Choosing the right dresses for your bridesmaids is easy with these tips and tricks for picking perfect attire that flatters every bridesmaid.
You’ve dreamed of your wedding day forever – the dress, the flowers, the cake, and the bridesmaids’ attire. Of course we’ve all had our run-ins with the dreaded bridesmaids dress. And maybe they aren’t the most anticipated item on your to do list, especially since it can be difficult to choose something that will make everyone happy. But help is here! Just follow the tips below and you’ll still have your friends after the wedding is over.Who Pays for the Bridesmaids Dress?
Since bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own gown and shoes - and it is likely that you will have at least one who is on a budget - the first rule in choosing your bridesmaids’ attire is to keep it reasonable. $100-300 is a good range to shoot for. Try shopping at a major department store for a wide range of dresses at a reasonable price, or choose a pattern and fabric you like and have your white bridesmaids dress custom made. If you’ve already settled on the perfect gown, and think the price tag is going to be an issue, you can offer to pay for a portion of the cost or try to find something that is more reasonable. Just don’t offer to pay for anything unless you really mean it.
Setting Style Limits
As a bride, you’re not required to involve your bridesmaids in the shopping process, but it is important for your maids to feel comfortable and to like the dress you choose. It’s a good idea to take your maid of honor or one of your bridesmaids shopping with you. But, if you won’t be going shopping as a group, be sure to ask each maid if there’s anything that makes her particularly self-conscious. Many women balk at the thought of wearing a strapless gown, an outrageous color or a very short length. Once you know your maids’ preferences, you’ll be able to shop with confidence. Another key thing to remember when shopping for your maids’ attire is that the grey bridesmaid dresses uk design and style should complement yours. Maids’ dresses don’t have to be a copycat of yours, but make sure they add to, not detract from, the overall look you’ve chosen for yourself.
Fit to Dresses to Flatter
Before you hit the shops, take some time to envision the perfect bridesmaid dress. Consider the complexion and hair color of each your maids and choose colors you think would look good on all of them. Pastel colors look best on blondes and those with fair complexions. Dark colors like navy and black look great on almost every maid and can be worn to formal events later. And make sure to pick a style that flatters every body. aline bridesmaid dress and empire waists tend to look good on most people. Remember that simple, elegant designs are not only timeless, they are also the most flattering.
If you’re having a difficult time shopping for other people, consider choosing a color and then have each maid pick a style that suits her. Many high-volume bridal shops and large wedding retailers, like David's Bridal, now offer lines with several different options, so you can choose the fabric and color you like and have each maid pick her own style.
The Bottom Line
No matter what dress you finally decide on, remember that your bridesmaids are your closest friends, who love you. So make sure you choose something beautiful that will make everyone happy and proud to stand up for you on the big da