3 Fun Themes For Bridesmaid Dresses

Unflattering bridesmaid dresses are the basis for a number of wedding jokes. But in reality, your bridesmaids make up an important part of the visual aspect of your wedding (not to mention their important role of supporting the bride) and you really want them to look fabulous on your special day. One of the reasons that bridesmaid dresses are sometimes not as flattering as they could be is because the bridesmaids themselves come in different sizes, shapes and skin tones, and what looks fabulous on your sister may be a fashion disaster on your best friend. However, you can avoid this problem by creating a themed look for your bridesmaids, so that they complement each other without matching exactly. That way each looks great in her own way. Take a look at some bridesmaid dress themes to consider.


If you'd like to stick with one color, but also want to respect the different skin tones of your bridesmaids, consider using dresses that have the same silhouette but  come in different shades of the same color. For example, if you love the idea of putting your bridesmaids in yellow dresses, the one that looks best in pastels can wear a light buttery color, and the one that looks best in bright colors can wear canary yellow. A bridesmaid who favors deeper and darker colors will look great in a rich amber shade.


If it's body type you need to accommodate and not coloring, consider letting each bridesmaid choose the dress style that suits her best. The trick to making this work is to make sure that all of the dresses are made by the same manufacturer, use the same fabric, and have the same colors. That way, it will be easy to see the relation between the dresses even while one bridesmaid is wearing a halter top and the next is wearing a strapless dress.

If you also want different colored dresses, you can mix and match while preserving the relationship between the dresses by using accent colors to good effect. For example, if your colors are peach and green, you can have one in a peach dress with green edging, one in a green dress with a peach sash, one in solid green and one in solid peach. They'll complement each other, but each can wear the color and style that suits her best.


A great choice if you have a large cast of bridesmaids is to opt for a rainbow look. Each bridesmaid gets a different color, and they each pick out the style of dress that looks best. Done correctly, this can end up being an absolutely stunning visual. Your bridesmaids will love this idea – there's no overlap with the other bridesmaids, so they'll have their own individual look. Once again, choosing to use the same manufacturer and fabric for each dress helps create a somewhat uniform look, even if the dresses are entirely different.

Your wedding is unique, and there's no reason to stick with the tradition of having the bridesmaids match exactly if that's not what looks best. Don't be afraid to experiment with fun and creative bridesmaid dress themes. Check with a shop like Bridal Elegance for more tips to get the perfect dresses for your wedding.