You've said yes to your dress, and now it's time to outfit your bridal party in theirs. The traditional plan of attack? Pick out a dress and have your bridesmaids order it — same colour, same silhouette, same everything. We get the reasoning: it's certainly easy. You don't have to overthink it once you've made your selection, and it's the most surefire way to get a streamlined look for pictures.
But it also comes with problems. Just ask the bridesmaid who was annoyed about having to pull up her strapless dress all night long or the fair-skinned member of the bridal party who looked washed out in a Champagne-pink gown. In fact, just ask any bridesmaid if she's ever reworn a bridesmaid dress. Chances are, it wasn't one she would have picked for herself.
Luckily for you, we've come up with six unconventional ways to break from the identical bridesmaid dress tradition. Whether it's as simple as letting your ladies choose different necklines or giving them a specific colour and having them shop for themselves, these mix-and-match dressing options will help add a personal touch to your wedding and make everyone look their absolute best.