Planning a wedding can be an exciting, but also stressful time, as the bride needs to make so many important decisions at the same time.
Many well-meaning family members offload buckets full of unsolicited advice, which can further add to the stress of what should be an exciting time in a bride’s life.
Once you have chosen the special people you would like to have in your bridal party, it is time to start choosing what you would like them to wear. It will be important to have already worked out a colour scheme or theme for the wedding before this time, or at least have an idea of what colours you would like your bridal party to be wearing, as it could take time to have the dresses made.
Here are 5 important factors to consider when making choices in Bridesmaid apparel,
Flatter their Body Shape
It is important to take into account the body shape of your bridesmaids and if they have any personal issues or insecurities with their bodies. For instance, somebody who feels self-conscious about their arms is not going to feel comfortable in a strappy dress, and if your bridesmaids feel uncomfortable, it will show in the photos.
Compromise by getting them all shrugs or boleros, as something like that could be useful later on, if it is an evening wedding and likely to get cool.
Allow them to choose their own dresses
It has become rather fashionable of late for bridesmaids to choose their own dresses, in terms of style, while the bride perhaps chooses the fabric or colour scheme. This gives some uniformity whilst each bridesmaid gets to express their own flair while brides can stipulate some of their preferences such as length.
Here are some bridesmaid dress examples from House of Fraser that your bridesmaids may use for inspiration.
Off the rack
As weddings become very pricey very quickly, you may want to consider buying a couple of classic off the rack cocktail dresses that can be customized to be whatever you want. Sew some shocking pink lace onto a black cocktail dress, or add some vintage roses or a sash in a cream colour and suddenly you have a unique dress, that didn’t cost a fortune.
Back to the past
A lot of brides are keen to do something extra ordinary, and going back to the 40’s or 20’s with long flowing Grecian style dresses or full skirts and elbow length gloves for a 50’s look. It will be something fun for everyone to do, trawl the vintage shops, and play dress up for the wedding day.
Less is more
Consider the style of your own wedding dress, and don’t let yourself be bombarded into letting the bridesmaids have fabulous, outrageous outfits so your classic, romantic number fades into the background. Choose the style of your dress first, and then decide what style you would like your ladies to be wearing afterwards.
*Guest Post – Susanna Cha*