Matching Dresses - Yes or No?
You need to decide if you want all of your bridesmaids to wear the same gowns, or if you would prefer to use more than one dress style for your wedding party. Matching dresses will require a style that can be flattering to the different body types that will be wearing them. If you plan to let your girls wear different gowns, make sure that each one has some type of unifying element to tie them all together. This can be different shades of the same color, or possibly a certain length with different necklines.
Decide What You (The Bride) Like
This is your wedding, so the dresses that will be standing next to you at the altar should be something that you like. Finding gowns that are similar in style to your wedding dress, without looking exactly like it, is a good place to begin the search. This can give your entire bridal party a very unified overall look.
Do keep in mind, though, that you aren't the one that has to wear the dress. Something you absolutely love may not be a favorite of someone else. A great idea is to take your maid or matron of honor shopping with you first to pick out a few different gowns that you both like. This way, your bridesmaids will have choices to pick from when you all shop together, but all of the choices will be something you have already pre-approved.
Trust Your Bridesmaids
If someone is in your bridal party, they should be a good friend or close family member. This means that they love you and have your best interests in mind, so they won't pick a dress that they know you do not like. Since they will be the one wearing the gown all day and having to pose for tons of photos in it, take their opinions into consideration when you make the final bridesmaid dress decision.
Start Shopping Early
It's never too early to begin the bridesmaid gown search. Start out by flipping through wedding magazines together or sharing your favorite looks with each other online. This is a great way to get everyone excited, plus a wonderful way to figure out the styles that are most popular with your group.
The bridesmaid dresses will need to be ordered at least 6 months before the wedding date. This will allow enough time for the gown orders to come in and any necessary alterations to be scheduled and completed.
A Few Things To Consider
Before you make any final decisions on which dresses your bridesmaids will wear at your wedding, keep the following things in mind.
You may be willing to spend a lot on your wedding, but your friends may not be able to. Be considerate of the amount you are asking them to spend, especially if the bridesmaid dress isn't the only cost they will have on your big day.
This gown will need to be worn for a long time on the wedding day, and hopefully lots and lots of dancing will be done it it! You'll want to pick out something that will remain comfortable until late into the evening. During the shopping appointment, have your girls stand up, sit down, walk around, and even bust a few moves to see if that particular dress can last them all day and night long.
- The Season and Time of Day
For example, if you're planning a beach wedding in mid-July, skip the long sleeves and long skirts. Match the dress style to the season you are getting married in. Also consider the time of day for formality, and if it will be cooler in the evening or your reception is indoors in air conditioning, you might want to add a jacket to the bridesmaids' wedding day look.
- One Very Important Question...
If you were a bridesmaid in your wedding, would you want to wear the dress you picked out? The gown shouldn't just match the overall wedding look, but it should match the lovely ladies that will be wearing them. If you wouldn't want to be seen in it, don't make them wear it.
Angelus Bridal & Formals has a rainbow of colors and wide range of different styles to choose from when it comes to our bridesmaid dress collections. When you're ready to bring your bridal party in to find the perfect bridesmaid gowns, give our South Florida bridal boutique a call at 954-943-7768 to make an appointment. That way we can give you and all of your gorgeous girls every bit of our undivided attention during your dress search.
Another thing to keep in mind is our incredible "Love At First Sight" promotion. If you fall in love with your dream wedding dress on your first visit to our store and purchase it right then, you will be given 20% off the purchase of your veil and headpiece. Your bridesmaids benefit too, because as an added bonus, they will each be eligible for $30 off of their bridesmaid gown purchase on dresses priced $159.95 or more. If their gowns are priced below that, they will still be offered a 10% discount. When you shop at Angelus Bridal, everyone ends up with wedding fashions that they love, and you all get great pricing too!
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