How to select dresses for your bridesmaids
Another interesting effect you can create is by choosing a theme and letting your bridesmaids actually wear dresses of different colors. That's right, different colors! For instance, we have seen brides who picked the American theme for their wedding color choices. The brides in that case wear white dresses and bridesmaids wear blue and red dresses for the colors of the American flag. Similar trick is often applied to other color combinations.
If, on the other hand, you feel that the bridesmaids' dresses must match in color and style exactly, remember to also ask the bridesmaids to have matching shoes and hairstyles - otherwise, you will miss out on the effect you are trying to create.
Finally, a note of practical wisdom from WeddingVenture.com - no matter if all of your bridesmaids are wearing the same style of dress or if there is some variety, make sure that the shade of lipstick and make-up they are wearing match their dresses - yellow lipstick will not go well with purple dresses ;-) ...yes, we've seen that too!
What about the fabric?
The choice of fabric rarely comes up when shopping for bridesmaid dresses, but it is a fairly important decision that we will mention here. First of all, when choosing the dress, keep the season in mind! You may be shopping for the dresses several months in advance and have a completely different clothing mindset at that time.
That is, if your wedding is in the summer, and you and your bridesmaids are shopping for the dresses in the winter, you may subconsciously and unknowingly choose warmer fabrics because at the time they will much more comfortable that would leave your bridesmaids sweating in the summer if you happen to be getting married during one of those heat waves.
Secondly, choose dresses that are not satin or are made of any other reflective fabric. These will simply not turn out well in photographs due to too much reflection they have when photographed with a flash! If you do not want to see large white spots on your photos from overexposure from lighting, choose something matte.
Finally, make sure that the dresses are not even partially transparent. Your photographer will use high intensity flashes. Weddings are different from any other kind of parties because photographers have to add a lot of artificial light. Powerful flashes used by some photographers have virtually stripped bridesmaids naked before on photographs since undiffused intensive strobe light more easily passes through what usually seems like a non-transparent fabric to a naked (pardon the pun) eye in the regular lighting. And you definitely do not want excessive nudity in your wedding photographs!
When should you shop for the bridesmaid dresses?
While we are on the subject of common mistakes... a few of your "curvier" bridesmaids may tell you they want to "lose a few pounds" before your wedding, so they will insist on buying their dresses in the last minute. With all the bachelorette and other parties going on before the day of the wedding, our guess is that they probably won't.
Doing anything last minute can be risky. For one, the dresses that will be available last minute may not fit in style with the dresses that the other bridesmaids will wear. Secondly, until your bridesmaids actually purchase their dresses, they will not be fully committed to coming to the wedding and being your bridesmaids (sad, but true), so it is even possible for that one bridesmaid that decides to get the dress a couple of weeks before the big day to actually bail out last minute.
You may now assume that the sooner you shop for the dresses, like 6-7 months in advance, the better. Generally, yes, however, there is another potential "inconvenience" that a few brides ran into. It is called bridesmaid pregnancy :) Assuming this is your first wedding, your friends are also probably getting married right about now or in the next two-three years. It is very possible that one or more of them will get a bump (and go up a few dress sizes) over the next few months.
In either case, be prepared for these situations and have a plan B: either have a "back-up" bridesmaid in mind or try to convince your bridesmaids to get the dresses in well in advance and then alter them as necessary.
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