In 2014, only 38 percent of brides still dressed their bridesmaids in the same dress color and style. These days, modern weddings are all about the mix-and-match. From ombré bridesmaid dresses to an assortment of necklines and hemlines, brides are branching out from the traditional one-color, one-style bridesmaids’ dresses for more creative and dynamic approaches to bridal party wardrobe. We’re even seeing patterned dresses popping up all over the place, from sparkly dresses to floral frocks.
Gone are the days of poofy nightmares making their way down the aisle. Today’s brides are using online color palettes from a number of sources to easily select a group of colors while sticking to the same aesthetic. They’re allowing their bridesmaids to select their own dresses (within reason!) in order to ensure everyone’s ultimate comfort on the big day. Not everyone fits a size 2 strapless dress – avoid insecurities and allow your gals to find the dress that will make them feel like a million bucks.
When styling your bridesmaids, be thoughtful of their investment as well. Whether you’re picking out their wardrobe or they get to shop for themselves, remember that they’ll be paying for their dresses so try to be open to dresses that can be repurposed in the future. Little black dresses and cocktail-length dresses are great options for this! Not only will it save your girls some pennies, but you’ll also have a nice reminder of your special day when she wears it to your girls’ night out next year.
Now, for the nitty-gritty of getting the perfect dresses. If you have decided for your ladies to don the same color, be sure that everyone is in communication to order at the same time. This guarantees that all of the dresses will come from the same dye lot and will limit differing hues from appearing on the aisle.
When it comes to the right fit, alterations are something you and your gals may face together. While lace-up bodices are a great solution for eliminating adjustments, sometimes it’s a zip-up dress that is calling your names. If that’s the case, make sure to use a seamstress that is familiar with wedding gowns – otherwise, you and your wedding party may find yourself with ill-fitted gowns. There’s no need to shell out for double the alterations!
Fashion is always changing and trends come and go, but comfort will never go out of style. As long as your squad is confident and comfortable in their dresses, they’re sure to be a home run!
Alice Zhang is the spokesperson for Azazie, an online bridal boutique that specializes in a made-to-measure dress experience. At Azazie, dresses are designed in-house and wedding parties are provided with custom fitting for over 200 styles and 57 colors of bridesmaid dresses, wedding gowns, mother-of-the-bride dresses, as well as a wide selection of bridal accessories.