A Dress Every Bridesmaid Will Love
With a wealth of bridesmaid styles and colors available, there’s no reason for bridal parties to be anything but stunning and smiling on the big day. Even better, you’ll be the best-loved bride if you give them something that they won’t mind wearing again.
Don’t let this process overwhelm you. It’s supposed to be fun! And who doesn't like shopping for a beautiful dress. As the bride, you and your attendants should consider the following when choosing a dress:
You may have dreamed of dressing your girls in pastel pink since you were 2, but that hue might not look good on your redheaded sister. Choose a color that complements the girls’ complexions and hair color. Dark colors like navy, hunter green and black looks good on almost everyone. Pastels look best on blondes and dark-haired girls with fair complexions but won’t flatter redheads and darker complexions.
If you do want pastels, go for rose-petal pinks, light yellows and pastel blues.
Some brides pick one color that everyone will wear. Others choose a style and let their bridesmaids pick the color. Or you can pick the color (purple) and let the bridesmaid choose a different intensity (eggplant or lilac).
Today’s designers are using fabrics that are sleek and slimming. Know the difference between your fabrics and finishes. Fabrics are cotton, silk, nylon, rayon or polyester, to name a few. Finishes are terms like chiffon, taffeta, and satin. Feel your fabric before committing or request a swatch to make sure it looks and feels the way you hope it will.
Season of which you are having your wedding will make a big difference in fabric and finishes. A velvet dress will be a little out of place at an outdoor wedding in July. On the flip side, bridesmaids will freeze in a short strapless dress in the middle of December.
Be sure to consider your fabric so that your girls are comfortable as well…
A popular trend is wearing different dresses in the same color or different colors the go with the flowers in the wedding. So variety doesn’t get out of hand, you can set guidelines, such as nothing above the knee.
If you want everyone to wear the same style, choose something that suits the largest size in the group. A-line skirts and empire waists generally look good on everyone. It’s wise to consult with all your attendants before choosing a specific style, such as strapless, to make sure everyone will feel comfortable wearing it.
While one bridesmaid is a size 2 and looks great in something short and tight, it might not flatter your tall, full-figured sister who is a size 14. Also, try to draw attention away from problem areas that could be reasons for self-consciousness (hips and thighs) and focus on the flattering neckline instead.
Today, bridesmaids pay for their own dress and alterations, so factor in those costs when envisioning the gowns you want them to wear.
Make a few decisions yourself and then bring a few maids shopping with you.
Order all the dresses at the same time to ensure they are from the same dye lot, or they might not all be the same exact color. Be sure to order the dresses far enough in advance so the gowns have time to be made and the girls can get them fitted.
Follow these tips and your bridesmaids will love the investment they have made on their dress and be smiling all wedding long!