Tips for Choosing the Right Bridesmaid Dresses

Now that you’ve found your dream dress, it’s time to start another gown shopping journey: the quest for the perfect bridesmaid dresses. No matter your wedding style or the size of your bridal party, we’ve got everything (and we mean everything!) you need to know to find the right dresses for your girls. Check out our tips to make bridesmaid dress shopping a total breeze.
Begin by Browsing

Start off by doing some research in google, bookmark your favorites and share them with your friends, and then find stores in your area that carry the dresses you love. If you’re flipping through magazines or browsing online, tear out pages or save images to your inspiration board to help zero in on the colors and styles you like best.
Keep Costs in Mind

If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they’ll know the bridesmaids pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable range, or select a color you like and let them pick their own style. Another idea: Take a cue from the guys and consider renting your bridesmaid dresses. Rental sites like Rent the Runway and Vow to Be Chic let your girls choose high-end designers in a wide range of styles and colors for a fraction of the cost.
Shop Accordingly

Consider what kind of shopping experience will suit your personality best. If you tend to have strong opinions, it’s probably better to shop alone (or with just one friend). If you prefer more input, take the whole gang and give them guidelines, like color or fabric.
Stick to a Schedule

To ensure your bridal party matches your style, order your gown before making any decisions about the bridesmaid dresses.
Ordering Etiquette

It takes two to three months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six month cushion will give you and your friends ample time to find, order and fit the dresses.
Find the Right Fit

A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend wants to buy a size smaller, let her know it’s much easier to alter a bigger dress, and if the dress ends up being too small, she’ll likely have to order a new one and you’d hate for that to happen.
Select a Dress Shade

There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off of the color schemes of the venue and the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy décor, you’ll probably want to rule out bright yellow dresses. Rich colors—marsala and emerald—work well in the fall and winter months, while lighter shades—mint and lavender—are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose, go for a general color, like green, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched look. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider prints—floral-print bridesmaid dresses are hot right now. Just remember: Patterns work best in smaller parties and should be paired with simple accessories. Or, you could flout tradition altogether and opt for an all-white bridal party, à la Kate Middleton, for a look that’s crisp and chic.
Find Complementary Colors

Also, think about choosing a color that goes well with a variety of skin tones. Stonewashed colors, like blush, greige (a combination of gray and beige) and sand, are universally flattering and right on trend. Jewel tones (think: amethyst, emerald and sapphire) complement fairer complexions, while brighter, bolder hues, like cobalt blue and hot pink, pop against darker skin. Want an edgier feel? Try flattering metallics, like silver, bronze and champagne. If you’re opting for a print, make sure the dominant colors work with your entire bridal party. Or alternatively, deck out just your maid of honor in a print and keep the rest of your girls in solid colors. Fully embellished dresses are another fashion-forward option for a more glamorous affair. We love the idea of mismatched sequin dresses, that way your girls can choose a shade that suits them.
Consider Lingerie Logistics

Remind your girls to get the right undergarments. Depending on the style of dress (read: strapless or one shoulder), your bridesmaids may need some special support. Trust us—even the most amazing dress can look unflattering with the wrong bra. In addition to a new bra, each bridesmaid might also need a specific panty or body shaper.

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How to Find the Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

Whether it be a long flirty chiffon bridesmaid dress or a strapless form-fitting satin gown, we believe there is the perfect dress for each and every bride, bridesmaid, and body type. While it may seem like a daunting task to find your ideal bridal party look, we’ve narrowed it down to a few simple steps. Check them out below.

Start With Color

You’ve got to begin your search somewhere and we recommend it begin with color. Eliminate the colors you know you don’t want and focus on the hues that you love. Use our color tool to narrow down your favorite color to a variety of hues. Once you’ve got a few options in mind, order three free swatches. Holding the swatch in your hand will better help you determine the exact color (and fabric!) you want for your bridesmaid dresses.

Figure Out Your Style

After you’ve selected the color, think about the general theme of your wedding. Is it formal or casual? Will it take place earlier in the day or later in the evening? Will the weather be warm or cold? It’s important to take these things into consideration. For example, a short coral halter dress in a flowing fabric feels more appropriate at a sunny beach side ceremony than it does at a snowy mountain reception. Your wedding’s theme should reflect the style of bridesmaid dress you select. Another thing for brides to think about is your friend’s body types and skin tones. You want your best friends to look radiant as they stand by your side, so why not offer them the chance to wear a pretty dress that is figure and skin-tone flattering?

