Finding the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress
Where do I start?
When choosing a dress, it is the bride's privilege to select the color and type of fabric
of the bridesmaids' dresses. It should complement the bride's gown, but it should also be
comfortable and attractive for the attendants. Consideration should be given to the
bridesmaids' style, color preferences, their figure types as well as their budgets.
The Internet is a wonderful resource for finding
bridesmaid dresses. We also recommend thumbing through the more popular wedding magazines,
such as Bride's and Modern Bride magazines. It is recommended that the bride go shopping with
two of her bridesmaids and see what styles they like. Once you narrow it down, you can then
get input from your other bridesmaids if you desire.
What are the latest
trends in bridesmaid dresses?
Styles - A-line dresses which look great on all different body shapes and sizes are very
popular. The hottest styles right now are two-tone, two-piece floor length styles, mostly
sleeveless. Also very popular are column style dresses, floor length, halter top or straps
criss-crossing over the back and sleeveless. Another big trend is having a shawl accompany
the dress, particularly the barer styles.
Colors - Platinum is very in style at the moment, as
well as the paler colors, pale yellows, sand, and taupe. There is also a trend toward
burgundy and hunter for Fall weddings too. Black is always in style and always a popular
choice among both brides and their bridesmaids. In addition, many of the designers today
are also using better quality fabrics like dupioni silk, silk chiffon and satin, velvet
Combinations - Another trend is to choose a
manufacturer that offers different styles in the same fabric and color and letting each
bridesmaid chose the style they look best in. You could apply some simple rules - no dress
above the knee, or no strapless dress (or whatever look you want for your wedding).
Another popular and pretty trend, especially for spring and summer weddings, is a
"color run". That means that each bridesmaid wears a different color of the same
Although today there is less tradition around colors,
styles and seasons, it is always wise to use common sense. For example, it would not be
wise to choose a short cut and strapless bridesmaid dress during the winter, while a heavy
material during the summer in an outdoor ceremony.
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bridesmaid dresses at
I've found the bridesmaid
dress I want, what should I do next?
The first thing you want to do is to have all of the bridesmaids professionally measured.
This way you can cross reference them with the size chart for the manufacturer you have
selected in order to ensure you order the size that is closest to their figure. Each
designer uses a different size chart so you won't be able to assume that a size 8 from
manufacturer "A" will fit the same way a size 8 does from manufacturer
How can I find the best
Typically retailers have a lot of overhead and have to charge full
retail prices to cover their costs. However, some retailers also have an
online presence and offer good discounts.
How far in advance of the
wedding should I order the dresses?
Manufacturers are constantly adding and discontinuing
styles. As a result, it is strongly recommended that you order your dresses as soon as you
have made a decision on the dress you want. Different manufacturers have different lead
times. You will also want to leave enough time for alterations - usually at least 3 weeks
before the wedding if not sooner.
You should order all your bridesmaid dresses at the
same time as fabric dye-lots can vary. If you don't order the dresses one at a time, the
dresses might not all be from the same dye-lot so they might not all be the exact same
Do you have any other
Brides: In the end, when selecting your bridesmaids' dresses, it is always best to try to
keep your bridesmaids' tastes in mind. As the bride, when you look back on your wedding,
you probably won't care as much about what your bridesmaid dresses looked like, as much as
you will care about how they felt. Their budgets, personalities, shapes, sizes and
opinions should all be factored in to your decision. When it comes down to the bottom line
it is your decision because it is your wedding. However, try not to forget that the reason
they are standing up in your wedding is because they are the ones that have been there for
you in your life. You don't want to embarrass them or make them uncomfortable just for
your happiness. Although some dresses are more reusable than others, eventually all styles
go out of fashion. However, your friends and family never will go out of style and will
always be needed.
Bridesmaids: As a bridesmaid, try to be
flexible and be willing to compromise to a certain extent. This is your dear friend's or
relative's special day and you want her to be happy too. Don't let a dress that you may
only wear for one day get in the way of your long time friendship that will hopefully last
a lifetime to come. If you really don't like the dress, take it to a local consignment
store soon after the wedding while it is still in style. Best months are in the Spring -
right before prom season and in the Fall - right before homecoming. Otherwise you can
donate it to a local charity. Someone else out there will love the dress and be thrilled
to get a bargain. Then you will have made another person happy too!
If you are interested in getting the
bridesmaid a little something, it may be cute to get her a little
lingerie for her honeymoon or garters for her wedding day! This will
surely make her man happy on their wedding night!
As the wedding grows more near, it seems that there just isn't enough time in a day. Dress
planning is extremely important. Bridesmaid101 has listed below some important times to be
- Shopping For The Dress
- First Fitting
- Shoe Shopping
- Picking Up The Dress
Make sure you leave yourself enough time for a second
and possibly third fitting in case the dress does not fit right. Many girls wait until
less than a week before the wedding to pick up their dress only to find out it doesn't fit
well and there is not enough time to send it back. The best advice is to help the bride
shop early (If she wants help) and to try on the dress the day you receive a phone call
that the bridesmaid dresses have arrived.
Keeping The Bridal
Dress Perfect on The Wedding Day
There are steps you can take to make sure
the dress stays clean and wrinkle free on the big day. Below are some
great tips in making the bridal dress and bridesmaid dresses a success:
Make sure to choose types of
flowers that don't stain. You can also ask your florist for this
information as well as to remove any parts of the flowers that may
stain the dresses (if possible).
Bring an iron and spray bottle
with you. It is also helpful to remember an extension chord and mini
ironing board if possible.
A garment bag is key to making
sure the dress stays nice, especially if you are going to change.
Use both a deodorant and
antiperspirant on the big day since both will help in keeping your
bridal dress clean.
If you are doing your makeup,
make sure to do it before your dress is on and if you have to touch
up the makeup after the dress is on, use a towel or some drape cloth
to make sure no smudge hits the dress.
Use barrettes or something to
hold the long dresses up so they do not get dirty on the ground
before walking down the isle or taking pictures.
Make sure to think the worst when
getting into a car, leaning or sitting down that there may be
something dirty you will be pressing against. Always make sure to
wipe off or look at what you are pressing against whether sitting or
In outdoor weddings, watch out
for ledges where birds may be resting. It has happened before for a
bride to be pelted by a bird which is not a pretty site.
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