If you’re getting married soon, there’s every chance that you have a carefully-selected team of girls on hand to help you survive the stresses and strains of wedding planning. If you’ve chosen your bridal party, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to dress and style your maids. You want everything to look perfect on your big day, so let’s get this bridal party started, and consider some options.
Mix and match
Mixing and matching styles is really popular at the moment, and there’s scope to do whatever you want if you choose to go down this path. You can stick with the same colour and vary the style or length of the dress, you can go for a series of completely different dresses, or you could mix and match prints and shades, which complement each other.
If you’ve got a strong colour theme, which you want to stick to, you may prefer to have everyone in the same colour. But that doesn’t mean every dress has to be identical. There are so many different cuts and shapes available today, and you can also make each bridesmaid stand out by using different accessories. If you don’t want a single shade, you could go for different tones of the same colour. If you’re having blue for your flowers, centrepieces and table settings, for example, you could choose a range of different hues for the dresses. Mix cobalt with cornflower or navy with royal blue, for example. The other option is to go for a series of different colours. If you’re having a bright and vibrant summer wedding, for example, you could have every bridesmaid dressed in a different colour.
All for one, one for all
If you want all your bridesmaids to have the same dress, it’s important to choose a style that suits everyone. As the bride, you should have the final say, but you want your best friends to be happy on the day. Look at styling tips in magazines and peruse websites like Alana Vivi for inspiration. Once you’ve got some ideas, get everyone together, and spend a day going to different stores and bridal boutiques. Try different styles, and get an idea of varied looks. See which dresses your bridesmaids like and think about how the overall aesthetic fits with the rest of the wedding. If you don’t find the perfect gown on day one, don’t panic.
Bucking the trend
When you think of bridesmaid dresses, what do you envision? Long, flowing gowns in pastel shades? There’s absolutely nothing wrong with traditional dresses, but don’t feel like you have to tick that box if you don’t want to. A growing number of brides are choosing to buck the trend by choosing colours like white and black and going against the style grain. If you want red-carpet worthy bejewelled gowns or 60’s-style mini shift dresses, there’s nothing to say you can’t have them.
You’ve set a date, and you’ve asked your favourite girls to be in your bridal party. Now, it’s time for the fun part. Choosing dresses should be an enjoyable, stress-free process, so have fun with your girl squad. Try some different styles, celebrate your personalities, and go for gowns that suit the tone and theme of the day.