Choosing your bridesmaid dresses doesn’t have to be stressful, in fact, if you know exactly what to be aware of, it can be a fun and relaxing part of planning your wedding.
Here are a few tips that will help you during the process:
Take your wedding gown style into consideration. Even though you will be the one to stand out, it still looks great when your look coordinates with your girls. If you have a lot of details on your dress, keep your bridesmaid dresses simple. The same thing applies to necklines – make sure that they aren’t exactly the same. Adding variety to the dresses makes for more unique photos.
Consider skin tones and body type. You want your bridesmaids to look and feel beautiful on the day too, so choose a color that works well with their skin tones. Explore several style options to fit different body shapes. You may even want to consider hair color and length when deciding on a dress.
Keep the season in mind. Before you decide on a look, take the season, and location that you will be getting married into consideration. It’s fine to choose long dresses in summer or short-sleeve dresses in fall, but make sure that your ladies are comfortable. Faux fur wraps in the winter can be added on top of dresses to keep bridesmaids warm especially if photos will be taken outside when it is colder out.
Start shopping early. You never know how long it will take you to find the perfect bridesmaid dresses so don’t start shopping too late. Finding a dress in the right color, size, and style can take several trips to different stores. If your dress needs altered you may also need to find a good seamstress that you trust to alter the dresses which can take a few weeks. Plus, you may need to order your dresses and delivery could take a while, so keep this in mind to plan accordingly.
Price matters. If you will not be buying your bridesmaid dresses, it’s really important to keep price in mind. Not all bridesmaids have the same budget. Discuss appropriate costs before pushing a dress onto yoYour bridesmaids are investing quite a bit of time and money in your big day so make sure that the dresses you choose are actually affordable.
Get their opinions. Your bridesmaids will really appreciate having a say in their dresses so ask them if they had any ideas about what they would like to wear. You should, of course, still have the final say, but it’s great to include them in the process too.
Speaking of roping your bridesmaids in. If you want to reduce some of your wedding planning responsibilities and stress, get your maid of honor to research dresses and prices for you.
You can let your bridesmaids choose their own dresses based on their style, budget, and body type by giving them a color or color scheme to work within. Once your bridesmaids have found dresses that work for them they can get your approval on the dress if you prefer. Bridesmaid dresses are typically higher priced, one time wear pieces. It is really nice if your girls are able to use their dresses more than once. Giving them the freedom to choose their own dress could help ensure they are able to find something that could be worn again.