Possibly the second most important decision, after choosing "The Wedding Dress" is choosing your bridesmaids dresses. So exciting, so many colours and designs! Gone are the days of the bride choosing what she likes and the bridesmaids having to like it. Now it's an exciting, girly thing to do - choosing dresses.
I've noticed over the last couple of years that short bridesmaids dresses have become more popular. They are probably easier to wear on other occasions after the wedding. Unless you are going to a very posh do, you'll always feel like you're wearing a bridesmaids dress.
You will have a colour theme in mind for your wedding, but this may have to be adjusted slightly when your bridesmaid starts trying on dresses.You'll have to take into consideration which colours will suit your girls. I wanted my bridesmaid to wear light pink but when she tried a light pink dress on she just looked washed out. We ended up choosing a lovely burgandy dress which still went with the flowers I'd chosen.
These purple dresses went perfectly with the dark canna lilies of the bride's bouquet and make the bride's dress stand out.
It can be difficult if you have a lot of bridesmaids - choosing a colour or shade to suit everyone. I think this was the biggest group of bridesmaids I've ever photographed! Also choosing dresses for a range of ages can be tricky. Most companies will do dresses appropriate for different ages. Here the adults have strapless; the older girl has wide straps and the little girls have wide straps with pretty fluffy princess skirts.
This is quite nice how the older girls have a different shade dress to the adult bridesmaid. Again, the little ones in princess dresses - cute!
For the more mature bridesmaid, you may want to consider straps as well to flatter figures.
Obviously things are going to be slightly easier if you only have one bridesmaid. This was the bride's sister and she wanted her to have a dress that she would definitely wear again - hence the black, but the white embroidery makes it look even more special.
You may find that one of your bridesmaids is pregnant on your wedding day. They don't have to be put in a tent of a dress and can still look stunning. This bridesmaid was six months pregnant and the sweep of fabric across her bump is flattering.
Consider what the weather is going to be like. This wedding was in October so the bride gave her girls pretty wraps to keep the chill off their shoulders. Although it was so cold that I ushered them back into the warm church to wait.
You'll probably want the bridesmaid dresses to echo the design of your dress. If yours is strapless then theirs will look good strapless as well. Last year there were a couple of brides who had straps. I like the one shoulder strap look on these dresses.
And the detail on these short dresses makes them very special.
When there are so many colours to choose from, you may be baffled. So you could always go for cream or ivory.
Whatever style or colour you choose, make sure your girls are happy with what they are wearing! If they don't like their dress then it will show...and one day isn't worth falling out over is it?
Thank you for reading!
Gillian Cross Photography
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