Posted on 1 Comment

Gift Ideas for Your Bridesmaids

Bridal Bouquete

Do you feel like every responsibility has fallen onto your own shoulders as the wedding day approaches? On the one hand, you have an opportunity to arrange a wedding from your dreams, all according to your preferences and desires. 

On the other hand, every last detail counts – especially when it comes to a group of friends that have accepted a bridesmaid’s responsibility. Each of them deserves a token of gratitude, but your head is buzzing from all the wedding information that you need to keep on your mind twenty-four-seven before you dash for that altar. 

Have no fear! Here are some neat gift ideas for your bridesmaids that will get your imagination going!

Two-part pendant

Ultimately, whether it’s a gift for a bride or a bridesmaid, it is all about the celebration of friendship. The idea is about originality and meaning rather than cost. With that in mind, it might be prudent to kick off this list with a two-part pendant. Now, these may come with whole necklaces but it is the symbol that counts.

You’ve probably seen a lot of couples that gift each other heart halves that are designed to be conjoined into one, and while this is a ubiquitous type of two-part pendant, it is hardly the only one. You can have quite a good time just searching the internet in search of ingeniously designed two-part pendants that are appropriate for friendships.

For example, if a bride and her bridesmaid are best friends that perfectly complement each other, you can purchase (separate) yin and yang pendants, but don’t limit yourself to such symbols. Check out Pinterest and Etsy for an impressive range of BFF pendants!

Personalized bracelet

We’ll be covering jewelry because it is always a good idea. If chosen correctly, it is timeless and elegant. However, since little trinkets and accessories are such ubiquitous elements on an oversaturated market, you need something with that extra oomph to add uniqueness and value to the gift. This is where wonderfully personalized bracelets come into the picture.

It is a simple yet elegant styling choice that offers you more options to be playful than you’d initially imagine. There is a whole range of engravings to pick and choose from, and no, it’s not merely about names, statements, and letters. There are pictograms to add to the combo as well. For this reason, you can easily create a wholly unique, personalized gift that will forever be treasured.

A framed photo

Beautiful memories are food for the heart. Since you are celebrating love and, simultaneously, creating an exhilarating future-memory for you and your friends, a framed photo is the ultimate thematically appropriate gift.

You can turn to numerous websites that have streamlined this process. Delve into your galleries and choose photos that perfectly capture the best moment with each of the bridesmaids and email them to websites that will print and send the photos in the framing of your choosing.

Bridesmaid boxes

Various gifts for different bridesmaids can put you in a tough spot. Such gifts might single out only too much who you consider being a closer friend. This can lead to hurt feelings, but if you consider it’s the best solution to treat everyone equally, there’s an easy fix for that – bridesmaid boxes!

Such chic little bundles are thoughtfully crafted tokens of gratitude that come in many shapes and forms, depending on a retailer or a brand you choose. They can contain toiletries, durable edibles, trinkets and paraphernalia for the wedding, and they are typically assembled with economically sensible preconception: after all, the idea is to purchase such boxes en masse for a group of bridesmaids.

Emergency cosmetics set

You can tell your bridesmaids to breathe easy – each of them gets an extra stylish emergency cosmetic set that covers all the basics (some call them mini-mergency kits). It is not unheard of that bridesmaids shed tears of joy during their friend’s wedding, which renders such a gift perfectly appropriate.

Plus, you can custom-craft it by yourself, mix up a few basic cosmetic tools and necessities with a modest scent set that includes perfume, body milk, a shower gel, and a nicely wrapped soap.

Personalized initial ring

For the lovers of minimalism at its finest, discreet personalized initial rings are wonderful options. Each bridesmaid gets a ring with their initial letter twirling in gilded joy, which also serves as a top-notch demonstration of how you appreciate each bridesmaid individually.

Plus, this little piece of jewelry can be a wonderful addition to their everyday confection. Its utility goes way beyond the wedding itself, as well as friendship as such. In a way, it is a perfect gift.

You can even take this a step further and place the rings into customized ring boxes that have a friend’s initial pressed or printed on the top. This is a prudent option if you’re planning to purchase the same type of ring for all bridesmaids.

A jewelry box

Every girl needs at least one jewelry box in their vanity; two if need be, three, four or five just in case. If an idea of a timeless little treasure trove that holds your bridesmaids’ belongings has been rattling in your mind, you should know that this is a very safe, useful gift.

All that you have to worry about is the design. Purchasing a different jewelry box for every bridesmaid might be too hefty a task – you are, after all, too busy with all the wedding shenanigans – so you’ll have to go with the ‘designed for everyone’ approach. This is neat because this frame of mind will usually steer you towards more timeless designs, less idiosyncratic styles and flourishes.

