What to Do if One of Your Bridesmaids Hates Her Dress

Bridesmaids, Etiquette
Who to Do When Your Bridesmaid Doesn't Like Her Dress

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Your bridal party can be incredibly supportive as you make your way towards your big day, but even the most accommodating bridesmaids occasionally have moments of weakness. So what is a bride to do when one member of her entourage detests her bridesmaid dress? Our etiquette experts weigh in on how to handle a wayward 'maid.

First, try to find the root of your bridesmaid's discontent with the dress. Achieving harmony may be as simple as asking a tailor to tweak the fit of the dress to flatter your bridesmaid's figure. You can also try giving her a customized detail such as a belt or necklace. Since this isn't an an opinion shared by your entire bridal party, there is no need to go back to the drawing board and select a different design for your bridesmaids.

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If your bridesmaid doesn't respond positively to the idea of a small, customized detail or a more tailored look, you can safely assume that the point of contention is not the dress itself, but rather something going on withyour bridesmaid herself. It's important to address your bridesmaid's concern as calmly as possible while firmly maintaining your stance on the gown selection. Make sure to express your gratitude that your bridesmaid wishes to be included in the wedding, and your hope that she will respect your sartorial choice for the wedding. If your bridesmaid is a true friend, she will eventually acquiesce to your request despite her concerns about the dress.

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