Another fabulous guest post by SmartBride Boutique while I´m away for all brides out there choosing dresses for your bridesmaids!

I remember when I started in the Industry and all bridesmaids were offered the same homogenous look by the bride. Pretty maids all in a row dressed alike, with hair and makeup the same. Everyone looked like carbon copies in the same really bad dress.

Photo courtesy of Christina Gapic Photography

Nowadays, brides are choosing to break away from the “twins separated at birth look” and let their Maids express themselves for a truly happy and amazingly beautiful bridal party!

Don’t worry, Brides still get their say… I wouldn’t dream of suggesting otherwise! Thoughtful brides suggest a certain look, vibe, theme, colour, fabric and let each lady get a dress that matches her personality and personal style.

If that doesn’t quite float your bridal boat here’s another idea: matching gowns that are non-traditional! Think prints or patterns, unique details, and non-traditional styles.

Take the ladies shopping at a mall instead of a bridal shop for ideas on what’s trendy and figure flattering for each girl. Choose items off the rack and then let each woman add her spin on the look by using her own jewellery, footwear, or a purse to complete the ensemble!


{Photo courtesy of Distinct Occasions}

As for the groomsmen, the days of vests are pretty much over but custom ties are all the rage! Go for bolder patterns and colours and silk screen a personalized image on each tie. Let them express themselves with boutonnieres made of items representing them.

Here’s an example: If you have a Groomsman from England you might dress him up with a boutonniere of English roses and even tea leaves! Think outside of the box for unique Groomsmen’s looks that don’t make them look like a security cartel or a barrel of monkeys!


Photo courtesy of Distinct Occasions

Your bridal party will thank me and you will too when you see just how incredible everyone looks on your big day, which will be forever captured in your photos!

Happy Planning,
Crystal Adair-Benning

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Pike Media Resource on May 27, 2010

Great detailed information, I just bookmarked you on my google reader

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VTR1000 Lady on May 29, 2010

The idea of letting my bridesmaids choose their own dresses (within a theme) didn’t occur to me until after they had ordered their dresses. Now, I’m purchasing each different pearl jewelry, clutches, and gave them a choice to pick their shoes (though they ended up all going with the same). I’m letting them wear their hair as they please, too… so even if the dresses are the same, there are smaller elements in which the bridesmaids can choose to differ.

penny. LA on May 29, 2010

I think a great place to start, if you’re a bride, is to give your bridesmaids a certain fabric family (i.e. chiffon) and a certain color family. It’s made easier if you go through a bridesmaid dress line (i.e. Vera Wang). That way you can guarantee consistency, but they all still look appropriately different.

Weddingish on May 29, 2010

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I would still choose the same dress for my bridesmaids and it should be all lavender…

New England Wedding on June 10, 2010

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