Minimalist types, Bauhaus appeal, glass-made magic boxes – there’s an exciting world of opportunities out there, and you can find some truly tasteful and magical models.

A cashmere shawl

If we are talking about utility, cashmere shawl wraps with bows and a thank you notes on top is a wonderful choice if you want to bestow gifts that are useful way beyond the context of the wedding or your friendship with the bridesmaid.

It’s a sort of gift that pays off in the long run and, if you choose your colors right, leaves a mark. The bridesmaids won’t be able to stop wearing it; it can easily become one of their favorite everyday accessories. Plus, it can keep them warm during the wedding as well if the weather is somewhat fickle after the sun goes down.

Wedding umbrella

The bridesmaid gift such as the wedding umbrella can be just plain fun. It doesn’t even have to be a rainy day; you can go with those old-fashioned Victorian-style sunshades. Primarily, it is a stylistic choice more than a regular gift.

The idea is to choose a collection of umbrellas that mesh well when grouped. You can go as simple as a range of different basic colors or assemble prints that tell a story when grouped – though this latter suggestion works well in a photo session, it is not as satisfying otherwise.

It wouldn’t go amiss to give your bridesmaids something that can keep their painstakingly arranged hairstyles dry in the off chance the rain does fall.

A hair clasp

Once you’ve all settled on a particular color and style of bridesmaid dresses, consider a hair clasp that blends in seamlessly with their outfits. A tie bracelet is a cost-efficient option, but a clasp just looks classier, and it’s not that big of a financial stretch.

Just put yourself in their shoes – the day goes on, it involves a lot of physical activity. A perfectly-arranged haircut begins to wear off, strands of hair start to stick out. Most ladies will already bring along a hair tie or a clasp anyway, so why not simply purchase the ones that will come in handy and retain aesthetic consistency with the outfits?

Clutches all around

Now, you can beat the girls to it in every sense of that word, and place some essentials (hair clasp included) into appropriate vintage clutches. You can either go with disparate patterns, so every bridesmaid gets one of her own, or you can fall back on aesthetic consistency.

Either way, wonderful vintage clutches are fairly affordable these days, even the ones that appear to be on the more glamorous side. You can even hire a local craftsperson or designer to fashion custom-made models exclusively for the wedding. If you have such an option in your reach, it is a perfect combination of unique and financially feasible.

Yoga mat

Yoga has become one of the most prevalent activities that balms the mind and soul. The stigma that used to surround it has all but dissipated, so it’s pretty much a guarantee that neither one of your bridesmaids will find a yoga mat gift problematic. Still, ‘feel out’ your audience and check just in case beforehand. If everything’s a go, you can encourage your friends to get their Zen on with this thoughtful gift.

A travel set

Are you out of ideas? Do your future bridesmaids already own most of the things mentioned above to a certain extent? Practical gifts are your ultimate safety net – something that they will appreciate no matter what. A neatly packed collection of an eye mask, a cozy blanket, a pair of socks and a vanity case is not only an incredibly useful travel set, but it is also an encouragement for your friends to travel more often. It sends a positive message.

A set of classics

Ask yourself what is consistent with all of your bridesmaids? There must be a certain lining that connects you to all of them. For example, a natural bookworm will often forge friendships with people that boast similar sensibilities. This leaves you with a wonderful option for a gift that may not be for everyone, but which nevertheless holds great value and represents something meaningful to your group of friends. Consider a collection of classics.

Now, the options for such collections are astronomical, so you can consider two broad choices. First of all, you can purchase specifically designed collections of feminine classics that contain a Bronte, an Austen, a Montgomery and Alcott. On the other hand, if you and your bridesmaids already share a very specific love for certain books, you can do something even more exciting – create your custom-made collection of four to five novels that are meaningful to every bridesmaid involved!

Druzy necklace

Druzy necklaces have become a particularly popular gift for bridesmaids. This is probably due to their joyful, sparkly nature. The explosion of gleaming gemstones on a pendant sends a wonderful message about your perspective on life, friendship and the nature of everyone’s involvement – a festive opportunity full of positive energy and verve. Plus, it is so easy to fall in love with druzy necklaces and wear them all the time – another gift whose utility extends way beyond the wedding!

A personalized cute tote

One does not own enough tote bags, ever! These affordable bags are a peak of practicality due to their handiness in every occasion. They work as shopping spree bags, you can use them for trips and beach outings. They can even serve as gym-bags if need be. Appropriately, they also work as a gift for bridesmaids, especially if they are personalized like rings and bracelets.

However, since we are talking about a ‘broader canvass’ in the form of the material, you can let your imagination run wild here. Each bridesmaid gets a tote bag with their initials, but you can also ‘frame’ that initial with an interesting and unique visual flourish that, according to you, perfectly captures the personality of that particular bridesmaid. Imagine the choices!

