Being a bridesmaid no longer means donning head-to-toe matching outfits. Mixing and matching separates, playing with colors and details or allowing each lady to choose her own most flattering dress shape lets you offer your attendants something much more than a place in your bridal party – it provides each of them the opportunity to look and feel their best in the spotlight.
If your attendants are various weights and sizes, try selecting a manufacturer, color and fabric and then let each bridesmaid choose the dress style. Many designers offer dozens of silhouettes in a single color, from flattering A-lines to halter-tops. Keep in mind that your bridesmaids don’t have to select drastically different designs; they can stand apart just as easily in contrasting necklines or hemlines.
You may also consider selecting a universally flattering silhouette and letting each girl pick a shade that flatters her skin tone. Passionate about purple? March your maids down the aisle in lavender, lilac, amethyst and plum. You may also choose a color range that matches the mood of your wedding. For example, if you’re exchanging vows at the ocean, a bridal party in shades of blue will look dreamy.
Something as simple as flowers can also add personal flair to your bridesmaids’ outfits. Even if your attendants wear the same dress, you can customize their bouquets to make them feel special. While you’ll want to select colors that work with your wedding scheme, you can choose multiple shades of the same flower or mix and match several flowers and colors. A fun option is to vary the shapes of the arrangements. If your attendants are wearing different color dresses, decorate their bouquets with matching ribbons.
Little extras can go a long way, too. Give your matching maids a unique look by choosing accessories that complement their outfits and personalities. Pretty beaded clutches give bridesmaids’ a coordinating option for storing lipsticks and other necessities. If you’re having an outdoor wedding or will be taking photos in the park, chiffon or satin wraps are elegant add-ons. For a final touch, turn to jewelry – decadent necklaces or whimsical charm bracelets make great attendant gifts and add sparkle to your bridesmaids ensembles.