Affordable Ways to Help Style Your Bridesmaids

We are coming up on what wedding experts call "engagement season." With that in mind, I thought we'd take a look at some trends. But not for brides - for bridesmaids! We've seen the ways in which brides are treating their bridesmaids more like individuals these days, by allowing them to be coordinated without being matchy-matchy. But what are some affordable ways to do that? Let's take a look at three popular ideas.

1) Allow the bridesmaids to choose fabrics and colors, and then have the dresses made by a seamstress or independent designer. This way sounds like the most work but is the easiest way to customize the dresses and still have a coordinated look.

2) Get together and purchase color-coordinated bridesmaid dresses from a wedding shop, such as David's Bridal. This option allows you to see various colors and options while you decide if all the dresses will "play well together."

3) Buy the dresses off-the-rack. If you've seen really great dresses at a department store or some other boutique, you could pick up dresses for your bridesmaids in their sizes or even have them come with you to do it. I was in a wedding where the bride did this for us and we were very grateful to not have to worry about finding dresses. The only drawback to this might be that someone could receive a size that doesn't fit. But since everyone isn't going to match exactly anyway, it might be easy to find another dress.

What do you think? Do you still prefer for bridesmaids to be more uniform? Have you seen any other ideas that worked? Let us know!

Top left image by Rachel Alvia


RoseAllen@ Hawaii Wedding said...

Yes I think so too that we can just do a variety of close colors or if not different colors to let our bridesmaids wear them. I find this a very good alternative since it is going to be a unique wedding also aside from being so traditional of having them wear same style and all.

Lissa (The Wedding Bistro at Bellenza) said...

Isn't it great how bridesmaids today get to wear dresses they can actually use after the wedding?!

Feranda House wife said...

I'm getting married next spring and would love to get my girls dressed in this lovely pink dress. The color is simply amazing and the model is certainly flattering for any lady. Thanks!

African-American Brides said...

LOL! How about that?! Hope this trend sticks around. :)

Karen @ Wedding Flowers Co said...

Thanks for the advises... sometimes it can get hard to have everyone agree on something. Guess you just have to keep on mind that the special day is to please the bride, not the

Cheap Wedding Favors and Gifts said...

Great advice. This information will be very helpful to brides on a budget. Thanks for sharing.

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