Spa candle

Spa candles are usually already integral parts of other gifts – like cosmetic kits, sets and bridesmaid boxes. However, they are also singular items in such packages that can also easily serve as monumental personalized gifts.

Chances are you are already familiar with the tastes and preferences of your bridesmaids. In that case, you can choose a distinct scent for each of them, and even browse for spa candles with specific textures, accompanying fragrances, petals, fruit peels, and other aesthetic flourishes.  

Conclusion

At the end of the day, the most important thing is that you consider choices carefully. The best kind of gift for bridesmaids is the one that shows that you care, and if you’ve put thought into specific choices, it will show! Whether each gift is personalized or not, the underlying message needs to be about friendship bonds and love that conquers all. Thankfully, you don’t have to look too far to find perfectly affordable gifts that show appreciation, adoration, and harmony. 

Posted on 6 Comments

Complete Guide to Boho wedding ideas – decorations & accessories

boho wedding dress

Planning a wedding can be a nerve-racking and genuinely elated experience. Every bride needs to have everything sorted out and that means literally everything. From the meticulous dress, beautiful hairstyle, extravagant and unique decorations, and immaculate accessories. If you have the desire to implement bohemian flair into your special day, then you are really in for numerous gorgeous options.

Starting from the late 1960s, Boho chic style has most certainly evolved into an even more faddish and extravagant look that every bride can incorporate into her wedding day. Whether you are mixing the various bohemian and hippie influences into your look and decorations, the main focus is to incorporate genuine rustic and vintage items with earthy and natural tones. Woven décor elements, an abundance of light linen drapery, lavishing floral and earthy details is what allures every bride to this style. 
It takes patience and careful planning, but every single bride can have her dream wedding with little effort of incorporating these boho wedding ideas. So, without further ado, here is a thorough guide that will get you covered on how to organize a Bohemian wedding.

It takes patience and careful planning, but every single bride can have her dream wedding with little effort of incorporating these boho wedding ideas. So, without further ado, here is a thorough guide that will get you covered on how to organize a Bohemian wedding.

Embrace the natural ambient

Boho weddings are all about blending with the natural surrounding and inviting Mother Nature into your wedding. Having your alter placed in the evergreen wood or simply by decorating the altar with natural green leaves or lush succulents will immediately symbol the greatness of your special day. Seize any natural ambient that you have around the reception, rather than holding the official ceremony indoors.

Lavish yourself with Boho-inspired jewelry

As a bride, you need to look and feel your best. Wearing some specially designated and unique jewelry similar to which you can find at Moon Magic will undoubtedly make you feel ravishing. By wearing some elegant and stylish bohemian jewelry you will be able to express your unique character and make an impact on your big day. Accessories play a vital role in the bride’s complete appearance, so wear the gemstones and materials that suit your personality and which match your Boho wedding dress.

Flower crown and exquisite bouquet

Flowers play a vital part in a bohemian wedding. Before you head out flower shopping, you should consider having a flower crown. Choose wildflowers and irregular pieces for the bohemian flower crown or headband. Opt for similar flower choices for your bouquet. The larger, bulkier and wilder the flowers, the more vivacious the bouquet will look.

Opt for wooden board signs

Embracing everything that nature has installed for usage and make your dream day blushing with colorful indie vibes is what boho décor is all about. Replace all the paper signs with real, rustic wooden board signs for the menu, seat organizers, wedding greetings, and even cocktail bar signs.

Be ‘botanical’ in heart

Never underestimate a wedding dress if it’s not labeled as one. Your bohemian wedding dress needn’t be pure white, on the contrary, you can utilize gorgeous creamy botanical prints into it. Floral elements and lace details go perfectly with this wedding theme. Go for extravagant ball sleeves and off-the-shoulder wedding design for an immaculate combo.

DIY white butterfly and heart-shaped signs

If you wish to plan an outdoor summer wedding, then you can easily make some dreamy and eye-catching DIY decorative elements. Get a regular wooden stick and cut out small hearts on plain white paper and use this to stick into the grass on both sides of your altar. With clear white paper, you can also make 3D butterflies that you can easily attach to the trees all around the venue.

Use natural elements as your backdrop

Taking a picture with guests is a must, and utilizing the natural setting as your picture background is the best way to have marvelous wedding photos. Be creative and incorporate nontraditional elements to the backdrop. Think wood or reclaimed wood, stone, concrete or colorful mirrors. You will also make a unique statement if you place lush greeneries in combination with some purple or blood-red flowers.

Choose a contemporary, but the rustic venue

If you can’t seem to escape from hustle and bustle of the buzzing city and have your bohemian wedding at a peaceful countryside, then try to find a venue that resembles a farmhouse or it’s simply rustic but yet stylish and modern in appearance. Search for the venue that offers a luxurious setting, but warm and welcoming ambient. Redwood chairs and parquet floor, white linen draperies, exquisite chandeliers and maybe breathtaking exposed brick walls.

