Of course on your wedding day, the most important dress in the room is the one the bride is wearing. But second to that, is going to be the dresses your bridesmaids wear.
I know there have been loads of comedy-sketches in the past about brides making their bridesmaids wear horrible dresses so the attention doesn’t get stolen from her – but honestly, that couldn’t be further from the truth. I don’t know about other brides, but I wanted my bridesmaids to feel gorgeous on the wedding day. They’re in the spotlight just like you, and they’re going to be in photos and videos all day long (just like you) – so it’s important for them to feel amazing – just like you.
Deciding on bridesmaids dresses is tricky though, especially if you have a group of women who have different shapes, heights, weight or style. But times have changed since b’maids had to all wear identical outfits – and it’s actually quite stylish now for brides to change things up a little. There are so many shops selling a huge range of bridesmaid dresses now, there’s no excuse for just sticking to the one boutique at the end of your street. Be a little more adventurous!
In the end, I chose to have all my girls in the same colour and the same brand – but in different style dresses. Two of them chose 50’s style over the shoulder dresses, and two of them chose an Audrey neckline with a longer skirt.
So, with that in mind, here are some other cute examples of bridesmaid styles I love…
Same dress different print…
If you have bridesmaids with different colourings or hair colours, chances are they’ll have completely different tastes in colour ways. If this is the case, try and look for brands who sell the same dress in multiple patterns or colours. Can’t find the exact dress? In most cases, people won’t even notice! These two dresses from coast look like the same cut and shape – the only difference is the pattern and the neckline.
Different dresses, same colour…
This option is great for girls who all have very varying bodies, and varying insecurities. No bridesmaid wants to spend the day in a dress she hates, so if you’re b’maid is conscious of her upper arms, buy her a dress that covers them. She’ll enjoy the day so much more if she’s comfortable. The three dresses below all look great as a set, but they’d make each individual feel great on her own too.
Same theme, different dresses
Another great option for ladies who have very different b’maids and want their individuality to shine. Picking a ‘theme’ for example maxi, or embellished, etc – is a great way to ensure the dresses ‘match’ without actually being the same. The three dresses I’ve chosen below are all embellished and sequinned dresses, but are all completely different. And yet, they all look amazing as a set!
Another tip, especially for finding these more unique styles – is don’t restrict yourself to ‘bridesmaid dresses’. Any dress can be a bridesmaid dress! Try searching for terms such as ‘dresses for weddings‘ instead – they may throw up some new exciting styles you hadn’t seen before.