Wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses are so much more versatile these days than they used to be. In years past the bridesmaids dress was retired promptly after the wedding, and probably never worn again. In spite of their limited use, these dresses were still quite expensive and strained the budget of many young ladies who otherwise enjoyed their role as a close friend of the bride.
Weddings and the wedding attire have taken on new possibilities with theme weddings becoming more popular. The range of ideas for creating a special wedding that will stand out from the rest is nearly limitless, and the wedding party can find appropriate attire to fit the theme. Perhaps the bride and groom enjoy ocean adventures, so a beach wedding is their natural choice. The bride and bridesmaids are able to find fresh and simple dresses that will easily find a special place in their future wardrobe. Beach weddings are very popular these days, and part of the reason is the casual and enjoyable atmosphere enjoyed by the bridal party and guests alike.
A beautiful formal wedding an a church may be what the bride has always pictured when she gets married, and there are multiple choices of wedding attire that is appropriate in that setting. Of course, the bride will wear a formal, full-length gown, but the bridesmaids dresses may be any length they choose. These dresses can be simply beautiful at knee-length, tea-length or full length, and the style may be enhanced with pearls, lace, sequins or simply showcase a stunning fabric.
The degree of wedding formality can be reflected somewhat in the bridesmaids dresses. The modern bridesmaid dress is likely to show up again as the perfect choice for a future formal event, or as a stunning prom dress for some lucky young lady.