3 Alternatives for Your Bridesmaid Dresses

A question we often hear is, “do my bridesmaids have to wear the same thing?” You likely have seen a full gamut of options out there as far as weddings go, and today’s brides and the ladies by their side are mixing it up in a variety of ways – color, fabric, style…you name it! This not only creates a unique look for your big day, but it also allows the diverse individual styles of your maids to shine!

In terms of a good starting point for these fun alternatives, you can decide what style and direction works best with the vision of your day. Whether it’s requesting they wear a short dress in any shade of purple or making it a long, black dress of any sort — create a baseline of inspiration and let them run with it! From there, you can figure out how everyone will make their final selection.

01. Mismatch within a store

Pick a store of your choosing, like Bella Bridesmaid, make an appointment to choose a dress and color (or multiple dresses and a color palette) for your girls to wear and send them the details on where and how to buy. Allowing the mismatch option will ensure the gals standing next to your side on your big day are feeling confident and radiant in the style of dress that suits them best. But if symmetry is your thing, then pick out some options and see what the group is thinking! Either way, having a day to play dress-up with your besties will be a great way to kick-off bridal bonding.

02. Rent dresses

Wanting a stellar dress for your bridesmaids to wear but don’t want them (or you) to break the bank? Consider renting dresses for your special day! A great place to start is Rent-The-Runway where you can search for bridesmaid dresses that are available to rent at a fraction of the retail cost. This will ensure everyone looks top-notch without having to pay top dollar.

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03. Buy their own

If you’re open to your maids buying their own dresses, they have a wide array of places to choose from. From local boutiques to online stores or large retailers like Lulus or Azazie. There are so many great places that have hidden gems you and your party are sure to love. Give the parameters to stick within, and the options are endless.

The ladies could buy on their own from any store or website of their choosing, you could have a shopping party at a store together and decide as a group, or instead of keeping the dress, make a lasting impression with a designer dress from companies like Rent the Runway. Any way you slice it, the important ladies in your life will feel stylish and you all will have fun with it along the way!

We hope this gave you an insight on what kind of choice best suits your style. Now go have some fun!


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