Sorry for the lack of a Wedding Bells post last week. I was doing a lot of wedding prep myself, and work was absolutely bananas. But, we’re back at it this week and I’m talking all about bridesmaid style. There are SO many trends and directions you can choose for your bridesmaids that when I started the planning process, I really had a hard time figuring out the direction I wanted to go in. Color scheme, expense, style, matching, length, comfort, and the list goes on and on.
When you ask your bridesmaids to share your big day with you, that comes with wearing a fabulous dress on the day, as well! So what do you do? Ask them what they think? Let them pick their own? If I can help in that decision at all, I’m going to show you a few options you can choose from and things to consider when picking your bridesmaid dresses.
First of all, I say you decide the color scheme or colors you want your girls to wear. Don’t so much worry about the style of the dresses just yet. Focus on color. I knew the colors of my wedding as soon as we picked our wedding date, so I knew I wanted my girls to wear exactly those colors. I think that’s a great starting place.
Now, I have seen a trend of each girl wearing a different shade of a particular color, and also each girl wearing a completely different color than each other. This is something to consider when you visualize photos that will be taken on your big day.
Once you have chosen which color or colors you want your bridesmaids to wear, I would then think about the particular dress code you want your guests to wear on your wedding day. If you are having a black tie wedding, you will want your bridesmaids in formal floor length gowns. If you are having an outdoor wedding in the heat of Summer, I would consider a casual dress code and putting your bridesmaids in a shorter dress to keep them cool.
Hi-low dresses are a fun option for a beachy or outdoor wedding and short dresses are SO cute for a country wedding paired with cowgirl boots. Floor length dresses are a classic option that will never go out of style.
It sounds strange to say, but your bridesmaids need to dress to the theme of your wedding. So with that being said, you need to decide if you want them to be in a more formal dress to fit your elegant evening or a shorter cotton dress to tie in to your beach side wedding.
Now that you’ve considered the color and type of style you want them to wear, it’s time to start picturing the fit and style of dress you imagine them wearing. Are each of your girls going to pick the dress they want to wear? Are each of your girls going to wear the same color and fabric, but differing style? You wouldn’t want to pick a form fitting satin dress that a few of your bridesmaids may not feel confident or comfortable in.
If you’re going to put each girl in the same dress, it’s a smart idea to have one or two girls try on a few options and ask their opinion on the fit and style of the dress you like. At the end of the day, you get to decide the dress even if your bridesmaids hate it, but overall you want them to be happy, too.
The last thing I want to stress that will make everyone happy, is to consider your bridesmaid’s wallet in all decisions surrounding their dress. When I say that, I mean for you to consider the dress itself, if it requires shipping for delivery, and any alterations the dress may require. All of these expenses add up and the last thing you want is for after it’s all said and done your bridesmaids are out $500.
I am looking so forward to the morning of my wedding, getting ready with my best friends, and seeing each of them stand next to me all dolled up in wedding photos in years to come. Each of them would look beautiful in a potato sack, but picking a beautiful dress for them to wear is half the fun. Make sure it’s a dress that they love just as much as you do.
What are some of you brides planning on having your bridesmaids wear?