Rustic wedding centerpieces

There are innumerable ways to add glamor to your bohemian wedding with luscious centerpieces. You can use simple wood log tree slices and place wildflowers in silver milk churn or mini crystal bottles. Placing vivacious, wildflowers in rustic wooden crate box will also make a flabbergasting centerpiece. Place astonishing flowers like peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and scabiosa with multicolored feathers in wooden vases that go hand-in-hand with a bohemian theme.

Lace-up

Small accessory details can truly make the entire wedding and a bride’s outlook mesmerizing. First of all, a lace wedding gown may sound too traditional, but you can simply add a few touchy and gorgeous lace accessories that will make your look stand out. Go for lace sleeves, a nice lace headband, or attach lace strap bows on the chairs as one-of-a-kind decorative details.

Utilize bronze and copper flair

Adding outstanding copper and bronze elements to your boho wedding will surely spark up the entire decoration and wedding outlook. Copper, bronze or brush gold candlesticks are the perfect choices as the table ornaments. Besides candlesticks, you can use copper flower glass holders, or bronze disc wedding table numbers. Use antique golden bowls as candle holders for night extravaganza. Any variation of metallic gold accents will surely add some overall dimension to your bohemian look.

Go for mismatching bridesmaid’s dresses

Even if it is fashionable and stunning to have similar bridesmaid dresses if you are up for some bohemian flair you can choose for something contrasting. There is a guide to choosing bridesmaid dresses, but then again you can give your bridesmaids the one-of-a-king opportunity to choose the material, shape, length, design and even the color of their dresses. You might want to stick to the same color or just go one shade lighter or darker, but variety amongst boho bridesmaids never hurts. 

Burlap extravaganza

Love it or hate it, but this specific material is utterly favorable amongst bohemian weddings. You can use burlap for almost anything you desire and make your wedding decoration seem and feel sophisticated, stylish and rustic. Burlap is commonly used as a table cloth, or as a napkin or a wrap up for the knives and forks. However, there are many other variations. You can get burlap ribbons and use it to decorate the entire venue or only the wedding arch or the chairs. Furthermore, you can make colorful flower boutonnieres out of burlap and fresh roses.

Hanging delight

If you are holding your wedding reception and party outdoor either in a tent or under a fairytale-like marquee, then it would be extremely magical to hang wildflowers and ‘naked’ lights or lanterns. This whimsical wonderland will undoubtedly smell just as lovely as it will look. You only need to hang the flowers from the ceiling using a ribbon or a fishing wire, and you will create a true bohemian daydream. If you have more money to spare, you can get yellowish and brownish paper lanterns and hang them to invite an even more alluring bohemian sensation.

Amp up the candlelight

Pure white candles can revamp the entire decor without you pushing much effort to achieve a bombastic effect. Candles of each size and shapes look elegant and attract the eyes of the passer-by. If you are going to get Ikea candles for instance, then just decorate them around with lush green garland or emerald succulents. Placing the candles into marbled holders will be the perfect match for the whole wedding theme.

Play with hues

If you and your future husband don’t see eye to an eye with all the aspects of the wedding organization, you can combine the modern aspects with modern flair and still have a recognizable bohemian wedding. Incorporate fresh florals like wispy jasmine for table centerpieces and have all other décors in pink to timid purple color. Play with hues and have a black and gold wedding cake instead of a pink one, add modern aspects like a bubble machine or use rental decorative pieces instead of making some on your own.

‘Naked’ masterpiece

A must accessory to any wedding is, of course, the wedding cake. One of the most original ways to showcase your bohemian style is though ethereal and whimsical accents. Make your wedding cake a spectacular masterpiece. You can have a simple tiered naked wedding cake with various fresh blooms around, or use brownish marble icing shades to create a galactic look. All in all, you won’t go by putting as many fresh florals as your heart desires.

Vintage ceremony arch

The ceremony is one of the most important and most photographed parts of the entire wedding. This is where your mutual life begins, where you exchange vows and finally become one. Consider having a circular ceremony arch which you would decorate in lush greeneries, or opt for the magnificently flower-covered arch with vivacious lilies and kale flowers. If you desire simple perfection, a stand-alone wooden structure with few boho bird feathers and lace details will do the trick.

Design signature coasters

Organizing and labeling the seating areas and names has never been so chic and fun until now. Rocks, marbles, wood and even glass can become a fabulous signature card coasters. You can make then using rocks from your backyard and top it up with some nice paint, or you can use wooden plates and carve your guests’ names by yourself. Add a whimsical note or quote so that they can bring it home as a cherished wedding gift memory.

