So? What do you guys think?
It is with great pleasure and excitement that I share a sneak peek of my bridesmaids’ dresses! Pay attention to the dresses, not the girls. They are models and not my friends, although my friends are certainly pretty enough to be models (kissy-face emoji here). Anyway, as you can see, we’re going the mix-and-match route, and I’m loving how it’s looking!
It was important to me that my bridesmaids not feel like they’re in uniform. The ceremony is such a small chunk of the day that I want them all moving and grooving to their own style late into the night. My six ladies also span a wide range of heights, skin tones and builds, so assigning them all the same style or length of dress didn’t make much sense either. Instead, each girl picked their own (some with more nudging from me than others), and as of earlier this week, the dress order is in and I’m so happy to finally check this off the list!
Getting to this point wasn’t easy though. Since I’m new to this wedding-planning thing (as most of us are only brides the one time), I started the process with too wide a net. The more options the better, right? Not the case when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. I knew fairly early on that I wanted the girls in blush and noticed most designers did indeed carry colors of that name. Wonderful, I thought. But as the girls started trying things on, it became quite clear that designers have very different interpretations for the very trendy hue. I toyed with the idea of sticking to the original any-designer plan, but ultimately decided the dresses had enough going on already (different styles, lengths and even material) that I was better off keeping them to the same shade. I’m a big fan of the more eclectic bridesmaid style, but felt a little more uniformity would work best for our more formal venue. Once I figured that out, Amsale, with its huge selection of flattering styles, emerged as our designer of choice. If you like the styles you see, click through to see them on the Amsale site in each model’s original dress color.
So if I had to boil things down to a few key takeaways for anyone else considering a similar mix-and-match approach, they would be:
– Don’t go too mismatched. By that I mean, if you’re doing different lengths, stick to the same designer same shade. If you want to go the more monochromatic look, consider doing all long or short dresses. Too many differences and you move into the shabby-chic category. And if that’s what you’re going for, by all means, go for it.
– Stick with the same designer. This might require some preliminary research on your part, but if the same shade is what you’re looking for, the same designer is the way to go. Amsale worked great for me. Limiting the selection (so.many.options.) will also be a big help.
– Create an iCloud album to share pictures as girls try on and claim their dresses. Saves you from texting the same pictures over and over again and lets girls like pictures and share comments.
– Place one joint order. Not only will you get a 10% discount from your salon (standard practice), ordering them together guarantees the same dye batch.
But really, you might just want to pick the same dress for all them, because it will save you and your girls a lot of time and deliberation. Going into this, I very naively wondered why more brides don’t let their bridesmaids pick their own dresses. But after the many trips to different boutiques and several lengthy decision processes, it makes complete sense to me now.
Still, I’m very happy we went the way we did, and know it will all be worth it. I’m so grateful my friends were good sports through it all, and I have every intention of making it up to them.
Special thanks to my dear Megan for working her advanced Photoshop skills to change all of the dresses to Blush. Not a single one of these pictures was originally that color. I have no idea how she did it, but I’m very impressed and grateful for her talents. My one big accomplishment was splicing together an example of Jillian’s dress. I could not for the life of me find a picture of her dress, so I had to do some cropping and copying to fake it. I’m quite happy with myself.
P.S. Looking for other bridesmaid inspiration, specifically in the request department? Check out how I asked mine here.