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Bridesmaid dresses... Something we can actually get excited about

I was recently asked to write an artcile on weddings, and bridesmaid's dresses in particular. At first I sort of chuckled to myself as I am not marrried yet, but I have been in enough weddings and understand fashion enough to know how frustrating the process of choosing them can be. Wedding season in never over. A burst of fall and winter weddings are just around the corner. So, for the bride to be, or friend's of the bride here is a fabulous idea... everyone choose their own dress! But.. there are a few guidelines to follow:

Make sure that as the bride, you are choosing a color palette that makes sense. For instance, you want to be able to describe to your bridesmaid’s that the shades of your wedding consist of  blues, purples, pinks, or even metallic’s. Get a color scheme down and stick to it. Many times, if you are too specific on a color this can throw your bridesmaids off. One person’s idea of turquoise may be completely different from someone else’s. It important to describe the colors that you want specifically and it is never a bad idea to go to a fabric store and cut out swatches of materials and colors that you like, so that your bridesmaids have something to go off of.

Make sure you indicate whether or not you want the dresses to be all long, or short. Even though styles and colors do not have to be exact, length should be either all short or all long. Being that the dresses are already different, have the lengths different as well can be confusing to the eye and you may not get the overall “wow” factor that you were hoping for. The consistency on the length is important; it is one aspect of the individual dress process that gives some formality to the look.

Do your research. It can be very scary as a bride to send your closest friends and family free to pick out their own bridesmaid dresses. Go online and take visits to department stores that carry mass amounts of dresses in different colors. If you find a few that you like, put them on hold at different stores, or email your bridesmaids links so that they can get an idea of what you like. Remember, this is still your day and at the end you still have final call.

Have a deadline. This is very important because it gives you as a bride the opportunity to see the dresses on everyone. If by chance you have friends that are out of town, then have them send you pictures of themselves in the dress or better yet have them skype you in the dress so that you can see it right then and there. As a bride, the last thing you need is any surprises on your special day so make sure you see what each dress looks like on each person.

Once your special day is here and everyone is wearing their best fit dress, the last check is lining up your girls so that there is not the same exact color dress lined up next to another. If by chance, two of your bridesmaid’s choose a color that is almost identical, then be sure to put a shade lighter or darker color dress in between. This gives the overall look a statement and is easy on the eye for pictures and your guests.

Take a look at these mix and match dresses below.. all blue tones and all different styles

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