If you've decided to let your bridesmaids pick their own dresses, it's still a good idea to give them some parameters to ensure everyone looks coordinated in the wedding photos. What's the best way to convey this information? Our wedding etiquette experts are here to answer your questions in our daily post.
I want my bridesmaids to wear whatever they'd like—will this look good in photos?
Choosing bridesmaids dresses is always tricky—it's important to take into consideration each bridesmaid's different body type, skin tone, and personal style. A way to simplify the process is to let your bridesmaids wear whatever they'd like, which guarantees they'll choose something they love and feel comfortable in (and will likely wear again post-wedding). But to make sure the bridesmaids' outfits still look coordinated and cohesive in the wedding photos, it's important to give them a few parameters to follow when shopping for their dress.
1. Color scheme. If your wedding has a color theme, ask them to base the dresses on various tones of a central color, or pick shades that are within the same color family. For example, if your color scheme is yellow and gray, then ask your bridesmaids to select dresses in different shades of yellow, ranging from vibrant marigold to butter yellow. If you don't have a set color scheme, then one idea is to use the season as inspiration (as seen in the fall-themed bridesmaids' dresses above).
2. Fabric. Also give your bridesmaids some guidance on fabrics you think will work best at the wedding. For example, if you're having a beach wedding, steer them toward dresses in lightweight fabrics like chiffon or cotton.
3. Tie everything together. One of the best ways to coordinate mismatched dresses is by selecting an element that each girl can wear. Whether it's a necklace, belt, or even a fun pair of shoes, a common element will help bring everything together and make the overall look more cohesive.