Of course, you already know that you want your closest friends standing next to you at the altar in the most beautiful designer bridesmaid dresses, but you also know that not every style and color works for everyone- and you want your girls to be comfortable on this important day.
So, how can you select dresses that will fit your wedding’s style and make everyone happy? Try these tips as you start shopping…
1. Choose Your Color(s) and Fabric
Especially if your bridesmaids have differing body types and heights, you may want to let them choose their own cuts. Even if they all choose wildly different necklines and silhouettes, though, you can get a beautifully unified look if you set a couple of parameters for your designer bridesmaid dresses. Pick and designer and color and/or fabric that you like and let your girls choose from the dresses that are available in those collections. For example, they can chose any Bill Levkoff Chiffon dress in Plum that they like. Making sure that you have uniform colors and fabric types can create this look for you.
2. Select a Silhouette and Let Colors Vary
On the other hand, if your bridesmaids have more varied complexions it can be difficult to choose a single color that will flatter everyone. To solve this problem and for a fun flair, you can choose an “ombre” effect where each bridesmaid wears a slightly varied hue, and the dresses seem to fade from one color to another (e.g., pink, coral, peach, and gold) as they stand next to one another.
3. Don’t Vary Lengths
Finally, whether you’re going with a single style of dress or allowing variations, choose a single length. You may want your maid of honor to wear a slightly different dress or hairpiece, or you may want everyone to wear something that lets their personality shine through, but you’ll get a better overall effect (think wedding photos) if you stay steadfast on the length.
There you go – three tips to help you choose the very best designer bridesmaid dresses to create the perfect look for your wedding day. Enjoy!
Choose the Dresses First
Before you start looking for a wedding hair stylist, first choose your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. If you choose semi-formal, draped, one-shoulder Alfred Angelo designer bridesmaid dresses, your bridesmaids can wear their hair down in loose waves or curls and look stunning. If you choose a more formal floor-length Watters bridesmaid dress, on the other hand, you might want to go with up-dos.
The same is true of your own hair. Choose your dress first and then choose your hairstyle and stylist. If your dress is full and formal, you may want a more elaborate hairstyle. If you’ve chosen a simple sheath, you may want looser hair that flows over your shoulders.
Make a Few Calls and Look at Portfolios
Call around to the salons and stylists in your area. Ask them if they have online portfolios or if they can email you some pictures of samples of their work. It’s not worth it to go for a consultation if you see their styling work and already know it’s not what you want.
Take Pictures With You to Your Consultation
Once you’ve narrowed your search down, schedule a consultation and trial hair styling at least 2 months before your wedding. This will give you time to find a different stylist or to make changes to the intended style with your current stylist.
When you go for your consultation, be sure to take pictures with you of your dress and your bridesmaids’ dresses. Your stylist has experience with wedding hair and can point out styles that will look best with your wedding dress and bridesmaids’ dresses.
Of all of your friends and family members, you’ve picked your very best and closest to be your bridesmaids. They’re going to stand up at the altar with you and bear witness to your beautiful day. You get to decide what they wear (be nice!), and you get to boss them around a little bit (be really nice!).
So, of course, you’ll want to show them how much you care that they’ve been there for you through it all. You need to come up with some really wonderful bridesmaid gifts. Here are a couple of ideas.
Delicate Charm Necklaces
It won’t cost much to get them each a silver chain, and then you can add a charm to those chains to make beautiful necklaces that they can wear to the ceremony and any time they want to think of you after that (see why we said you should be nice?).
Choose a charm that will remind them of you and your friendship without being too cheesy. Steer toward something symbolic and pretty, like a bird or a flower, rather than a date or initials.
Clutch Wallets or Totes
What you get for your bridesmaids will absolutely depend on your relationship with them and the kind of ladies they are. If you’re planning a beach destination wedding, tote bags full of sun block, sunglasses, and beach essentials could be perfect.
Are you going to Vegas? Why not give them each a sparkly clutch wallet with a lucky $20 bill in it? You can all go out and try your luck at the Black Jack tables for your bachelorette party.
Whether you choose jewelry, bags, robes, or any other fun accessory for your bridesmaid gifts, make sure that you choose something that will be meaningful and unique to your friendships.
We absolutely adore this year’s line of bridesmaids’ dresses from Bill Levkoff. From casual to formal, these dresses have a free-flowing allure to them that’s subtle and beautiful. You could see yourself wearing one of these dresses again and again, not just on your friend’s special day.
Take these two, for example. The bateau neck is alluring without being too revealing. The rutching at the waistline is flattering, too, adding just a little bit of structure to the dress. In a slate gray, it will flatter almost any skin tone, though you can also choose it in other rich colors, like fuchsia and sky blue.
For a spring wedding, especially a garden wedding, strapless bridesmaids’ dresses with a sweetheart neckline are a classic. Your bridesmaids will love the look and want to wear these dresses to their next garden party.
If your wedding is a little bit more formal, and/or you just prefer full-length gowns, Bill Levkoff has bridesmaids’ dresses for your style, too. These are sleek, long, and gorgeous. When your bridesmaids wear them, they’ll feel like they could go to any gala event and feel glamorous.
You don’t have to go too formal with your long dresses, either. If you want something that’s closer to a maxi dress, Bill Levkoff has those, too. You can find something in almost any style or color for your bridesmaids.
Remember, though this is your day, you want everyone to look great. You don’t want to look back at the pictures of your wedding and see a bunch of frumpy, unhappy bridesmaids. Your friends are beautiful, and they want to celebrate your beautiful future with you. Get them dresses that they’ll want to wear again and again. Source: www.facebook.com/billlevkoffdresses, Danielle’s bridesmaids.
What do we love most about Alfred Sung’s bridesmaids’ dresses? They’re structured without being too structured. They’ll create beautiful silhouettes without making your bridesmaids feel like they’re being held together with boning and straps.
If you feel like some of Alfred Sung’s dresses have a very Mad Men feel, you’re right. They take their inspiration from glamorous evening gowns from the 1950s and ’60s.
Some of the dresses in this collection have a little bit less structure and a little bit more flow. Our favorites of these are the Greek-inspired goddess dresses. We love the short and long versions.
Whether you’re having an afternoon garden wedding or a formal affair in the evening, these are perfect for your bridesmaids, if you want a classic, yet somewhat free-form, style for your wedding.
When you’re choosing your bridesmaids’ dresses, we always recommend that you think about what you would want to wear, if you were in their shoes. After all, you might be in their shoes one day soon.
Don’t pick dresses that you think will make you stand out in your wedding dress. Trust us, everyone will already be looking at you. Instead, pick something that you would absolutely love to wear and that you’d want to wear again. When you do this, it’s like you’re giving your friends a second bridesmaid gift, the gift of dresses that they can wear over and over again and feel totally flirty, gorgeous, and glamorous.
Of all of the Alfred Sung bridesmaids’ dresses, this strapless, structured, 1950s cocktail inspiration is probably our favorite. We love that it dances between being playful and formal. It’s young without being too young, sexy without being too revealing, and it’s metallic fabric will look amazing on any skin tone.
Remember, you chose your closest friends carefully. Now choose their dresses carefully, too. You can’t go wrong with Alfred Sung.