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[date is wrong for my wedding btw. its next May]
I have no idea what color/style/fabric/anything Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses I should pick!
We’re having a Saturday evening spring wedding. My dress is the Maggie Sottero Lorie
I have 6 girls, 4 of them can wear anything but two have large chests/fuller figures and I’m having a hard time with them. I love the idea of lace detail on the Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses, but lace doesnt seem as flattering on everyone.
I don’t know if I should go short or long, satin, chiffon, lace…I’m clueless! Any tips??
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@MrsCreeToBe: I know it’s really popular, but I really don’t like it when bridesmaids dresses are short and the bride is in a floor-length dress. I think you should keep the same length for everything so the level of formality is the same. I’m also not a fan of mismatched dresses. I’m probably the only one on this site who isn’t lol.
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I’m not planning on having any bridesmaids due to the added stress. I will have a Maid/Matron of Honor though. I was planning on having her pick the style while I pick the colour. Maybe you could ask one of them to pick out some designs and then you make the ultimate decision.
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@MrsCreeToBe: What are your wedding colors? That’ll help narrow the color down.
I was also kind of stressed by the idea of having to dictate what my girls wear, one is skinny, one is currently 7 months pregnant, and the other two are average weight but carry their weight in totally different places. The thought of finding one dress they all wanted to wear seemed impossible and once I decided they’d be wearing different styles I figured let them just pick it themselves and remove myself from the equation.
My parents are kind of color-match nazis so I decided to go with black (I know, not all blacks are the same, but it’s close enough, or so I tell my dad…). Since they’re mismatched but I wanted them to be formal I decided long, and I’m adding an ivory sash to it to keep them cohesive. That’s my self-convincing logic 🙂
Post # 6
What’s your venue?
Saturday evening sounds pretty formalish to me. I’d go with long. If it’s spring, you don’t have to necessarily stick to chiffon, which I think is great and flowy for the summer. I think you can do any fabric.
Why don’t you take 2 of your girls (or more if you can get them all together) and go dress shopping and try things on?
If you narrow it down to the color, fabric and length, you can let the girls pick whatever dress they want from the same designer and it will look like it all matches.
Or, you can do the infinity dresses or whatever they’re called – the ones where you can switch up how they look. Here’s an example:
If you’re going to do mismatched dresses, I would pick one color – what are your wedding colors?
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@MrsCreeToBe: Try http://www.weddingtonway.com !!!
Even if you don’t order dresses from this site it will give you an idea of what all your bridesmaids like. It’s really cool because they create a “showroom” for you, and then you and your bridesmaids add dresses to the showroom and you can see them all together. You all can comment on them and “like” them and you can see what are the most popular. And they have a large selection of colors and everything too! I gave my ladies a color scheme and then let them have at it.
We ended up deciding on Alfred Sung dresses in midnight blue, but I am letting them pick whatever style they want! Then we order all together so they dye the fabric for all of the dresses together and then they are literally the exact same color (I don’t feel like I need this but it’s pretty cool!). This also makes it easier if you have BMs living far away from you (they even do international!)
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Here’s what my bride chose, although these pictures are not of us:
This is Dessy’s After Six 6631, which us larger-chested ladies wore. The dresses were great because we could wear a full-coverage bra if we wanted to, but were still cute and flattering! The lace comes in either black or white, and the colour underneath can be changed – ours were green and were lovely. The Maid/Matron of Honor, who is smaller-chested, wore the strapless version: #6632.