Your wedding dress is the crown jewel of your wedding day. It’s the garment that takes your guests' breath away. Elicits gasps and tears as you emerge, radiant and stunning.
It’s so special in fact, that you only get to wear it once.
Next in line – the crown that holds the jewel – are bridesmaids’ dresses. The cut, color, style and fabric you select should complement your dress. Allow it (and you!) to shine.
Dresses should also be comfortable, and yes. Dance floor approved.
We hope you’re excited, the quest for the perfect dress is fun! It can also be a little overwhelming, which is we’re here, helping you through. We’ll point out important things to consider, and provide tips for a flawless result.
1. Your Aesthetic
Knowing the aesthetic of your big day – the overall look and impact you’re going for – helps immensely with dress selection.
If you’re swept up with the ethereal, captivated by a cottagecore theme for example, a short simple form-fitting dress won’t add anything to that aesthetic. Instead, you’ll be on the hunt for flowy romantic pieces. Dreamy and soft with flutter sleeves and silk detail.
The theme you choose for your wedding helps guide and inform the wedding dress selection, and your choice of bridesmaids’ dresses too.
If you’re unsure where to begin your search, Bella Bridesmaids has an impressive assortment of dresses in every style imaginable. They feature looks from top designer names in the biz, and have a wide variety of options for every body and budget. Plus, their collection comes with a grand color pallet, spanning every hue imaginable.
2. Your Budget
If you don’t have a huge dress budget, don’t let that deter you. There are so many dress options out there that even those without a ton to spend don’t have to compromise on the ‘wow’ factor.
You can sometimes score fabulous vintage and secondhand wedding dresses, if you know where to look.
Traditionally, bridesmaids pay for their own dress and accessories, so make sure you connect with yours to establish a price point that everyone is comfortable with. Money is still somewhat of a touchy taboo topic. If it makes it easier, ask each of your bridesmaids individually to see where they stand on the topic, and establish the bridesmaids dress budget accordingly.
3. Your Color Scheme
The color of your gown doesn’t require much consideration – though you may be surprised by how many shades of white there are.
Your bridesmaids’ dresses, on the other hand, will showcase the color pallet you’ve chosen for your big day.
If you don’t know where to start, here are a few colors we absolutely can’t get enough of. They work surprisingly well with other tones too.
- Sage green
- Moss green
- Cool silvery blues
Another color inspo trick: head to your local hardware store and take a look at the paint swatches. Pull the ones you like, and play around mixing and matching different color combos. Make note of the ones you love. This is a quick and simple way to figure out which tones work the best together, and capture the mood you’re aiming for best.
4. Your Venue
The venue you choose can sometimes have an impact on the dresses you select.
If you’re having an outdoor wedding in spring, temps may be cooler. It may be a good idea to choose dresses with a little extra coverage for warmth.
Additionally, you may opt for a wedding dress with a shorter train so it doesn’t get snagged on debris as you make your way down the aisle.
If you have an indoor well-swept climate-controlled celebration planned, you don’t need to worry about these factors as much.
It can still be helpful to think about your venue though, and consider which style of dress suits it best.
5. Your Vibe
Do you love things that are vintage? Are you obsessed with a particular era?
There’s no doubt about it. Dress fashion encapsulates history, personality, and also alludes to different moods.
When you dream about your big day, the impact you want to have on your fiancée and guests, what is it, the elusive “it” that you’re going for?
What are some words you can think of to describe how you want your dress to look, and how you want your guests to react when they see you in it? Do you want it to be dazzling, timeless, enchanting, dreamy, luxurious…?
And how about the bridesmaids’ dresses? Simple, elegant, va-va-voom; vivacious?
Choosing words that represent the feeling you’re hoping to achieve makes it easier to pull in dresses that match – can be described by – those words.
The final dress selection process shouldn’t be taken lightly. However, it doesn’t mean you can’t have some lighthearted fun while you’re at it. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, enlist help from your bridesmaids! Everyone knows prosecco and dress shopping go hand in hand, so make a day of it and enjoy the experience. And please, don’t stress over it – we all know you’re going to look absolutely stunning.
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