Whimsical chair flower drops

Again with the flowers, but a real bohemian wedding is nothing without lush flowers perpetrating each moment of your special day. Another rather nifty and stunning decorative idea is to attach and brighten up otherwise plain and naked chairs with magical florals. In order to showcase your bohemian design, you want those chair decoration to be loose and wild. Don’t let everything be too tight or perfectly aligned.

Be funky and bold

Another crucial wedding accessories are shoes. You can completely show off your bohemian nature by wearing a mini wedding dress or an amazing crochet dress.  Be courageous and show your artistic heart by topping up that style with drop-dead gorgeous shows in red or purple color. If you find some fantastic shoes with floral details don’t be afraid to wear them. Who says that wedding shoes must be white? 

Let there be light

If you are having your wedding in a rustic farmhouse, or sensations rustic country house, the setting, and ambient might already fit your needs. But if you are outdoors, hanging lush white linen draperies would enliven this unique style. Revamp the entire look by hanging string lights in various colors. Use terrariums as hanging delights, and add candle lights all around if you can, or get rustic copper lanterns to light up the environment.

Dessert table décor

Elevate the atmosphere and invite nature and forestry into your wedding. If you have a dessert table or cocktail bar stand or cake display, use brilliant green garlands to adorn an all-white bar and tables. Whenever you have plain tables, try to use succulents, sage, or any other green garlands as a large focal point which will undoubtedly provide a dramatic and romantic feel to your bohemian day.

Consider having delicate and charming napkin rings

Creating that ‘Wow!’ effect with your guests lies in the details. One accessory element that you can make on your own are the napkin rings. Use either remarkably adoring burlap clothes to tie a small bow and place a wild rose with white feather detail. For blush pastel feel, consider using agate stone clay in timid blue or baby pink color variation or wooden strings as napkin rings.

A gift of eternity

Last but not least, have some finely detailed gifts for your cherished guest to take home with them as a loving memory of your big day. Make delicious macaroons or honey cookies with icing messages and place them in clear jar which you would enclose with a metallic lid or burlap cloth. You can send your guests off also with a fine assortment of mesmerizing shrubs and flowers encased in marble glass terrariums.

Planing a wedding takes careful organization and impeccable diligence. Boho-style wedding accessories and decorations represent only a glimpse of the whole setting – it is the bride’s and groom’s love, mood and smiles that will lift that bohemian spirit within all the guests.

Find a fabulous collection of boho wedding dresses at Best for Bride. Click here to visit our collection today and pick your favorites.

Posted on 7 Comments

The definitive guide to bridesmaid dress shopping

bridesmaid dresses

Bridesmaid dress shopping is an indispensable and important aspect of your wedding planning.

bridesmaid dresses

Choosing the right dresses for your wedding party members involves unique challenges such as finding dresses that your bridesmaids approve, that also work with the wedding theme.

So, bridesmaid dress shopping may even end up being more demanding than wedding dress shopping itself! However, with proper preparation and planning, you can tackle bridesmaid dress shopping efficiently.

This comprehensive guide to bridesmaid dress shopping will discuss all that you need for stress-free bridesmaid dress shopping.

So, let’s get started!

Preparation for Bridesmaid dress shopping: Decisions to make

Did you know that the actual shopping process begins much before your bridesmaids set foot in a shop?

Ideally, you should start planning bridesmaid dress shopping at least six months before the wedding.

This will give you enough time to finalize the selection criteria, co-ordinate with your girls and fix shopping appointments and book alterations when the dresses arrive.

So, let us look at the different steps to consider during the preparation stage.

What is the budget?

Being chosen as a bridesmaid comes with many perks. However, at least some of your girls may worry about one aspect—the expenses they must bear.

According to this survey by the Knot, the average bridesmaid dress costs $150. It may be higher or lower based on the bride’s preferences.

Make it easy for your bridesmaids by asking them what they are comfortable spending. Accordingly, fix the budget and restrict choices to dresses in this range.

If the price is a severe constraint, here are some practical ideas to save on bridesmaids dresses.

Who makes the final choice?

Gone are the days when the bride would choose a single dress for all her bridesmaids. Modern brides are fashion-conscious and acknowledge the fact that their bridesmaids would like to be consulted about their preferences.

If you are really flexible, you can even let your bridesmaids pick their dresses themselves. However, there is a challenge!

When you give them free rein, the final look may not be cohesive.

Avoid this issue by specifying two to three guidelines. Choose from color, fabric type, length, neckline style or sleeve style.

The other option is to take the whole group shopping at the same time and ensure that the final decision is yours.

When to go shopping?

Bridesmaid dress shopping should be completed months ahead of the wedding. Play it safe and book the session four to six months in advance.

