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How To: Survive the Bridesmaid Dress Dilema

Posted on July 30th 2013

As if choosing your Bridesmaids wasn’t enough of a minefield, now comes the task of choosing the dresses…


First things first; choose YOUR dress. The shade of white you choose (or indeed any other colour) will then dictate the colours of dresses, which will determine the flowers etc. Try to choose a material for the Bridesmaid dresses that evokes the same feel as your gown, but try not to choose one that will make your dress get lost in the pictures.

Be a friend when choosing the dresses. This may be your day, but your Bridesmaids will also be in the centre of attention with you, particularly for the photographs. If they feel comfortable, they will be more relaxed, and in return will be a calming influence for you on the day.


Try and take into consideration hair colours and complexions when deciding a colour theme.

Bright colours tend to be more flattering on a wider variety of skin tones, and will make your dress ‘pop’ on the day and in photographs. Pastels will create a more romantic overtone, and are a softer approach for any Bridesmaids who don’t feel comfortable wearing a bold colour.

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There are no rules to say that all the Bridesmaids have to wear the same colour. It has become increasingly popular to choose a ‘tone’ (citrus/vintage etc), and have each girl in a different colour dress that compliments not only themselves but each-others dresses.

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Decide from the outset how much influence you want your Bridesmaids to have over the final decision, and make it clear, from the very beginning. This will go a long way towards avoiding arguments and should help prevent you becoming overwhelmed with wishes and wants.

If you want to go down the traditional route of having all of the Bridesmaids in the same style, A Line waists and Empire Waists tend to be the most flattering on all body shapes.

A Lines are flattering on most body shapes.

Alternatively, choose the material, and allow the girls to design their own dress, as Mollie King and her sister example beautifully at their Sisters wedding recently. In order to keep some control over the final look, apply some ground rules. For example, decide on a length, this will avoid pictures with a mixture of maxi, midi and mini dresses!

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Allocate a budget, and stick to it. If you are asking your Bridesmaids to contribute, try to choose a style that they could wear at another function in the future. None patterned, darker materials tend to work the best for this.

Don’t Forget the Extras

As females, it is inevitable that the outfit doesn’t stop at the dress. Remember finer details such as hair accessories, shoes and even spanx that may be required (although we would bet that most of your girls who want them have already got some!)


Keep it fun and DO NOT get stressed! Make a day of it, meet the girls for lunch somewhere close to the shop/designer and enjoy the girly time together!

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