The bridesmaids are moving away from wearing exact matching outfits. The trend is towards dresses that complement the bride’s dress such as the colour or the fabric, but gives consideration towards each bridesmaid wearing something that suits their body shape and preferences.
Consult with the bridesmaids what they want to wear only after you have made a final decision on your own outfit. If you ask your bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses, you may want to select dresses they can wear again.
Commence looking for bridesmaids outfits at least 4 months prior to the wedding.
Consideration may also be given to any other female attendants such as the mother of the bride, the groom’s mother, the flower girl and the train bearer.
I also think that the colour theme for the bridesmaids should match to their bouquet as well as their nails or head accessories or even your make-up. (eye shadows)
As a wedding photographer, having the theme colour on your wedding is important factor especially during the location shoot, so all the colours matches and the bride stands out more, too.
You can always get more advise about what to wear on our meeting.