Talk to your bridesmaids and schedule their appointment in such a way that it is convenient for most of the crew.

For bridesmaids who stay far away, you can even explore the option of buying their dress at a different store that is near their place. This will make the collection and alterations much easier.

Where to buy?

The best place to shop for bridesmaid dresses is at a real store. However, it is important to shop at least a few months before the wedding. Stores require time to place your order with the manufacturer and get it delivered.

When you decide to shop at a real store, you can touch and see samples prior to ordering. Your bridesmaids can also try on the dresses to see how it looks on their bodies. This eliminates confusion regarding the quality of the fabric, dress style and choosing the wrong size.

Nonetheless, there are certain challenges when you decide to take the girls shopping. Let us look at what they are and how to tackle them.

To invite all the bridesmaids or not?

If you will be making the final decision regarding your bridesmaid dresses, you will have to go shopping with them. However, it is a bad idea to take all your bridesmaids with you for the first appointment.

Too many opinions can result in chaos and you may end up more confused than before.

Instead, take someone you trust (like your Maid of Honor or mother) when you first visit the boutique. Share your vision with the shopping consultants.

Also, remember that your bridesmaids will have different body types and complexions. Discuss these factors with the sales team.

With their help, narrow down your choices to a few dresses. Make your choices in such a way that there is something suitable for everyone.

These will be the ones that your bridal crew will finally try on. At the next appointment, include all your bridesmaids and help them make the final decision.

Sizing issues and other challenges

When placing the order, your sales consultant will measure the girls and select the size that is closest to their measurements. Since sizing charts are different from those for regular clothes, their bridesmaid dress size will differ from their regular dress size.

Remember that it will be easier to take in a big dress than add extra inches to one that is too small. Choose accordingly.

In the rare case that a bridesmaid is unable to go shopping and you should order on her behalf, choosing the correct size can be a problem. Ask her to get measured by a professional seamstress to ensure you are given accurate measurements to choose the right size.

Once the dresses arrive, each bridesmaid will need one or two alteration sessions to get the dress to fit correctly. Alterations will typically take one to two weeks.

Factor this into the bridesmaid dress shopping schedule. Be considerate of their schedules when planning their fitting appointments.

Now that we have looked at the different challenges you will face during the preparation stage, let us move on to the more interesting task—the actual dress selection.

Getting down to business: Actual bridesmaid dress selection

Once you have fixed the budget and where and when to shop for your bridesmaid dresses, you are ready to begin the actual selection process.

As we discussed earlier, you have two options: either join the bridal party when they go shopping or let your bridesmaids handle the task themselves.

Irrespective of which option you choose, you must guide your bridesmaids towards suitable dresses by supplying a few specifications. Let us look at the various factors that you should consider in this regard.

Choosing colors and styles: factors to consider

Although it isn’t necessary that all the bridesmaids should wear the same color, it is essential that the dress colors match the color palette of your wedding.

If your central colors are bold and bright, it may not flatter all your bridesmaids. In such a situation, you may like to look at dresses in neutral colors. Not only will this complement your bridal look, but it will also blend with any theme.

The bridesmaid dress choices should also complement the bridal gown in terms of fabric and style. This will ensure that your bridal portraits with the wedding party will look splendid. So, complete your wedding gown shopping to go bridesmaid dress shopping.

When choosing your bridesmaid dress color, remember that flexibility is key to a good-looking wedding party. By being open-minded you can find dresses that flatter all your girls, which also tie with the overall wedding theme. For more insight on how this works, watch this video

With proper planning, you can use different dresses to create a dynamic, but attractive wedding party. Here are some practical mix and match ideas to make this happen.

Same color, different dress styles

Give each of your bridesmaids a distinct look by choosing dresses with different style elements. You can vary the silhouette, neckline details, sleeve length, and even hemline to make this happen.

Then tie together their different styles with color. You can ensure that the color remains the same throughout the group by picking different dresses from the same collection.

The result will be fabulous!

Same dress style, different colors

Most designer bridesmaid dresses are available in a range of colors. So, choose different colors for each of your girls.

With this option, the group will look very lively. The bonus is that you can pick colors that suit each of your bridesmaid’s skin tones.  Since you are varying only the color and the rest of the dress design remains the same, you needn’t worry about cohesiveness.

Variations of the same color

Here’s another variation of the first idea we discussed. In this option, you settle on a single color, say purple. Then have your girls choose dresses in different shades of blue. So, you can have dresses in purple, lavender, plum, and periwinkle. The base color will unify the group while each of the girls enjoys her own unique look.

Prints of a type

Printed dresses are all the rage now. So, if you want to enhance the overall style quotient of your group, consider printed dresses. To unify the group, specify the type of print (You can choose from florals, geometric designs, animal prints, etc.) This is also an excellent way to highlight the theme of the wedding through their choice of outfits.

