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How to Choose Your Bridesmaid Dress Style

 

The fabric you choose sets the tone for your entire look.

Each material possesses different qualities and draping over your body, so it's crucial to select a material that aligns with your vision. Remember that each fabric holds its own magic and suitability for different seasons and styles.

 

The most popular fabrics for wedding dresses include satin, tulle, and silk. We always recommend you opt for fabrics that are light, fluid, and comfortable. They need to be flexible enough to allow your gown to drape and opaque enough to not let undergarments show through.  Consider the following tips to help you make the right choice for your dream wedding dress. 

The essence of Grace in a fabric – Lace!  Versatile and timeless, lace caters to a variety of wedding dresses. Whether you envision a contemporary classic gown or a romantic silhouette, lace remains an iconic and classic choice that guarantees an elegant walk down the aisle. There is something truly magic about lace patterns.

 

Lace gowns are not just an ode to tradition but also great for flattering the figure and creating a sense of wearable art. They infuse your wedding dress with intricate details and narrate your romantic storytelling. If you’re planning an intimate elopement, a lightweight lace dress can be your go-to choice.

 

Lace can be crafted using various techniques. The material you choose will determine its quality and price point. The pearlescent threading and shimmery effects not only look stunning but can also be used to create beautiful wedding pictures. Traditionally, authentic lace was made of exquisite materials like silk, linen, and cotton.

 

France, in particular the region of Calais, has earned a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the finest laces in the world, known for its craftsmanship and elegance. Back in the day, lace was a limited fabric due to its rarity and high cost. Thankfully, times have changed, and the market now offers a diverse range of affordable lace. It's worth noting that lace is also now available to be sourced from various locations, making it more accessible now, than ever before. 

 

These laces, often made from high-quality nylon, offer an attractive alternative at a more affordable price point. They provide a beautiful aesthetic without compromising on quality and comfort. Most laced wedding dresses are thoughtfully designed with a choice of chai or white lining, carefully selected to complement the silhouette with elegance. 

As you embark on your bridal journey, one of the most exciting aspects is selecting the perfect bridesmaid dress.  

 

It is the opportunity to show your friends how much you value their presence and want them to feel special and appreciated. Your bridesmaids play an important role in setting the tone for your entire celebration.

 

Showing thoughtfulness towards them leads to amazing photos, high energy, laughter, fun, and lifelong memories created together. To help you get started, we’ve created a step-by-step guide for choosing your bridesmaid dress style.  

Matching Your Bridesmaids Attire to Your Wedding Style

Your bridesmaid dress style should reflect the wedding theme you envision. Whether you're after a country chic, minimalist, rustic, or even a boho-inspired wedding, selecting the perfect dress will not only complement your décor but also set the mood for the entire celebration. 

 

If you love a free-spirited theme, look no further than Pinterest for some inspiration. Evoke ideas including combinations like serene sage green and soft dusty rose. When opting for a boho theme, there's no need to go with a matching approach. Choosing dresses in neutral colors will not only complement your wedding theme but also flatter your bridesmaids.

 

Different skin tones call for different colors. In 2024, mix-and-match trends are a favorite! We love classic shades and eco-satin colors as those are both modern and timeless, suiting all styles from rustic to ultra glam!  

 

Consider the location and style of your wedding; for example, if you are tying the knot in a coastal town on the Amalfi Coast, don’t forget to consider your bridesmaid’s comfort. Opting for breathable fabrics is the way to go! 

 

In cooler weather, it's important not to expect your bridal party to endure the chill. As the bride, it's your responsibility to ensure they feel comfortable. Consider providing a shawl or a dress that is weather-appropriate. 

Lightweight Stretch Crepe

Looking for a stretchy and luxurious fabric that provides support like shapewear? Look no further than our stretch crepe wedding dresses!

 

Crepe offers fluidity, allure, and a supple texture.  Crepe gowns are bold, classic, and chic; crafted for the modern bride who wants to feature a statement silhouette. The fabric comes in various qualities depending on the material used, such as silk, wool, cotton, or polyester.

