Alternative bridesmaid style ideas that go beyond the dress

Unique bridesmaid style in sequined dresses and white blouses

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 Although a majority of brides choose to have the women in their bridal party wear dresses on the big day, some brides are choosing to get more creative with alternative bridesmaid style ideas. Especially during the warmer months, a dress can feel too heavy, formal or out-of-place depending on the location and/or theme of the wedding.

By foregoing a traditional dress and instead choosing an outfit that consists of, for example, a blouse and a skirt, you’re adding a unique touch to your wedding day and giving your bridesmaids and yourself more options to choose from – not to mention, the girls might actually be able to wear the outfit long after the wedding day has come and gone. You also open up the realm of possibilities as far as each individual girl’s body type – you can choose to mix and match outfits that flatter everybody and make your bridesmaids feel like a million bucks, and you also can introduce more of your wedding colors and palette into their ensembles.

If you are contemplating going down this route or already have chosen nontraditional and unique bridesmaid outfits, keep these “con” factors in mind. Just like anything – even if you were having all the girls wear a dress – you simply won’t please everybody. And, that’s okay! Do your best to accommodate your bridesmaids’ wants and needs, but at the end of the day, it’s your wedding and vision, so the girl’s need to be respectful and wear what you ask them to. Also, try to be mindful of cost – while paying for a dress up front can at times be expensive, separate pieces also can add up quickly.

Now, onto the fun part – inspiration!

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Update the wedding guest book with these unique ideas!


Kelly Benton via Ruffled

The wedding guest book. It’s been done the same way over and over again. But in the last decade, couples have started using more unique wedding guest book ideas, which are much more fun for guests and a whole lot more fun for you when you look through your guests’ messages years later or when you hang a new piece of meaningful artwork on your wall for years to come.

Here are nine of the coolest wedding guest books you’re going to love for your wedding.

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A girly pink backyard bridal shower by Connie Whitlock Photography

Pink bridal shower table and decor

Sure, we feature a lot of beautiful engagements and weddings here on Wedding Party — but we all know there are a lot of memorable and meaningful events that go into a couple’s wedding journey. For example, the bridal shower! We’re so excited to share today’s girly pink backyard bridal shower photographed by Connie Whitlock.

With tons of gorgeous pink floral decor and lots of sweet touches to celebrate the bride, this is a beautiful pre-wedding event that you’re sure to get inspired from. Read on for more photos and bridal shower ideas!

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A glam and sophisticated Indian wedding by Origin Photos

Gorgeous colorful Indian wedding ceremony at a castle! Love this!

We’re starting off this Monday on a high note, with our Spring Wedding Pinterest giveaway… and now we’re going to keep the momentum going with this beautiful and sophisticated Indian wedding by Origin Photos! When we got this submission, the stunning colors, glam castle venue and sweet moments between the bride and groom made this wedding an instant must-feature.

The bride and groom, Rena and Sudip, celebrated their wedding day at Oheka Castle on Long Island. Everything about the day was complete perfection, from Rena’s stunning bridal outfit to their elegant ceremony on the castle grounds. Read on to see more of this special Indian wedding day and photos by Origin Photos!

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