Post # 1
I’ve decided that I don’t want my gals in matching gowns since there are 6 of them, all with very different body types. I plan to ask them to get particular colors (there are 3 colors, so 2 gals in each color), and knee length.
I’d originally planned on having them get satin, but now I’m wondering if it really matters all that much if they’re all being purchased from the same store. “Horizon blue” should be the same whether it’s satin, cotton, taffeta, chiffon, etc. since it’s from the same store, right?
I basically have 2 questions: 1) Will the gowns still look great/photograph well if two gowns of the same color are in different fabrics? and 2) as a bridesmaid, would you prefer to have a choice over what fabric you get to pic or is asking for all the gals to get satin gowns better/easier for them?
Post # 3
Even if its the same color and same designer, having different fabrics can still look different. Some fabrics are shinier than others and that will show up in pictures.
If I was one of your bridesmaids being given a color, length and fabric would be fine with me. I plan to choose a number of dresses (all of which will be the same color, fabric and length) for my girls to pick from. None of them have voiced any concerns with this and if they did have a problem with it, they would certainly tell me.
Post # 4
Thanks @UpstateCait: and the voterbees! I think I’ll stick with the original plan of going with satin then. I want them to look somewhat uniform since they will be different colors and styles, and I want them to be coordinating in photos.
Do any bees have photos of their party in different fabrics in the same color? That my help a lot!
Post # 5
Not my ladies (actually from a whole board of mismatched colours) but as far as I can tell these dresses are the same cut & material, but in different colours–though not satin.
Post # 6
Different fabrics can make the colors look different, especially in photos since some fabrics reflect more light than others.
I would designate fabric and color and leave the rest to them. 🙂
Post # 7
i went the same fabric/designer/length root and it worked super well; all my dress options were also similar (had a fabric flower and empire waist). the consultant at the salon suggested that fewer options was actually helpful to the girls; they chose from 3 necklines. but, i also really like the way less matchy options look.
Post # 8
I am having my girls wear the same color, same fabric, and same length; everything else is up to them. Here are the dresses they chose. They all are wearing silver heals of their choice and jewelery of their choice.
Post # 9
I think it depends. Different fabrics can make the color look different, but I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
Post # 10
I have 8, and they are all wearing the same “color” from the same store but different dresses in different fabrics and I think they’re all beautiful!! We got them from J Crew. I love the look of different dresses! Also maybe different fabrics is a good idea because sometimes fabric like satin doesn’t look good on people above a size 2 hah….at least in my opinion.
Post # 11
That was my main concern. I love satin and think chiffon is way to flow-y on my small frame, but it may be just the opposite for some of my gals. So much to consider!
Thanks for all the additional input, bees! Those photos help a lot! I think I may make this a discussion between me, my maid of honor and my matron of honor to see what they think. Plus it’s another reason to go play dress up again, this time to see how well the different fabrics look together.