The process of finding the perfect bridesmaid dress can be fun, but it’s also important to make sure that the dresses are comfortable and flattering for all of your wedding party members. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Choosing the Style of the Dresses
When it comes to picking out a style for the bridesmaid dresses, you’ll need to consider both the overall aesthetic of your wedding and the body types of your bridal party members. If you’re looking for something classic and timeless, a simple A-line dress might be a good option. If you’re going for a more modern look, try something with a bit of flair, like an asymmetrical hemline or a bold print.
When choosing a style, also keep in mind that different dress silhouettes will flatter different body types. For example, if you have curvier bridesmaids, you might want to choose dresses with a belt or an empire waist. If your bridesmaids are on the taller side, tea length and shorter gowns will look great on them.
Who Should Look for Their Own Dresses?
Just like we mentioned in our of our posts about how to find dress modestly , you may need to encourage your bridesmaids to pick their dresses out on their own. Let your bridal party members know that you’ll be handing each of them a certain amount of money and they can go dress shopping wherever they want. Of course, if you and your bridesmaids would prefer it (and there’s enough time), ask them all to come along to your dress fitting so you can get a better idea of what style will look best on each of them
Choosing the Color of the Dresses
Once you’ve chosen a style for the bridesmaid dresses, it’s time to pick out a color. If you’re not sure where to start, think about what colors would look best with the color palette of your wedding. For example, if you’re getting married in the spring or summer, bridesmaids should wear dresses that are lighter and brighter than their wedding colors. If you’re getting married in the fall or winter, choose darker gowns that align more closely with your wedding decor.
If you don’t want to choose a color for your bridesmaids, you can always go with a neutral option like black or gray. These darker colors will look great on all of your bridal party members and they’ll match anything!
Bridesmaid Dress Length
Your wedding dress might dictate what length you should look for in the dresses. For example, if you’re wearing a tea-length dress , your bridesmaids should wear dresses that end around their ankles. For an A-line or ballgown style wedding gown, go for knee- or midi length dresses.
What Shoes Should Bridesmaids Wear?
When it comes to choosing shoes, you’ll again want to consider the overall look of your wedding as well as the body types of your bridal party. Heels are always a great option for formal weddings, but if you have shorter bridesmaids or those who are uncomfortable wearing heels, you might want to choose a more comfortable shoe like a sandal or ballet flat.
Think about the weather - will you be able to wear a dress in winter, or are you looking for something to wear at summer weddings?
Don’t worry too much about the weather, but think of your plans for after your shopping trip and how it might impact on what you buy. If you’re having a hot summer and plan to wear your dress in the evening then consider anything that will make you feel cool; likewise if you’re going on a day-trip into town or have a busy day planned and don’t want to be weighed down by a heavy dress.
Consider your budget and what you're comfortable spending
There’s no point in falling in love with a dress that’s completely out of your budget, so take some time to consider how much you’re willing to spend on each dress. It might be worth splitting the cost between you and your fellow bridesmaids if there’s a particular dress you all have your eye on.
What style of dress do you prefer - two-piece, one-piece, lace, sequins?
This is the fun part – once you’ve narrowed it down to a style, the choice of dress is almost endless. If you’re struggling for inspiration, take a look online at bridal magazines or wedding blogs for ideas. You might even want to go and see some dresses in person in your local bridal store.
How much skin do you want to show – short dresses usually have more coverage up top but less around the legs
This is another thing to think about when you’re choosing your dress – do you want something that’s going to show a lot of skin or are you happy to cover up a little more? There’s no wrong answer, it just depends on what you feel comfortable in. If you’re not sure, have a look at some of the different styles of dress and see what you think.
No matter what style or color of dress you choose for your bridesmaids, be sure to take their body types and comfort into account. By following these tips, you’ll be able to find dresses that look great on everyone in your wedding party!