Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses That Your Bridesmaids Will Wear
It’s finally your turn as the bride! Congratulations! There is so much planning to do, so many choices to make, and we know your head is swirling with ideas of color palettes, food menus, and of course bridesmaid dresses. Maybe you have been a bridesmaid before, or even many times before. Even if you haven’t, you have undoubtedly heard bridesmaid dress horror stories of shoulder pads and ruffles for days. Now that you’re the bride, you’ll be choosing what your bridesmaids are wearing for your special day. For your sake and theirs, here are four tips for choosing dresses they won’t hate.
Choose something they might wear again. A dress that isn’t gaudy is probably the most important consideration, but a neutral color and a versatile fabric also go a long way in making a bridesmaid dress wearable again. A plain, flattering, trendy dress can be worn again to a cocktail party or even to another wedding as a guest, but that fuschia taffeta… back of the closet forever.
If you aren’t married to one color and style of dress, your bridesmaids will appreciate some options. If you have bridesmaids of all heights, shapes, and sizes, and especially if any of your bridesmaids are pregnant, give everyone the opportunity to have a dress that fits their body best. Choose your must haves, whether this is based on color, designer, length, coverage, amount of bling, or a combination thereof, and leave the rest up to your girls. Even if you can give them one or two choices to make, they’re bound to feel more involved in the process and more willing to spend the money on a dress they don’t hate.
Being a bridesmaid is an expensive undertaking. You usually have to buy your dress, pay to have your hair, makeup, and nails done, and often participate in giving a bridal shower or throwing a bachelorette party. It all adds up fast, so choosing modestly priced dresses will be much appreciated. Of course you want your wedding party looking their best, but they don’t need to be in top fashion dresses to look great. The dress might cover an arm and a leg, but it shouldn’t cost one.
Have you ever been in a miserable dress at a wedding or other event where you’re supposed to be dancing and eating and having fun? An immovable, tight dress that constantly needs to be pulled up or pulled down or shifted makes for a pretty uncomfortable experience, and makes you less likely to party with friends and family. When you and your girls try on dresses, make sure they can lift up their arms, shimmy, and shake, and maybe even jump up and down without a wardrobe malfunction.
Involve your bridesmaids in the process, give them some options and most importantly, think about how you would feel about your choice of dress or options if you were them. Following these suggestions will make for a smooth process that brings your bridal party closer together!