Tips for Choosing the Right Bridesmaid Dresses

In our recent blog posts, we’ve written a lot about bridesmaids and the valuable support that they can provide to a bride. We’ve also written about how a bride should demonstrate appreciation for those close friends whom she asks to undertake this challenging task. We’ve written before than being a bridesmaid involves much more than simply participating in the wedding ceremony, and this is true. Nonetheless, the ceremony is of central importance — this is what all the preparations are for, after all.

So, how should a bridesmaid be prepared for the ceremony? There are many answers to that question, but there is one essential step that stands out — having the right dress. Your bridesmaids’ dresses will typically be chosen by you in collaboration with the bridesmaids themselves. It’s important to strike the right balance between your vision and your bridesmaids’ personal preferences, so that when the big day comes, everyone looks and feels amazing. In this week’s blog post, we’d like to offer some tips on working with your bridesmaids to choose the right dresses. As always, we hope you’ll find them useful.

Start With Your Vision

This is your wedding day, after all, so your vision should be the starting point. It goes without saying that you should have reached a final decision about your own dress before considering what your bridesmaids will wear. This will allow you to create a cohesive look for your bridal party by using your dress as a centerpiece, which will be complemented by the bridesmaids’ attire. Once you’ve decided on an overall theme and look for your bridal party, you can figure out the details of the individual dresses. You may find that your ideas will change and develop during this process; this is natural and desirable, so keep an open mind.

Listen to Your Bridesmaids Preferences

Of course, while your vision is important, it’s not the only thing that matters. Each of your bridesmaids will have her own preferences, based on her own taste and what she feels comfortable wearing. You should listen carefully to your bridesmaids and allow them to make decisions about their own dresses. Remember, your bridesmaids will likely be spending a considerable amount of their own money, so they’re entitled to expect a significant degree of input. Disagreements may occur, but cooperation and communication should resolve these. The end result will be happier bridesmaids, and a look for your bridal party that benefits from a diversity of styles and voices.

Be Clear About the Budget

As we’ve mentioned above, in most cases, being a bridesmaid involves some expenditure, and the dress is the most significant component of this. The details will vary for different people, and for that reason it’s essential to have a clear discussion about the budget early in the process. Sit down with your bridesmaids and discuss exactly who is paying for what, and roughly how much is available to spend. You may choose to do this individually or in a group, depending on the situation. Remember, once everyone is on the same page about how much money will be spent, you can all enjoy the fun of shopping.

Don’t Be Afraid to Change Your Mind

As with any collaborative effort, when working with your bridesmaids to choose their dresses, you’ll find there are a lot of ideas flying around. Remember, this a creative endeabour, and an exchange of tastes and ideas is a good thing. You may start with a very clear vision, which you’ll later find yourself unsure about after hearing suggestions from your bridesmaids. Don’t hesitate to abandon your original ideas if you find your bridesmaids’ influence persuasive. They want you to look your best, after all!

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