Friday has somehow rolled around again, can’t say I’m sorry though are you?! We’re going to look at 5 tips for choosing bridesmaid dresses today but first our recap: In case you missed our Saturday music post, we had a classic from John Hiatt that would be perfect wedding music. To start the week off, our Monday post drummed up some painterly inspiration from Van Gogh. Our first Tuesday post featured a colorful engagement session from Mike L. Photography and then we had a gorgeous Donegal seaside wedding from the ever-fabulous Christina Brosnan. Our Wednesday Wishlist looked longingly at 5 types of vintage rings we’d love… sigh.. Moving on: Thursday we started off with the 19th wedding of Lisa and Alex from 2People 1Life, this one was in Cambodia. Then we had a styled bridal shoot in Milan where the bride was model, designer and studio owner- fab!

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

Our FAB picks of weddings found this week are:

Musicans’ wedding in Texas – Great fun and definitely one to check out if you’re looking to incorporate a musical theme.

Elegant countryside US barn wedding – A gorgeous Jenny Packham dress, Jimmy Choos and hazy summer evening light.

Minneapolis city wedding – Celebration on the city streets! (Oh and the bride has a convertible dress. Just so you don’t spend ages wondering if it’s two different weddings like I did.)

Blue Ridge Mountain wedding – in North Carolina- the view over the mountains from their venue is stunning.

Wicklow wedding in Ballybeg House – Laid back and stylish. Love the groom’s powder blue suit and his best man’s kilt.

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

Friday Fashion ✈ Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses: 5 Tips

1) Brainstorm

Think about your theme, the ‘feel’ of your wedding. Try to imagine what style would go well with your own dress, but not be too similar. Bridesmaid dresses should not overwhelm, but not blend in with the furnishings either. Think about whether dresses should be dark or light and go from there. Do you have a colour theme planned yet for the rest of the wedding?

2) Make a List

If you have a style in mind, consider whether it would suit all the body shapes of your girls. If you’re not sure, you could go with different styles but the same colour. Make a list of what you think would suit each girl. Mix it up as desired- if you have an even number of bridesmaids you could do two styles. Or if they have similar shapes but different complexions, how about same style but different shades of the same colour- or different colours? There are loads of options!

3) Communicate

Talk to your lovely ladies about any ideas they might have. If they have any major issues with a certain style, that makes it easier as it’s one less choice to worry about! Also let them know if you are considering a strapless or bra-less dress as some might not be comfortable with that.

4) Estimate

Decide who is paying. If you have ten bridesmaids it might be a bit hard for you to cover all of their dresses! Even if you have two, they may pay for their own. Discuss this with them and come up with a plan. Once this is sorted you can decide the budget for each dress. In general it might be something like €100-300, but it really depends on how particular you are about what you want! If there is a dress you really want that is slightly over the budget you’ve decided, consider paying the difference yourself. It would be nice to try and work with dresses the girls might wear again.

5) Delegate!

When you have decided the general idea of what you want, give the task of sorting out the nitty-gritty of actually finding the dresses and organizing fittings to your maid of honor or another willing bridesmaid volunteer, while you get on with the rest of your planning.

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

Images sourced from: Les Amis Photo via FAB Thurs post | Funky Photographers via  Bridal Musings | Steve Steinhardt Photography via Style Me Pretty

3 Responses

  1. Elizabeth | Bridal Musings

    Thanks for the link and these fab bridesmaids dress tips. The ‘who pays for the bridesmaids dresses?’ dilemma is always tricky. Right I’m off to check out some of your other picks, have a great weekend! :)


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