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10 main things to consider when choosing your bridesmaids dresses

There are two things that determine whether your bridesmaids dress selection is a success; how happy your bridesmaids are with your choice, and whether you are satisfied with your decision.

Being successful in your search is easier said than done. There are several factors to consider and work with when choosing your bridesmaids dresses. From budget constraints to matching body shapes and personal preferences to making the choice from thousands of options, you are in for a long ride.

Do you already think your head is spinning? Don’t worry, because we have the solution. Follow this list of ten top things to consider when you decide to go shopping for your bridesmaids dresses, and you will have your bases covered.

1.Budget

Your girls know that a new dress is on the cards when they sign up to be your bridesmaid. But, don’t make them cringe and cry by choosing an expensive dress that is way over their budget, and will most likely never be used again. Bridesmaids dress collections are rich and diverse. So, you have plenty of choices to match every budget and still get the look you envisioned. All you have to do is start your search early and search for the best deals. This way, you can find the perfect dress that doesn’t put a strain on your bridesmaid’s pockets and still have a picture-perfect bridal party.

Unsure of how to find the best deals that are budget-friendly? We suggest you start with the clearance and discount section on the website. This is where you can find the latest and most enticing offers. Also consider placing a bulk order, as many dress shops offer attractive discounts when you do so, and your bridesmaids can save some extra cash this way.

2.Body shape

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Different women have different body structures, heights, and shapes. So, choosing a single silhouette for all of them may not be the best idea. There are universally flattering silhouettes if you must have matching outfits for all of them. The modified A-line dress, that drapes close to the body all the way from the bust to the hips, and then extends into the shape of an “A,” is one such silhouette. The empire style dress with a raised waistline also looks good on most body types and is even suitable for the pregnant bridesmaid.

Nevertheless, we suggest having your girls pick dresses that enhance their best features, but on condition that all the dresses look good when they come together, and not totally disjointed. Or, choose multi-way dresses that allow your bridesmaids to drape it in different ways and find the style that looks best on them. This way, you will see more smiles than frowns, and your girls will feel comfortable and gorgeous on your day. It is a win-win situation, don’t you think?

3.Comfort

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You may have your heart set on a strapless bridesmaid dress or one that is really short and just perfect for your laid-back, casual wedding style. Before you make it your final decision, make sure you check with your bridesmaids. Not all women are comfortable wearing certain styles. Now, if your choice isn’t one that they’ve ever tried before or stay away from because they aren’t comfortable showing so much skin, it will be a mistake to force them into it on your wedding day. Although you shouldn’t be worried about satisfying everyone with every detail of what they wear on your wedding day, you should consider their opinions when choosing something that they are extremely uncomfortable in. It can be awkward if your bridesmaid is forever tugging on the neckline of her dress or acts oddly because she is uncomfortable in the style you choose.

If you have a junior bridesmaid, make sure you check with her parents on whether they are fine with her wearing strapless styles or a dress with a very short hemline or long slit.

4.Personalities

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Some women are more fashionable than others, and we know how every woman has her own perspective on what styles are great and what don’t make the list. So, while some of your bridesmaids may be super-excited about a certain style, silhouette or fabric, others may feel it isn’t even remotely their style. As a bride, you have a tough job of finding that right balance. You can either go with what you think is best, or be flexible with your options. This doesn’t mean you will have to compromise on your idea, as you will still have plenty of ways to have a wonderful looking bridal party without choosing the exact same dress. Mix up the looks, play with textures, fabrics and styles and come up with an interesting combination, that will still be cohesive with the help of few unifying elements.

One word of caution: don’t give free rein to your bridesmaids to pick their dresses. Set the guidelines that they have to stick to when choosing a dress. This could be the color, neckline, hemline or any two or more factors. The girls can then choose dresses that match their personal choices, while still meeting your conditions.

5.Colors

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There is an enormous variety of colors available in bridesmaids dresses, and this can confuse an already flustered bride. Rather than look at all the available color choices, you should focus on just two factors: the colors that match your wedding theme and colors that will look good on most of your bridesmaids. Remember to stick to this exact order. First, think of the colors that will be best for your wedding theme. Draw inspiration from photos, magazines and online content, and narrow down your choices to a select few. Then, choose the color, or colors that will suit most, if not all, of your bridesmaids. You are done! Since most bridesmaids dress designers offer dresses in several shades, finding the color you want shouldn’t be an issue once you choose the dress. It is best to place your orders together, so all the dresses come from the same dye lot and have the same color.

