5 ways to dress your bridesmaids – styles and colours
Organising your bridesmaids is difficult enough – how many? how old? who? – but then you actually have to choose what they’re going to wear! Dilemmas dilemmas. Recently, Branwen gave you her ideas on variety in the wedding party, so to carry on from that we’re providing you with some invaluable style choices when choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses.
1. All the same
The classic look, dress your bridesmaids in the same look – the same dress and the same colour. A great idea when your group of bridesmaids is small and similar in terms of colouring and physique. Choosing this option will create a uniform look for your bridal party, particularly suitable for a very formal wedding.
2. Same colour, different styles
This has become one of the favourite options in recent years. You can choose one strong, clear colour, which reinforces your colour scheme, but vary the look with different styles. This option also gives your bridesmaids the option to complement their own shapes and styles – off the shoulder, halterneck, long, short, anything goes!
3. Same style, different colour
If you’re going for something a little more eclectic and colourful, this is the perfect option. And it doesn’t mean that you’re on the road to a rainbow-inspired wedding! You can choose a group of complementary colours that, onces again, reinforce your colour scheme. Greens, turquoises and blues or purples and pinks, or what about reds, yellows and oranges, perfect for an autumn wedding.
4. Shades of the same colour
Now we really are getting into the details. While we suggest a range of different colours above, what about shades of the same colour in a beautiful attempt to create continuity throughout your wedding look? Darker bridesmaids can go for a stronger shade, while paler bridesmaids can push the 2012 catwalk trend for pastels.
5. Completely different dresses but following the same theme
Vintage, 1920s, bias-cut, all off the shoulder…the choice is yours. This is a particularly good option if you’re looking for your dresses on the high street. You just need to make it clear what the theme is and then let your bridesmaids choose. You could also give hints on colour or print, if you want to avoid any major clashes, but the key to this choice is that you relax and trust your ladies!
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