Post # 1
So i have decided to tell my bridesmaids they can pick out their own black dresses. I am not picking a particular designer or fabric or anything. The only thing I am questioning is whether to tell them to go with floor length gowns (formal wedding in the winter) or that they can choose whatever they want. The whole point in allowing them to choose their own gowns is because I know they are unique individuals and I love them for their distinct personalities. But I am concerned about different length gowns in pictures.
Does any one have any advice? Pictures of bridesmaids with different length dresses would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I think you should give them a color and length. I’d worry a mix of different lengths could look strange, unless the only one in a different length was the maid of honor.
As far as full length vs cocktail how formal is your wedding? Or you could poll your bridesmaids and see which length wins out.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2010 - New York Botanical Garden
I was in a wedding over the summer where the bride said, get a blue dress – go! She sent us an email with a color but that was it! Two of us wore long, and six wore short, no colors or fabrics were the same as any other and I have to say, it looked AWESOME!
Post # 5
I haven’t seen a wedding where the BMs wore varying lengths so I would be concerned at how that would look in pictures. I’d give them the color and length then let them go from there.
Post # 6
I highly dislike different length dresses. It even bugs me when BMs wear tea-length dresses and they’re all different heights from the ground.
Post # 7
Here is a pic of my girls’ dresses.
I said that I wanted them in AA fuschia and short… that still ended up with them having different lengths. But I like the way it looks.
I have also seen weddings with some short and some long and I like that also.
But then again I really don’t like matchy matchy BMs.
Post # 8
I didn’t answer because I’m actually having my Bridesmaids in short and my MOH in long so she stands out. I didn’t think of the hems still being different length due to height! Thanks girls!
Post # 9
I think if is slightly difffernet lenghts, it is okay. Meaning, (say you pick) below the knee dresses. If one has her an inch or two different that is one thing. But if you mean some have knee lenght and some have floor length….then I believe that, that would be too distracting. Remember, it is the bride that should stand out, not the BM’s. They can keep their individuality with hair or jewellery, but I would stay all long or all short for the dresses….personally speaking.
Post # 10
I voted “let them pick their own,” but I think it does kind of depend on how matchy-matchy you want your girls to look. I don’t have pictures, but at a friend’s recent wedding, all the girls had floor length gowns in the same color with different necklines (halter, sweetheart, flat strapless, tank/scoop neck). That way, everyone’s gown was uniform in length but their unique styles/comfort levels were a bit more represented. I think it really looked stunning.
However, you mention you love your bridesmaids all for their unique personalities…so imagine (for example) the quirky spunky type in a stuffier floor length gown. Will a different neckline be enough for them to feel comfortable? If so, then that could definitely work. But I also think that completely different styles will give your girls the chance to feel truly like themselves…and that way they’ll be less distracted by making their dresses work and more focused on having fun with you. No one likes to fuss with a funky neckline or constantly wonder if the too-long skirt on a dress makes them look stumpy, so I think giving your BMs free reign on style could definitely work.
Besides, think how much lovelier you will feel when you’re surrounded by a bunch of smiling gals who are having fun and enjoying the moments as they come…as opposed to half a party preoccupied wondering how long it’ll be before they can change!
Post # 11
How many BMs are you having? I think it looks a bit strange if only 1 is in a different length unless of course it is the MOH. I’m BM in a wedding in a few months and I will be wearing floor length and the other bridesmaid will be wearing knee length. I think with 2 it’s easier as nobody will look out of place
Post # 12
I would say give a color and length. As pictured above, 1 dress was slightly shorter but they were all showing alot of leg, so it looked great. With a full length gown you could do a cocktail length (just above the ankle) or high-low hem, but short at knees wouldn’t look good.
Post # 13
I love non matching BM dresses. I think they look cute. Here is my bridal party-I keep posting this picture today. lol!
Post # 14
I can’t remember where I got this picture from but it’s a great example of different length bridesmaids dresses.