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My BM's are diff shapes/sizes and are having trouble agreeing on styles. If we can choose a fave style to match venue, I'm going to go with those.

Wedding/Venue:  Catholic Church & Knowlton Mansion



Decor - Garden/Nature. Branches, greenery, mason jars. Tons of candles.
Flowers - Greens and creams





Deciding between these looks in gray......

1. Cocktail Dress


2. Long, flowy dresses




Thoughts?
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  • edited December 2011
    What wonderful choices!  I love the dresses.  If you have many different sized bridesmaids I would try the first choice. Many women who aren't a size 4 don't like strapless. So, you may want to put that into consideration.

    It looks like you are going quite formal, if so, I think longer is better. The formality of the bridesmaids dresses are generally supposed to match the formality of the bride's wedding gown. So, I would use that as your guide.
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    edited December 2011
    I like them both.
    Is it an evening wedding?

    I personally would go with longer I think
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  • edited December 2011
    Thanks for your input!

    The wedding is formal but not over the top so I'm open to short or long. Ceremony at 2pm, reception at 5pm. If we go with long, I have another option of dress with a one shoulder for those that would feel more comfortable.

    I just want it to feel fresh, organic, sophisticated, but also fun.
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  • edited December 2011
    I agree if you are going for a more formal wedding, you should choose the longer dress. 

    Personally... I love the cocktail dresses.  I think they're gorgeous.  Long, flowy dresses are NMS, and I wanted my BMs comfortable so I picked short dresses (plus it was like 90 degrees). 

    It sounds like (based on your previous comment) that you're leaning towards the short ones, too.  And it's okay if you like that ones.  Typically, formal weddings = long dresses, but it's YOUR wedding.  And if you want to fudge that "rule," you're certainly entitled to.
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  • edited December 2011
    Both choices are really pretty, I also think that since your wedding is in the afternoon/evening, short dresses would be great.  (I also love your flower inspiration).
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  • edited December 2011
    I like the cocktail dresses. I have seen plenty of short dresses at formal weddings.

    My sister tried on a dress almost exactly like the long one you pictured and she also wore one in a wedding from POB just like it too. IMO it is not very flattering. It sort of just hangs. Doesn't do much for a girl of any size. Maybe one strap would change that.

    Also, not a bad idea to make sure your church doesn't require covered shoulders. Although that can be fixed with a wrap.
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  • edited December 2011
    Thanks you guys:) The shoulders do not need to be covered at the wedding so that's a plus.

    I originally wanted cocktail length chiffon dresses but everyone thought they were too casual. (see below)



    So I decided either a longer version (more formal) or cocktail length with a dressier fabric. I think I prefer the short dresses too - it's just the material I'm not sold on. Does the irredescent fabric take away from a "simple fresh garden" theme ?
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  • edited December 2011
    LOVE the short dresses!!  I think they are perfect for the look you are going for.
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  • edited December 2011
    No, I don't think the material takes away from the theme at all.
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  • edited December 2011
    Would you consider the girls in dfferent dresses in the same color and fabric since they have very different shapes?  

    I did this and Im pretty sure RA did as well.  
  • edited December 2011
    I like the shorter dresses and if its in the afternoon it works well. Good taste with the flowers and color scheme! :D I am doing a sunday afternoon wedding so I am definitely going to pick shorter length dresses.
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  • edited December 2011
    NCV2 - Yep, that's the plan! I love the idea of different dresses, it was just choosing an initial style that no one could agree on.

    Thanks for all of the input everyone... As much as I love the long, flowy gown I am kiiiiind of leaning towards fun cocktail dresses. :)
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