Bridal Club Magazine
Dressing Your Bridesmaids
For a bride, shopping for bridesmaid dresses can be one of the
most difficult aspects of wedding planning. How can the bride find
a gown for her maids that will display her own taste, look great on
every girl and will fit into the financial picture?
There are so many colors and styles of dresses to choose from. The
bridesmaids themselves may vary greatly in size and they want a
flatteringly gown that makes them feel good. The bride and her
bridesmaids may be in their mid-20's or older and want a more
sophisticated look in the bridesmaids gown. The bride also has the
task of choosing a dress that will look good with each girl's skin
tone, hair color and figure.
Choosing the right gown can be a challenge, but it's not
impossible. The bride should start the decision process early. It's
ideal to actually place the order for the gowns about four months
before the wedding. This will allow time for alterations, shopping
for shoes and other accessories and leave time to dye the shoes to
match the gown. The bride will find it most helpful to shop with
the one bridesmaid whose fashion sense she shares. The ultimate
decision about the perfect bridesmaid gown will be the
The first step to choosing a bridesmaid gown is to determine the
formality, style and fabric of the wedding gown. The bridesmaid
dresses shouldn't overpower or clash with the wedding gown. For
today's more simple bridal styles, nice detailing in the maids
gowns creates a good look for the group. Back accents like straps,
halter tops and simple beading are important for ceremony
photography. A quality gown of good fabric and construction is
necessary for the active bridesmaids who will be walking, dancing
or running errands. Who needs to worry about seams splitting apart
or buttons falling off during the wedding?
The next step for most brides is choosing the gown color. This can
be done by looking at bridesmaid swatches in the bridal shop. Most
manufacturers make bridesmaids dresses in anywhere from a few
colors to as many as fifty. Choosing the actual color will narrow
the choice of gowns to a more manageable number.
The bride must then consider the size ranges and figure types of
her maids. Most bridal parties have an average of two full-figured
members. If this is the case, many times it's best to begin
choosing a gown style with the larger maids in mind. Some larger
girls feel comfortable in spaghetti straps or even strapless gowns,
but many would rather have at least a short sleeve or perhaps a
shawl. The smaller girls can usually wear any style. A-line styles
look good on most everyone. A two-piece style with a longer top
covering the hip bone is another good style. Almost 50% of wedding
parties will include a pregnant bridesmaid. Extra fabric can be
ordered to create a maternity side panel. A few designers are now
creating maternity bridesmaids.
A new marketing trend for bridesmaids is the idea of separates.
Most manufactures now feature at least some of their styles in
separate tops and skirts. Separates offer some flexibility for the
maids as they are able to choose different sizes for the top and
skirt and can accommodate many different figures types. The bride
can also choose the color and manufacturer of the separates while
letting the maids have the freedom to create a style they will be
In these sensitive economic times, many gown manufacturers are
adjusting their prices to meet everyone's financial needs. Many
designers have lowered their prices with no reduction in the
quality of the garments. This year's selection of gowns should meet
the approval of everyone in the wedding party.
The bride may save time by doing her preliminary shopping online.
She can narrow her choices and email styles she likes to her maids.
Shopping on the internet may be the most logical choice for some
brides when her maids live in different parts of the country.
Online ordering entails the maids obtaining their own measurements
and alterations which must be done correctly for the best fit. Be
sure to order very early to allow extra time for shipping the
The bridesmaid look is not complete without shoes and accessories.
Shoes are available in many styles in fabrics which can be custom
dyed to match the gown. Also popular are the clear vinyl shoes in
strappy sandals some with changeable colored ribbon straps. One
shoe company is now producing 100% silk shoes with leather soles in
colorfast fabrics available in 9 styles in 15 colors that can be
special ordered for delivery in about one week. Matching wrist or
elbow gloves offers a sophisticated look. A simple rhinestone or
pearl necklace and earring set will enhance the look of your
With all the choices in bridesmaid gowns available today, every
member of the wedding party should be happy with the final results
and will spend the wedding day celebrating with the bride and her
Article Source: Free Wedding
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