12 Tips To Avoiding Dress Stress For Your Bridesmaids
March 12, 2015
Can you feel the warm weather?
There are so many things to be grateful for on a daily basis and it is exciting to hear that the weather is warming up for my family and friends up North.
I have seen statuses from my friends who are planning a wedding on how excited they are to shop for their “dream” dress. But before deciding on a dress, your mind is stuck on wedding invitations. Not to worry, I covered the critical FAQs to wedding invites over here.
The Knot has put together tips for brides-to-be to minimize stress levels among bridesmaids. Because it is not only the bride or the groom who get wedding jitters, here are 12 dos and don’ts to dealing with your bridesmaids:
1. Be a good friend. The quickest way to perturb your best friends? Invite them to be in your bridal party, then turn them into fashion victims. Do not dress your friends in something hideous so you’ll look better in comparison, and try not to choose bridesmaid dresses that make your maids look heavy or sexless.
2. Find the Right Feel Take your time and decide how you want the bridesmaid dresses to complement your wedding gown . Find a style that evokes the same feel as your dress but does not look too similar — you do not want your bridesmaids looking like the bride.
3. One Size Doesn’t Fit All Search for a style that flatters the different sizes and shapes of your bridesmaids. A-line skirts and empire waists tend to look good on all body types.
4. Mix It Up Or consider choosing a color or a fabric and then letting each maid pick a style that will suit her. You would not want to cram a tall, voluptuous bridesmaid into the exact same style as a petite, skinny girl (totally unfair to either).
5. Color Them Beautiful Look for colors you like and think would look good on all of your friends (consider their complexions and hair colors). Brighter colors are generally more flattering, while pastel hues might look great on girls with fair complexions, but can be too distracting on friends with a darker complexion.
6. Fill Their Closets Be kind — do not ask your friends to purchase a bridesmaid dress they absolutely would not be caught dead in ever again. Think about what your maids could do with the dresses after the wedding (sweater sets and skirts, little black dresses, and dark-colored slip dresses are all totally reusable).
7. Covering the Cost Remember to think about everyone’s present financial situation.(A general price range for bridesmaid dresses is $100-300.) If you fall in love with a dress that is a bit over their budgets, consider covering the difference yourself.
8. Poll Your Pals Ask your bridesmaids to go dress shopping with you, but do not bring them all at once if you have more than four. It will be way to hard to formulate your own opinion. Instead, use our bridesmaid dress search and email info about bridesmaid dresses you like to your friends. Listen to their feedback.
9. Make a List Put notes beside each name about what kind of dress you think would look good on her, how much you think is fair to ask her to pay for a dress, and anything else that strikes your fancy.
10. Reusable Hues Dark-colored dresses like navy, hunter green, and black look great on almost every maid and can be worn to formal events later.
11. Comfort Level If you are considering strapless dresses or bridesmaid gowns that do not accommodate bras, ask your bridal party if they would be comfortable in such a style before you decide.
12. Get It Done Do not be a control freak and try to do everything on your own. Appoint your maid of honor or a highly responsible bridesmaid to be in charge of organizing gown purchases.
David’s Bridal is hosting a sale this month from March 6th to March 24th. The brand’s casual bridesmaid dresses double as a fabulous frock for any of your spring soirees. Catch them at $20 off during the sale!
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