Bridesmaid Dresses

A Guide to Shopping for Bridal Party Dresses

Some brides bring their bridal party with them to pick out the wedding dress and the bridesmaids gowns at the same time, while some bring their bridal party in with them after the wedding dress has been picked out. Regardless of what order in which you decide to shop for your bridal party dresses, the most important thing to remember is that this is supposed to be a fun, special time for you and your girlfriends and family!

Bridesmaid Dresses

Picking out dresses can be a stressful endeavor – especially when you’re trying to find one dress that looks good on several different people (with different body shapes). To keep the stress level of the bride as well as her family and friends to a minimum, keep a few things in mind:

Bridesmaids need to like their dresses! If the bridal party isn’t happy about the gowns you’ve chosen, they’re not going to be happy about the day, and they might begrudge having to pay money for a dress they don’t feel comfortable or look good in. Sure, it’s important to have bridesmaids dresses you like, but it’s also important to have happy bridesmaids, so be sure to be sensitive to your bridal party’s preferences. After all, they ARE your best girlfriends, right?

Bridal party gowns should compliment the bride – not detract. If your bridal party has a flair for fashion, it may be easy to get carried away with bridesmaids dresses that have lots of flair. There’s nothing wrong with bridesmaids gowns with flair – as long as they match the level of flair and style of the bride’s dress. Pick bridesmaids dresses that compliment the style of the wedding gown, whether that style be subtle and elegant or fun and flirty.

Match bridesmaids dresses to the style of the wedding. Is your wedding going to be super formal? Informal? Semi-formal? Indoors? Outdoors? Like your wedding dress, bridesmaid dresses should match the overall style of the wedding, not only in terms of color, but also style. If the wedding theme is fun, flirty and semi-formal, short bridesmaids dresses in bright colors and modern styles might be an excellent choice. If the wedding is formal, traditional indoor event, longer gowns in simple, elegant styles may be a better fit.Don’t be afraid to mix things up! Brides today are only as limited in style as they want to be, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box. Do your bridesmaids all like different dress styles? Why not allow them to each pick a different dress that follows a similar theme, in matching colors? Is the wedding a last minute, informal event? Try expanding your bridesmaid dress search to little black dresses and cocktail dresses. Don’t be afraid to be creative!

Flower Girl Dresses

Compared to wedding dress and bridesmaid dress shopping, finding the right flower girl dress is easy! Flower girl dresses can be as formal or informal as you would like, and unless your flower girl is older, chances are the bride will have most of the say when it comes to style selection. Like bridesmaid gowns, flower girl dresses should match the general style and theme of the wedding, but this gown can be a one-of-a-kind pick. Two-toned dresses are a popular option for flower girl dresses, as it allows the bride to incorporate her wedding colors into the dress. Be sure to bring your flower girl in for a fitting when the dress is ordered as well as right before the wedding. Little girls grow quickly, after all!