So, you’re finally engaged! You’ve been on cloud nine imagining the new chapter in your life you’re about to start with your sweetheart and then the wedding planning hits you. Your stress level during planning all depends on how large your wedding will be, how much you’re going to plan by yourself, and how many different personality types you have in your family and now newly extended family.
One of the most difficult decisions you will have to make is the bridesmaid dresses! Not only are you choosing for yourself, but you’re choosing for multiple women!
Every woman is built differently and we each have our own insecurities, which can add headache and drama into a bridesmaid dress fitting. There are two different roads you can go down which completely depends on your taste and vision for your big day.
Traditionally, brides would choose the color that fits their wedding theme, fabric, and which dress style; long or short, strapless or straps, loose fitting or form fitting. Unless you’re the lucky bride that knows exactly what she wants and has family and friends that have the same taste, choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress can be a tad difficult.
Your main challenge will be to find a style that flatters most of your bridesmaid’s taste and body types. Princess skirts, empire waists or A-line are the styles that flatter most body types. You will want to find a dress that complements the rest of your wedding and has the same ‘feel’ as your wedding dress without being too similar. Be a good friend and don’t choose anything too outrageous or else your bridesmaids will feel uncomfortable. After all, they’ll most likely be covering the cost themselves.
Definitely hear out all your bridesmaids’ suggestions and thoughts but don’t forget it is your special day. If you choose darker hues, they usually look the best on almost every bridesmaid and give a more formal feel. These dresses can usually be worn to other formal events in the future much easier than other styles.
Mismatching bridesmaid dresses are becoming more and more popular. This idea gives the bridesmaids a little bit more say. The obvious perk of this is that there’s less fighting about the style, which will allow all the bridesmaids to be more comfortable. This will add another nice touch of personalization to your wedding.
By picking their dress color and fabric, but allowing them to choose the cut and style, you ensure the dress flatters your bridesmaids and that they will be comfortable. You could go further than just picking a color and pick shades of a certain color. For example, if the Bride chooses pink for the bridesmaid dress, each bridesmaid could wear a different shade of pink. Once lined up, it will give a nice Ombre effect which will be a unique touch to photographs and the wedding itself. If you’re having a spring, fall, or beach wedding, choosing pastel colored dresses is another idea; they’re all the same shade but different colors. If it fits your theme, bright colors tend to be a bit more flattering, so don’t be afraid of the reds, oranges, greens, yellows, purples; whichever ones fit your theme and time of year.
There are many ways for the bride to make this their own. If you’re stuck between the two of all matching or mismatching, you could pick one dress color and style and allow your bridesmaids to pick a shoe style. This one works best if you’re having a short bridesmaid dress of course and can see the shoe. This gives the tiny detail of mismatching while still matching.
There are so many different ways either can be pulled off. Whichever you decide to do, it will add to the beauty of your special day!