When it came time to start searching out bridesmaid dresses, I couldn't help but think back to the movie 27 dresses and promise myself that I would not put my friends in anything even remotely resembling this….
(I know it's a movie, but I've seen worse in real life! Photo from 27 Dresses via www.imdb.com)
I may be a bride myself now, but I've been a bridesmaid before. I know what it's like to be put in a gorgeous vintage number or an adorable sunshine yellow dress for a summer wedding. You not only feel like a cherished friend, but you feel like you're adding to the vision the bride had for the day. It's an honor to be a part of something like that. On the other hand, I also know what it's like to be asked to wear a bright pink satin potato sack that trails from your neck down to the middle of your calves. It was an honor to be part of that too, but it took some time to get over the embarrassment that came along with it. It seems to me that bridesmaids dresses are notorious for being unflattering. I'm not sure about you girls, but this bothers me! These are my best friends, whom I love and want to honor by having them in my wedding. I'm determined to have them dressed accordingly. So here is a shout out to good-looking bridesmaids dresses everywhere. May you be worn again after the wedding!
That being said, I love the idea of having different styles for the girls in your wedding party! Your friends aren't all alike, so it only follows that they shouldn't all be dressed alike either. No matter what your color palette, style, or budget, it can be done in a way that looks gorgeous and put together without being distracting or mis-matched.
These images are from a wedding I recently photographed. The bridesmaids looked gorgeous and it added so much to the overall look of this wedding! (www.jesscurrier.com)
A great place to start is by simply picking a single color or color family for all the dresses. They can be different styles, yet similar tones, fabrics, or silhouettes can tie them together. My bridesmaids are going to be in grey chiffon dresses in all different styles. Each is just slightly different yet the same length and color. I've pulled a few images of dresses from some of my favorite shops, (anthropologie.com & modcloth.com ), to give you an idea…
Pink may not be in our color scheme, but I love these soft, rose tinted dresses from j crew. They'd be gorgeous in a springtime garden wedding… So pretty…
If you have a larger bridal party or are a little worried about all the girls getting their own dresses in time, bridal designers usually offer tons of different styles of dresses with the same fabric and color options! You get the same unique look of different dresses without the complications that can come with multiple stores and a larger wedding party. We're getting my seven girls their dresses from the same Watters bridesmaids line, and they are all still unique and adorable! I can't wait to see them all together…
Well I hope you've enjoyed this bit of bridesmaids fashion inspiration and have a lovely week 🙂
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