The middle-ground would be selecting a color palette and giving your friends the freedom to buy whatever they like. This increases their chances of ever wearing the dress again (without needing to shorten it) and also allows them to spend what they feel comfortable spending. This is the option I have selected, and while I’ve shared images with my maids of what I envision, they’ve just been asked to follow a few simple rules:
1. 1. Floor-length dress in any shade of blue.
2. 2. Accessorize!
3. 3. Find some funky shoes.
What led me to this decision? I love the way mismatched maids look in photos—it gives added interest to the thousands of photos that will be taken on your wedding day. My ladies are each different and I want their personalities to shine through in whatever they choose to wear. I legitimately do want them to love the dress they wear and feel great in it.
The more extreme interpretation of this trend is to literally let your maids wear whatever they want, and not provide them with any strict rules about color or style. I think my friends would have had anxiety attacks if I had given them that much artistic license—but for some I can see it being a lot of fun.
No matter what level of matching or mismatching you choose, I think it’s nice to unite your ladies with coordinating accessories. Whether it's necklaces, bracelets, hair bling, or matching shawls, having one unifying factor helps tie the theme together. My maids will have coordinating hand-made jewelry and are encouraged to incorporate peacock feathers into their ensemble.