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The bridesmaids are the bride's most precious accessories on her wedding day. They are the baby breath flowers surrounding the ravishing rose bud. With this, they often come in a uniform look - same dress color, neckline style, and length - to let the beauty of the bride stand out.
However, this "one-for-all" dress can look sterile, and chances are some of your bridesmaids aren't comfortable wearing the dress you picked for all of them. Conflicts may also rise when you give your leading ladies the free reign to choose their own styles.
The solution? Mix and match!
Uniform out, variety in – let dresses of different styles blend with each other using the tips listed below.
1. One Color, Different Dresses
If you regularly watch “Say Yes To The Dress: Bridesmaids”, you must be aware of the drama that often takes place when the brides and her bridesmaids can't agree on what dress style to choose. To avoid ruining your friendship, here's a tip - once you have chosen your primary color as well as the fabric to be used, let each bridesmaid choose the neckline that would best flatter her figure and meet her preference. When your dream wedding colour meets your bridesmaids' ideal dress style, you'll be able to create a unified look but with a hint of personal style.
You could also add more variety and levels without neglecting your choice of color by allowing your bridesmaids to decide on the dresses' silhouette, length, and even prints that center on your wedding color palette.
2. Same Dress, Different Colors/Prints
If your wedding palette consists of two or more contrasting colors and you don't want to create a cluttered, messed up look, it's time to choose one dress style for all of your bridesmaids. Think about having the same fabric, neckline, silhouette, and length, which can subtly order varied tones into one cohesive look. Just let each of your bridesmaids choose among a few selected colors in your palette.
3. The "Ombré"
Ombré, or the gradual blending of one color hue to another, is a trend you'd love to incorporate in your wedding. Whether they are monochromatic colors (same color moving shades from light to dark) or colors from a similar spectrum (like plum to sky blue, or red to yellow), dresses in an ombré color scheme are undoubtedly a bit more eye-catching than dresses in the same exact color.
Just make sure the dresses are a full shade apart (some darker, some lighter, and some in the middle) so they can gradually blend into each other.
4. United by a binding element
If you're a bride who wants to mismatch and break the standard, dresses with gorgeous prints, sparkles, and textures rather than the single, solid head-to-toe hue might appeal to your taste. Sure, your bridesmaids would love to shine individually as they wear different dress styles but you could use some essential details, like prints, ruffles, metallics and embellishments, and lace and embroidery, to bind their looks.
Some of the elements you may include in their dresses are:
Bridesmaids wearing different dress styles but with similar tones and prints would make a great entourage. If you're going to have an outdoor wedding and you opt for feminine, back-to-nature patterns, you can never go wrong with floral prints.
Let your bridesmaids sparkle in their own unique ways by using metallic fabric, or adding sparkling sequins and beads, and other shimmering details. The placement of these glimmering elements would make each lady unique - some may place them on the strap, on the belt, on the ruching, or on the entire bodice.
· Lace and embroidery:
Let's say you're opting for a bohemian or vintage-themed wedding but you don't want to overdo it and lose the beauty of sleek and modern designs. You can incorporate lace and embroidery in their overall look to add that hint of classic elegance. Think of lace or embroidery straps, belt, boleros, bodice, or skirt.
Uniform accessories like similar shoes, gloves, jewelry, and headpieces play well in creating a cohesive look when other details like dress styles, colors, and prints, aren't uniform.
5. Making your maid of honor stand out
If favoritism ain't an issue among your ladies, make your leading lady stand out by choosing a dress that is slightly different from the other girls. You can make her wear a popping color while the rest is wearing duller tones, or set her apart subtly by choosing a slightly darker shade so she can stand out from the lighter shades. You can also use dress length as a way of calling attention for your maid of honor.