MANY a sisterly relationship or best friendship has been pushed to the brink over the choosing of bridesmaids outfits. So, if you want to keep your sister and mates happy, then opting for co-ordinated, but not matching, outfits is the name of the game.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting your bridal party to look unified, but as everyone has a unique shape and style, why not pick a colour and fabric and have them choose the rest?
If you want to be the most beloved bride ever, then consider picking basic black for their outfits.
No matter how classy the styles – once it’s called a bridesmaid dress and she’s wearing it next to four other girls, chances are she won’t be too eager to put it on again. But there is hope – by adding ruffle trims and floral embellishments, varied hemlines and flattering necklines, designers are making bridesmaid dresses look more like the sophisticated evening wear most girls would be glad to wear again.
Rather than asking all your bridesmaids to buy matching violet slingbacks, these days formal footwear is all about silver and gold. Metallic accessories were hot on ready-towear runways this year and that look has trickled down to bridesmaid fashion – and this footwear works with just about any colour and style of dress or gown.
Another good tip is to let your bridesmaids choose their own jewellery. You can and should suggest the type of jewellery you’d like to see them wear (pearls, silver, or gold) but allow them to pick from their own dressing tables. Chances are, your pictures won’t pick up the difference in jewels, and they’ll feel more comfortable in pieces they already know and love.
You might also consider having each bridesmaid carry a bouquet of different blooms, all within your wedding theme. So if your colours are pink and green, one girl could hold a bouquet of pale pink roses, another of fuchsia peonies, and another of green hydrangeas. Your bouquet could then consist of one or two flowers from each of theirs, bringing the look together.