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August 27 2014

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The Bride Wore White.
The Bridesmaids Wore Anything But.

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This week’s In the Mood For is dedicated to wedding dresses for everybody but the bride—the guests, the bridesmaids, and the bridal party. But while I was working on the story in the office, my co-workers couldn’t believe that I’d suggest such bright, showstopping frocks for the bridal party. In my native Brazil, that’s par for the course. At my wedding in 2004, my bridesmaids got to pick their own dresses—even printed gowns. I didn’t pick a color, a style, a length, nothing! They all decided to wear gowns, and each accessorized the way she wanted. A bride in Brazil can be more picky than I was and decide the colors of her bridal party’s dresses, but it’s rare that everyone will wear the same dress. Gowns tend to be more popular than cocktail-length dresses (for an evening event), and black and white are not appropriate colors. My sister (and maid of honor) wore an amazing printed Dior gown to my wedding (above). And she and I both wore it many times after.

Would you be open to trying something new at your wedding and letting your bridesmaids decide what to wear? Or would you rather call the shots?

Click here to check out In the Mood For…Exceptional Dresses For Wedding Guests >

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