Post # 1
Hello there! I need some MAJOR help! Anyone out there have their bridesmaids with different dresses? My idea is to have them all use the same fabric but different style dresses (one with a strapless gown, the other off-the shoulders, one shoulder dress, halter, etc… I have 7 bridesmaids). The reason is that most of them have different body styles and what looks good on one, doesn’t look good on the other. I want them all to have long dresses since my wedding is at night.
Any advice? pics?
Post # 3
I’m doing the same thing, but not even specifying the fabric… Or even the exact color! I just told them to each get a long dress (my wedding is also at night), in a shade of blue, any shade, as long as it doesn’t repeat (if they’re going to be different, might as well make it different, right?).
I don’t have any pictures of people in the same color but different shades, but I think it’ll work out fine (and I think the pictures would even look better than everyone matchy-matchy).
It seems like each person choosing their own dress, just like how you’re doing it, is the new thing now, and I’ve seen quite a few pictures online with bridesmaids like that. If you want it to be consistent with the color, make sure to pick one manufacturer and specify that as well. “Red” can mean many different things in each brand.
Post # 4
My girls all have different dresses. They are the same fabric and same color, but different style.
My girls are wearing the short ones
Post # 5
David’s bridal!!!! They let them pick different styles and keep the same color. They also have a great color palet. Here’s a link! All you’d have to do is pick a color and maybe a skirt length then let them run free!
Post # 6
We went the David’s Bridal route, too. Their service basically sucks (too pushy, then not around when you need them) but they have a great selection of colors, styles, and prices. I just asked each girl to pick a dress in Truffle – my sister picked a long dress and my best friend will probably pick a short dress, but as long as they match, I don’t care!
Post # 7
I did this. Mine are all B2 dresses. B2 has a good selection of coordinated dresses. Mine are all the same light blue chiffon fabric and all have empire waists because I wanted one other unifying feature besides the color, fabric, and length. Out of the dresses at the store that fit that criteria, my BMs only liked the 4 strapless styles, so that’s what they got. I remember that B2 also had a lot of good styles with ruching aroung the middle, enough to coordinate a look around that.
If I were to do it again, I’d go to the store without the BMs first, and pick out a limited number of dresses that you like that coordinate together, and let your BMs pick from ONLY those dresses.
You can check the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses in my bio for the exact dresses in the colors and to see how they coordinate. PM me if you have questions or want to know more about B2. I spent many hours looking at the dresses on their website!
Post # 8
Mine are in the same color, same fabric, same length, but different dresses. They’re all Jim Hjelm/Alvina Valenta dresses. It was so torturous to pick out bridesmaid dresses that at this point, I don’t even really care if they “go” together–they at least all will be wearing the same color!
Post # 9
My girls are all wearing different dresses – the only requirements were that the dresses be pink and have some satin in them (my dress is satin). I chose Alfred Angelo because they had such a wide variety. My Maid/Matron of Honor is wearing brown (the other wedding color) so that she stood out a bit – and she hates the color pink.
Post # 10
I am giving my girls swatches of the fabric I like and suggesting they use a certain designer. But if they find a dress elsewhere which fits the color then I am totally for it.
I think having them in styles that they are comfortable in is a great idea. It makes for happy bridesmaids which will make you a happy bride!
Post # 11
Hey! I have 6 bridesmaids and all of them are different body shapes and sizes. We are getting their dresses at David’s Bridal. I did give them one stipulation: the length will be knee a bit above or below. Other than that I want them to be comfy and feel so pretty!
Post # 12
I did this! The girls were very very happy. I just stuck with the same designer, same color and same fabric and they got to choose out of four different styles. Even women at the wedding took notice that they were wearing different styles that complimented one another and they were even telling me what a great thing that is to do for the girls! Here is a pic of a few of the girls in their different dresses:
Post # 13
I went with the Victoria’s Secret “Convertible” dress, where the girls could tie it any way they wanted and they seem to like it! It’s all the same color, but looks like completely different dresses when tied different ways!
Post # 14
I’m doing this with the dresses from David’s. I gave them nine dresses to pick from and this is what we turned up with (side note: that’s not my real dress, and that’s my mom on the end)
Post # 15
Thank you for all the tips ladies… very helpful!!!
@marjojo I originally was looking at B2 and Belsoie dresses for them, when we went to see them the dresses they liked were not in the store and had to be ordered and bought without them trying the dress on. That’s when we decided to get them made and then I realized that probably wouldn’t be such a good idea and just make everything more of a mission.
@hilsy85 I love Jim Hjelm dresses! Do you have pics of the ones you chose?
@bloodgo1 the dresses are soo pretty! My color is black too 🙂 What designer are your dresses?
Has anyone encountered any problems when going to the bridal stores? like the dress in the catalog isn’t at the store?
Post # 16
I did this…choose the designer, color and fabric and the girls took it from there!