However, remember that you may not always get a proper idea of what the color will be when you place your order based on the small color sample available at the boutique. Check whether the boutique carries a dress in the color you choose. When it is from the same collection, you will get a better idea of how the color will be, even if it is not the same design you chose. If they don’t, then search online for real pictures of dresses from that collection in the color you chose. Basing your choice entirely on the tiny swatch of fabric you see may give you a result that is entirely different from what you had in mind.

6.Going shopping

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Bridesmaids dress shopping is a lot of fun, especially as you aren’t the one who has to try on dress after dress, and look for approval. As the audience, you have a more relaxed role. However, prepare for the shopping well in advance, and go with a definite idea of what you want. If possible, we suggest you go out by yourself the first time and take a look at your options and shortlist the ones to choose from. This will save you the trouble of walking in with all your bridesmaids and finding yourself buried in choices, opinions and preferences.

We think it is best if you take along no more than four bridesmaids for one appointment. It can get too chaotic otherwise. If you have plenty of time before your wedding, try to plan your shopping for the off-peak season time, so your appointment isn’t rushed.

7.Timing your appointment

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As with everything wedding-related, start your bridesmaids dress shopping early to get everything done on time. Selecting the dress design is only half the work. You will then have to place the order and wait for the dresses to arrive. Then there will be alterations, to get the dresses fitted and just right for your wedding day. So, it is best to book your boutique appointment early, and with sufficient time to get all the remaining things completed. This will help you avoid rush fees or disappointment if the dress you choose will not be available within your deadline. Avoid shopping on the weekends, as this is when the boutique will be most rushed. Also, you will have to round up your bridesmaids for their appointment, and it is best to save time by taking at least a few of them in one go. You will have hundreds of other things to attend to as well. So, consider delegating the responsibility of getting the girls to their alteration sessions to your Maid of honor, after the decisions have been made and orders placed.

8.Expect the unexpected

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If you have a long engagement, it is wise to not place your bridesmaids dress orders too early. Since your bridesmaids are obviously not going to put their personal lives on hold till your wedding is over, don’t be surprised if one of them announces that she is expecting, or even has a baby during the long wait. When you order the dress closer to your wedding, you have more flexibility to accommodate such changes. Your bridesmaid will also appreciate wearing a dress that is more comfortable for her condition. Simple dresses that do not require too many alterations to fit well, and those that are available in a range of sizes are your best bet. Also, remember that women change sizes all the time. They may gain or lose pounds from the time the dresses were ordered, to when it is actually time to wear it. So, keep an open mind and leave enough time for last minute alterations, so there are fewer hassles as the day draws closer.

9.Practicality

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Expect your bridesmaids to be very busy on your wedding day; getting dressed on time, attending to guests, helping you with your needs and more. So, the dress you choose should allow them to move around comfortably and it should also withstand strain without becoming wrinkled and dull. Another factor to consider is the weather at the time of your wedding. A dress that is perfect for an outdoor summer wedding may be a disastrous choice for a winter wedding. So, keep all these things in mind when making your choice. Consider your venue, weather at the time, and the duties that the bridesmaids will have to busy themselves with on the day, and then decide the silhouette and fabric that will be appropriate.

10.Cohesion

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We talked about mixing and matching dresses, so you get a perfect balance that matches your bridesmaid’s personal preferences as well as the wedding theme. This is a factor that shouldn’t be overlooked. Random dresses that you expect to go together, may entirely spoil the visual impact of your wedding scenery. Your bridesmaids should look great together, so your photos are picturesque and all your effort in planning your wedding theme isn’t wasted. Mix and match dresses, but do so sensibly. Don’t forget to decide upon the unifying factors in advance, and make sure they are ones that will bring the overall look together. Additionally, the bridesmaids dresses should also complement your wedding dress. So, if your dress has abundant lace details, it may be a good idea to go with classic designs and lace as the fabric for your bridesmaids. It needn’t be the fabric either. You can tie your look to your bridal party’s by finding one similar fabric. This may be the neckline, sleeve length or embellishment style.

We would love to hear what factors were most important to you, when you chose your bridesmaids dresses. Do let us know in the comments section.

Best for Bride offers bridesmaids dress collections from leading designers in sizes ranging from 0-34. You can find every silhouette, every pattern, every fabric and design to make your dreams a reality. To make your pick today, come visit our online gallery and find out which is your favorite.

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How to add patterns and prints into your wedding theme

Today, most weddings are planned around a chosen color scheme. Choosing between colors has been a popular trend for quite some time now. Since there is nothing new other than perhaps find a brand new winning color combination, more and more brides are turning to patterns and print to add a unique touch to their weddings. Patterns and prints bring an extra element of style and sophistication, and this is a surefire way of making an impact, without going to too much trouble.

The best thing about incorporating prints and patterns into your wedding décor is that you have so many options to choose from. Whether you want a classic, elegant wedding theme or a quirky, contemporary style you have plenty of designs to fashion it on. The fun doesn’t end here. By varying the size, dimensions and frequency with which you use prints or patterns in your décor, you can achieve entirely different effects.

Some of the benefits of including prints and patterns into your wedding scheme are:

  • It is one of the easiest ways to add more texture and interesting colors to your décor
  • Certain prints are standard representations of themes, and this is an easy way to create the vibe you desire, for your wedding. For example, spring flowers scream garden celebrations, and using this print in your décor can instantly set the right ambiance at your venue
  • It is easier to mix and match colors around a pattern or print, than when using a single color, which will involve more detailed matching of elements
  • With pattern and print, a little goes a long way. You can make a powerful statement by using prints and patterns in moderation
  • Prints allow you to keep your base color simple, while adding accents in a fun way to your wedding theme

There are hundreds of options in prints and patterns to choose from, and it is pretty exciting to explore the options. Depending on the style of wedding you have, you can consider the following options.

Traditional prints

  • Basket weaves: Soft and elegant, basket weaves are a perfect pattern to add subtle texture to your wedding décor elements. You can use this print in table linen, in the rugs and even in the cake for a dramatic and elegant finish.
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  • Art deco: Bring neat and stylish Gatsby inspired motifs to your wedding as the patterns that will be highlighted in your décor. Crisp, clean and easy to incorporate, you can try the same print in different colors, or stick to just one print and color combination throughout.

This place card from our Best for Bride stationery suite features black and white art deco prints that make the wedding scenery more interesting in an instant

  • Damask

This popular Arabic weaving pattern is a beautiful traditional icon that is both elegant and sophisticated. It is a perfect choice for your wedding invitations and stationery. Use it in lavish doses throughout your décor for a regal vibe.

This black and white Damask pocket invitation is from our invitation collection at Best for Bride.

  • Lace

An eternal vintage favorite, lace can jazz up the scene with pretty floral details in your table décor, bouquets, centerpieces and even wedding cake design in an instant. For brides who want a modern update to traditional lace designs, consider laser-cut lace details that are crisp with super-fine details

Rolls of crochet lace can be used to tie together wedding favors, embellish envelopes and even to secure silverware to the table napkins.

  • Ikat

Add a punch of color to your wedding scene with ikat handloom prints that are an all-time favorite with the Boho bride. Perfect for a colorful wedding, and there is an endless variety of prints to choose from.

This invitation from the Best for Bride collection can be ordered here.

Modern patterns

  • Greek key

The new favorite in interior designing, the Greek key print is a perfect choice for the bride who wants a subtle pattern with symmetry, that makes it balanced and interesting. Start off with an envelope seal to your chosen wedding invitation format, and build the rest of the scene at your wedding around this pattern.

This envelope seal is available here at Best for Bride.

  • Animal print

Jazz up your modern wedding with prints from the animal world, including zebra prints, leopard prints, tiger stripes or giraffe prints for a chic vibe. It is exciting and interesting, and totally cool! Step away from the original colors and pep it up with bright, unusual colors for an even more interesting touch.

This envelope liner can be used with your invitations to give your guests a sneak peek at the theme of your wedding. Available here at Best for Bride.

  • Geometric prints

The go-to pattern for modern and stylish celebrations. The straight edges and neat corners of modern geometric prints will find favor with the bride who is organized and loves to go with neat, but pretty trends.

Universal prints that work for both contemporary and traditional brides

  • Chevron

A versatile print that can easily be modern or classic depending on how it is used, and the colors chosen in it. Chevron in gold and white is classic, while the colored versions are playful and fun. Use it everywhere, from your table linen, to the backdrop and even add it to the edible favors, brides shoes or bridesmaids dresses.

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  • Checks

Big or small, check prints are a must-have for garden weddings and outdoor ceremonies. Do it big, in ample doses everywhere from the favor bags to table cloth, or keep it in moderation by adding it to the bunting and napkins. Color combinations like red and white are fun, while black and white or tartan prints are classic.

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  • Polka dots

One of our favorite all-time prints, polka dots are a happy pattern that can bring a soft contrast and step up the fun element at any venue. They can be either whimsical and fun, or stylish and classic, depending on how the colors are mixed to create the combination.

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  • Stripes

Another classic design that can be used in both modern and classic weddings with ease, stripes are the perfect pattern choice to either dress up or dress down your wedding theme and create the vibe you want. There are infinite options to consider, and there is no scope for mistakes.

14 ideas to incorporate stripes into your wedding

  • Florals

Flowers and weddings are a match made in heaven, and you can make the most of this bounty of nature by adding it in lavish doses to your wedding theme. Apart from incorporating it into the décor and stationery, we think you should also consider dressing up your pretty bridesmaids in flower print dresses. Your bridesmaids will go crazy over this printed dress from the Alfred Sung bridesmaids collection. Check it out here.

Now that we’ve had a detailed look at a handful of beautiful prints that would be great for your wedding day, let us discuss a few important things that you should keep in mind when using prints and patterns.

Follow these tips and you are sure to do it right.

1.Have a color scheme in mind: When doing patterns and print, it is easy to go overboard. If you do, you will end up with a cluttered scheme and the entire effect will be spoiled. To avoid this, pick a scheme with a maximum of four colors to mix and match. Consider how practical it is to work with these colors, and where you can add each combination. Sketch the imagery in your mind, and collect inspiration from available sources on your wedding inspiration board. Try out different combinations, till you find the right one that appeals most to you. Then proceed with the plan.

2.Do patterns and prints in the right doses: Getting the most of patterns and prints is possible, only when you do the combinations in moderation. Prints can freshen up the scenery when they are mixed with a solid base color, that offsets the busy look. Collect swatches in various combinations and set it up against plain solid colors, till you find the right mix that you can use in different places through the décor.

3.Start with the stationery: We said earlier that your invitation is the right place to offer your guests a sneak peek into the prints you will employ at your wedding. So, make sure you choose an invitation, envelope seal or envelope liner that will feature the chosen theme element. Apart from that you can further dress up your wedding venue with place cards, coasters, menus and programs centered around the theme. This is one of the most cost-effective and efficient ways to add patterns and prints into your décor.

4.Place it where it will be noticed: Some clever planning is necessary for this part. To make a statement with prints and patterns, you should not just float it around in the background. You should place it where it will be most noticeable. Place it against items that are simple and plain, so the prints stand out against them. For example, display the patterns as cupcake tiers in the candy buffet, or add it as ribbons on a plain favor bag. Most prints, including stripes, polka dots and chevron, can be incorporated into wedding cakes. Do this in the right dose, and it will be a statement look that everyone will appreciate.

5.Use it in unexpected ways: This is one of the quickest ways to make sure the theme comes alive. Do a little brainstorming to add your central theme into places where your guests will least expect to see it, and it will not go unnoticed. Some places to add the little element of surprise are in your centerpieces, by adding it to the vases in which the flowers will be displayed. You can also use it in lavish doses in the program and menu cards, as it will not escape being noticed when your guests read through them.

