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The Bridesmaid Dress Dilemma

Posted by Becca Olcott  January 28, 2013 12:15 PM

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Dear Inspired,

I'm tempted to give my bridesmaids the option to pick their own dress in a color I've chosen. I went with a salmon color to match our design palette. I'm a bit concerned, though, that my version of salmon is not their version of salmon. Do you have any helpful tips on how to calibrate our colors with out being too nit-picky?

Please help,


Dear Crazed,

Great idea to pick the color and let your bridesmaids choose the perfect match for their body and budget. I did it myself, I see it all the time and I'm wild about the idea. I would say, however, try to keep it simple and not go with a color that's subject to interpretation. One maid's salmon is another's grapefruit. Allow them some latitude by selecting a more general color- like pink for instance - and give them a little ownership in the process. When your ladies look and feel happy, it will show up in their overall glow! And you can't go wrong with a monochromatic blend of dresses for your A-team.

You can also add some fun to the process. Attach a simple little note pinned to swatches of a few different pink fabrics or ribbons that you love and say "I'd love for you to be pretty in pink for my big day. Make sure it's comfortable and that you adore it, because I adore you!"

Good luck and be sure to send us pictures of how it all turns out.

xo, Becca

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Becca Olcott has a thing for old love letters and good old-fashioned romance. Bringing daily wedding updates and advice is second nature to Becca. She spends her days working with the brides of New England designing tablescapes full of lush florals and antique gems through her business Petal Floral Design.
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