 

The soft waves of crepe beautifully accentuate the lightness of your dress and create a breathtaking draping effect. For a classic and luxurious look, we highly recommend opting for a soft, buttery stretch crepe. It will infuse your bridal attire with elegance and sophistication. If you are after intricate detailing, consider pairing your crepe wedding dress with hand-cut lace motifs or a statement train. These additions will complement your dress beautifully. 

Consider Your Bridesmaid’s Body Types

Celebrating Every Shape and Style

Selecting a single style that will flatter every lady is no easy feat. When selecting bridesmaid dresses, we always recommend involving them in the planning process and be considerate of their feelings. Your bridal party isn’t there to steal the show... But they surely want to feel confident and comfortable on your special day. We all have distinct shapes and features that deserve to be flattered and celebrated.

 

While you may have a particular style in mind, you should still consider the well-being and comfort of your loved ones. Instead of selecting a single dress style, explore inclusive options for all ladies. If one of your bridesmaids is a plus size, choosing an inclusive brand or being flexible with custom alterations may be the best option.  

Celebrating Every Shape and Style

Selecting a single style that will flatter every lady is no easy feat. When selecting bridesmaid dresses, we always recommend involving them in the planning process and be considerate of their feelings. Your bridal party isn’t there to steal the show...

 

But they surely want to feel confident and comfortable on your special day. We all have distinct shapes and features that deserve to be flattered and celebrated. While you may have a particular style in mind, you should still consider the well-being and comfort of your loved ones.

 

Instead of selecting a single dress style, explore inclusive options for all ladies. If one of your bridesmaids is a plus size, choosing an inclusive brand or being flexible with custom alterations may be the best option.  

Elevate your Style with Satin Fabric

Satin is renowned for its elegance; boasting a glossy, soft, and fluid texture that beautifully complements your figure. Its ability to reflect light adds a touch of radiance to your overall look. Originally made from silk, it is now also crafted from wool, cotton, or synthetic fibers. Back in the days, Duchess Satin was the ideal choice.

 

This premium fabric was thicker, heavier, and renowned for its impeccable drape. Modern brides are now seeking lightweight gowns that offer ultimate comfort without compromising on quality. This adaptation ensures that modern brides can enjoy the luxurious look and feel of satin while also experiencing enhanced comfort on their special day.

 

When it comes to innovative bridal fabrics, our luminescent and textured satin is a favorite. It glides gracefully over the body, creating a stunning silhouette. This fabric pairs exceptionally well with any type of neckpiece or pearl statement earrings, adding an extra touch of elegance to your bridal ensemble.  

Mixing and Matching

Just because your bridesmaids have different body types does not mean you can’t achieve a unique and unified look for your bridal party.

 

 The mix and match approach is set to be a favorite in 2024. Selecting the right colors rather than solely focusing on a specific dress tone is a safer bet.

 

The bride usually chooses a color, and the bridesmaids select their own styles. This trend is a true stunner as it allows the bridal party to let their individuality shine. 

Mixing and Matching

Just because your bridesmaids have different body types does not mean you can’t achieve a unique and unified look for your bridal party.

 

 The mix and match approach is set to be a favorite in 2024. Selecting the right colors rather than solely focusing on a specific dress tone is a safer bet.

 

The bride usually chooses a color, and the bridesmaids select their own styles. This trend is a true stunner as it allows the bridal party to let their individuality shine. 

Considering Different Necklines and Features

Considering Different Necklines and Features

To bring your bridal party attire together, consider different necklines and features. A V-neck style can be versatile and flattering for various body shapes. However, some friends with a larger bust might not feel at ease, drawing attention to this area.

 

Alternatively, ladies with a smaller bust might prefer alternative options. Consider checking the maximum size available for the dress you choose, ensuring it works for all your bridesmaids!

