After choosing your own gown, one of the most important aspects of planning your wedding is choosing what your bridesmaids are going to wear. Not only do the bridesmaid dresses need to coordinate with the theme of the wedding, they should also flatter the bodies of the ladies wearing them so that everyone looks comfortable and confident.
There are many things to consider as you shop around for the perfect bridesmaid dress. We took some style advice from JJ’s House designer, Jessica, to help make the process a bit less overwhelming. Read on for her expert tips to help get you started.
Understanding Body Types
Chances are, your bridesmaids, like most women, come in all different shapes and sizes. You can start by choosing the perfect bridesmaid dress by considering the body types of the women who will be wearing it. If you want your bridesmaids to all wear the same style dress, stick with an A-line cut, which is universally flattering. You can also consider giving them some freedom to choose their own styles while keeping the fabric and color universal throughout each piece.
Pick the Right Fabric
When choosing the fabric for your bridesmaid dress, the most important aspect is the comfort. Consider the season, the weather, the venue and the level of your wedding’s formality. For outdoor or daytime weddings in warmer climates, choose a fabric like a chiffon or a georgette. If your ceremony is more formal or taking place at night, consider fabrics like satin or charmeuse. These fabrics tend to show sweat easily, so don’t choose them for an outdoor summer ceremony.
The color you choose for your bridesmaid dress needs to coordinate with a couple of things. It should match the color scheme of your wedding theme and it should also coordinate with your wedding gown. You can achieve this by coordinating shades directly or by going with contrasting colors that play off one another. Some brides prefer their bridesmaids to wear a dark color like navy or black, which will directly contrast with the white wedding gown. Others may be drawn to muted tones like gray or nude, and some may want their bridesmaids to be dressed in a bold, bright color that appears throughout the wedding decorations.
Don’t Ditch the Details
A fun way to further coordinate your bridesmaids’ dresses is to incorporate a unifying detail, such as wraps, jackets, headpieces or sashes. This tip can be especially useful if you’re letting your bridesmaids pick their own dress styles, but it’s a fun thing to consider regardless.
Aside from all the style details, “another important thing to remember is the cost,” Jessica warns. Whether you’re paying for the dresses as part of the wedding or are asking your bridesmaids to purchase their own dresses, these are items that will most likely be worn only once in a lifetime, so they really shouldn’t break anyone’s bank. Online retailers like JJsHouse are ideal places to shop for good deals once you know what you’re looking for.