When approaching the question of bridemaid attire, there were several things that I considered.
1--Bridesmaids dresses that are explicitly bridesmaids dresses tend to be really expensive. I mean, even the cheapest ones are usually at least $100+, and I personally don't normally drop a hundred plus bucks on dresses (I didn't even spend $100 on my wedding dress!). And those that are on the more affordable side to also be on the awful side...whether it be the fabric, the style, or the fit.
2--My bridemaids come in all shapes, sizes, and personal styles. I honestly cannot imagine what kind of dress I could choose that would fit each of them either literally or figuratively.
3--My wedding will be fairly casual.
4--There's just something that creeps me out a little about a group of adult women all wearing the same outfit.
These considerations led me to one conclusion--mismatched dresses.
So, I've told my bridesmaids to buy a knee length blue dress. Seriously, that's all I told them. This means that I don't care what color blue, what style, what material, what jewelry, what shoes, what hair style. I'm actually extremely excited to see what each of my awesome bridesmaids will choose.
Here's a taste of the inspiration that has reassured me that I've made the right decision: