Choosing bridesmaid dresses to please all

03 Jun 2014

Choosing bridesmaid dresses tips from the authors of Wedding Planning for Dummies, a new book that aims to help you plan your dream day. We’ve got 10 copies to give away.

Tips from the authors of Wedding Planning for Dummies, a new book that aims to help you plan your dream day. We’ve got 10 copies to give away.

Bridesmaids images by Kelsey Rose, www.kelseyrose.co.uk

Colour

When selecting a colour for the bridesmaids’ dresses, think carefully about skin tone and hair colour. Just because the wedding theme has pastel colours doesn’t mean those colours look good on your bridesmaids. Generally speaking, brighter colours suit most complexions whereas pastel hues suit fair complexions. If your bridesmaids have an array of skin tones then select tones of colours that suit them and the wedding design.

Shape

Of course, finding a dress shape that looks good on several different women is another issue. Even if you manage to pull this one off, you can be sure not all the women will be convinced that they look terrific. The effort you devote to this search depends on how desperately you want your attendants to look like a bridal party. Consider, more importantly, who these women are. If your friends are your friends because they’re individualists, don’t try to turn them into a matched set of septuplets. They’ll feel uncomfortable and look it. Many bridesmaids’ dresses now come in various styles of the same colour and fabric so that your attendants may choose between a few of these styles and still look like a bridal party. If you simply must have them all in the same dress, keep it simple and choose a style that flatters the largest size among them.

Top tip

If one of your dear friends is expecting, she can still be a bridesmaid. Just take her dress-hunting first, because she’ll be the hardest to fit. Go for softer, flowing materials that glide over – and can be let out to accommodate an expanding tummy. And skip the stiletto sandals. Opt instead for a thick heel with plenty of support, or wedges.

This useful advice is just one of the subjects covered in Wedding Planning for Dummies, which covers everything you need for planning the perfect wedding, from finding the perfect venue to making the most of your wedding breakfast and evening reception and everything in between.

We have 10 copies to give away here.

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