So, you’ve found YOUR wedding gown! Congrats! The pressure is off, right? Well, not really. For so many brides, choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses can be just as stressful. But, it doesn’t have to be! Of course there are lots of things to consider, but in the end, the most important thing is that your gals love the dress and feel fabulous in it! So, take a breath, and just ask yourself these simple questions before you get started.
What is your wedding gown style?
Are you a boho bride? Traditional bride? Romantic bride? Not quite sure? Take our quiz! No matter what your wedding dress style is, your bridesmaid dresses should complement the look and feel of the day. For example, if you have a bohemian gown, you want the bridesmaids dresses to be more organic and whimsical as well. If you have a modern minimalist dress, you want that same sophisticate look carried over to your squad. The goal is to have the entire wedding attire ensemble look cohesive and beautifully effortless.
What is their budget?
It is crucial to set a budget in place before starting to shop for bridesmaid dresses. Most bridesmaids pay for their own gown, so talk with your crew, as each one will likely have a different budget. Then, set a good middle ground number that everyone can comfortably afford. Luckily, with so many designers and price points out there, this should be pretty easy to do!
What is your venue?
Your venue likely influenced your wedding dress choice, and should do the same for your bridesmaid dresses. Are you having an outdoor wedding like so many coupes are these days? If so, think about the time of year and choose fabrics and styles accordingly. Perhaps a garden wedding would be the perfect opportunity to pick a fun, lightweight floral pattern for your bridesmaid dresses. Or, a beach wedding could call for something more simple and flowing. Indoor weddings vary with formality, so, the more formal your gown, the more sleek and chic the bridesmaids gowns should be.
What will they feel comfortable wearing?
Here’s the bottom line: If your bridesmaids feel good about themselves and how they look, it will set the vibe for the entire day. Everyone wants to look their best. It’s a no-brainer! Give your bridesmaids the freedom to make major choices when it comes to their dress–they will appreciate it more than you know! For example, some ladies might be self-conscious about their legs. If so, let them pick a longer dress. Or, some may be sensitive about showing their arms, so make sure they have the option of a cap or longer sleeve. Communicate–find out their likes and dislikes and go from there. Combine colors, fabrics, lengths, patterns– the old rules of wearing identical dresses don’t apply anymore, so have FUN with it!