Many brides find the idea of shopping for bridesmaid dresses extremely daunting as it means keeping a number of people happy without compromising the theme and colour of the wedding. A group of adult bridesmaid will almost always be different dress sizes, heights, colouring and all have their own likes and dislikes when it comes to what they would like to wear so how on earth do you make everyone happy?
The main thing to remember is that it is the brides wedding! We know that it’s important for all of the bridal party to like their dresses, but it is the bride and their partner who will be looking at the photographs for the rest of their lives. The bridesmaid’s should compliment the bridal gown beautifully. It’s best not to choose a bridesmaids dress with more beading, detail or embellishment than your bridal dress as not to steal the thunder from the bride!
In our experience, the best way to begin the process is to book an appointment and take along as many of your bridesmaids as possible and if you can, take all of your bridesmaids to the appointment. This is by far the quickest and least stressful for all and in our experience, this way has the highest success rate.
If you have an idea of a colour you would like, bring a sample of the colour with you. It doesn’t matter if the colour is shown on a bit of ribbon, scarf or a napkin; it just helps us to all know what colour we are after as everyone’s colour perception is different. We have had a bride asking for a deep red colour and when she brought the chair cover she was trying to match in, the actual colour needed was purple! If you have no idea what colour you are after, that is fine too! Once you see your maids in different dresses and different colours, a preferred colour will soon emerge and so too will a preferred dress option.
Over the last few years, what is expected with regards to a wedding has relaxed enormously and this is also the case with bridesmaid dresses. The traditional rule book has been thrown away and you really can choose styles, fabric and colours as you wish to ensure your maids compliment to the overall look of your wedding beautifully. The gown and colour choice that is available is just fabulous and it really is possible to please everyone!
There are a number of different “looks” for your bridesmaids. They can all have the same dress in the same colour, the same dress in different colour, the same colour in different dress or different dresses in different colours! It all sounds very confusing so below are a few pictures as examples from some of our amazing suppliers, the fabulous Kelsey Rose, Wtoo by Watters and Amanda Wyatt.
The easiest option is the same dress in the same colour as then you haven’t the additional choice of who has which dress or colour! If you have “Tweens”, which are girls age around 9-13, many designers will do a junior range which fills the gap in between the flower girls and adult styles. These are usually a bit more age appropriate, with added straps and no bust shape. Once the girls are approximately 13-14 years, they may be classed as adults as their body measurements no longer fit within the junior range. Flower girls are usually perfectly happy in a dress that twirls around like a princess and these dresses oftencome in ivory, or the same colour as the bride. Some designers do a coordinating flower girl dress to tie into a particular design set of the junior and adults which can add an extra “cuteness” factor to your wedding.
So don’t dread bridesmaid shopping – embrace it! Once the maids are trying on dresses it will all become clear what design and colour makes everyone happy! We are always around to help with any questions, so always feel free to get in touch!