If you're hoping to find a way to make the ladies in your bridal party stand out, it's time to think outside the box when it comes to bridesmaid outfits. Instead of matching dresses that are floor or knee length, try to find some less-traditional wear that can really add to the depth and beauty of your wedding aesthetic. Here are some things to consider.
1. Same style, different fabric.
Instead of having all the colors match, try using a matching style. For example, if you're planning a '40s inspired wedding, have your bridesmaids find vintage dresses from that era or in the vintage style. All your bridesmaids will still match because they are all choosing dresses that fall into a certain era.
2. Same cut, different shades.
If you're set on having a specific type of "look" for your wedding party, bring some life into it by having your girls dress in differing shades of the same color. This is great idea for photos because you have your girls line up in an ombre, which is very popular with current color trends in flowers, cakes, and hairstyles.
3. Same fabric, different ages.
If you are going for a non-traditional wedding party, you can honor the friends you have made over your lifetime. This is an especially meaningful option for those who have large families or a colorful history with many generations of people who are close to them. Instead of your typical same-age girlfriends, choose a bridesmaid from each generation. You might have a young girl, a teenager, a mom in her thirties, a grandmother, and a great grandmother in your bridal party. Tie them all together by using a dress made from the same fabric, but in different cuts for age-appropriate dress styles.
4. Same theme, different outcomes.
For more relaxed or bohemian weddings, you might give your bridesmaids a guideline—for example, a floral maxi dress. If you have several bridesmaids, they end up matching by not matching. Everyone will know your wedding party by the eclectic mix of florals. The groomsmen can add to the vibe by having floral ties instead of solid colors. Other themes that could tie otherwise un-matching dresses together include all metallic or all lace.
For more ideas on finding unique dresses for your bridesmaids, contact a local clothing boutique. Boutique clothing stores, such as T.Spot Boutique, often have one-of-a-kind designs that are perfect for weddings.