You’ve found your dream wedding dress and you couldn’t be more excited! It is everything you ever dreamed of (and more) and you can’t wait until your future husband and wedding guests see you walking down the aisle and standing at the altar in the wondrous beauty you have chosen. However, your gown shopping journey is not over! You still need to choose the gown that the women standing beside you are going to wear. I’m talking of course about your bridesmaids and while their gowns are not as important as yours (obviously), they are crucial to your wedding day aesthetic and future wedding photos to come.
Besides color, one of the main things to figure out when it comes to choosing bridesmaid gowns is whether or not you want them all wearing the same gown or not. It used to be that only the maid or matron of honor would even consider wearing something different than the other bridesmaids, but times have changed. Nowadays there are groups of bridesmaids who are all wearing different colors and styles of gowns within one wedding party.
Therefore, going into bridesmaid gown shopping you should determine which will be the common factors for your bridesmaid’s gowns, if any, and how you would like your girl group to look overall. Some brides pick one color for all of the bridesmaids and let them change up the style of the gown, whereas other brides pick a style and let the bridesmaids choose different colors within a certain palette. There is also the classic everyone wears the same thing except or including the maid/matron of honor. Determine what you would like and clearly communicate your wishes to your bridal group.
In my opinion the most important thing when it comes to your bridesmaids’ gowns is that every bridesmaid feels beautiful in the gown they are wearing. Not only will your friends appreciate your consideration, but it will help tremendously when it comes to how they feel and act on your wedding day and how their smiles convey in photos. No one wants a photo album full of misdressed brides and fake smiles!
Lastly, make sure that the style of the gowns match the essence of your gown and the vibe you are going for on your wedding day. It would look weird to have you in a fun and whimsical handkerchief gown for your beach wedding with bridesmaids wearing floor length, fitted satin gowns. Make sure that everything has a very cohesive look and feel to it so that everything looks picture perfect on your special day.
While their gowns are second in importance to your own, the gowns your bridesmaids wear will be standing right beside you as you exchange your I do’s. Have fun shopping with your favorite girls and make sure your whole bridal party is slaying together on your wedding day!