Choosing the dresses your bridesmaids will wear can be almost as difficult as choosing your wedding gown, if not more so – especially if you have more than one bridesmaid.
Here are some basic tips for getting started when choosing the style and colour of your bridesmaids’ dresses:
- Choose gowns that complement your own bridal gown and overall theme. Vintage? Modern? Classic? Beachy? Bohemian? Whatever your bridal vibe, the dresses your bridesmaids wear should fit with this look.
- Consider the time of day of your wedding, as well as the season it falls in. Morning weddings with afternoon receptions are generally less formal than evening events – and this should be reflected in the bridesmaids’ dresses. A spring wedding calls to mind light, floaty, floral hues, whereas a winter wedding suits darker colours in heavier fabrics such as velvet and satin.
- Ask your bridesmaids for their input. While the choice is yours, and too many opinions can make things difficult, it’s worth getting some basic ideas of what they love and what they hate. Remember that many bridal parties look amazing with different styles of dress to suit each body shape yet in the same colour and fabric. It’s also worth considering the cost of the dresses – if you are asking your bridesmaids to pay for their own dress, you need to take this into account and not go overboard with dresses that are beyond your bridesmaids’ budgets. A beautiful dress need not be very expensive.
- You need to consider your colouring and that of your bridesmaids.Not all colours and hues suit all skin tones, yet there are variations of every colour that will. For example, blush is a very popular bridesmaid hue, yet for many girls, this colour will wash them out and they will look anything but radiant. Take all of your bridesmaids shopping together and choose a colour that suits and flatters them all – and you as the bride as well! You may decide to work with a palette of two complementary colours or variations of tone of the same colour so that each person looks their best. Remember that hair colour impacts what colours suit a person as well.
- Choose makeup wisely. Your professional bridal makeup artist is the best person to advise you. Sometimes, the difference between being able to wear a particular colour and not looking so good in it rests simply in the application of a particular lip shade. For example, a blush dress may wash out a woman, yet with a stronger red or berry lip colour, she looks amazing. Makeup, when applied by an expert, can work a magic all its own!
Many brides assume their bridesmaids will wear their dress again – yet even when they actually love them, few ever do. Ultimately, it’s your day and you want your bridal party to look amazing (gone are the days when most brides fear being eclipsed by their attendants, thank goodness). As long as the overall effect is cohesive and the dresses are comfortable and suited to the climate on the day, you can’t go wrong.