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Breaking wedding traditions: Bridesmaids in White

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If you thought that white was for the bride, it is no longer the case. Ever since Kate Middleton introduced us to her bridal entourage in white, it’s been a hit and more celebrities have followed suit.

One reason why white isn’t usually chosen for bridesmaids, is to avoid any confusion on who the bride is. Interestingly, this prompts us to take a closer look at the tradition of having bridesmaids in the first place. Did you know that bridesmaids originally had a far more important role in a wedding, than they do today? It was to protect the bride from evil spirits! In order to achieve this, bridesmaids were intended to dress just like the bride.

Where modern weddings are concerned, the last thing you want is to see the entire bridal party looking the same. So, while we toss superstition aside and step away from dressing up the bridesmaids to resemble the bride, let us not write off white as a dress color for the bridal party. Here is why!

White balances and blends with any color palette

White is refreshingly beautiful and renders a casual, relaxed vibe to the ceremony. This is a neutral that blends into any décor, and if you have some unusual color themes at your wedding, you can create a balance with white as your bridesmaids dress color. Also, with white, you will be spoilt for choices where the bouquets and rest of the colors in your wedding décor are concerned.

If you are having a white winter wedding, or a chic beach wedding, white for your bridesmaids would be a beautiful choice. White goes with white, but it would be an even better choice for your bridesmaids dresses if your wedding gown is in an uncoventional color. In this case, choose white and you needn’t worry about it clashing with the color of your wedding dress.

Factors to remember when choosing white for your bridesmaids

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If you’ve made your mind to go with white for your maids, remember that bridesmaids dresses come in varying shades of white, just like bridal dresses do. So, you have to choose from ivory, milky-white and diamond. Ensure that all your bridesmaids are in the same shade of white, so the look is cohesive.

If your bridal gown is in white, let your bridesmaids dresses be in a length that is different from yours. With the bride in a gorgeous gown, there is no chance of confusion. Nevertheless, choose a different silhouette and neckline pattern to keep it interesting and to add more visual interest. Another option is to choose the bridesmaids dresses in white lace or with ruffles, to add a dreamy and delicate touch to your wedding.This is perfect for an outdoor wedding, where the white will pop against the natural background.

At Best for Bride, we have a large collection of bridesmaids dresses, both in white and colors, to draw inspiration from, and to choose for your favorite girls on your big day. Visit us to browse our online gallery, for all your wedding shopping needs and for valuable wedding tips and advice.

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How to choose a pretty and practical dress for your flower girl

 

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Flower girls are like little angels at your wedding; these dear little girls who belong to the family of either the bride or groom, make a cute addition to the wedding party.

When choosing a flower girl’s dress, there are some factors to consider. The most important is the little girl’s age. Since a flower girl is usually aged between 4 and 8 years, it is necessary to choose a fabric and length that she will be comfortable in. The other relevant factors include pattern, budget and quality. Let us take a closer look at each of these factors now.

Length of the gown

The flower girl usually walks down the aisle before or after the bride, and everyone notices her as she makes her appearance. You should ideally choose a short dress for her, so that she doesn’t risk tripping and falling. A dress that is knee-length or at the most calf-length is the best choice. This should allow her to move around easily.

Fabric and pattern

Your flower girl’s dress may resemble the bridal gown, or it may be such that it goes well with the rest of the wedding décor. Rather than choosing a dress that is entirely white, it would be nice to add a colorful element to keep it interesting. The other option is to choose a dress in the same color as the bridesmaid’s dresses, or tie it with the wedding color palette using a colored sash or bow. Choose a fabric that is appropriate for the venue and the formality of the ceremony. If you are having a traditional church wedding, a fancy layered frock would look good, but if it is a garden or beach wedding opt for light, airy fabrics that will not weigh her down. Also consider the weather when choosing the fabric. Don’t drown your flowergirl in heavy layers or long sleeves if it is warm, and avoid a thin or short dress if it is windy or cold.

Navy Blue Lace Ivory Satin Organza

Quality of the fabric

At her age, it is unlikely that your flower girl will sit still for too long. So, it is unlikely that her dress will remain fresh throughout the ceremony, unless it is of suitable quality.

If she is restless (as is expected at her age) you do not want to feel disappointed to see her pretty dress full of creases and wrinkles. A good idea is to choose a good quality fabric. Fabrics that maintain their shape will ensure your flower girl looks fresh throughout the ceremony.

Ivory lace Tulle Spaghetti straps
Ivory lace Tulle Spaghetti straps

Accessorize well

A sensible pair of shoes are a must for your flower girl. See to that she breaks her shoes in before the wedding. Keep her hairstyle simple, and add accessories that she will like, but not distract her. You do not want her fiddling with it at the time of the ceremony.

To choose a pretty flower girl dress that will be just right for your wedding, check out the flower girl dress collection at Best for Bride.  For more wedding advice and to find all that you need for your wedding day, visit us today.