When your besties match – the mystery of bridesmaid dresses

Every now and then I see a wedding which sort of freaks me out. It’s usually on a US blog, highly styled and coordinated with every detail imaginable. The freaky bit? Seven girls with matching hair, shoes, flowers and dresses. I prefer something more interesting…

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Matching bridesmaids freak me out

Perhaps it’s a control thing. Perhaps it’s because matching dresses sort of look like wedding uniforms. Perhaps I just love colour and creativity and the fact that everyone is designed to be different.

Traditional bridesmaid dress retailers – think Dessy and House of Fraser – realise that girls come in all shapes and sizes and sell dresses in the same fabric and colour but different styles. That’s not so bad – at least it gives girls a little more freedom to choose.


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But I don’t like traditional bridesmaid dresses, the kind you can spot a mile off because they’re long, pretty and shiny… and almost impossible to wear again. (It’s a bit of a sales pitch: “you’ll be able to wear it again” doesn’t work if you can only wear it for Christmas parties, does it?)

Times are changing for liberated bridesmaids

The unwritten rule that bridesmaids should match is past its day. We’re beginning to embrace mismatched bridesmaids who choose their own dresses. This makes me happy!

I love eclectic, mismatched, funky bridesmaids.

I adore colour and creativity.


Image credit Jon Cripwell Photography on the English Wedding Blog

I’d encourage all brides to give bridesmaids choice in what they wear. Trust your best girls! Tell them your colour theme, let them know if you’d like them to coordinate or choose similar styles or colours, go shopping with them by all means… but allow a little creative freedom! And if you’re on a budget, it’s much easier to ask your bridesmaids to pay for their dress if they can choose one they really love!

Being a bridesmaid is a fun job, so let’s start ditching the uniform!

If you’d like your bridesmaids to share something, buy them a necklace or pendant, or something special to wear on your wedding day which isn’t the dress. Why not celebrate your bridesmaids with jewellery sets from Bridal Designs Wedding Jewellery?

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Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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