The quest for the perfect bridesmaid dresses is a challenge to many brides. Choosing the right dress that not only fits them but also you and your wedding theme can be a daunting task. Make little mistake and check out our tips / things to consider before nailing down on your bridesmaid dresses.
You should therefore consider the following:
Set a budget as to how much you are willing to spend on your bridesmaids’ dresses. Starting with a practical budget can help you make important decisions along the way.
Who is Paying?
That said, will you be paying for the dresses or do you require the bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses? Although, it is more common for the bride to pay for the bridesmaids’ dresses.
Decide on a color palette for your wedding before you set to decide on the color of your bridesmaids’ dresses. Do you prefer them to be wearing the same shade or otherwise?
Mix & Match?
Do you want the dresses to have the same styles or are you more keen towards mix & matches?
Design, style & fit
How do you envision their dresses to be? Long? Short? Mermaid cut? Consider the design beforehand. Also, the design may be an important factor that determines the cost of the dresses.
Materials also determine your costs – a good quality full lace dress can go up to thousands of ringgit, for example. Consider the venue of your wedding before you choose a material. Will it be an outdoor wedding the entire time? Be considerate to your girls by selecting a material that is comfortable and easy to walk / sit in.
Rent, buy or bespoke custom made?
Whether you choose to purchase, rent, or hire a designer is entirely up to you and your budget. There is no set of rules here.
Keep timeline in check – if you decided to tailor the dresses from scratch, give yourself minimum four months to have them done before your wedding day.
Your bridesmaids’ opinion
Yes, they do have a say (somewhat) in terms of the design and material of the dress. You would want them to be comfortable as much as possible throughout the day. So before finalizing on their dresses, it is a good idea to ask for their input.
Choosing the style of your bridesmaids’ dresses also depends on your wedding theme. Is your wedding glamorous? Rustic? Vintage or romantic? What are your theme colors?
Thinking of tie-dyed dresses? Disney-themed bridesmaids? The sky is the limit. Dive deep into your creative vision and make them into reality.
Wedding & reception venue
Both your wedding ceremony and reception venues also play an important factor in deciding your girls’ dresses. If your wedding is outdoors in a hot weather, be more considerate by selecting proper material such as chiffon.
Season and/or weather
If your wedding day falls on a winter (or on a rainy season), chances are temperatures may drop (although not significantly, here in Sabah). And your girls may need extra accessories such as a shawl or a jacket.
Your wedding dress
The idea is to complement their dresses with your wedding dress. The ultimate goas is that you are the “belle of the ball”. If you choose to wear a simpler wedding dress, then find ways to dress down your bridesmaids without compromising their look and style. But of course at the end of the day it is all up to you. After all, we want everyone to look gorgeous!