Wedding Wednesday: Picking Out Bridesmaid Dresses

Girls
Did I fail to mention my bridesmaids are all total babes? They can wear anything and make it look good.

But, I want them to feel good when they’re at the wedding, too.

Katie and Zoe
One of the many things I love about these girls is how unique all of their personalities are — including their styles.

That’s one of the reasons I’m letting them choose their own bridesmaid dresses.

The only stipulation?  The dresses have to be navy. Other than that, they can be any style, fabric and length that they want.

Some women look at me like I’m nuts when I tell them this. But, here’s the deal — being in several weddings gives you lots of perspective when planning your own. I know what it’s like to have to spend more money than you’d like on a bridesmaid dress or to buy a dress that you don’t feel comfortable wearing. It blows. Yes, being part of the bridal party is an honor and a lot of fun. But, it can also cause emotional and financial stress. I don’t want that for my bridesmaids.

I want the girls to pay as much as they want for  a dress and to buy one that they’ll hopefully wear again at some point. They’ve sent me pictures of what they plan to wear and I have no doubt they’ll look gorgeous, as always. And, having them in different dresses will fit in well with our rustic theme.

Now, I know there are lots of brides who prefer to pick out dresses for their bridesmaids. That’s completely understandable — your wedding day is all about what you’ve been dreaming up. It should reflect your personality and style. Even if they aren’t fans of the dresses, your bridesmaids will happily wear whatever you choose.

If you decide to go this more traditional route, I suggest taking some of the girls shopping so they can try on dresses before you settle on one. That will give you the opportunity to see what the dresses will look like on different body types. You can also get their opinions, which will make them feel like part of the process.

And, what’s better than a day spent shopping with your best girls?

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