Not having a dress code for bridesmaids/groomsmen??
Is anyone not specifying a dress code for their bridesmaids and groomsmen? We are looking to have around 6 people each and there is no way our budget will stretch to buying 12 outfits. Neither of us feel comfortable asking our friends to buy an outfit that we specify (nothing wrong with this of course, just personal preference), and so we were thinking maybe we would just say they could wear whatever they like? Has anyone ever been to a wedding where this happened?
An alternative is having some small way of them looking different, for instance, I was thinking of asking my bridesmaids to all wear blue (my something blue!) and maybe we could still get buttonholes for the men, even if they wear their own suits. But I'm not 100% sure about this as maybe them all wearing blue will look visually worse than just totally doing their own thing (if all the blues clash) and maybe buttonholes are unnecessary if we're not really aiming to make the groomsmen look uniform.
What are your thoughts on this? If you were a bridesmaid/groomsman without a dress code would you still feel 'special'??