6.Wear it well: If you have your mind set on a white wedding dress, don’t compromise on that to incorporate pattern. Instead think of other ways in which you can cleverly add prints to your look. Accessories like shoes, sashes and bouquets can be dressed up with the pattern you choose, thus integrating your look with the theme you have chosen. Something as simple as tying a fabric with the chosen print around your bouquet, is all it takes to update your look and match it to the theme. For your groom, consider a patterned tie or printed shirt in the chosen theme. Similarly you can have your bridesmaids in dresses that feature the chosen pattern or gift them accessories that sport the print.

With these tips in mind, you are all set to add the right prints and patterns to your wedding. The best thing about using this idea is that even a little goes a long way. You do not need elaborate plans or go through yards of fabric swatches to find the one combination that will make your wedding truly unique. Having a theme that works, couldn’t get easier than this, and it is the perfect way to make the right statement.

Our invitation suite has wedding stationery in almost every print, pattern and color you can possibly imagine. Finding your dream color and print combination couldn’t get any easier than this. Similarly, you will find an endless gallery of options in wedding favors, reception décor, table and aisle decorations and more in our wedding favors shop. So, don’t forget to check out the different options you can consider, for your chosen theme and colors. Bring your wedding vision to life through the different wedding services we offer at Best for Bride. Visit our home page today, to find everything you need.

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How to get the mix ‘n’ match bridesmaids dress trend right—5 Dress combinations that work

The Mix ‘n’ Match bridesmaid dresses trend is catching on, and with good reason. Having all your bridesmaids dressed in the same attire from head to toe is boring, and the uniform does little justice to helping your girls shine in their entirely similar outfits. Today’s brides are intelligent, smart women who want to make sure their best friends and sisters look splendid on their big day. Appreciating their individuality by choosing different dresses for each of them goes a long way in reinforcing this idea. Plus, bridesmaids are your favorite girlfriends, and you want them to be satisfied and comfortable in what they wear.

There is however a catch to employing the mix ‘n’ match trend. It is not something that will just fall into place. You, as the bride, have to play a big role in building a cohesive look for your bridesmaids, as only then will your bridal party acquire the intended effect when they all come together. Fortunately, you do not have to seek the services of a personal stylist to get this right. An idea of what combinations work can help you get through, and here are some sure hits.

1.Same color but different styles

One place where many brides go wrong is in choosing a particular color and giving bridesmaids free reign to pick a dress that they like as long as it falls into this color spectrum. Well, it may work for certain colors like black, gray or gold, but not any other. Unless your bridesmaids go shopping together and you or someone else oversees what they choose, you will not know if the shades they pick will work together. This is a recipe for disaster.

Let me make things a little clearer. There are a thousand different shades of green, some with hints of blue in them, others with hints of yellow. If your six bridesmaids each picked out their own version of green, it is likely that at least one of them will look drastically different from the rest.

Instead, give your girls free reign over the style of dress they choose, as long as they stick with dresses from a single designer collection. This is because most designers offer the same colors, in different styles. For example, these different pink dresses from the Dessy Collection would work like a charm, don’t you think?

2.Pretty in prints and patterns

In a welcome deviation to the single solid color for bridesmaids dresses, you can render a personal touch to each outfit with interesting prints and patterns. Not only does this add oodles of style, it is fashionable and your girls will get better use out of these dresses than just at your wedding. One unique idea I found on the Every last detail blog is to limit your bridesmaids to a single shade, but pick a patterned dress for your maid of honor. How interesting is that? Check out their blog page at the link above for more details and pictures related to this idea.

You could also mix patterned dresses and dresses in the same solid base color for a different effect. Above is a stunning dress from the Dessy Bridesmaids collection with a speckled pattern. Imagine how beautiful it would look when mixed with a dress in solid grey or navy to get a beautiful effect. For example, the dress featured below could be a befitting combination for this rococo speckled gray dress.

The soft texture and speckles of prints on the rococo lace dress complement the beautiful gray chiffon dress with the ruched bodice. Although both dresses possess individual style, you can still create a cohesive look with both of them.

3.Mix and match textures to impress

Yet another great way to mix and match bridesmaids dresses, but in a safe way is to mix textures in exactly the same color. Take a look at this image of buoyant beautiful bridesmaids in lavender. Notice how each of the dresses are entirely different from the other, but the breezy fabrics used in different ways in each of these dresses render a cohesive look to all the women. The main attractive factor about this style of mixing and matching dresses, is that you can find dresses that suit the personalities of all your bridesmaids. This allows you to not just find stylish dresses for each of them, you can also make sure that all their looks come together.