Using the same texture

By choosing the same fabric, you can again create an elegant mix and match effect. Fabrics like lace, chiffon, net or velvet have their own individuality. Choose different colors or styles while keeping the texture similar and you will have a winning combination.

Another unique challenge when choosing dresses for a bunch of ladies is to ensure that it flatters each one of them. After all, you want all your wedding party members to look their best on your special day.

How to find dresses that flatter different body types

Look at your bridal party and you will see that no two women are alike in terms of body structure.

Nature has blessed each woman with her specific body shape.

Body types are basically divided into four: apple, pear, hourglass and rectangle. Each of these body types has its own favorable aspects and some not-so-desirable ones. And this varies from one type to the other.

Hence, a dress style that flatters a specific body type may not look good on another one.  Since the women in your group will each have different body types, it is unlikely that any random dress style will flatter all of them.

So, you have two options:

  • Mix and match silhouettes, so each woman gets a dress that suits her specific body type.
  • Opt for universally flattering styles that will look good on most of the women.

Let us look at each of these in closer detail.

Mix and match silhouettes

The ideal dress style for any body type will highlight the best assets while distracting from the less desirable ones. The dress would also create a balanced structure that resembles an hourglass.

For an apple body type, the upper torso is more prominent. To balance the lower half, it is necessary to choose dresses that create the illusion of a waistline and more volume to the slender proportions of the lower body.

On the other hand, a pear body type has thicker hips. To balance the shape, it becomes necessary to enhance the upper body with a textured yoke.

So, if you have a pear-shaped and apple-shaped bridesmaid, the same dress silhouette would not suit both.

In such cases, consider mixing up silhouettes to flatter these individual body shapes. Keep two or three factors in the dresses similar for overall cohesiveness.

Universally flattering styles

Sometimes, you may simply not have the time or energy to find dresses that flatter each of your bridesmaids. Otherwise, it could be that you prefer to finish off the task faster by choosing a single dress style for all the bridesmaids.

In such cases, it is best to play it safe with universally flattering dress styles. These dresses will look good on almost all body types and your girls will be less likely to complain.

Let us look at some of these options:

Flutter sleeves

When your bridesmaids are from different age groups, have different body types and are of different heights, choose dresses with flutter sleeves and it will suit everyone.

Not only does this result in a modest look, but it is also elegant and flatters almost any woman.

Midi-length skirt

Midi dresses end between the knee and the calf. The benefit of this length is that it is slimming and elongates your legs.

Keeping it below knee-length makes it ideal for women who aren’t fond of showing much skin. This length will also draw attention to their shoes, making it another attractive factor. You can have the exact hemline altered to hit the best part of the leg for each girl.

Fit and flare silhouettes

This dress style is fitted around the torso and flares out from the waistline. It is a universally flattering dress style that creates the illusion of a slim waistline when there isn’t any. It also highlights the waist area in a good way.  

Hence, it is a style that works for both pear and apple-shaped women. Fit and flare dress styles create a curvy figure for a rectangle body type while emphasizing the slender waistline of an hourglass figure. Hence it is a win-win for all body types.

Bridesmaid dress shopping based on season and formality

When choosing bridesmaids dresses, be mindful of the weather conditions at the time of your wedding. Make decisions regarding the dress fabric, hemline and sleeve length based on how cold or warm it will be.

The bridesmaid dress choices should also complement the formality of the event. Opt for casual styles when the wedding has a semi-formal or casual theme. In formal settings, elegant and sophisticated choices look best.

Here are some tips:

  • For warm months, light-weight and breathable fabrics like cotton, linen and chiffon are ideal. You can opt for silk, velvet or wool when the weather is cold.
  • Long gowns are a good choice for autumn and winter. Midi and Mini dress look good in summer.
  • Match the bridesmaid dress style to the formality of the event. Long gowns in bold colors look good at formal weddings while short dresses in cheerful colors and lightweight fabric are suitable for informal settings.
  • Sleeveless and strapless dress styles can make your bridesmaids uncomfortable in cold weather. Either opt for longer sleeves or select accessories like shrugs and stoles to keep them cozy in such conditions.

Other important factors to consider when choosing bridesmaids dresses

While we have already covered the most important aspects of bridesmaid dress selection, there are some more factors to consider. Let us look at what they are.

Are your bridesmaids uncomfortable wearing certain styles?

Certain neckline, sleeve-length or hemline choices may be unsuitable for some of your bridesmaids. And you want your bridesmaids to be comfortable and not too conscious about their dress on the day.

So, it is a good idea to check with them about the dress elements they would rather not have in their dresses.

Are some of your girls uncomfortable in shorter dress styles? Do they find certain necklines (like strapless or a deep-cut V) to be too revealing?

