Whether you’re a non-traditional bride looking to add a creative touch to your bridal party, or just want your tribe to wear something as original as them, here are five unique bridesmaid ideas for your special day.
1. Donut Pick A Floral Bouquet
A bouquet of red roses may say “I love you” but a bunch of donuts is an even cuter way to show your bridesmaids a “hole” lot of heart.
If you’re looking for a unique bridesmaid idea, then ditch the typical flower arrangements for something a little sweeter, literally.
From bouquets of choc-dipped strawberries glazed to match your colour theme, to bunches of gold-wrapped Ferrero Rochers, edible blooms are a fun way to add a little flavour to your special day.
Plus, they’re a practical accessory for that long walk down the aisle. (Hey, “hangry” can strike anytime!).
Bridesmaid doesn’t have a sweet tooth? Consider accessorising with a glitzy clutch, which is guaranteed to last long after the flowers have wilted.
2. A (mis) Match Made In Heaven
Imagine rocking up to a party wearing the same dress as another girl.
Now assume 4 other girls are also in the same number.
While matching bridesmaid dresses are a popular tradition, dressing your girls in complementary gowns (different shades, fabrics, necklines or lengths) can be just as striking.
This option gives your girls the freedom to pick something flattering that they feel fabulous in. Because as the saying goes #Happytribehappybride.
3. A Fitting Alternative
Want a dress that doesn’t scream bridesmaid. And doesn’t require four girls to align their Saturday schedules for a fitting?
Forget speciality dressmakers that focus on traditional cuts, satiny fabrics and inflated wedding prices and check out your favourite fashion boutique instead.
The latest Aussie brand driving this trend is SABA – whose Bridesmaid Collection is packed with decidedly “non-bridesmaidy” dresses, that your bridal party really “can wear again one day”.
In fact, according to Tanya Emon, SABA Head Womenswear Designer, the range was actually designed as an extension of the main SABA brand. “We wanted to make sure the bridesmaid collection was still very wearable and relevant to the SABA range,” she says. “So we further developed silhouettes that we had already designed for the main range and delved a bit deeper into draping, adding soft, considered flounces to create nice movement.”
4. The Dark Side
If pastels aren’t your thing, there’s nothing wrong with picking a moody hue for your bridesmaid dresses. In fact, if you’re aiming for a more sophisticated take on tradition, we highly recommend it.
Based on international fashion trends ebony BM dresses continue to rise in popularity. Or for something local, try SABA’s equally chic take in this inky blue dress.
We’re calling it now: Navy is the New Black.
5. If the shoe fits…
… then show it off!
Deciding on bridesmaid dresses may be difficult, but we’ve never met a girl who didn’t love an excuse to go shoe shopping.
So for a unique bridesmaid look, swap the floor-length gowns for knee-length frocks and pair them with an amazing pair of heels.
Think crystals, studs or a bright colour teamed with a simple dress.
It’s the perfect opportunity to let your shoes do the talking, err, walking.