When dressing your ‘maids, there’s a whole wardrobe of worry about what to wear. Unless you’ve just walked off the pages of Vogue, it’s likely that your bride tribe will come in different shapes and sizes, tastes and passions, and their favourite styles will vary. It’s what makes us beautifully unique, however when you’re making decisions about bridesmaid dresses, it can be tricky to know where to start. So to make it simpler for you, here are some of my favourite options when it comes to choosing beautiful bridesmaid dresses.
Same colour, different dress
I love this option as it keeps your colour palette flowing through the day, without forcing your girls into wearing the same style. They can choose a style that suits them, and that they feel comfortable in. Loads of places now provide this option, and there are some dresses that you can even customise the style/neckline/cut on the day, so they can choose on the morning of the wedding!
Same dress, different colour
Let’s reverse it! If your girls are all a similar build, height and style, you might feel like throwing a rainbow at your wedding party! With this one, it’s good to make sure your girls are all comfortable wearing the same style. Go for something flattering for all body shapes – traditional empire line or A line styles are great, with flowing fabric. And then vary the colours in line with your colour palette.
Fading and shading
I adore the idea of using different shades of the same colour for dressing your gang. This is a great idea if you’ve got loads of bridesmaids and want to do something unique with their outfits. You’ve got two options here; same dress in different shades, or make each dress a different style. Either way, your pictures will look fab! I love the idea of fading black down through grey to your white dress…
Got your heart set on a perfectly special dress? Awesome! There’s something special about a row of identical bridesmaids just beaming with pride in their uniforms for the day. There’s nothing wrong with dressing them all the same, they’ll feel honoured for being asked to wear this stunning dress. What I would recommend, however, is getting their opinion on the dress you’re thinking about. The honour of being a bridesmaid is huge, but you still want them to feel comfortable for your special day.
Throw out the rule book
Your girls will feel most comfortable and confident if they’re wearing something that fits them well and that they love. So why not go shopping with each of them individually, or in a group, to pick out a dress that each of them loves. Some of my favourite wedding parties have seen each of the girls wearing something different, but super special. This means they can go for a favourite colour, they know the style that suits them and they can pick a dress that is comfortable.
Why not include your girls in making the decision? Have fun playing with ideas, fabrics, colours and styles. Enjoy the process and don’t rush it – this is your time with your best friends – treasure it.