Organising a wedding is a massive challenge. For most people it is their first time, so it always comes as a shock just how long your to do list is, and how challenging some of the decisions you have to make are.
Most brides look forward to choosing their wedding dress, but dread having to decide what the maid of honour and bridesmaids should wear. Most women know their bodies well. They know what looks good on them and what does not, and have a firm grasp on what style of dress they feel comfortable wearing.
However, when it comes to choosing something for their close friends and family to wear as a bridesmaid outfit, they can be stumped. Having to come up with an idea that will look good on everyone regardless of age or body type as well as dresses that will fit in with the overall look and feel of the wedding is tricky to say the least. Add in the complication of being on a tight budget and you end up making what is a tricky decision even more difficult.
Fortunately, there are ways to make things easier for yourself. By following the tips below you will find the whole process of choosing your bridesmaids outfits far easier.
The first step is to see what is available. Many traditional wedding boutiques also sell bridesmaids dresses, so they are potentially a good place to start. The only problem is that their prices tend to be on the high end. This means that you are unlikely to be able to afford to buy the dresses you see in these shops, but what you can do is to get some good ideas and advice from them.
Shop on the High Street
These days many High Street retailers sell bridesmaid dresses and maid of honour outfits. These dresses are well made and beautiful, but cost a fraction of what you would have to pay in a wedding boutique.
Mix and match
If you are lucky, all of your bridesmaids will be similar in shape and size. In that situation, putting them all in exactly the same style of dress will work well provided you choose something that looks good on them. However, this is rarely a good approach when the age and shape of your bridesmaids varies widely. In that situation, it is well worth considering dressing them in separates rather than dresses. You can still choose the same fabrics, and colours, but will have more control over how they are worn, and therefore the overall look for each bridesmaid will complement each other.
For example, your more confident bridesmaids can opt to wear an outfit with a tight fitting cut, with the others having the option to opt for a more flattering A-line style instead. Both skirts can be made from the same material, so they will match, and the group will look good together.
Giving your bridesmaids a choice of cuts is a good way to help them to look their best and, therefore, feel more confident on the day. Which, of course, means fantastic photos, and that everyone enjoys a day that they remember for all of the right reasons.