The appalling nature of some bridesmaids' dresses has almost been a wedding movie cliché, and for good reason: you can Google up several crimes against fashion, style, comfort without really trying. Of course, some brides actively look for dresses that make their bridesmaids look awful so that they by comparison look fabulous. We know of brides who've taken this further by asking bridesmaids to achieve weight to create themselves appear slimmer.
In the UK we generally have between one and four bridesmaids, making things easier for that bride than her counterpart within the USA, where many weddings have six and much more. For that reason amongst others, American bridesmaids are usually expected to buy their very own dresses, which can bring their complications; whereas within the UK, the standard is the couple spend. But the procedure for choosing and purchasing bridesmaids' dresses can nonetheless be tricky.
Rule number 1, so far as we're concerned, is you should choose the wedding dress first. Don't result in the mistake of falling for and getting bridesmaid dresses before your personal, then discovering an ideal bridal outfit that clashes together.
Next, involve your bridesmaids within the process, and pay attention to them. Unless you're an entire egotist you'll like them to look good, and they'll understand what suits them in regards to styles and colors. We'd suggest the priority here's to select a color in keeping with your dress, which matches their skin color and hair colors. Two hints: burgundy bridesmaid dresses rarely when suits adult women or teenagers; and grey dresses, whether called champagne or otherwise, make a lot of women look like zombies.
Timing is yet another factor that needs consideration. Some hi-end makers require several months to create dresses. You can find lots of excellent examples from the rack, however, it can be risky buying them as well early, as adults gain and slim down quite quickly, and youngsters and teens might have growth spurts.
General rules which dress style suits particular body-shapes apply, to wish to pick bridesmaids who're similar in build. Common sense shows that what looks great in your 10 years old niece will most likely make your 35 years old best friend look weird. A smart compromise if so is to opt for your agreed color, then select a single fabric and maybe one or two unifying details for use with each dress, after which work towards the design and style most suited to every bridesmaid. As long as the bridesmaid's hair and makeup are sorted, everything will fall under place.
Looks aren't everything. Having witnessed a bridesmaid who ripped her dress en-route, we'd advise against second-skin gowns. Good luck with this particular bit of your planning, just like every other. Hope it hasn't scared you an excessive amount.