(Closed) Choosing bridesmaids dresses for bridesmaids with different builds, out of state

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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Holly_in_Texas:  Choose the designer, color, length and fabric and let them choose the style that is best for them.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016 - martin\'s valley mansion

I have a Matron of Honor, a Maid of Honer, and three bridesmaids. I gave them my color scheme and told them that they would have to either pick a silver or royal blue floor length gown. But I didn’t want to pick out their dresses because everything don’t fit everyone and they are paying for their own dresses. All I asked is that they are color coordinated. Maybe you could do that especially with the internet. Maybe you could have they Skype each other.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

Yep I think that’s pretty common! I’ve been in two weddings where the bride did that and I really appreciated how easy it was.

I did ask both times if there were any dresses the brides really hated at DB and made sure I didn’t choose any of those!

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Sugar bee

Personally I would let them choose a dress within a colour pallet. Mine are going to wear whatever they want as long as it’s some sort of metallic. I love pics where the bridal party is “mismatched” and looks vibrant and like they’re showcasing their personalities 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Have you thought about infinity dresses – you choose the color/length and they can work out howt o style it best to suit their body/personality. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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Holly_in_Texas:  I had the same issue of body types and also a bridesmaid out of state.  I did what you described.  I picked several styles and the color from David’s Bridal and told them all to pick one off the list.  Each girl picked a different dress that they look good in and feel comfortable in, and I like that each one shows their personality but with a cohesive look!  My Bridesmaid or Best Man who was far away took a picture of herself and sent it to me because she wanted my opinion before choosing, the other 3 girls and I went together for them to pick their dresses.

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - country club in Michigan

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Holly_in_Texas:  I did this. I picked navy, floor length chiffon from Bill Levkoff, and they found their dress. One girl has cap sleeves and a keyhole back, another is a v neck, another is an illusion neckline, and another dress is strapless. And EVERYONE is happy.

 

As long as you pick a designer thats common, they’ll be places to try on the dresses all over the country. You can order them all from 1 store to ensure they’re from the same dye lot, but even that isnt required. 

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Busy bee

 

I never think it looks better to have all the same dress. It looks too uniform, and for everyone watching, it becomes an accidental ‘who wore it better’ lineup.

It pretty much *always* looks better to have the same color/fabric, but each girl choose a dress that suits her style and body best.

 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015 - Old Mill Boathouse

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emerald_halo:  I’m totally doing Infinity Dresses.  Such a smart idea.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For me – I had three skinny girls and one short, curvy girl. So I chose a dress I liked on the curvy one because anything would look good on the skinny girls. Easy. But if you have a few different body shapes and everyone is out of state, I think picking a color/fabric combo and sending everyone to David’s Bridal is a super easy way to get things done. Alternitively, you can see if there’s any other designer you like and then find a store in each girl’s town that carrys the line. That’s what I did since I didn’t like DB’s blues. Bill Levkoff’s cornflower blue was what I was after. So I looked up a shop in each girl’s town that carried Bill Levkoff.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I was in the same vote.  My BM’s were all living in different cities and I was in a different city from all of them.  They all were tall(er) but had different body types.  I went with mismatched BM’s.  It made things way easier.  IMO depending on the way you do it can look just as “together” as indentical dresses.  I use this article as a guide.

http://www.merleonline.com/blog/tag/mismatched-bridesmaids

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Buzzing bee

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koi424:  LOL hope curvy Bridesmaid or Best Man doesn’t see that post. It’s true though… sigh. lucky skinny girls can wear anything 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - National Press Club, DC

I had the same situation- I had six bridesmaids (2 in Chicago, 1 in wisconsin, 3 in DC) who all had very different body types. As a collective we ranged from B cup to FF cup, size 4 to size 14, and pretty much every size in between. I ended up getting dresses from J. Crew and it worked out VERY well- they were the Sara silk taffeta dresses in Pacific Blue (which they stopped selling this season). I would definitely recommend J. Crew though, in general, because they have stores everywhere and everyone can go and try on the dress before ordering. The Sara cut worked out really well for the bigger and smaller chested girls alike, because they are sleeveless V-neck which pretty much looks good on everyone. They are also knee length, so not too scandalous for the church setting. Couldn’t have been happier with my choice!

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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Holly_in_Texas:  We’re doing mismatched dresses too because most of my girls are out of state.

 

I picked a color, length, fabric from DB and they pick the dress (Guava, short, chiffon or mesh). My only stipulation is they all wear a different dress so of the 4 of them, they are just communicating as they pick theirs out so the others know to steer clear of that one.

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