Why You Shouldn’t Make Your Bridesmaids Wear a Uniform

TIPS 4 BRIDES POST HEADERI don’t mean like a baseball or military uniform — I mean the exact same uniform look for each bridesmaid.  Are you telling them to wear the same dress, the same accessories, and the same hairstyle?  Or are you giving them a little leeway in the individuality department?  Remember, ladies, your bridesmaids are your best friends (or are supposed to be.)  Don’t make them look bad, be uncomfortable, or take away any chance they have of feeling a bit like themselves at your wedding.  Here are some suggestions to keep things individual but cohesive, and make everyone happy!

1.  Same Dress Colour, Different Styles

Choose a shade that you love and let each bridesmaid choose her own style.  Want to be sure that they pick the shade that you want?  Give them a swatch of the exact colour.  Just because you want they to choose their own dresses doesn’t mean you can’t be specific with the colour.

If you do want all of them to wear the same dress, how about letting them choose different styles or shades?  If you want them all to be exactly the same, why not let them wear whatever shoes they like.  If you are afraid of this getting out of hand, just specify any nude shoe, or any black shoe, or any closed toe shoe in the colour family, etc.)  Why not let them wear their hair however they prefer as well as their own jewellery and accessories.


2.  Same Dress Style, Different Shades

If you do find a bridesmaid dress that you absolutely love, why not see if it can be made in varying shades.  You could do different shades of one colour or a rainbow of different colours.  The dress style will anchor the look altogether.

One of my favourite bridesmaid look is to be completely mismatched!  Let your girls wear a dress of their choice in the same colour family or in your palette of colours.  As long as the dress is completely inappropriate (and you do get to decide what is and what isn’t appropriate for your own wedding!), it will look great!  Your bridesmaids will appreciate being able to choose (or possibly wear something that they already has or might actually wear again), and it makes for a really cool look!  Besides — everyone is looking at you, right?

How’s this for a few options…

3.  Bridesmaid choice of dress in different shades

Choose a colour theme and let your bridesmaids select a gown that suits them.

4.  Bridesmaid choice of dress in different colours

Or you can let your girls choose any dress style they like, in any colour that you specify (like any neutral colour, or specific shade).  Let them choose their own shoe styles.


I’d love to hear your thoughts — do you like your bridesmaids to be uniform or are you going for a mismatched look?


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