So, you’ve got your dream gown sorted for your big day. Next on the list is the dresses for your wedding party – the girls who have been there for you through thick and thin. Naturally, you’ll want to pick dresses that all your bridesmaids love, but with different body shapes and heights to cater for, it isn’t an easy feat!
Here are a few tips to help you find the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids, so that everyone’s happy when the big day comes around.
Ask the Right Questions
Rather than trying to agree on a style or colour to suit all your bridesmaids, it’s probably helpful to first ask them for a list of no-nos. Maybe your best friend can’t stand the colour pink, or your sister can’t wear a strapless – it’s much easier to narrow down a colour or style by knowing what you should avoid rather than the must-haves.
Select a Shade
One of the easiest ways to find the right colour for your bridesmaid dresses is to match it to the colour palette you’ve chosen for the rest of your wedding, the style of venue and your chosen flowers.
If you’re still stuck for ideas, you could consider choosing a certain palette, or colours that complement each other (e.g. jewel tones) and let your bridesmaids pick their favourite shades for their dresses.
Finding the Right Fit
Full-length, midi, strappy, off-shoulder – there are so many different styles available for you to choose from for your bridesmaid dress. Well, why not think outside the box and consider buying matching separates rather than a dress? Although unconventional, shops like Coast have a range of bridesmaid tops and skirts amongst their wedding collection – and what better way to find a style that suits everyone!
Yes, you might all love the style and colours that you’ve eventually settled on – but don’t forget that your dresses need to pass the dancefloor test! You don’t want your bridesmaids to have to constantly hike up their gowns when the time comes to hit the dancefloor… They’ll know their requirements best so make sure you all go shopping together to try on dresses, helping you all avoid any wardrobe malfunctions.
Stick to a Budget
Generally, bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dresses, so make sure you’re mindful of your friends’ financial situations – you don’t want to break the bank by asking them to buy designer pieces. Luckily, many premium high street brands have bridesmaid ranges available that are not only beautiful, but won’t bankrupt your friends!
Follow our bridesmaid dress guide to take the stress out of bridesmaid shopping – when you follow our tips, you can find the perfect outfits for an all-round happy wedding party.
Article by Helena Walden