THE news in bridesmaid dresses? They needn’t be something you can only wear once (now, a dress with a midnight expiry time is a dress that will quickly date).
Neither need they be pastel pink! The chicest brides are choosing pale dove grey, soft navy and grown-up champagne to complement wedding white. And the best update? All the girls don't have to wear the same!! Here’s The Kent Wedding Centre's stress-free guide to choosing your bridesmaid dresses.
Ascertain the size range
An accurate list of dress sizes is the obvious starting point when trying to coordinate trios, quartets, gaggles, or clutches of bridesmaids – ideally, you also need to ascertain how each bridesmaid’s dress size varies per brand. As everyone knows, you can be a size 10 in one brand and a 14 in another.
Decide on a price range
More importantly, be upfront about who is paying for what. If girls are expected to purchase their own bridesmaids dresses, the bride should be sensitive to the fact that they must be able to wear them again post-wedding.
Zero in on a colour spectrum
The wedding flowers usually dictate the colour palette of the bridal party’s attire. Regardless, try to steer clear of hyper-bright colours, which will sit harshly on an array of skin tones. Instead, pick softer colours that are kinder on skin: navy, dove grey and pale champagne are the hues to wear now. Special Day Bridesmaids have a beautiful array of colours on offer!
Work with photographic evidence
Asking girls to tell you what bridesmaids dress shapes suit them is often fruitless – a lot of time can be saved by asking them instead to send you images of themselves in their favourite occasion wear, and making your own observations. If in doubt, an empire line is a good everywoman starter – and dresses above the knee are a no-go, no matter how relaxed the wedding...
Be sensitive about problem zones
Everyone has an area they feel less than happy about exposing, whether it’s upper arms, waists, knees… Try to balance out problem areas so that every girl feels comfortable in their chosen bridesmaids dresses. If each person has different bugbears (warning: this will open the anxiety floodgates), look to ranges that offer a number of different styles (strapless, high-neck, one-shouldered) in the same colours.
Consider alterations on your bridesmaids dresses
Adding an extra panel here or strap there can make all the difference to how the bridesmaids dresses sit on the body. We can offer expert advice and get show you what we can do to offer more coverage on arms for instance, or whether extra panels can be added between side and back seams to allow for more fluid movement.
The right underwear will make a tricky dress far more palatable. Invest in a stash of Spanx for your bridal party – and direct them on the bra front. You wouldn't believe the difference and even consider suggesting expert underwear measurements, you wouldn't believe how many of us are walking around in bras that don't fit!
Looking for Bridesmaids dresses can be a daunting task but we have been doing this a long time and know exactly how to find the perfect dress for every girl, trust us and book your appointment now!