Read This Before You Choose Your Own Bridesmaid Dress

“Many brides are letting their bridesmaids choose their own dresses. The girls are usually thrilled — no more wedging yourself into something definitely not designed for your body type just to make your best friend happy about her wedding photos. Letting your bridesmaids choose something that flatters their own form and features can make you a very, very popular bride. With that in mind, it’s also important to remember the bride is supposed to be the central focus in all the wedding pictures, especially during the ceremony.”

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One way brides are personalizing their weddings? By asking their bridesmaids to inject their own sense of style into the day by choosing their own dresses. Allowing each ‘maid to pick their look helps take some pressure off the bride, and it ensures each woman will feel confident and comfortable in the dress. Plus, it looks great in pictures when it is executed properly — but that’s easier said than done. A color scheme and set of other guidelines must be established so everyone looks cohesive and complements the wedding décor perfectly. To help, designer Nicole Miller shares what every bride and ‘maid should remember when it comes to mismatched bridesmaid dresses.

A complementary color story is key.
The bride might think that providing a swatch is the easiest way to keep her bridal party aligned when it comes to the wedding’s color scheme, but Miller says that isn’t necessary. “I don’t think each bridesmaid needs to work from a specific swatch. It is much more chic, in my opinion, when the bridesmaids are in their own dresses in the same color story, such as shades of navy or beige.”

Dress for your body and style.
“Personal style should certainly inform the bridesmaid’s choice of dress,” says Miller. “It’s better to dress for your body and style rather than feel uncomfortable all night in a dress you loathe.”

Consult the bride before making her purchase.
Always send your possible choices to the blushing bride-to-be before buying your dress — it is her day after all.

Read more: http://www.brides.com/blogs/aisle-say/2014/07/bridesmaid-dress-shopping-tips.html