Bridesmaid Dress Buying Guide Flagstaff AZ
Bridesmaid Dress Buying Guide
Next to wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses are the most important things that brides worry about when they’re planning the big day. After all, if you were a bride-to-be, you would want your bridesmaids to fit right into your picture perfect wedding. A lot of people think that brides make their bridesmaids wear horrible dresses just to make themselves stand out. While there’s a very long history of very ugly bridesmaids dresses, these are really products of poor planning, and not the bride’s intention to make her friends look uglier during the big day.
If you’re a bride-to-be, you should know that shopping for those bridesmaids dresses should be done as carefully as shopping for your own dress. You would want your friends, especially your maid-of-honor, to look forward to your big day. Ordering ugly dresses for your ladies-in-waiting during the wedding planning will just dampen the mood. Below are tips on how to shop for the most perfect bridesmaid dresses.
- 1. Look at your “wedding palette”. All weddings are thematic, which means that the big day always follows a specific color scheme. Most of the time, these are according to the couple’s favorite colors, and hopefully, they are colors that would make the bridesmaids look pretty as well. A lot of couples, though, choose “wedding colors” based on the best hues that would complement the venue. While it’s important to consider if bright pink dresses would clash with burgundy carpeting, and a milder peach tone would probably make the event look more welcoming, considering how this color would look on your bridesmaids is important as well. If your bridesmaids differ in skin tones, you should choose a friendly tone that would look good on each and every one of them. If emerald green looks absolutely horrible on two or three bridesmaids’ skin tones, try to look for friendlier shades that would look good on all bridesmaids and make them more comfortable and confident during your wedding day.
- 2. If you can’t find a single color that would suit all of your bridesmaids skin tones, you can also have them wear dresses of the same cut but with differing and complementing colors. This is also called the “Parade of Lights” technique. For example, you can have your bridesmaids wear empire-cut dresses, which look good on almost all figures except someone who is pretty busty. You can have them lined up with the same hairstyle and the same dress design, but with each one wearing her best color. A bridesmaid with strawberry blonde hair and pale skin can wear a pastel blue dress, while a bridesmaid with brown hair and almond skin can carry your train wearing a pastel pink dress that will make her skin glow. Of course, the Parade of Lights effect will only work if your bridesmaids have more or less the same body type. If they don’t, then coming up with the right dress cut for all of them can quite a challenge.
- 3. This is the reason why most weddings have bridesmaids wearing the same colors instead, but with different dress cuts. The important thing is that all elements of your wedding day should have a sense of “unity”. Using fabric with the same dye lot for all of the bridesmaids is an old and accepted rule. No matter what cut the dress would be, as long as everyone sticks to the color scheme, the wedding would look perfect. Just try not to use colors that make your bridesmaids look fatter than they are. Simple but flattering dresses in neutral tones also work well for any wedding motif. For example, if your wedding’s running motif is “pearl shades” because this is the jewelry type that you’ll be wearing on your wedding day, you can wear white while your bridesmaids sport pale pink or pale blue satin dresses. With subtle colors like these, you can’t go wrong with the effect as long as you have the dresses made in the right cuts. Make sure that your bridesmaids actually have their dresses measured and altered to fit their body types.
- 4. If your bridesmaids dresses look too subtle, and you would want to create variation in their “look”, you can also try to alternate the colors of the bridesmaids dresses. For example, you can play with peach and yellow at the same time by alternating the color of the dresses that your bridesmaids will be wearing on the big day. Of course, to pull this off, you will have to know the heights of your bridesmaids. If you want this scheme, you should ask all of your bridesmaids what their heights are. This way, you can assign who are going to wear peach gowns, and who will be in yellow bridesmaid dresses. If you choose the alternating color scheme, you can also safely let the bridesmaids choose what dress cut they want. As long as they stick to these two colors, the wedding motif will still be intact. This works very well especially if your bridal bouquet will have yellow and peach blooms as well.
- 5. Most weddings also have the maid-of-honor and best man stand out from the entourage. For example, if you’ve chosen uniformly colored dresses for all of your bridesmaids, you can have your maid-of-honor wear dress with a different but complementing color. How does “unity” factor in on this scheme? You should have the best man wear a tie or a coat the matches the color that the maid-of-honor is wearing. This works very well if your maid-of-honor has a skin tone or body type that’s very different from the skin tones or body types of the rest of your bridesmaids.
- 6. A dress buying tip: it’s not enough to just order dresses from the same wedding dress dealer, especially if you’re ordering the dresses online. In fact it’s absolutely necessary for you to order all of your bridesmaids dresses at the same time, especially if you’re making your bridesmaids wear the same colors. Otherwise, there’s always going to be a small discrepancy on the colors of your bridesmaid dresses. The fabric supplier may use different dye lots, and you won’t be able to return the dresses just because of this. Get all the measurements and plans straightened out, and then order the gowns at the same time. Even if you’re using the alternating color scheme, you still have to follow this rule.