It is very important not to leave the choice of bridesmaid dresses as an afterthought to your wedding dress and how to choose bridesmaid dresses will be just as important as choosing the wedding dresses. Some people say that because the bride is the most important female in a wedding, the bridesmaid should sink into the background and do as they are told and also wear what they are told to wear. It is actually not true. It is because your bridesmaids are your friends and relatives. And they deserve some considerations. And also they should deserve more than that. Bridesmaids and their dresses should complement and boost the bride and the whole occasion. Just because the bridesmaids look beautiful doesn’t detract from the bride. In fact, if your bridesmaids’ dresses are not up to scratch, it will spoil the whole effect.
And now, the question is how to choose the right choice of bridesmaid dresses. Your bridesmaids are a group of your friends and relatives who traditionally have to pay for their own dresses. That is why price and who pays should be the first thing that you have to decide and only you will know the answer to that. It may be that you have decided that you will pay for your bridesmaid dresses. It is better if you don’t be a dictator in that case. Just sit down with your girls or their mothers if you have very young bridesmaids and then look through the catalogues. And then you have to go out with your bridesmaids and look and feel and then try some styles. And then you have to try to make a joint decision so no one feels left out. The question of payment need not be a vexed one. But if your bridesmaids are paying for their own dresses you have to have the diplomatic skills. If they are paying, they will naturally want to have a bigger say in the choice. This makes it even more important that you get together and discuss. Whatever the situation is regards who pays, you will all have to agree on some factors such as price, color and style.
You must agree a price range first because whoever pays must be comfortable with the decision. You have to be sensitive to those who may feel they have to go along with the other bridesmaids but may be stretching their resources. Price will really determine what your range of options are and where you go to buy your dresses. You may be able to do a deal with the maker of your wedding dress if you are also shopping for bridesmaid dresses. Shopping around maybe has the bridesmaids appoint a representative to go with you. Come back with some ideas of costs.
Bridesmaid dresses come in various colors such as blue, red, black, purple and more. Your bridesmaid dresses can be same color as yours, or different but complimentary and maybe contrasting. This is a matter of personal choice. It is recommended that all the bridesmaids are dressed in the same color. It is a good idea to take with a sample of the dressing dress and then try it with different colors. The bride should insist on the final color scheme but it is important to reach agreement. Depending on your bridesmaids and your relationship with them, it may be a good idea to have a firm opinion in advance about what you want. It is your wedding after all. Before you decide on a different color to the bride you have to consider the overall look, and think of flowers, corsages or other accessories. You may have some advices. The best people are the ones with experience like dress shop owners, family and friends who have made their own weddings. Take advice and make a decision. One last word of warning. Don’t forget the poor groom and best man. You need to know what colors (all the poor dears will have a limited choice compared to you) they are wearing so you don’t clash with them.
The style is very much a matter of taste and fashion. It is also determined by the bride’s dress. Your bridesmaid dresses really must compliment your wedding dress. Contrasting styles can look disastrous. Depending on the formality of the occasion you do not have to insist on all bridesmaids dresses being exactly the same style but they should match. and again, it is very much a matter of how you want your wedding. You will be surprised at what bridesmaids are wearing these days if you are used to a traditional look. These days bridesmaids dresses come in a variety of styles which will make your bridesmaids drop-dead gorgeous and turn the aisle into a catwalk. Strapless dresses are very popular now as are spaghetti straps. Lengths vary but be sure to go for one length for all to look coordinated. You might also want to consider that today’s bridesmaids wear dresses that can be re-used as evening wear, cocktail dresses, suits and so on. So when choosing your bridesmaid dresses, remember that whatever the expense and whoever pays it is a nice thought that your girls will be able to wear their outfit many times in the future.