Selecting the dresses and accessories for your bridesmaids can possibly be the hardest decision you have to make during wedding planning. Due to the fact you are deciding on multiple people's outfits, it is likely that some of them will not be happy with your choice. None of the women you choose to be your bridesmaids will have the same shape, height, build or style, so expect at least some sort of disputes coming your way.
To help you choose dresses for your bridesmaids without stress, we assembled a list of the most crucial tips you need to know. While in the process of choosing dresses, treat your bridesmaids right and never fail to listen to them and their opinions. We know it is your special day, but your best friends should feel beautiful and special as well.
Let's dive into the article and learn how the choice of bridesmaids' dresses and accessories can become a more fun activity and less of a chore.
Tip No.1: First, Pick Your Bridesmaids
This tip may sound obvious, but who you will choose to be your bridesmaids is essential.
The importance of who your bridesmaids are is seen on multiple occasions. First, your bridal squad should be composed of people who you consider close and have an amazing communication with. The last thing you should want is focusing on pleasing people who cannot compromise or are too stubborn.
Another crucial factor is that the more you know your bridesmaids the better choice for dresses and accessories you can make. If your bridesmaids are people you are not close with, you probably will not know anything about their style or favorite colors. So, stick with people you know very well. We promise it will help you immensely.
It is not the quantity of the bridesmaids that you have but the quality of the relationship that you have with every each and one of them.
Tip No.2: Be Careful With the Color
The dresses of your bridesmaids and their accessories are important but are not as important as your bridal gown. When making a decision for the dresses of your girls, always consider your own first.
The style, length, and color of the bridesmaids' dresses should depend on the style of your wedding dress. Therefore, make sure that their dresses are in a color that matches the wedding theme or bouquets. The dresses of the bridesmaids should flatter your bridal look not make it unnoticeable, so avoid extremely bright colors.
Some of the best colors are pastel pink or purple, gray, and black.
Tip No.3: Choose the Right Length
Let's talk about length.
When looking for dresses for your bridesmaids, you will probably be able to find floor-length, tea-length, or cocktail length dresses. Now, how would you know which length is the most appropriate, right?
It is a simple rule - The length of the dress should flatter the woman who is wearing it. This means that you can choose the same length for all of your bridesmaids, if you think it is flattering for all of them, or pick different lengths depending on the body type, height of the bridesmaids and the height of their bridesmaid shoes. Since every person knows what fits them perfectly, it may be a great idea to allow them to decide for themselves as well. In this case, only make sure that the dresses are in the same color, regardless of their length.
Tip No.4: Have a Group Fitting
The best way to assure each of your bridesmaids is happy and confident with the dress you have chosen, organize a group dress fitting.
This can be an event where you all come together, have fun, try on different types of dresses, talk about each person's preference, and collectively make a smart final decision. Even though you are the bride and your bridesmaids will probably meet your requests, allow them to express their opinions and thoughts on the dress/es that you like.
The group fitting can also be an excuse to have a glass or two with your girls while the artisans are taking care of the finishing touches. Either way, do not miss out on arranging such an event.
Tip No.5: Accessorize Appropriately
No formal look is complete without accessories. This goes for your own bridal look that you should complement with bridal jewelry as well as your bridesmaids whose look should also involve beautiful jewelry.
Regardless of what style, length, and color the bridesmaids' dresses are, there always is appropriate accessories, you just have to find them.
As always, the type of wedding jewelry and accessories your bridesmaids will wear is completely dependent on the neckline of the dress. Not every wedding necklace and earring sets go with every type of neckline, so that's definitely something both you and your bridesmaids should be careful about.
Sweetheart necklines are among the most popular when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. Such necklines suit almost any shape and figure, so no wonder why the sweetheart necklines are almost any bride's first choice. With this neckline, the bridesmaids can wear crystal drop earrings or a big noteworthy necklace.
The one-shoulder dresses are also a good and common option for a bridesmaids dress. This design helps shoulders look a lot closer and smaller, which makes it the best choice for bridesmaids with heavy arms. With this type of neckline, the bridesmaids are advised to wear simple but beautiful stud earrings or a crystal bracelet.
In case the bridesmaids' dresses have a V-neck, then a big statement necklace is the best option. Opposite than this, if it is a high neckline we are talking about, besides accessorizing the arms, the bridesmaids can wear simple studs or drop earrings.
When it comes to accessories, it is substantial to remember that its color plays a huge role. Whether you go for silver or gold-plated jewelry and accessories, make sure it matches the color of the dress effortlessly. If you have a hard time making this decision, ask your bridesmaids about their opinions on the topic.
The last thing we want you not to forget is the headpieces. As we always advise the brides to embrace bridal hair accessories, the same rule applies for your bridesmaids as well. The best thing about hair accessories is that they can be worn regardless of the different types of bridesmaid hairstyles or the neckline, color, and style of the dress. Whether it is a hair comb or hairpins, encourage your bridesmaids to wear beautiful headpieces, just like you.