Get their insight on these aspects and make a wise decision that will not inconvenience them.

When there are plus-size or petite bridesmaids

When choosing bridesmaid dresses, you may not always have the same variety of options if you have plus-size or petite bridesmaids.

The good news is that there are specific dress collections for petite and plus-size women and you can choose from them. Nevertheless, you may like to be more flexible with your selection criteria if you would like to keep the look cohesive in such cases.

If you narrow down your choices to very specific details, it may be more difficult to find suitable dresses for bridesmaids who are on either end of the size spectrum.

If a bridesmaid is pregnant

When your bridesmaid is pregnant, you cannot really predict the exact size to order for her bridesmaid dress. If you are ordering the dress five to six months in advance, her measurements can change drastically by the time the dress arrives. So, this is a very tricky situation.

Here are some options you can consider:

  • Choose a dress with an empire waistline which is by and large the most flattering style for a pregnant bridesmaid.
  • Look for maternity bridesmaid dresses that are designed to keep pregnant women comfortable while looking good.
  • Order up to two sizes larger than her current measurements. This should ideally compensate for the increase in bust and hip measurements over time. In case the dress ends up being too large, it can always be taken in.
  • Rather than choosing the same style for all your bridesmaids, you may like to restrict your selection criteria to the same color, but different styles when one or more bridesmaids are pregnant.

For more tips on how to shop for a pregnant bridesmaid, visit this article.

Choosing accessories to complete the look

The dress is always the highlight of the bridesmaid look. However, suitable accessories will further enhance their style quotient. So, here are some guidelines to help.

  • If you have chosen the same dress for all your bridesmaids, let them pick out their own jewelry and accents. This will help their individuality shine and also prevent the “cookie-cutter” look.
  • For dresses that are brightly colored or embellished with details and texture, keep accessories to a minimum and let the dress do the talking.
  • For mismatched bridesmaids, bring the look together with the exact same accessories. This can be shoes, belts or even statement jewelry.
  • Accessories quickly add up. Since they are paying for their dresses, it wouldn’t be nice to ask them to buy expensive accessories as well. Just give them guidelines like color and material and ask them to buy the nearest match within their budget. Or you can consider gifting them their accessories to wear on the day.

The final stage of bridesmaid dress shopping: Alterations and Collection

The final part of bridesmaid dress shopping is collecting the order and getting it altered to fit correctly.

We mentioned earlier that almost all bridesmaid dresses need one or two alterations. Let your bridesmaids know about this.

Bridesmaid dress alterations are ideally done a month before the wedding. This will help to get the best fit even if there any weight fluctuations after the dress was ordered.

Have your bridesmaids fix their appointments with a professional seamstress well in advance. This will ensure that the dresses will be ready on time. Also, remember that professional seamstresses can be very busy during peak wedding season and prom season.

It is a good idea to schedule the fitting appointments at the same time as placing the dress orders. For more valuable inputs on how to prepare for bridesmaid dress alterations, visit this post on the Martha Stewart website.

Step-by-step process to follow to ensure bridesmaid dress shopping is completed on time

We have now looked at all the details about preparing for bridesmaid dress shopping and the dress selection criteria. So, let us move on to the step-by-step process to ensure things are completed as per plan.

  1. Start on time: Begin planning for your bridesmaid dress shopping at least six months before the wedding. This will leave you enough time to narrow down your selection criteria, book the appointment, take your girls’ shopping and plan alterations after the dress arrives.
  2. Put your MOH in charge of scheduling shopping appointments and checking on progress: If your bridesmaids will be handling the shopping and dress selection themselves, you should keep tabs on their progress. Since you will be busy attending to other wedding-planning tasks, you can also entrust this important job to your Maid of Honor.
  3. Keep a tab on whether things are progressing as per plan: Plan a schedule or complete-by date for each of the tasks related to bridesmaid dress shopping. Then, communicate the set deadlines to your team of bridesmaids and check whether things are progressing as per plan.
  4. Plan fittings and alterations: Receiving the bridesmaid dress is only part of the process. Next, you should also stay on top of fittings and alterations to ensure the dress is perfect in time for the wedding. Add this schedule to your calendar and remind your bridesmaids to attend their appointments as per the plan.

To wrap it up…

Bridesmaid dress shopping is as challenging as bridal dress shopping. Nonetheless, you can tackle it efficiently with a planned and organized approach. The three main stages are:

  • Preparing for bridesmaid dress shopping
  • The actual dress selection process
  • Fittings and alterations

We have looked at each of these factors in detail over the course of this guide, and you are now all set for the process. Follow these steps and your bridal party will look fantastic.

Find a fabulous and updated collection of designer bridesmaid dresses at Best for Bride. Click here to visit our collection today and pick your favorites.