If you're planning your wedding, you've got a lot more to sort out than just the venue and your dress. Ideally, you want to create a look for your big day that is fully cohesive and will work with every aspect.
This means the colours you choose and your overall theme need to tie together throughout every part of your wedding. Centrepieces, flowers, linens etc should all work well to create a fun and beautiful day.
As well as this, you also need to ensure your bridesmaids represent the theme and tone of the day while also looking fab.
Your bridesmaids are your wedding support team. They'll be in loads of the photos, as well as standing up there with you while you take your vows. This means you should definitely think about more than just colour when kitting them out.kitting them out.
You want your girls to look and feel beautiful on your big day; after all, it is hard work being a bridesmaid. With this in mind, here are a few things to consider when it comes to creating their look.
The first place to start is the colour theme of your bridesmaids' look. Ideally you want to choose a colour that is being represented throughout the rest of your day.
However, it is a good idea to choose one that is being used in small amounts or it can look a bit much to have your bridesmaids matching absolutely everything else.
Whether you want them all in the same colour or variations of the same tone, this is your starting off del point.
They don't have to wear matching colours though, as you can have them each on a totally different shade – such as pastel tones or rainbow hues – to create a fun and modern look. This is ideal if you want lots of colour and can help you match the colour to each bridesmaid, rather than dressing them all in a shade they hate.
Traditional bridesmaid dresses tend to be very typical, with long skirts and a slightly prom dress look about them. If you want a traditional effect, this is a great way to go – after all, it's a tried and tested style.
However, this can get expensive, as most of the dresses have to be made for purpose or bought from a pricey boutique. More and more people are heading to the high street for their bridesmaid dresses, cutting costs and giving a totally modern look.
This means you have more choice, but it can be harder to match colour. It is also important to remember that shopping online for dresses can be problematic when it comes to sizing and the colour, so it's a good idea to do this early on and get any dresses fitted if need be.
Every bridesmaid's body is going to be different, so you want to choose dresses that fit them all well. This is harder to do than you might think, as a dress that one feels amazing in, another might hate.
While you do have the final say as the bride, you want to do what you can to make each of your girls comfortable. This is why it is a good idea to look at styles that tend to work with all body types.
This means choosing dresses that highlight hourglass figures or create them, as they will work with all shapes and sizes.
Vintage-style fit and flare dresses are a good option, as the full skirts flatter while the fitted waists create a lovely shape. They've also had a makeover in recent years, meaning they are entirely on-trend, as well as very reasonable when it comes to price.
Jewellery, shoes and accessories
Of course, it isn't just the dress you need to consider. You also need to look at shoes, jewellery and accessories.
Just as with dresses, they don't have to wear all the same pieces, but if they are wearing the same dresses, it creates a cohesive look. This means you want to choose pieces that look good but that are also comfortable.
In terms of shoes, remember that less is more. Not only are you sure to have at least one bridesmaid who can't cope with heels; your girls spend a lot of time standing up so are sure to get achy feet. Flats are a great option and can still look cute.
Your bridesmaids will still need bags for the big day to carry anything they might need. While they aren't likely to have them in photos, if you really want them all in the same ensemble, it is worth thinking about matching their bags too.
Jewellery is a relatively easy thing to decide on and is a great way to give your bridesmaids a gift. While it is now customary for bridesmaids to buy their own dresses, or at least put money towards them, you still need to get them a little thank you present.
Jewellery sets are a great choice as you can give them to each of your girls on the morning of your wedding for them to wear on the day. This means it doesn't matter if the jewellery is totally their style, as it will still have a lot of sentimental value to them.
If you're getting married, how have you decided on your bridesmaids' look, or if you've had your wedding, what tips can you give?