Setting on your own wedding dress can feel like a great challenge whether you’re traditional, bohemian or into color. If you’re planning to have a bridal party, bridesmaid dresses that compliment your gown of choice is an equally important decision. When picking the style of bridesmaid dresses you want your chosen friends and family members to wear, you, of course, want to consider the type of wedding you’re having whether it's black tie, seaside or nautical. This will help you eliminate designs that are too formal or casual right off the bat. Then, take into account the style of wedding dress that you plan to wear—ornate, minimal, floral printed? You’ll want to choose a color and silhouette that will enhance the look of your wedding dress whilst flattering your maids, especially if they run the gamut in terms of body shape, size, and height (as most bridal parties do). Finally, you want to think about the price. It’s not required for a bride to pay for her bridesmaid’s dresses, but if you kindly offer to do so, it’s a helpful tactic for sticking to your designated budget. If you’re leaving it up to your maids to foot the bill for their own dress, choosing a dress that doesn't break the bank is a thoughtful and considerate way to eliminate some of the stress that comes along with being a bridesmaid.
If you’re having a summer wedding, this season is flooded with color from pretty pastels to vibrant, happy hues. Pale pink, lilac, and yellow are just a few standout shades that feel so now. If you’re considering a print, florals from micro-blossoms to tropical motifs are fresh and instantly put you in a summer mindset. As for the silhouette, off-the-shoulder sleeves, 90s-style slip dresses, and asymmetrical hems are of-the-moment shapes to consider. Tiered skirts and flouncy details are gorgeous accents, too. We love the idea of mixing different hemlines, silhouettes, colors, and prints together for a modern bridal party look. It will help play to each your bridesmaid’s various heights, skin tones, and body shapes to make them feel their best. Plus, you’ll have a unique aesthetic that feels one-of-a-kind for your special day.
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