Whether you’re exchanging vows on a sandy beach or in a candlelit cathedral, the golden rule of weddings remains the same: friends don’t let friends wear unfashionable (or uncomfortable) bridesmaid dresses. Who says your gal pals need to wear the same cookie-cutter style and color scheme? Gone are the days of the matchy-matchy ‘uniform’ as bold brides take the reigns to create a more relaxed dream day. Weddington Way leads the way this season with an exciting, modern mix of bridesmaid dresses in striking colors and luxurious materials to elegantly shake up tradition.

Aim to create multi-dimension by layering varying tones within color families—pinks, blues and purples, for instance. This will add more depth to your wedding party palette and make the grand scheme of things feel more fresh and modern. Best of all, contrasting dresses allow you to flatter the different shapes, styles and complexions of the bridesmaids you adore. Can they wear the same dress more than once, to different weddings? Or even for a night out on the town? Absolutely.

Wedding Chic 2017

Dresses: Blush is the color of themoment, but right now pinks run a full spectrum from rose to coral (perfect for every skin tone ranging from fair to sun-kissed).

Hair: Boho-inspired hair reigns supreme for summer. Loose, wavy tendrils, beachy waves and braided updos complete the look.

Accessories: Floral ‘wearables’ in the form of crowns, rings and bracelets add a romantic vibe in lieu of heavy bouquets. It’s not always easy to carry flowers down the aisle and these perfect little touches lend effortless elegance. No hassle.

Table settings: Go for dahlias, peonies and ranunculus. Green, leafy plants can look extraordinary, as well. Using oversize tropical foliage leaves as place mats is such an inventive idea.

Design: Put your ceiling space to work. Hang gorgeous installations above the reception or ceremony area, in archways and chuppahs. Try an interior palette that’s muddy-toned, merlot-inspired or buttery yellow. Unexpected colors are so chic.