You probably have your dress; now it’s time to find their dresses—the ones your bridesmaids will wear. You’ve heard all the horror stories about brides picking out ugly dresses and the bridesmaids who refused to wear them. Try to make your experience a better one by following these five tips:
1. Take a moment to consider what YOUR dress looks like. Think about your gown and overall wedding style. Is it classic, modern, or maybe vintage? Your bridesmaids’ dresses should fit your wedding style. If you’re wearing a beautiful lacy gown, your maids might look out of place in a more formal dress with lots of structure.
2. Think seriously about the color. Not everyone has sun-kissed undertones. A simplistic wedding look with nudes and taupe are really hot for bridesmaids’ dresses, but they don’t suit every skin tone. These colors have a tendency to make some girls look frumpy. If you’ve got a range of skin tones in your wedding party, make sure the dress color flatters all. Also, keep in mind hair color when deciding dress colors and makeup.
3. Consider the season and time of day. The date of the wedding is probably a big factor in your décor—fall tones and apple centerpieces for October, peonies and spring colors for May—but the time of day matters, too. Black dresses could be perfect for November, but a little forced for an outdoor, mid-day ceremony. Also, consider whether your girls will have a shawl to cover their shoulders for an evening wedding and opt for a lightweight fabric for those scorching summer months!
4. Be flexible…within reason! Most bridesmaids would like to have some input on what they’re wearing, but too many opinions can make the whole process miserable and ruin great relationships. Look for brands that offer similar dresses with different necklines. Pick the color, fabric, and style. Make sure each girl looks good in the neckline chosen and keep it moving!
5. Remember, it’s your day. As much as we want to make this a day other people remember, it is still about you. Keep an open mind and be understanding, but your bridesmaids are there to support you and help you create your vision of the perfect wedding day.