Have you ever been to a wedding where the bride was indeed stunning, but there was just something off? That may have very well been the fact that the bridesmaid dresses were not exactly flattering and the discomfort showed on the faces of the girls wearing them.
When shopping for the bridesmaid formal gown design, keep in mind that this is big expense for your maids and ask yourself if you would ever even consider wearing the dress that you are considering for them. If not, then you may want to keep looking.
Of course, most brides will say something like, “It is my wedding and I should make these decisions based on what I want.” Yes, that is true, however sometimes these dresses are picked because the bride does not want to be outdone or over-shadowed by the formal dresses her attendants will be wearing.
When in reality if she wants her wedding to be as close to perfect as possible that means everyone needs to look good, including the bridesmaids. Additionally, if you are having a flower girl, then you should have fun deciding from the many adorable flower girl dresses available.
If at all possible try to find styles and colors that will complement your friend’s skin tones and sizes when considering the bridesmaid dresses. Of course, you will not be able to match everyone completely but something in a pastel is a good choice, as a soft color usually goes with any type of skin tone. Try to go easy on the ruffles and bow embellishments, especially for plus size dresses, unless you want a surly wedding party.
You also want to take the season and weather into consideration for the bridesmaids formal dresses. Nothing is worse than having the entire wedding party look drained and wilted because the long sleeve Victorian style dresses nearly suffocates them during an outside wedding. Likewise, you don’t want short sleeve sheath styles when it is snowing outside.
So, what do you do when you have tried everything possible but you just can’t seem to find something that will take everyone’s size and preferences into consideration? You try to compromise by perhaps choosing bridesmaid dresses that are not all exactly alike.
You can always see if there is at least a common color that everyone can live with and then maybe vary the style a little on each dress. There is no rule that everyone has to wear the same formal gown and a little variety may actually improve the theme and hopefully make everyone a little happier. This might just make it easier on you.