Bridesmaid gowns can look gorgeous without taking focus away from the bride. Of course, the bride is the center of attention so she needs to look amazing, but you don’t want your bridesmaids to be stuck in atrociously unattractive dresses. It will take away from the overall splendor of your wedding, ruin your bridal photos and, most importantly, bring down the morale of your bridesmaids.
Think of a time when you had to wear an unflattering and uncomfortable dress as a bridesmaid. You don’t want to put your friends through that kind of torture. You want them to feel beautiful on your special day. Not as beautiful as the bride of course, but you want your bridesmaids to look their best!
You chose your bridesmaids for a reason. They are an important part of your life…your sister, your future sister-in-law, your best friend, your cousins, your college roommate and so forth. These women are special to you so you want to make them feel important. Forcing them to wear a hideous orange taffeta gown with a bow on their backside will not make for a happy wedding party.
Following are some tips on how to choose the best bridesmaids dress to ensure that both you and your bridal party are happy with your choice of bridesmaid attire.
5 Tips On How To Pick Bridesmaid Gowns To Keep Everyone Happy:
- Remember that your bridesmaids come in different shapes and sizes
Not everyone is a size zero so you need to choose a dress that will flatter every girl in your bridal party. Also, everyone is in a different place in their life. One of your bridesmaids might even be pregnant so you want to choose a dress that will flatter every type of figure and stature.
Another option is to choose a basic style and have it slightly altered to fit every bridesmaid. You can vary on the length, sleeve style neckline, and so forth per each bridesmaid to fit their figure. .
- Stick to your theme
You want your bridesmaids look to compliment your wedding gown and theme. If you are having a casual beach wedding with a simple yet gorgeous gown, you don’t want your bridesmaids to be adorned in dresses with hoop shirts and exorbitant flair. Choose something that will fit the theme of your wedding as well as the time of day. And don’t forget about the season as well. You don’t want your bridesmaids sweating in heavy velvet gowns for a summer wedding or shivering in strapless, thin dresses in the dead of winter.
- Don’t be afraid to make a statement
A traditional wedding is always timeless and classic, but you can think outside the box. If you have a unique and fun idea for a theme for your wedding, be sure to embrace it. This includes your bridesmaid gowns as well. If you have a vision for your bridesmaids, don’t be afraid to speak up.
- Consider the input of your bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids will love to be a part of the selection process. It will allow them to feel like they are an integral part of your big day. You can ask them for suggestions on color and style. However, remember it is your day so you don’t want them to take control. Ask them for their input, but the final choice is ultimately yours!
- Stick to a reasonable budget
Not everyone is made of money and not all of your bridesmaids will be able to spend a fortune on her bridesmaid dress. Remember, they also need to pay for alterations, shoes, accessories, etc as well as hair, makeup and nails on the big day. As well, they have to get wedding and bridal shower gifts, not to mention, plan and contribute financially to the bridal shower and/or bachelor party! Choose a reasonable budget and stick to it!
Don’t be afraid to accessorize your bridesmaids. If you want to let them personalize their dress, they can choose options such as colored sashes, jewelry and shoes. This way they can incorporate a bit of their personality into their bridesmaid gowns while not taking away from the overall look and feel of the dress.
Another piece of advice: Choose a dress that your bridesmaids will be able to wear again. A lot of times, bridesmaids spend a fortune on a dress that they will only wear one time. If you choose a bridesmaid gowns that can be worn again, even with a few minor alterations, they will feel less inhibited about spending as much money. Also, don’t forget to choose a dress that will allow them to be able to shake it up on the dance floor! You want them to look their best but also be able to enjoy themselves at your reception!
Make a day of it. Choose a day when all of your girls can get together and go shopping. Go out for brunch beforehand or dinner and drinks after. Let your bridesmaids get in on the fun and you will make your wedding a memorable event for your bridal party!
Keep these tips in mind when you choose the dress for your bridal party. You can always choose a color and let each girl choose her own dress (with you having the final say, of course) Or you can choose a dress and let each girl choose the color and length that best flatters her figure. If you take these factors into consideration it will make shopping for bridesmaids attire fun for everyone and less stressful for the bride!