How to Dress Your Bridesmaids

Bridesmaids DressesYou’ve heard the horrendous stories.  You may have even been one of those poor bridesmaids who were forced to buy an awful garment that you never wore ever again.  Don’t allow history to repeat itself.  Your bridal party is a reflection of you as the bride and, so they should compliment your look, without taking away from it.  The better your bridesmaids look, the better you look.  Let’s look at how to dress your bridesmaids

How to Dress Your Bridesmaids

  • Compliment, don’t imitate.  Make sure the bridesmaid dresses work well with your dress without matching it.  The bridesmaid dresses should not only compliment you, but your bridesmaids, of course!
  • Be budget-conscience.  Usually, bridesmaids buy their own dresses.  So you should try to stay within the typical range of $100-300 for each dress.   If you go over budget, you may want to cover the difference.  You might also want to consider a dress that can be worn for other occasions as well.
  • Be considerate.  Your bridesmaids are probably some of your closest friends or family members, so you need to consider their needs.  Do you think they’ll be uncomfortable in a tight, form-fitting dress?  Will they mind if the dress is a little more revealing than they would usually wear?
  • Style. Try to pick a style that’s flattering for all body types of your bridesmaids.  A-line bridesmaid dresses and Empire dresses are flattering on just about any figure.  But there are a variety of styles to choose from, like halter, one shoulder strap, pencil skirt, mermaid, and many more.
  • Color. The color of the bridesmaid dresses should be go with your gown and the overall style of the wedding.  Platinum, silver, and paler pastels are trendy, but, other colors can work on many people, like black, deep brown, dark green or blue, which can also be worn for other occasions.
  • Fabrics. Depending on the season and setting of your wedding, your choices in fabric will vary.  For example, light fabrics like chiffon and light satin may be too light for winter, while heavier fabrics like velvet may be pretty uncomfortable for summer weddings.  If you’re having an outdoor summer wedding, be sure to have breathable fabrics for your bridesmaid’s dresses.
  • Length. Traditionally, if your gown is floor length, the bridesmaid dresses should be long as well.  But, it’s your big day, so feel free to break the rules! Shorter lengths look great in casual and outdoor settings, while longer lengths add elegance to a formal or evening wedding.
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