(Closed) Bridesmaids choose thier own dress…

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I was planning on doing this as well but just a note…if you are doing any color other than black or white, I would all have them buy from the same company, as shades of the same color vary wildly! I think it looks nice, though, and it’s a good way to earn bonus points with your BMs as they can pick a style that flatters them!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Im letting them choose their own dress. Well kinda… lol because I have to go with them and see if I like what they choosen then its okay.

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I am doing this for my wedding.  I have seen a few of my BM’s dresses and they were really cute.  All of them are very different though.  I did give them guidelines to follow and they did follow them.  Its kinda nice that each of them is able to get a dress that they love and will fit their body type.  I am eager to see the other two BM’s dresses and of course I can’t wait to see them all together.  I think it will turn out really nice and all the BM’s will feel comfortable and beautiful in the dresses they chose. 🙂

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I suppose I’m doing something similar-ish…I have three bridesmaids, all with very different body types and tastes, so I’m choosing about six dresses (same length, similarish material, same colours), but all with various styles, ie/ strapless, halter, v-neck etc… and then they can choose which one they want from them…I figure this way it would still give them some choice, but avoid any awkwardness of me not "approving" of their dress.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Everyone got to choose their own dresses and it worked well…although two of the girls ended up liking the same dresses which was a bit awkward because I think if everyone is going to have different dresses…they all have to be different. Luckily it worked out and one of the girls found a different dress.

Post # 8
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I gave my girls 3 options (for 6 BMs) wanting 2 to wear each style. They all chose the same dress and I accepted it. Then they went to try them on and only one girl liked it so I’m having everyone wear the same color from that one company, all different styles. It’s working out great! They are all Dessy/After Six styles. Good luck!

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I gave my girls almost the same guidelines – color, preferred fabric and a warning that it is an outdoor wedding in September. They did great! They actually got them from different stores and they are all similar but different. And most importantly they are all very expressive of their owners personality. Each girl asked for my input as in "do you like this or that" but ultimately I let them decide. Which took a lot of pressure off of me, then I wasn’t picking the ugly dress or the most expensive one – it was all on them!  They were all very happy and I am too!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

I let my girls all choose their own dress. I only had two critera: 1)it be aqua in color and 2) they be knee length.  All 5 of my girls looked amazing.  They looked so nice together too.  Most of them went to David’s and wore exactly the same color, but my maid of honor got her dress from Watters & Watters.  It was different in color, but in the same color scheme.  It came together very nicely!

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i asked my bridesmaids to all wear the same color. i went shopping with them for fun, and they all ended up picking the same dress to wear anyway! it’s a very cute, strapless, knee length cocktail dress in a soft green color. i know they’re going to look smashing!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I told the girls three styles to choose from. Three of them have chosen theirs. I’m glad I did this…each one is a different height and has a different bodyshape, so it made it much more easier for them and it’s something they will want to wear again.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I love the idea!  I’m thinking of doing the same with my BMs, and I know they will all look amazing.  I like the idea of letting them wear what they feel comfortable in (no single dress is flattering on ALL body types, after all). Here’s some inspiration:

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Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I had my bridesmaids wearing the Jcrew cotton cady dress in navy blue but they can pick the style, there is like 5 different types and pretty much every girl has a different dress. I’m happy because they’ll look similar but everyone will look good in a dress that fits them well!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I tried to get my BMs to do this, but they wouldn’t bite.  They told me to JUST CHOOSE ONE.  I resisted at first.  But they explained that they wanted to look like bridesmaids, special, etc.  (They were all married years ago, when different Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses was unheard of).  I finally relented, and found a dress I liked alright.  Then my Maid/Matron of Honor told me she was going to be 8 months pregnant….  Luckily the dress I liked came in a maternity option (bummer for me really, I was hoping she’d wear a different dress!).  MY Maid/Matron of Honor is 5’9" and wears a size 4, or she DID before she was pregnant.  My sister is 5’10" and wears a size 6.  My Future Sister-In-Law is 5’3" and wears a size 10.  So I think that even though they all have the same dress, they’ll each look different….

Now comes the battle over the shoes.  I want them to wear whatever shoes they have that will look nice, but a casual choice, like oh! these shoes will work!.  I don’t even want to "approve" them.  Just wear them!  Future Sister-In-Law wants hers to match the dress.   I can’t win.

Post # 16
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I did this with shades of blue.   I really had no guidelines other than "short blue dress."  If you do have a specific idea of how you want the bridal party to look – tell them.   We got married in Maui, where we live, and didn’t want to increase the already high cost of attending our wedding for our wedding party.  Two of my BMs were pregnant, and all 4 have very different bodies and coloring.  It ended up being a light blue, a dark turquoise, a cobalt blue, and an aqua, and it was beautiful.  They all felt comfortable and looked beautiful.  All were different styles, brands, and fabrics (chiffon, satin, and jersey) and it looked great.   They chose how much to spend and a dress that (hopefully) they liked and can wear again.  We had a beach wedding, and this was one of the decisions that I was the happiest with.  The pictures are at  <span style=”color: #5577aa; font-family: ‘Lucida Grande’; font-size: 11px; line-height: 16px”>http://jotano.zenfolio.com/p828073772  if you want to check it out.Go for it – your BMs will appreciate it – especially in this economy!!!

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