow the beauty of each woman to shine through while creating an elegant, seamless look for the party as a whole. The following tips, while by no means exhaustive, should help you get started.
ONE FABRIC, DIFFERENT STYLES
Perhaps the simplest place to start is by selecting one of the many lines of bridesmaids’ dresses that offer many different styles of dress in the color or fabric you select. Choosing this route simplifies things greatly and diminishes the chance that a dress that you don’t like will be selected. It allows each woman to select a style that complements her figure and personal sense of style while still guaranteeing that you will be happy with the overall look.
You can offer your bridesmaids the option of purchasing dresses in particular, specific hues. If your wedding colors, for example, are blush, mauve and gold, you can let your ladies purchase their dresses in any of these shades. The more specific the color, the better here as simply telling your bridesmaids that they should buy a green dress leaves the door open for clashes shades to appear on your big day. Communication is key, as you want to ensure that there is an even mix of colors (all but one in mauve might look odd) across the group. Also, if there are things you definitely dislike, such as lace or asymmetrical cuts, be sure to tell them that from the beginning.
The ombre look, different shades of your wedding color distributed amongst your bridesmaids, is a great choice and can look amazing, but care needs to be used here as well. Make sure the colors are at least a full shade apart and make sure that your bridesmaids are communicating to ensure a nice distribution of shades among the group.
METALLICS OR NEUTRALS Metallic
shades are still on-trend for 2017. Allowing your bridesmaids to choose fabrics in shades of gold, silver and bronze creates a rich and elegant look. The same can be said for shades of neutrals such as silver or cream.
TO THINE OWN SELF BE TRUE
Ultimately, this is the only “rule” that REALLY matters. This is your big day and while tips from the experts can be helpful, ultimately you are the only one who knows what makes your heart sing. Whatever vision you have for dressing your bridesmaids, don’t be afraid to follow it.
Erica Shier is a married mother of four who loves reading, scrapbooking and thrift stores. When she’s not driving her small pack of children around, she spends her time volunteering, writing and trying to keep on top of the laundry.