How to Pick the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Do You Noah has some very useful advice for you when it comes to picking out your bridesmaids dresses.

Aba from the blog Do You Noah

There are two very important dresses to choose on your wedding day. Your wedding gown and then your bridesmaid dresses. Obviously, the bridal dress is the most important gown of the day but it is vital that your bridesmaids look great too. Selecting the perfect bridesmaid dresses can be just as stressful as choosing your wedding dress. Not only do you have to choose a dress that flatters all your bridesmaids different body types but a dress that all your bridesmaid are happy to wear too. And you thought choosing your wedding dress was a challenge!

Selecting your bridesmaid dresses can be one of the fun parts of the wedding planning process. Here are a few helpful tips to make the process less stressful and more fun:

Research
Buy wedding magazines, browse images online and visit The Wedding Fairs to get inspiration on the different dresses, hairstyles and accessories for your bridesmaids.

Cut
Every woman’s body shape is different, and what flatters one may not suit another. Choosing a dress that comes with a different neckline, or different lengths but in the same colour and fabric may be a better choice for your bridesmaids. Letting them choose the cut that best flatters their body type gives your bridesmaids control over their appearance and you still get the same coordinated look. Perfect solution!

Style
Bandeau, strapless, halter neck, one shoulder, empire line, there is so much choice on the type of dress styles. However, what may be fashionable today, may not look so good in the future. The bride is the main attraction on your wedding day as bridesmaids are meant to compliment you, not outshine you, so the look should be less sexy and more subtle. You don’t want to look back on your wedding day photos and cringe at the inappropriate bridesmaid dresses so choose the style wisely!

Colour
If you have a colour theme for your wedding that makes it easier to choose the colour of your bridesmaid dresses. But if you don’t have a theme then think about the time of year, the colour of your flowers, or a colour that you know will flatter your bridesmaids. Involve your bridesmaids and let them choose shades that best suit their own styles and complexions.

Comfort
As much as the colour and cut are important, dresses need to be both stylish and comfortable. If you don’t want your bridesmaid to freeze then it’s best to avoid light airy fabrics for a winter wedding. Similarly sweltering in the heat with heavy fabric dresses at a summer wedding won’t be ideal for bridesmaids either!

Fittings
Finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses takes time and careful consideration but it can the most exciting bit of the wedding planning too! Ideally, you would want to involve the bridesmaids in the process. Why not make a day of it and go for a group fitting with all your bridesmaids? That way you can try them on together and hopefully agree on the same dress there and then. Those that can’t make it, take photos and email them with feedback. Whatever you do, don’t leave bridesmaid dress shopping to the last minute. Start early, take your time, and your bridesmaids will look as beautiful and elegant as you had planned.