Post # 1
I have 8 bridesmaids. Throughout planning I have been adamant that I don’t want them to spend a lot of money on a dress… and pick out something they will each feel great in. So I have been thinking I am going to let them pick their own dresses.
I’m thinking I want them to find a knee length, nude dress. And leave it at that.
Is this a recipie for disaster?
Anyone do mismatched dresses and love it/hate it?
Any suggestions on stores to look for nude dresses? (probably not traditoinal bridesmaids dresses- more online retailers that carry alot of dresses!
Here is an example from Pinterest I am using as inspiration:
Post # 3
@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 # 4
@MrsTickledPink: Most definintely! I have several example pictures and have even found options from different stores I was planning on showing them.
For some reason I just feel like giving 8 girls free-ish reign and hoping they all end up looking good together could get dicey! Fingers crossed!
Post # 5
@Hayley_N: I think they’ll look great! 🙂
Post # 6
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
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
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
@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
@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
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
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
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
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
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
@Ms.GoodEarth: awe you all looked so good. This would have been what my Bridal Party looked like too if I had stuck with a Bridal Party. I was inspired by blue hydrangeas, but wanted a deeper blue for the dresses.