He popped the question! You’re getting married! Your closest friends are going to be your bridesmaids. You’re all excited about it, and you’ve all gone out for cocktails to discuss very important things, like your bachelorette party, Vegas, and who’s walking with which groomsman. Now, whether you realize it or not, you’re in a precarious position.
Your bridesmaids have to wear the dresses you pick for them. They can have their dresses hemmed or fitted as best they can, but if you pick bad colors and cuts, you’re going to have some pretty unhappy friends on your hands. Of course you want to stand out as the most beautiful woman in the room, but you don’t want to make your girlfriends look ugly, do you? Remember, turnabout is fair play, and your girls might be getting married soon, too.
Think of everyone’s shapes and skin tones when you choose your Bridesmaids’ Dresses. Maxi dresses look amazing on tall, slender frames, but shorter women look overwhelmed in all that fabric, and if one of your bridesmaids is extra busty, she won’t thank you for the maternity look you’ve given her.
One option is to pick a color that works for everyone and then let them pick out their own dresses. If you’re concerned that not everyone will pick the same “dusky rose”, then you’ll still need to pick a dress out. If it’s a casual wedding, go with a shorter cocktail dress look. For a more formal affair, you can pick floor-skimming gowns.
Take your maid of honor with you when you start shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses. She’ll be able to keep you on the right track and give you the perspective you need to pick dresses that your pals will love. Every time one of your girlfriends wears her dress again, you’ll think of one of the happiest days of your life.
This soft, pale, and delicate shade of pink is absolutely everywhere for spring, summer, and fall weddings this year. It’s light, airy, and it looks amazing on any skin tone. You won’t have to worry about washing out your porcelain-skinned bridesmaids or leaving anyone looking sallow, either. Bill Levkoff has bridesmaids dresses of all styles available in blush right now.
Instead of going with a solid color for your bridesmaids’ dresses, though, you could also choose a bright, bold floral print. Donna Morgan has a few of these this year in her collection that are absolutely gorgeous and that your bridesmaids will want to wear over and over again.
If you aren’t set on a single color, for your bridesmaids dresses, why not choose an ombre effect? Choose a short, close range on the color spectrum, and have your bridesmaids each wear a slightly different shade. The variations could be as subtle as fading from pink to peach or from aquamarine to a pale sky blue. Both pastels and bright, bold colors are really in this year.
Bold Dresses and Pale Flowers
Finally, last year we saw a lot of really pale pastel dresses set off by bright flowers, and we loved it. This trend is still very much en vogue, but now we’re also seeing the opposite. To get this gorgeous effect, consider bright Kelly Green Bill Levkoff bridesmaid dresses with creamy, white bouquets.
When it comes to planning your wedding, choosing attire for your wedding party can be the most fun part of the whole process. You have bridesmaid dresses, junior bridesmaid dresses, groomsmen’s tuxedos, the flower girl dresses… When you get them all together, you’ll have a beautifully coordinated picture that will give you memories to last a lifetime.
Planning what everyone will be wearing can be tough, though. So here are a few tips to make the process easier.
Choose a Designer Who Caters to Everyone
First of all, to avoid awkward variations in color and fabric, choose a single designer for your bridesmaid dresses and junior bridesmaid dresses. If you’re going to have matching accents for the groomsmen (ties, pocket squares, etc.), be sure to get these from the same designer, as well.
Don’t Ask for Everyone’s Opinion
While you should probably consult your bridesmaids before making your final decision, you don’t have to ask everyone what they think of your choices. If you ask every single person in the bridal party what you should do about the junior bridesmaid dresses, you’re going to get 20 different answers, and you’ll be right back where you started.
Make Sure You’re Dressing Everyone for the Season and the Venue
Finally, think about where you’ll be getting married. If you’re having your wedding on the beach, high heels for yourself and your bridesmaids are a disaster waiting to happen. If you’re having an outdoor wedding in the fall, you’ll want to plan for potentially brisk weather. Basically, keep in mind the temperature and environment you’ll be getting married in and plan accordingly.
If you follow these tips, you’ll have a much simpler time choosing not only your bridesmaid dresses, but also all of your bridal party’s attire.
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.