How to dress bridesmaids of different ages?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

They don’t all have to wear the same dress…just find something that works for each one.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I’m having the same issue. My BMs will be anywhere from 11 to 30. I would prefer they wear the same thing, but might just find a fabric I like and go from there

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What about putting them all in the same neutral — grey, black, navy blue, brown, beige, etc — and then adding a sash in the same colour that ties them all together and to the wedding colours?  It shouldn’t be impossible to find a dress that will work for everyone in a shade of grey, for example, and it will seem more cohesive than varying shades of blue can, I think (or whatever colour, that’s just an example).  Then the sash gives them some uniformity, as will the flowers.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@laurenrenee33:  Something beige or khaki would make those colours pop.  So could light grey.  Even navy blue could.  I’d start hunting and see if you can’t find things in the same family of neutrals that will suit everyone, and go for accents to make cohesion.  

The other option that I just thought of is a take on the whole “ombre” thing.  This used to be pretty common in the 1910s and 20s.  Brides would put each bridesmaid in a different shade of the same colour, so that when they stood in a line, they went from darkest to lightest.  That would also give your bridal party visual cohesion, even if the dresses aren’t identical.

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@laurenrenee33:  You could look at a place like Aria or David’s Bridal, where they have lots and lots of different styles available in similar colors.  Then, you can pick a color, and have your bridesmaids choose the style of dress they wear.  

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

My bridesmaids range in age from 21 to 40.    I chose two different dresses from Bill Levkoff in the pewter satin, so a nice dark grey (colors are grey and light pink).  The dresses looked similar but have 2 different tops.  The girls had their choice between either a strapless or V-neck style top.   Most of the younger girls went with the strapless which is what I thought would happen.  I also have 2 junior bridesmaids which are ages 13 and 14.   For them, we went with a cute one shoulder dress from Davids Bridal in a light pink.  I’m hoping the dresses look good together!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I ordered my dresses online at lightinthebox.com – my four bridesmaid dresses and my flowergirl dress.

You may read negative reviews of them, but I’ve ordered multiple items off their site and have never had issues. The only thing I wish they would do is include custom measurement options for the junior bridesmaid and flowergirl dresses.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I will have bridesmaids ranging from 13-42, and I just gave them a color to go with and a level of formality. If the shades aren’t exact, that’s fine, for me. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What do you think of this option? Some designers have junior bridesmaid styles that correspond to adult styles 

 

Post # 15
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Choose your color and fabric at any of the bridesmaid dress designers, then let each girl find the style of her choice. There is no need to have them all exactly the same.

Please don’t do the sashes. Tell me any other occasion when you would go out with a sash tied around your dress. For some reason it seems to be seen as a solution for bridesmaids.

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