I heard this discussion at work yesterday, and I thought ‘how perfect! Next blog post, this is it!’ The sticky situation? 7 bridesmaids, all with different styles; how to make them look cohesive on the wedding day?
Personally, I enjoy a little diversity in a bridal party. Just because they are all one party doesn’t mean they need to look like they came down a conveyor belt or like a parade of carbon copies. However, if you have a bridesmaid whose style is normally goth, another whose style is normally sheer vogue glamour, and another who takes her style tips from Marilyn Monroe (who I am not knocking by the way, I think she is gorgeous!) you may need to have a discussion about make-up and neckline expectations for the big day (especially if your officiant or ceremony location leans towards a more conservative appearance). So, what to do? Start here:
Have everybody have their make-up done by a stylist you hire. Welcome your bridesmaids to punch it up with a set of false eyelashes or some deeper lipstick, but everybody will have the same general pallet which will create a nice cohesive look.
Give an accessory as your gift. You can have variation here while keeping to a ‘theme.’ Think a pair of simple pearl earrings for your more conservative bridesmaid, a longer more 40′s style pearl necklace for your more Marilyn bridesmaid. Or, give everybody a scarf and they can accessorize how they like with however they tie it (full drape over the shoulders for one, single wrap around the neck for another).
Allow for some variation in the dress. The trend of picking one or two colors and a length but letting the girl choose the gown is a becoming the norm and for good reason – it allows everybody to choose a cut that flatters them. J. Crew has a GREAT line of bridesmaids dresses that won’t break a bridesmaids bank and, even better, the line ‘you’ll wear it again’ actually applies! Take a look:
And, take a look at this photo from one our fabulous past couples. The bridal party looks like one party, but with little variations in dress cut and hair style, each bridesmaids personal style still shines through. Still formal, totally fun, and utterly fabulous. Well done!