The Perfect Solution For Your Bridesmaids Dresses
Make Your Wedding Unique: Get Creative with Your Bridesmaids Dresses
Believe it or not you can have a gorgeous wedding without forcing everyone to buy expensive bridesmaid gowns. Having all your ladies in the same dress and color is a fine tradition, but imagine if they each had a unique dress. If you use the following guidelines, then you won’t even have to sacrifice any of your visions of a classy, romantic wedding and you’ll please your bridesmaids beyond belief.
1. Decide about colors. Do you want everyone to pick a dress in the same color, or just in the same color family? For example, in the first option, you can send each bridesmaid a swatch of a color that you want them to match as closely as possible. In the second option, you can let them know if you want pastels, muted, neutral or bright colored wedding dresses. Direct them to colors you see in catalogues or in stores so that you are all on the same page. Also, if you’re choosing a group of colors, then it’s nice to let your bridesmaids have a say in which one they get. Remember that you want them to end up with a dress that they enjoy – and maybe can even use again.
2. Decide on a length. Even if you have bridesmaids that vary in height a great deal, having everyone with ankle or knee length dresses will provide uniformity. Along with length, you’ll want to let them know how high or low you want shoes to go and whether you want them to all be opened or closed toe.
3. Depending on how detailed you want to be, decide on a style and/or fabric. Do you want v-neck or scoop-neck; short sleeves or long sleeves? Do you want silky satin or breezy linen? Once you get into this territory, it is actually better to have fewer specifics, rather than more. The point is to be unique, right? However, it is probably best that you choose whether it’s short or long sleeves to a point, (i.e. avoid having one bridesmaid with sleeveless and another with long billowing ones. Think guidelines, rather than requirements. If you have everyone in the same general color, then you will be able to get away with a little more variation in cut and style. The same is true for fabric. If you’re not choosey about color and cut, then you might want to be more specific about fabric. Focus on a few aspects of your overall vision and let the rest be open to creativity.
Here’s a sample using the above guidelines: Angela has 5 bridesmaids and wants each in a very soft pastel. She doesn’t mind what cut or style, but wants everyone with short sleeves (tank style is ok) and a length just below the knees. Shoes will be silver with no requirements on style and she prefers that everyone stick to dressy, but not too shiny, fabrics for the dresses. All the bridesmaids find dresses they enjoy, one in pale blue, sea-foam green, lavender, rose and light lilac. To tie things together, they wear a single pearl on a thin, silver chain with pearl earrings, which reflect the pearl beadwork on Angela’s gown.
Enjoy deciding what criteria you want to set for your bridesmaids’ dresses, then let the shopping begin. You can even make a special, bridal party event out of it. Imagine all your bridesmaids will have some say in which dress they buy, which for many, takes some financial anxiety away; and plus, you’ll let the process itself be fun for everyone. Also, think of how beautiful the pictures will turn out with splashes of colors or with romantic variations of one color. Your bridesmaids will get to stand out in their own way, while your creativity shines. Here’s to your wedding - unlike any other!
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