Share in Your Showroom

You’ve got a good idea of the colors and styles you want to use, so go ahead and browse our extensive bridesmaid dress collection. When you come across a dress that might be the one, save it to your showroom. Invite your bridesmaids and other important loved ones (like your mom and future mother-in-law!) to check out the dresses you’ve saved. Have your bridesmaids let you know which dresses they like and dislike and narrow down the options from there.

Try It On

We want all of our Weddington Way bridesmaids to feel comfortable in the dresses they purchase, so be sure to take the time and try on your options. When you put the dress on, instead of agonizing over your flaws, focus on your favorite body parts. Do you have strong arms or lean legs? We hope you’re sporting a dress that shows them off! Selecting a dress that emphasizes your strengths will make you feel more confident. Never underestimate the power of body shapers like Spanx! Lastly, remember that every designer’s sizing is different. The size on your dress is just a number, if it upsets you, cut the tag out!

Bridesmaids Dresses They Can Wear Again and Again

Giving your girls the option to wear mix-and-match styles is a great place to start. While you might dictate the color and length, your bridesmaid can select a silhouette she feels comfortable in—making it more likely she’ll wear it again.

Take a peek at these looks to get ideas.

1. Tasteful Twirler

Where to Wear It: Dress for a great first impression when meeting the parents or new clients.

Change the Look: Bring the fancy feel down a bit with a close cut cardigan or blazer.

2. Cotton Keeper

Where to Wear It: Because this color works so well with most skin tones and the cut is super slimming, it makes for a very versatile look. While still dressy enough to walk down the aisle, the wrinkle-free poplin keeps it casual enough to wear on a first date or evening outing.

Change the Look: Keep this look going all year round by adding a metallic cardigan and rhinestone belt in the winter months and coral costume jewelry with wedge sandals when the mercury rises.

Fashion Styles of Bridesmaid Dresses – 2017 Design

From runways in major fashion capitals of the world to the fashion designer in your hometown, wedding gowns trends are emerging that are both conservative and revolutionary. In recent time, bridesmaids are now becoming the stars of the show alongside the bride. You are more likely to see vibrant colors and a diverse range of fabrics sashay down the aisle.

The bridal fashion week for Spring/Fall 2017 saw many designs inspired by the many forms of a modern wedding. Bridesmaid dresses 2017 saw a surge in online searches and here are the trends that were evident from the spring 2017 bridal fashion week.

Plunging Necklines: By the end of the Spring/Fall 2017 bridal fashion week, tongues were already wagging as it being one of the sexiest seasons ever. Major bridal fashion houses left attendees of the fashion week yearning for more as they set the stage for the coming wedding season.

Deep V-neck styles for the wedding gowns with complementing bridesmaids’ dresses stole the show. The trend set is that both brides and bridesmaids will flaunt their skin more making for an elegant and sexy wedding.

Off The Shoulder: This trend, seen a lot on ready to wear runways, finally made its way to the bridal fashion week. Bridesmaid dress 2017 designs will follow this trend as presented in the bridal fashion week. The designers at the fashion week went wild with the trend and showed, off the shoulder A-line gowns, different shades of lace off the shoulder dresses, and romantic off the shoulder cuffs that had softly tied bows.

The designers are betting on brides and their bridesmaids to go for bold and ski- baring dresses.

Oversized Bows: Every season is bow season. The difference is the size and color. Oversized bows were all the range at the bridal fashion week had a significant number of wedding gowns and bridesmaid’s dresses accented with an oversized bow.

From the bows being an attachment to jewelry, waist detail, an addition to the sleeve for romantic appeal or a show stopping waist or back detail, oversized bows will accent at weddings gowns and bridesmaid dresses across the globe.

Color: Weddings are now a festival of color, and it was common to see designers leave the traditional white for a wide selection of shades. With Pantone colors such as Serenity and Rose Quartz, designers are breaking tradition with the 2017 Spring/Fall bridal collections.