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When opting for this method, remember that you will have to invest more time and effort, as slight differences in color or entirely different fabrics can change the overall look. To make sure you nail it, you will have to see all the dresses together, and have a dress rehearsal to make sure that they go together as intended.

4.Dusty and pastel palettes

Give each of your bridesmaids her unique look by choosing soft pastels or dusty barely there colors that do not compete with each other. Although we initially discussed that different hues in a single color are not a great idea, pastels are an exception to this rule, as all the colors are muted, and create a beautiful palette with a subtle hint of refreshing color.

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A pastel palette is perfect for your bridesmaids dresses, if you are a bride who wants color at her wedding, but not ones with overpowering intensity. Pastels are pleasant, but soft, and so they are bound to mix together well. Imagine your beautiful bridesmaids in a rainbow of pastels similar to what you see in the image here. Need I say more about how stunning the effect will be?      Dusty colors look sophisticated, and they add grace and elegance to the stride of your bridesmaids. Since most dusty colors are almost neutral in appearance, you needn’t worry about whether they will blend together. This is in fact one of the easiest ways to coordinate your bridesmaids outfits. Experiment with different necklines, patterns and styles by keeping the fabric uniform, and you simply cannot go wrong.

5.Varied necklines and unified hemlines A simple but effective way to employ the mix and match trend, without experimenting too much, is to simply choose different dresses in the same color, and vary necklines. There are two advantages to following this idea

  • You allow your bridesmaids to pick a neckline that they are most comfortable in
  • The color and length are unifying factors, and you needn’t worry about whether the bridal party look will come together.

Let’s face it, not all your bridesmaids may feel comfortable showing off their shoulders and decolletage in a dress with a sweetheart neckline. A few of them, on the other hand, may appreciate the chance to showcase their slender neck and toned arms in a strapless gown. By varying the neckline and sleeves, you make sure each girl has a dress with a unique style quotient, and this makes it easier for them to find a dress that suits them. You will also have to put in lesser effort to find your bridesmaids dresses. All you have to do is choose a color that works, and then explore the various options in sleeves and necklines and find those that will work for each of the bridesmaids. It is easy to find bridesmaids dresses in different patterns but the exact color, when you choose from a single collection. Here’s a wedding picture, where they’ve got it right. Don’t you see how it is cohesive, yet individual?

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Image Credit: Jodie Wilson via Flickr [CC BY 2.0]

Now that you have enough pictures to draw inspiration from, you are all set to go shopping for your bridesmaids dresses.

Before you go start, we thought of running you through the common mistakes you should try to avoid.

#Forgetting about texture

We cannot stress enough on the impact that is created by varying textures. The same color can look entirely different when it is applied using two different types of fabric. So, pay close attention to texture when you choose the dresses. This is especially important if your bridesmaids go shopping individually, as you may end up with entirely random looks when they come together, if the textures are distinct. The best way around this is for you to specify the fabric.

# Not paying attention to the mood of the event

I’ve said it a hundred times before, and will reiterate that everything boils down to cohesion. Not only should the bridesmaids dresses go together, but they should also coordinate well with the venue and the ambiance. Before you finalize your bridesmaids dresses, make sure that they are suitable for the style of wedding you have planned. Dresses that are appropriate for a formal indoor wedding can be totally inappropriate for an outdoor beach wedding. The fix is to first determine the venue and understand the mood of the event; then choose bridesmaids dresses that will complement the theme and style of the wedding.

# Choosing bridesmaids dresses in the main theme colors, however bright or bold they may be

Many brides believe that their bridesmaids should be dressed in the central color theme, even if it doesn’t complement their skin tone. Do you agree? If you do, it is likely that your bridesmaids will not be smiling with satisfaction at your wedding. After all, they too want to look great on your big day. Wearing a color that isn’t flattering but does the opposite will ruin their chances of looking good in your wedding pictures.

