Can My Bridesmaids Wear Purple Dresses in Different Styles?

Bridesmaids, Etiquette
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When you're planning your wedding, you're sure to have a lot of questions about finding the right wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, mother-of-the bride attire, and more. That's why our etiquette experts are here to answer all of your fashion-related questions.

In order to make things easier for my bridesmaids, I told them they could wear any dress they wanted, as long as it was lilac. Now I'm having second thoughts—will it look too much like a hodgepodge?

It might. While we applaud your gesture, having attendants attire themselves can be tricky. "You may find that you don't like what they've selected," says Cristina DeMarco, senior buyer at Bridal Reflections, a New York salon. "And if they're picking different designers and materials, you'll end up with multiple shades of lilac."

To give your ladies a say in what they wear—while monitoring their choices—visit a bridal salon with a large inventory of attendants' gowns, and choose a dress that can be ordered in several styles. This way, each maid can select the silhouette that best suits her body—halter, strapless, V-neck—and fashion harmony will still prevail. "It's a win-win situation," says DeMarco. "Your bridesmaids will be happy and they'll all look beautiful."

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