If you are at this step in the wedding planning process, it means you have already picked out your wedding dress! Congratulations! Now it’s time to find the perfect dress for your bridesmaids. While this may seem like a hard task with everyone’s different preferences, it doesn’t have to be. We are here to make the process fun, seamless, and most importantly, memorable! Here are some tips we have curated to make sure you and your bridesmaids are all satisfied with their dresses. And of course, to eliminate the wedding party drama!
You are probably wondering how each bridesmaid is going to accomplish finding the perfect dress when they all have different styles, body types, and budgets. Firstly, keep in mind that nowadays, many brides choose to not have their bridesmaids wear the exact same dress, but instead would rather have a cohesive bridal party look that will compliment their wedding dress. This is a go-to choice, because it gives the bridesmaids less restrictions and more creativity when it comes to picking out a dress! They are each able to choose a dress that suits their own body type, and shows off their own personal style while sharing similar elements in their dresses! They will also be able to ensure comfortability and feel confident knowing they chose their own dress.
The most common criteria to follow when choosing a bridesmaids dress is color. From a brides standpoint, choosing a base color and having your wedding party choose dresses in the same color family is a must to create a cohesive wedding party look that is aesthetically pleasing. Different shades or hues of a color will tie everyone together in a way that is unique but also classy, elegant, and refined. If your wedding theme is pink, having your bridal party in different shades of pink, is a great way to make the wedding party standout, while also encouraging individual style and flexibility.
Dresses that have similar silhouettes are not required, but this is ultimately decided by the bride. Do you want all of your bridesmaids in form fitting column gowns or flowy chiffon dresses? Referring to the venue and season can be a good indicator here. For example, an outdoor summer wedding might opt for dresses that are sleeveless, off the shoulder, or flowy. A winter wedding indoors might suggest dresses that are heavier in material and acquire some sleeve coverage or a fuller skirt.
You may want your bridesmaids to wear similar patterns or fabrics such as dresses with floral patterns or dresses that incorporate a touch of sparkle. You can even tie everyone's look together with accessories. Having all of your bridesmaids wear the same accessory is a great personalized touch, and it can even make a great gift for your wedding party. Gifting each bridesmaid with a pair of heels, a piece of jewelry, a clutch, or even a hair accessory such as a flower crown is something special they can wear at your wedding, as well as have as a keepsake to remind them of your special day!
And lastly on the checklist, budget! Even though you are the bride and it is your day, you want to be mindful and considerate of your bridesmaids. Being a bridesmaid is an expense in itself, and you want to make sure you are suggesting dresses to your wedding party that won't break the bank, as well as dresses they can wear again! Setting a budget is a great way to accomplish this, and will ensure you and your bridesmaids have similar expectations during this process. This will minimize any chances of problems along the way.
- Consider the wedding theme and colors
- Coordinate but don’t match
- Be mindful of body types
- Consult with your bridesmaids
- Fabric and season
- Set a budget