Monday Moodboard: Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses…
So you’ve asked your closest girls to stand by your side on your big day and after gracious acceptance (perhaps accompanied by loud squeals of excitement and discussions on hen locations, sound familiar?), the next big question is “What will we wear??” And then the penny drops…
It’s your job to make sure these ladies both look and feel gorgeous, with their varying shapes, size and, of course personalities!
Below are our tips for buying your lovely bridesmaid dresses, and we have included images of dresses that we think will be just stunning for your Autumnal or Winter wedding! Take inspiration from dark hues and ‘Autumnal’ colours… your luxurious wedding doesn’t have to be full of bright oranges. Just take a look at how gorgeous the dresses are below!
First things first, where will you find your inspiration?
– Magazines have great spreads on suggestions for bridesmaids and the issues for each of the big magazines always contains a bridesmaid special so make sure you grab that. Do make sure you come and pick up the latest and most sought after magazines at our Luxury Wedding Fairs!
– Blogs are a great (and free!) source and you can often search inspiration boards for colour ideas.
– The bridal boutiques you visit for bridal gowns will also often have a selection of bridesmaids dresses to try and if not, ask them for recommendations. Take a look at our lovely selection!
– Pinterest is also a great place to look for inspiration and makes it very easy to share images/links with your bridesmaids wit your own inspiration boards!
If you’re hoping for a little help from your girls on the cost, it’s important to have these conversations early on, rather than in a busy shop trying on dresses! Many brides cover the cost of the dresses but ask that the bridesmaids choose and pay for their own shoes and accessories, something they would use again.
Think Outside The Box!
We all have very set colours and shapes that we wear for everyday clothes because that’s what we wear. A bridesmaid boutique that stocks a good range of colours is a great way to try something new and leave the dress on a few minutes, if it’s not something you are used to. After you get over the initial shock of change, some colours are real growers!
Are your bridesmaid’s a bit fussy? Or is one dress just not going to suit them all? We adore it when we see bridesmaids in mix matched dresses, just make sure that they all look good together!
If you’re looking at dresses on the high street, try lots of different necklines! Try and find the best style to suit different body shape’s. If you are wanting all of your bridesmaids with some uniformity in the colour and length but then rocking their own shape, then we totally would recommend Two Birds (how gorgeous!?). Lou Lou Puchalka is a stockist of this stunning bridesmaid range!
We all have parts of our body we’d like to improve, try rather to focus on the bits you do like and show them off as much as possible – good legs, go short! If you’re blessed with a bust, a nice open neckline while still being ladylike will look fantastic, show off what you have with style!
Try and get all of your bridesmaids together at the same time to try on dresses, and bear in mind a lot of boutiques require an appointment.
If you have the luxury of time before your wedding, shop out of bridal season during the summer. If you’re going for the high street, there will be a lot more choice in the summer for dresses too. Also, do bear in mind that if you are going for a bespoke dress or a classic bridesmaid dress there will likely be a lead time for the dresses to be made which is almost as long as your wedding dress – order early to avoid disappointment or higher costs!