Your wedding preparations can be such a nightmare. Between the seating plan and the funding, it can be an exceedingly stressful time, and many people find that locating the perfect bridesmaids dresses puts them over the edge. Figuring out where and how to find the perfect bridesmaid attire for your wedding can be simple, if you know what you’re looking for. Figure it out with this handy guide!
Many brides nowadays are content to give their bridesmaids a colour and a theme to work with, rather than picking the actual dress themselves. The bridesmaids then arrange their dresses themselves, sticking with a colour scheme or theme that will match the rest of the wedding and wedding party. This could be a low-stress way for you to handle your own wedding’s bridesmaids dresses, but of course there is a chance that you won’t like the cut or style of any of them; many brides ask their bridesmaids to check in with them so they can veto anything that’s blatantly outside the realm of matching the rest of the wedding, but be careful not to behave like a bridezilla. Treating people calmly and with respect is important.
If you do want to sort out your own bridesmaids dresses, you will have greater control over the colour and cut, making sure you get precisely what you want. At that stage, you can start thinking about your needs.
If you plan to wear white or ivory, your choices are virtually unlimited in terms of colour; any colour goes with white and ivory, although yellow can make ivory look a bit off. If you plan to get married in a less traditional, coloured dress, you’ll want to choose a complimentary colour. Many brides feel this means the bridesmaids should wear a colour that is darker or lighter than the bride’s dress, allowing her to stand out easily in the bridal party. However, if you prefer a more homogenous colour spectrum, remember that it is your wedding and is simply about what you and your new spouse enjoy.
Decide now whether or not you wish to make a change between your bridesmaids and your maid of honour – if you wish to dress the latter in a floor-length gown and the former in some knee-length ones, for example, that could serve to distinguish her from her peers. Subtle nuances in colour are also possible, but can easily result in the whole becoming rather more muddled than you had intended.
A good way to coordinate your wedding is by placing a link between your bridesmaids’ dresses and your flowers. This can come back in your bouquet, your corsages and your boutonnières alike. Remember not to overdo it, though. For example, a bouquet containing white flowers as well as a few hints of the colour you’ve chosen will do very well, whereas overwhelming the entire décor in your chosen highlight will make the entire ensemble look rather heavy-handed.
Lastly, be prepared to shop around and think creatively. Various less expensive shops such as BHS and Littlewoods offer less expensive bridesmaids’ dresses in a variety of colours. If you’re expecting your bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses, you may wish to make sure they aren’t very expensive, and it can help to ensure the dress in question is one they will be able to wear again in future to different formal events.
All in all, try to relax and remember that it’s all about having the day of your life. Duck-egg blue, burgundy or pink – you’ll always remember being joined for life to the person you love.