A Unique Bridesmaid Proposal

Now that you've settled on your wedding theme and have a color palette in mind, it's time to gather your friends and consult with them. Having a bridesmaid's proposal is the perfect way to show them how meaningful your special bond is. It is also the perfect time to ask if they would like to be your bridesmaids. We recommend raising a toast to your friendship with a few cocktails and a personalized gift box.  

 

This intimate gathering is perfect to show them how much you appreciate them and celebrate the start of your wedding journey together. Include personalized cards inside your gift box with a couple of customized quotes and questions. Ensure everyone can put some thought into their dress style and preferences so you can strike the right balance between their ideas.

 

Begin by asking their thoughts on the colors you had in mind. If you're aiming for a coordinated approach, share your color options and ask for their advice. Once all the bridesmaids have expressed their preferences for a particular color, it's time to chat about all things body shapes. If all your bridesmaids are in favor of the same style, that's fantastic!

 

However, if some of your bridesmaids don't feel comfortable wearing a particular silhouette, it's important to discuss other options. It’s no secret that being a bridesmaid can get pretty costly. Traditionally, the bride is responsible for paying for the bridesmaids' dresses. However, at modern weddings, things are a little different. It's crucial to discuss this matter openly and find a solution that works for everyone. If you are concerned about the financial cost for your bridesmaids, feel free to propose budget-friendly alternatives.  

Choosing Your Bridesmaid’s Accessories

The latest trends could be a great source of inspiration for your special day but should not dictate the overall aesthetic of your bridesmaids. Pinterest trends can be tricky as they contribute to our overall wedding vision and mood board. Ultimately, remember that your loved ones simply want to feel their best and celebrate your special day with you. 

 

When choosing their shoes and jewelry, avoid imposing specific choices on your bridal party. Be understanding, as your friends may have their own accessory preferences. Some of them may not feel comfortable wearing heels, while others may love them. Don’t impose unnecessary expenses on them for additional wedding shoes when they may already have suitable ones. 

 

As for Jewlery, we understand the temptation to go for a matchy-matchy approach. However, if your ladies are not enthusiastic about it, don't insist. Consider gifting all your bridesmaids with a small, common necklace as a symbol of unity. As for the rest of the accessories, let their personalities shine and allow them to choose what makes them feel their best. 

Let’s not Forget our Flower Girls

Your bridal party could feature a charming group of little angels. Their giggles and grins are the extra dose of delight you need on your special day.

 

As you handpick these flower girls to become your wedding princesses, their little hearts swell with anticipation as their minds fill with fairy tale dreams. Take this cute moment to coordinate their dresses with the theme of your wedding and the style of your bridal attire.

 

These young souls can carry any style, giving you the freedom to express your creativity with playful details and sparkling accents. Let your imagination soar as these little ladies grace your aisle, bringing a sense of magic to your celebration.  

 

Let’s not Forget our Flower Girls

Your bridal party could feature a charming group of little angels. Their giggles and grins are the extra dose of delight you need on your special day.

 

As you handpick these flower girls to become your wedding princesses, their little hearts swell with anticipation as their minds fill with fairy tale dreams. Take this cute moment to coordinate their dresses with the theme of your wedding and the style of your bridal attire.

 

These young souls can carry any style, giving you the freedom to express your creativity with playful details and sparkling accents. Let your imagination soar as these little ladies grace your aisle, bringing a sense of magic to your celebration.  

 

Frequently Asked Questions from Our Brides

1. Who is responsible for covering the cost of the bridesmaids' dresses? 

 

Traditionally, the bridesmaids are responsible for purchasing their own dresses, but it can vary depending on the circumstances and the agreement between the bride and her bridal party. 

 

2. What factors should be considered when selecting the style of your bridesmaid dresses? 

 

When choosing the bridesmaid style, factors such as the wedding theme, color scheme, body types, and the bridesmaids' preferences should be considered. 

 

3. Which dress styles are universally flattering for all bridesmaids? 

 

A-line or empire waist dresses are generally considered as flattering options for bridesmaids, as they can complement various body types and provide a flattering silhouette.