How to choose bridesmaid dresses everyone will love - Bride with her bridesmaids holding flowers.

As a bride, not only are you tasked with selecting the ultimate wedding dress for yourself, but you are also tasked with deciding what type of dress that your bridesmaids will wear. It’s hard enough selecting a dress for yourself, so you can only imagine how difficult it can be to choose a bridesmaid dress everyone will love. 

Back in the day, bridesmaids all wore the same cut and color dress, which seemed to be universally unflattering for everyone involved. However, bridesmaids dresses today are worn in a variety of ways that are able to please both the bride and the bridesmaids alike. Whether you have two bridesmaids or eight, we have some tips on how to choose a dress all your bridesmaids will love.  

Choose Your Bridesmaid Dresses Well In Advance  

No matter what look you end up selecting for your bridesmaids, make sure that you make your decision six to eight months before the wedding. This ensures that all the bridesmaids are clear about your expectations and have plenty of time to purchase the bridesmaid dress and to make any necessary alterations.

Keep Cost In Mind

Anyone who has ever been a bridesmaid knows the cost involved in participating in a wedding. Do your bridesmaids have to travel from another state to your wedding? If the cost of simply participating in the wedding is high, then make sure that you select affordable dresses for your bridesmaids.

Allow Options for Your Bridesmaids 

Today’s weddings allow much more room for flexibility and creativity than weddings of the past. If you would like, you can select the color, length, and fabric of the bridesmaid dress and let your bridesmaids take it from there. This ensures that each bridesmaid will select a dress that is flattering to her figure that is also unified with the dresses of the rest of the bridal party.

No Such Thing As Universally Flattering

No matter what anyone tells you, there is no such thing as a dress that is universally flattering for women of all shapes and sizes. This is not Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants; this is real life. Unless all of your bridesmaids have the exact same height, body shape, and coloring, you cannot find one dress that is universally flattering.

Be Upfront With Your Bridesmaids 

Do your bridesmaids have a dress in a fabric that will need to be steamed before the wedding ceremony? Let them know to avoid any confusion prior to the wedding day.

Keep The Weather In Mind

If you are having an outdoor wedding in the middle of the summer, make sure that you select bridesmaids dresses that are not made out of heavier fabrics. You don’t want your bridesmaids to be sweaty and fidgety because they are so uncomfortable during the ceremony.

Break The Rules!

The best thing about rules is that they are made to be broken! We encountered a bride who asked some of her bridesmaids to wear long, neutral colored dresses and some to wear long, brighter-colored dresses. The bridesmaids stood in a formation alternating between bright and neutral colored dresses, and the end result was stunning.

A Happy Bridal Party 

When all your bridesmaids feel confident in their dresses you are much more likely to end up with better pictures and happier bridesmaids. Keep these tips in mind and choosing bridesmaid dresses everyone will love will feel much less intimidating. 

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