Having your bridesmaids pick their own dresses?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@Hayley_N:  Super cute look.  My only suggestion would be maybe provide them with this picture and tell them this is the look I am going for?

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Only thing that immediately came to my mind as a possible consideration is that “nude” could potentially be a broad term. There are blush-nudes, peach-nudes, darker nudes, almost ivory toned nudes. Definitely give them a pretty clear idea of the exact oerall tone you are going for. I personally love the photo from pinterest. It looks really cute.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m allowing them to get any dress they want, as long as it is navy. Short, long, sleeveless, sleeves, Lacey or no lace, blingy or not blingy, I don’t care. I want them to buy something they feel good a about purchasing money-wise and will wear again. 

 

I am hoping to go shopping individually with each one just for the fun experience though. 

I’m sure they will look great! 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Having been a bridesmaid many times I would love to do this. Also you could create a facebook board with looks you like/colors/styles so they can have an idea.
I always think it looks nicer than when they are all matching anyway.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@Hayley_N:  I’m doing this with grey dresses. I’ll ask them to send me a picture before purchasing but I really don’t care what they look like. I’d just kind of like to get a variety. So if someone gets a charcol lace tea length with a halter top, I’d try to avoid having anyone else get a silver lace tea length with a halter top, ya know? But I only have three maids, so if two are very similar the third will look weird. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

@Hayley_N:  I’m also letting my bridesmaids choose (and similarly giving them some direction.. black, full length)

I don’t foresee issues as they’ve all got great taste but I will get them to just run the dress by me before purchasing so I can make sure they’ll all at least work together 🙂

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I just told my bridesmaids (2) to get something navy with some sort of straps or sleeves. One of them found a dress they both agreed on and that was it. No drama or headaches. I’m not sure how well your bridesmaids know each other, but it’s probably a good idea if they communicate about the dress among themselves. We set up a Whatsapp account and they sent suggestions to each other through that. It was really fun and helpful, in that way that they felt secure in that I approved of their final choice. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I am letting my bridesmaids choose their dress in “some shade of teal or mint”. I made a pintrest board that they all follow, which I have probably added 100 dresses to, to give them an idea of the level of formality & color range I am going for. So far they all seem to love that they can pick their own 🙂

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I gave my bridesmaids 5 different options for dresses and told them to get the one they liked the best and felt most comfortable in. Not giving them complete free reign but still having an option. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

When done well- different textures, material, I think the look is awesome. Would you be open to expanding the range from nude to blush to shimmer? Once you give them parameters back off. They will find a dress in their price range. You could offer them additional guidance- perhaps a piece of jewelry that they can use to determine this dress will fit with the style of the wedding because I (BM) think the dress I picked works well with the jewelry.  The jewelry doesn’t even have to be something they actually wear at your wedding, just a way for them to know they are on the right track. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I LOVE this idea!  It’s what I did with my bridesmaids and everyone involved loved it.  I didn’t have to stress about picking a dress that everyone would like and that everyone would look good in (IMPOSSIBLE!).  I just told them that I wanted them to wear a knee-length blue dress, shades cobalt to navy, and that it couldn’t have a keyhole back (that was for my dress!).  This is how it turned out:

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@Ms.GoodEarth:  awe you all looked so good. This would have been what my BP looked like too if I had stuck with a BP. I was inspired by blue hydrangeas, but wanted a deeper blue for the dresses.

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