Just as the brides gown and the grooms tuxedo are crucial to the wedding, the bridesmaids gowns should also be a primary focus. Unfortunately, what happens too often is that the bride, although with good intentions, will choose a gown for her bridesmaids that she likes, based on color and style.
The problem is that little to no consideration has been made regarding the bridesmaids body type, skin tone, hair color, or personal preference. The result in many cases is an unattractive appearance for the wedding and women hat are standing before a room full of people feeling very uncomfortable.
While the bride should have the main say in what type and color of gowns her bridesmaids wear, she should also consider what they want and like. For instance, if there were a red-haired bridesmaid and the bride decided she wanted red bridesmaid gowns, the look would be unappealing. Another example would be the bride choosing a strapless, low-cut gown for a bridesmaid that has a larger figure or simply is more conservative. One final example would be choosing heavy material for a hot summer wedding, or sheer material for a cold winter wedding.
The goal is to create a magical day that is beautiful but also one where everyone feels relaxed. After all, for your own wedding, you want to have your guests be mesmerized by the choices, which can be done when every single bridesmaid looks stunning. To accomplish this, you should have a few ideas of what you want but rather than start ordering gowns, sit down with your maid of honor and bridesmaids to get their input.
Typically, by choosing simpler and looser styles, the chance of pleasing everyone will increase. The more elaborate the gown, the more possibilities there are for problems. Just remember that as the bride, you need to listen to what your bridal party has to say and respect their opinion. Now, if you have your heart set on a particular type of gown and one or two of the bridesmaids are hesitating, remember that there are always compromises.
If you were planning a traditional wedding, choose simple gowns with clean lines and a sleek appearance. In addition to complementing the wedding style, these gowns will also be ones that the bridesmaids can wear after the wedding. An excellent option is an A-line style of one color and thin, spaghetti straps. If you want to enhance the gown just a little, you could have a satiny band designed around the hemline or neckline.
Another excellent choice is a two-piece gown. In this case, you would choose a blocked neckline with two-inch straps that fit to the bodice and then a taffeta, full skirt. If the bridesmaids want a little more coverage, they can have crepe wraps to place around their shoulders. The look is elegant and romantic but best of all it works well with all body types.
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