Trends and Tips for Choosing Bridesmaids Dresses

Bridesmaid dresses are a hot topic for our lovely brides-to-be! They make such an impact on the overall look to the wedding day and most importantly, your girls are so important that you want them to feel as beautiful as they really are!

Finding the perfect bridesmaids dresses for your bridesmaids can be a difficult task. You want your ‘maids to be able to dance comfortably, look fabulous, afford the dress, possibly wear it again and most importantly feel beautiful. With so many colors, fabrics and silhouettes, it can be daunting to choose a singular style. Thankfully, with all the new trends, you don’t have to pick just one look for every member of your bridal party! Read our top tips and trends as you begin considering your bride tribe’s ensembles:

Shopping Tips

Plan a date in advance

Don’t expect your bridesmaids to drop everything as soon as you mention the word ‘wedding’. Get a date in their diaries so you can make sure they’re not busy and going to cancel. It’s something you can all look forward to – make a whole day out of it with dinner and drinks in the evening!

Have an idea of what you’re looking for

Don’t go into the shops looking like a lost sheep. Make sure you do a bit of research so that you have an idea of what kind of bridesmaid dresses you’re looking for. Either you’ll be able to spot something from a mile away, or you can let the shop assistant help you find something to match your specifications.

Advise your girls on underwear

You don’t want your girls turning up with over-the-top or impractical underwear on the day you’re trying to find dresses for the wedding. Get them to wear or bring along appropriate underwear, like strapless bras and shapewear. That way you’ll have a better idea of what it could look like on the day; no frills in sight!

Try on lots of options

Go bridesmaid dress shopping with an open mind, and get your girls to try on different gowns, in various colours and styles, to see which suit them best, and which you prefer best. What you had in mind at first for your bridesmaids might change once you see them in something equally as dazzling.

 Think about hairstyles

It sounds silly, but the way hair is styled can totally change the look of the outfit. So bear this in mind when you’re looking at the dresses on your girls. Up, down, to the side, loose curls, straight – so many options to choose from, but so important to consider!


Likewise to shoes! Especially important when it comes to the length of the dress, of course. If you’re looking at a maxi dress for your bridesmaids’ look, where would the hem sit with a pair of heels on?

Be aware of extra costs

So the obvious thing to do is look at the price tag on the back of the dresses, but don’t be afraid to question the additional costs like shipping, or alteration costs. And hey, while you’re at it, why not ask about the potential for a little discount? It’s worth a try – you’ve got a budget to stick to after all!

Bridesmaids Dress Trends

The bridal fashion industry is always circulating through hot new styles and colors. Here are the top trends for bridesmaids:

Matching ‘Maids

The most common theme for bridal parties? Matching bridesmaids dresses. The traditional custom of matching bridesmaids dresses dates way back to ancient Rome! An entire bridal party (including the bride) would dress identically to confuse an ill-intended suitor or demonic spirit from stealing the bride. These days, brides opt for matching ‘maids to conduct a chic, cohesive look.


Same Color, Different Styles

As mentioned, not every bridesmaid will have the same body type, build or sense of style. Some brides will choose a specific color and then allow their ‘maids to select their desired silhouette. This gives your girls a little freedom to select a style that they feel the best in. It increases their chances of wearing the gown again and the overall look of your bridal party is consistent, chic and fun. Pro tip: limit bridemaids’ dress choices to one designer to keep the color consistent.

Mix and Match Bridesmaids Dresses

This is definitely at the top of 2019/2020 bridesmaids trends. To play up your color palette and go for a more vibrant look, incorporate two colors into your bridesmaids’ dresses! You can mix and match two colors of the same style or allow your bridal party to choose any style in the given palette. The end result? Happy ‘maids and one gorgeous, colorful bridal party!

How to Mix and Match Flawlessly:

1.Color – Think same color, different dresses. Choosing a color palette, or simply one solid color for your ‘maids will help your girls look cohesive and stylish. If you’re going for a blush color palette, for example, give your ‘maids specific colors that you think match or even your choice of different dresses in your choice of colors. This way, all your bridesmaids can choose a silhouette that flatters them!

2.Shoes – Have your friends wear the same shoes, or the same style of shoes to tie the mix-and-match bridal party look together. Keep in mind the length of their dresses and the season when choosing.

3.Pick one designer – If you want your bridal party to have a more uniform look, try choosing dresses from one designer. Most designers have a variety of dresses within the same color family in different fabrics and silhouettes for you and your bridesmaids to choose from.

4.Hair and makeup – Everyone has different taste and different hairstyles and textures, but having your bridal party wear their hair in a similar way is a great way to create a polished look. All up or down, curled or braided, adds a cohesive element to your bridesmaids.

5.Accessories – Gift your bridesmaids a necklace or pair of earrings they can wear for the ceremony that doubles as a way to tie their looks together. It is a simple way to make your bridesmaids’ styles similar.


Sequin Bridesmaids Dresses

Sleek silhouettes and all over, iridescent shimmer bring a throwback glamour we love. Statement-making matte sequin is never too much in a bridal party that was made for standing out. Perfect for an enchanting New Years Eve wedding but stylish enough for a captivating Hamptons ceremony, you truly cannot go wrong with this bridesmaid look.

It’s so important that your bridesmaids are comfortable and feel like themselves on your big day. They shouldn’t have to fuss with a dress that doesn’t suit their silhouette or personal style. With a range of fabrics, over 100 colors and a variety of styles, Weddingery is the go-to brand for statement-making bridal parties.

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