I told my bridesmaids to wear black. I dont care if it is dresses or dress slacks (some of my ladies arent super feminine), as long as it's black and they love it too. Plus, every lady needs a black dress (or pant suit) so they can use it again! Hate asking people to pay for a dress they will only wear once.
Same as the PP- I gave them a few pics of ones I like with the guidelines of apple color (red), long, and either some form of straps or a shawl if it’s strapless. All of my girls want me to come with them to pick theirs out so i’ll Be going with two on Sept 15 and 1 on Oct 1 (getting married in April). My sister chose to go alone
I tried to do this and let them know to just show me their top choice. Three weeks went by and no one chose anything. I went back to my original dress choice and all 5 were so excited I told them what to wear as opposed to them picking because it stressed them out so much.
I did. I told my MOH and my 3 stepdaughters (not in the bridal party but will be standing with us) the color dress I wanted them in. My step-daughters were told that the dress had to be appropriate (8, 13, and 15) and they picked out great dresses.
I bought all the dresses for my girls because I found some I liked that happened to be on clearance, so they were all the same. That said, if I wouldn't have stumbled on those, I would have just said "long navy dress, or long black dress" and let them pick whatever.
I told mine they could pick whatever long, mesh dress from David's in the color Wine (literally so many options), and they all ended up picking the same dress, which was funny.
Actually 4/5 picked the same exact dress, the 5th picked a dress that was very similar to what the rest picked so I asked her if she would be OK with the one the others chose. She said "yes", and it turned out that she just hadn't seen that style and liked it better.
I started out that way, I wanted it in a certain color and long. We went together to try on dresses, and they actually all liked the fit of the same dress, so they are all wearing the same, however my MOH will have a jewel sash and different flowers to set her apart.