Manic Monday by Corine Brosseau
We’ve all seen the Bridesmaids version of Say Yes to the Dress and we’ve seen how the experience of picking out a bridesmaid dress can be a rocky road. From color disagreements to sizing issues to simply a stubborn, picky bridesmaid, choosing the perfect ensemble for your bridesmaids is more often than not a daunting task. There are, however, ways to resolve these issues and ensure that your bridesmaids will look and feel fabulous on your big day.
Color: Choosing a color can be one of the toughest tasks when picking out looks for your bridesmaids. It’s hard to find a hue that flatters everyone and that everyone likes! Don’t feel as if you have to commit to a specific shade. If you choose one favorite color, allow brides to vary their shades to suit their complexion and preference. This can still be tough, as you want to make sure everything still looks cohesive. Another option is to choose two different colors that are complementary and let the girls mix among themselves. This spring, peach and mint make a gorgeous combo for your bridesmaids. Still not feeling all the color confusion? Try a neutral tone like khaki or taupe. Mixing neutrals can be another great way to flatter every one of your bridal party. Color of the year, emerald, is always a lovely color choice to fall back upon this year too!
Silhouette: This can be tricky depending on the figures of your girls. If they are all pretty similar in build, it’s easy to choose one silhouette for everyone. However, if the ladies are of varying shapes and sizes, as they likely will be, allow them to choose a silhouette that flatters their own shape in the same color. This allows for uniformity of color but a more comfortable style option for your bridesmaids. If your girls’ shapes are similar, but they want to differentiate a bit between themselves, choose one dress and allow them to alter necklines or hems to suit their unique sense of style.
Price: Not everyone is willing to spend an arm and a leg on their bridesmaid dress. Be sensitive to people’s budget constraints. If you absolutely fall head over heels in love with a gown that’s out of range, choose that one for only your maid or matron of honor and allow the other girls to don a similar but less pricy style.
Making the choice: When it comes time to pick the look (or looks), make sure that you stand your ground. Don’t be pushy – they are wearing the dresses after all – but don’t let the ladies walk all over you either. It’s your wedding and you need to be happy with the way everything looks.
Let us know what questions you have about picking the perfect look for your bridal party or share your stories of what went right and what went wrong when you made your choice! We’d love to see your bridal party looks – so come share on our Facebook page!