So, we finally broke the news that SMP and Bluefly are gifting one lucky bride a $1000 shopping spree to Bluefly’s new Wedding 2.0 site. Pretty awesome, right? Well, if you are like most girls, you need a little help making your way through the aisles and aisles of fabulousness.

Which is exactly why we’ve asked Bluefly’s in-house stylist, Tanesha Smith, to give us her best tips for outfitting your maids!

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Weddings are known for bringing out the narcissist in many a bride. Understandably so – it is your day after all, no? But let’s not forget the little people – you know, the bridal party!

Now more than ever, brides are breaking style rules (Knee-length! Color!), and taking their bridesmaids along for the ride. Your shared fabulousness is probably what brought you together in the first place, so let their style lights shine too. Besides, cookie-cutter quadruplets are so passé. That’s not to say your big day should lack cohesion, Miss…

Throw out a general theme such as ‘garden party’ or ‘navy’ and let them run wild. It’s a win-win. You get your “look,” and they get to feel like themselves. This may save everyone from the ol’ dreaded back of the closet crumpled memory of yore most bridesmaids dresses are destined to. Gathering dust and resentment as the years go by.

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Take our Wedding 2.0 shoot for instance: Seemingly staid navy pops with punches of yellow and fuschia. Quirky d-i-y hair pieces up the personality quotient. Look the part for a sweet garden party in a pastel shade that compliments your skin tone or plays up your eyes. Carrie’s almost wedding in Sex & the City set the style bar for our shimmering jewel tones. Lastly, that whole no wearing black to a wedding thing? Scratch that – chic is chic, no matter the occasion.

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The fact that none of the dresses are identical allows for more creative shopping. One may get her dress vintage shopping, while the other may snag a new designer dress at 40% off retail on Bluefly.com. Their personal style will lead the way… and free you from any “bridezilla” digs behind your back!

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Thank you so much, Tanesha! We are insanely jealous of your job but more importantly, we are insanely thrilled that you shared a little of your wisdom with us!