As a down-to-earth bride, or one actively working to avoid Bridezilla territory as you embark on wedding planning, you probably care a lot about how your girls feel in their bridesmaids’ dresses. After all, you want them to look and feel beautiful on your wedding day. But how do you do that? Well first, it’s best to avoid the one-size-fits-all trap when it comes to dress shopping. While some rare dresses may be nearly-universally flattering, most are designed to work on a range of figures, but not all of them. So instead of asking your bridesmaids to ignore their uniqueness, or even what they feel most comfortable in, try to give your girls the option to choose dresses that will suit both their body types and more importantly their personalities.
Take Your Venue and Wedding Date Into Consideration
When choosing what your bridesmaids will wear, along with the groomsmen, flower girl and even your mother and other honored guests, be sure to take into consideration the wedding date you have chosen and your venue, as these will have a huge impact on whether your bridal party is comfortable throughout the day.
If you’re planning an outdoor wedding in the fall, for instance, you may wish to choose dresses with sleeves, or incorporate shawls or sweaters into the girls’ looks. (These could potentially be worn many times after the wedding.) Even scarves are a stylish way to dress up for colder climates.
On the other hand, if you’ll be getting married during the summer, try not to put anyone in dresses that have them sweating up a storm, much less showing stains if they do start to perspire.
The formality or casualness of your venue should also help set the tone for the dresses your bridesmaids select. If you’re hosting a fairly informal wedding in an outdoor setting, consider dresses that will look great with cowboy boots or wedges (which won’t seek as easily into any mud), instead of high heels. Downtown ballroom? You may want to go quite a bit more formal.