Fortunately, there is an easy fix to ensure everyone is happy. All you have to do is dress your bridesmaids in a neutral color that complements your wedding palette. Check out this article on universal bridesmaids dress colors for some valuable tips. Bring in the central color used in your wedding theme through your accessories. There are many smart ways to incorporate this. You can opt for colorful bouquets, attractive accessories like shoes or belts, or a beautiful necklace. Now, do you think your bridesmaids will be a lot happier with the colors you’ve chosen for your wedding.

#Varying more than two features

While mixing and matching is fun, you should limit the extent to which you use it. Stick with just one or two factors. If you vary several features all at once, it will not only look disjointed, but the entire intent of using it is defeated. The last thing you want is to put in all that effort in planning your bridal party look to the last detail, and leave your guests to believe that you just went with what was available. Remember that it is difficult to satisfy everyone of your bridesmaids. So, draw the plug on what has to be uniform. Keep the fabric and color uniform, and allow them to choose their favorite neckline or sleeve length. Or keep the neckline and hemline uniform, and vary the pattern and color. By doing this, you can ensure that the overall look isn’t chaotic.

This covers all you need to know, so your bridesmaids are happy in different dresses that tie to the central theme, yet different in their own respect. Will you be going with this trend for your wedding? If so, what will your choices be based on? Do let us know through your comments.

Finding bridesmaids dresses of any type, size, pattern or color is now easy with our collection at Best for Bride. Make your choice from leading designer collections including the Dessy Bridesmaids collection, Mori Lee, Angeline Faccenda, After Six and more. Whether you would like to stick with a single designer collection, or check out your options from different designer collections, we have all the options you want in-store, along with some fabulous offers to help you save money.

Visit our online bridesmaids dress gallery to browse through all our collections and choose the ones that you like best. Remember that every pattern you see online is available in a range of colors, so customization has never been more easy. With every dress featured here available in all sizes, you needn’t look anywhere else to find all you need for your entire bridal party.

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Universally flattering colors to satisfy all your bridesmaids

As the bride, you are in charge of deciding the color, style and design of your bridesmaids dresses. Although your main concern is to choose dresses that blend with the wedding palette, remember that these girls are your best friends. You want them to look and feel fantastic on your big day, and what they wear plays a huge role in this.

While it is impossible to make everyone happy when you choose a wedding dress, you can still aim for a choice that will not have any of your maids feeling miserable. When you choose a color like bright pink or orange, it is likely that one or more of your bridesmaids may be unhappy, since it makes her look sick or fat.

So, what is the solution? Choose different dresses for your bridesmaids, so each one of them is happy, or go with a universally flattering color that looks good on almost anyone. Let us look at what colors make this list.

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While these colors will look good on any skin tone, these aren’t super fantastic either. The good thing is that you won’t catch any of your bridesmaids complaining about a ghastly color you chose. These will easily blend into any color palette, and so you needn’t worry about it matching your wedding theme.

Navy and black

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Black works with any color theme, and navy with almost every one. The general rule is that the darker a color, the more likely will suit every skin tone. If you are worried about these colors being boring, you can step up the drama by pairing it with brightly colored accessories like belts or shoes, and obtain and entirely different effect.

Purple and burgundy

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When you want colors that really stand out, your choices are purple and burgundy. However, don’t choose the lighter shades, as they may clash with certain skin tones. Go with the darkest shade you can find, and your bridesmaids will look ravishing. It may not be easy incorporating these colors into every wedding theme, so consider this factor before choosing them.

Teal and baby blue

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Blue is a color that is vibrant, energizing and suitable for almost anyone. The blue palette has another advantage—the various shades work together to create a very cohesive look. Since there is a blue for everyone, you can have your bridesmaids dressed in various shades of the same color, and not worry about it coming together. And, not to forget that your wedding gown in white will pop against a background of blue. So, imagine how stunning your wedding photographs will be!

While we are talking about colors, let us also take a quick look at those that you should stay away from, if you want to dress all your girls in a single color.

Beware of pink and peach. Few women look good in these colors, and unless you choose individual shades for each woman, stay away from it. Pastels are another no-no, as they add the illusion of extra pounds and can make your girls look pale.

Check out the bridesmaids dress collections at Best for Bride, for inspiration and select the right dress to have your bridesmaids satisfied and feeling fantastic, at your wedding!