If you have been living under a rock then you may not know that newest, hottest trend in weddings is having mismatched bridesmaid dresses. I love the trend because that’s what I decided for my bridesmaids. I mean, I am sure that my girls would have loved to wear some fluffy, pink tulle thing with a bow on the butt. Who wouldn’t want to wear something that’s uncomfortable and costs about half of your monthly living expenses?
I decided when J and I were first talking about getting married that I wanted nothing to do with searching and searching for a bridesmaid dress that fit all my girls, in my color scheme and didn’t cost a small fortune. They can figure that out!
It was important to me to have my girls feel beautiful. There is nothing worse than not feeling confident in a dress that you are having to wear all day, be photographed over hundreds of times, and be plastered all over facebook. I wanted to avoid that and I’m sure they are grateful … at least I hope.
I did not necessarily give my bridesmaids free reign to find a dress. I did establish a few guidelines for when they were out looking for a dress.
2) knee length
3) eggplant, dark purple heels
That’s it. Only 3 parameters to follow.
I hinted at this part before, but it’s pretty big so I’m going to say it. I delegated the stress of finding a dress for everyone. I had a hard enough time finding a dress for me, a tux look for J and his guys, catering choices, song choices, and not gaining 100 lbs from other pressure points. My girls know what they like and don’t like, I do not.
If you decide to let your bridesmaids pick their own dress, please be prepared for your family’s reaction. I have family that keeps asking if I had my girls go to David’s of J. Crew with a certain color code to find a dress, if I selected a specific brand that they had to find a dress under, blah, blah, blah… and the answer is no. N-O. I think it keeps freaking out people that I really do not care.
The best part – All my girls have sent me pictures of their dresses or I’ve seen the one they have bought and can I tell you something? They are better than anything I could have picked out!