So you’ve been asked to help your bride pick out bridesmaid dresses. You know a few details - what colour she wants, what style she’s looking for, how many dresses you’re going to need - no problem, right? You’ve started building a board on Pinterest, have googled the top trends for the year, and started to realize there are a LOT of options out there. Don’t sweat it - we’re here to help you out. Just follow our guide to help determine the colour, fabric, style, and pricing for your bridesmaid dresses!
Think about the season of the wedding, and where your photos will be taken.
Having a beach wedding vs a wedding in the woods will require a completely different colour palette.
Think about the colouring of your bridesmaids.
Women with darker hair and/or complexion will look best in certain colours, which may not be the same as women with a lighter hair and/or complexion. In addition, holding a summer wedding means your bridesmaids would be more tanned than if the wedding was mid-January. Jewel tones, like ruby, turquoise, and sapphire, tend to be complementary to the widest ranges of complexion and
Think about adding colour elsewhere.
If you want to incorporate your favourite colour into your wedding, but it’s not a colour that tends to be flattering to your bridesmaids or to your venue, think about adding it as a splash in other ways! For example, you can always add a small pop of colour in your accessories (jewelry, shoes, nail art), or in your bouquets, and choosing a more neutral and complementary colour for your dresses.
Think about the wearability of the fabrics.
Sure, a full sequined gown looks amazing in pictures, but the bonus scratches on the inside of your arms - not so much. Velvet can bring a heightened sense of elegance to weddings, but can be really heavy and hot! Dresses made in lighter fabrics will be nicer on the skin, and much more comfortable to dance in.
Think about how photogenic a fabric is.
Are you looking for a more subtle sheen, or something that will really stand out in the photos? Fabrics like a jersey knit or a chiffon will capture just enough light to look fancy, without being a shiny as a satin.
Think about how cohesive you want your bridesmaids to look.
One issue we’ve seen with the ombre style is that a mix of fabrics that have different shines to them can look too mismatched in photographs. We suggest staying within the same fabric family for best results.
Think about the body type of your bridesmaids.
We’re all built differently, and picking a dress (or dresses) that highlights the individuality of each of your bridesmaids can have the best results. Empire waist lines and a V-Neck cut tend to work well on most body types.
Think about changing up the style.
Dresses that have multiple style options can help to bridge the gap between a more conservative and traditional ceremony, and a more fun and free reception. Dresses with detachable straps, or Infinity style dresses can keep both mom and your bridesmaids happy.
Think about renting your dresses.
Ask any 35 year old woman how many times she’s worn her old bridesmaid dresses again. Renting your dresses can be a great alternative to help keep the costs down for your bridesmaids, and to reduce the footprint of your wedding day. BridesMade rents dresses Canada-wide.
Think about who is paying for the dresses.
Is the bride paying? The bridesmaids? The mother of the bride? Making sure you’ve picked a dress that fits comfortably into the budget of the person(s) who is paying.
Think about alteration costs.
If you’re going to pick a dress that needs alterations, make sure you’re adding alteration costs into the overall budget of the dress.
If you need more help in picking out your bridesmaid dresses, you can reach Kaleah at firstname.lastname@example.org!