how did u choose the style of your bridesmaids dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Bunni0929:  My BM dresses do not ‘match’ my dress, nor do they need too!!  They were picked to compliment the overall feel I wanted that day.  

 

I chose long, because I wanted more of a classic/elegant feel with my day.  Short dresses can fit that too, but my head was stuck on long!!  I chose black, because I knew we would have the ‘most’ selection with that choice, and purple and green were pre-determined color(s) for our day (black seemed to compliment that!).  My last criteria was below $150, no question!  And because I have gals of all shapes and sizes did not want anything ‘tight’ thru the stomach/hip/thigh area.

 

I let my sisters (MOH’s) do the rest.  They found long, chiffon, flowy, one shouldered strap dresses for $115.  My dress is strapless, lace, a-line/ball gown.  So, very different ‘styles’  

 

I think they will look awesome, and feel great in their choice 🙂  

 

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I let my bridesmaids choose what they were comfortable wearing. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Bunni0929:  I chose long dreseses, because I think they’re more formal. I also knew I wanted them all in the same dress. So I went with one BM and she tried on a few dresses and I picked the one that I knew would look good on all of them.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I also chose long dresses since it feels more formal.  My wedding was in the late afternoon/early evening, and I wanted it to be somewhat formal.  My dress was a strapless A-line satin, and I just told my BMs I wanted them in satin as well.  They took the pick of which long/satin dress they liked, and all agreed on the same one.  They ended up getting a one-shoulder long satin A-line dress that looked amazing on all their different body types. I wasn’t very picky about BM dresses, I just wanted them to be happy with their dress. 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I told my bridesmaids, wear whatever you want.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

My dress is lace and my bridesmaids are in flowy dresses. I had picked out 10 that I liked and my girls ended up picking a different one that I loved. For me, I didn’t stress about them matching as much as I wanted them to be comfortable.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i took my BMs to the store. told them the color i wanted the dress to be and let them pick any style they wanted.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I did mismatched cocktail dresses, and shopped around FOREVER.  I got mega sales at Neiman Marcus and Saks–$500+ dresses for around $125/each.  It took several months, but it turned out well and cohesive.  No pro pics yet, but this is what I bought them.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@Bunni0929:  I just picked a color & all of us just kinda thought short organically without discussion, but if they would have liked long that would have been fine too.  They ended up choosing 2 different fit & flare dresses.  I would have liked to have them in a one shoulder style because it would have coordinated nicely with my dress but we just didn’t see any that we liked as much as the tank styles they chose.  Their dresses are versatile, can be dressed up or down, will definitely be worn again AND were under a hundred bucks!  

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Bunni0929:  I told the girls that they can get whatever they want as long as it is one of the three colors.  My MOH is totally against black at weddings so she picked the royal blue, my niece (BM1) wants black and my other niece (bm2) like the silver.  

The only thing I said I didn’t want at first was satin, because I’m not a fan of satin.  My dress ended up being satin so now I don’t care about style, only color!  I would like them to have the same material, but I’m not making it mandatory.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Bunni0929:  I didn’t necessarily match mine to my dress. I chose long, chiffon dresses. I like long because I knew some of my girls won’t wear heels, and to be honest, I hate how flats look with short dresses. So having them be long fixes that issue and they can wear flipflops for all I care. I also think long looks a bit more elegant (and it’s fun – when do you get to wear a long dress?). I also chose chiffon because my wedding is in July, and I don’t like how satin looks. 

I took all my girls to Davids Bridal, picked the coral reef color and let them choose the styles they wanted. So I have 3 in the same dress, 2 in the same dress and then 2 more in different dresses. 

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I was pretty open to either strapless or one-shoulder.  Originally short but then we decided the long looked best.  We just went in and started trying some on.  It was pretty easy to narrow down to a couple that looked the best on everyone.  I knew I wanted chiffon though.

I didn’t really try to match it to mine.  I had a strapless organza fit and flare type.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Bunni0929:  we were going for formal, so I knew I wanted long, and not one-shouldered. My dress had cap sleeves, so I kind of preferred strapless for bridesmaids so that they would be different. Based on these things, the girls tried on a bunch of styles and picked the one that was most flattering to all. It was honestly the easiest part of wedding planning – for me, anyway! have fun 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

My girls choose their own dresses! All I knew that I wanted was that my MOH be a different shade from my 2 bridesmaids, and it turned out perfectly! My MOH actually has a different style dress and it’s a lighter coral, and my 2 bridesmaids have the same dress and both are a darker coral. Their dresses come with a belt that we were going to get in the lighter coral, but I think it would just look better in the darker one.

 

I am so excited to see them all dressed up, they are going to look soo good (:

 

I would just let you girls pick their own dresses, just give them guidelines, like a certain color or length or something. Especially if they are paying for their dresses, they should get to pick them!

We also got their dresses from the same store I bought mine, so I was able to wear the sample of my dress (It was still being made at the time, but now it’s ready!!) while they tried on dresses so we could see how they all looked together. My MOH is on the right, that’s the dress she is wearing, it will be in the color of the dress she is holding (the sample was too small) and one of my bridesmaid is on the left, she and the other girl will be wearing that dress. All the dresses need to hemmed above the knee though.

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