Photo Credit: Jenna McElroy Photography 

Photo Credit: Jenna McElroy Photography 

Today, there are many tips and tricks when searching for the perfect bridesmaids’ dresses for your bridal party. Researching is a great start to the bridesmaid’s dress journey. Creating a timeline of tasks to be checked off will be a help for the girls to stay on track. Allow some creativity when selecting the dresses for a fun, mix-matched look, a current hot trend in bridesmaids’ attire.

If you have not been planning your dream wedding for years, you may not know what you want your bridesmaids to wear. Research to find styles and colors you would like your girls to wear, however, keep in mind the cost of the gown. When it comes to the price, be considerate to your friends’ lifestyle and spending habits. The cost of the dress could be an issue for some. Search for dresses in a more affordable range or offer the girls options to fit everyone’s budget. Try selecting a color that correlates with your wedding color palette and let the girls choose their own style to offer a variety to the dresses.

Photo Credit: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography 

Photo Credit: Haley Rynn Ringo Photography 

Finding the perfect fit for your girl’s gowns is critical. Generally, the dresses that are selected for the wedding are ordered using a girl’s largest measurements, meaning your bridesmaids will most likely buy the dresses a size up from what they would typically wear. This may make some girls nervous, and they may decide to purchase a dress a size smaller. Let her know it is much easier to take away fabric when altering the dress but you can never add material if the dress is too small. If a smaller size dress is ordered and is tight fitting, your bridesmaid will have to order a new dress and time may not be in her favor.

Two to three months is the typical amount of time it takes for ordered bridesmaids dresses to arrive with an additional four to six weeks for alterations.  To give you and your girls a sufficient amount of time to find, order, and fit their gowns the process should begin at least six months before the wedding. This is why it is important to order the right size dress the first time, in case the altering process takes longer than expected or there is another unforeseen issue.

Photo Credit: Complete Weddings + Events Austin 

Photo Credit: Complete Weddings + Events Austin 

Besides style, the color is the most important element when choosing bridesmaids dresses. When searching for the gowns, choose colors that fit with the season and venue. Deep colors, like burgundy or navy, work well in colder fall or winter months, while light shades, like mint and baby pink, are perfect for spring and summer weddings. A trending bridesmaid’s style is the bride choosing a hue for the dresses and allowing the girls to pick their favorite shade ranging from light to dark as well as a variety of styles to create a mix-matched look. Consider prints for a fashion-forward bridal party. If you think that prints may be too busy, opt for your maid of honor to wear a printed dress so she can stand out in the crowd and photos will not look too busy. Choose gowns with a smaller allover print with no focal point to flatter any bridesmaid who wears the dress no matter what size or shape she is. Adding textured dresses to the mix, like a sequin-covered dress, is another trend brides love for their bridal party. Do not be afraid to step out of the box when creating your bridesmaid’s looks, they will look almost as gorgeous as you will on your wedding day!

Ma Maison would be delighted to be the wedding venue for you and your fiancé as well as your bridal party. You and your gal pals will enjoy spending time in our luxurious bridal suite before the wedding begins. Located on 23 acres of picture perfect hills, your girls will look beautiful in their dresses as well as in their portraits with you on your wedding day. Schedule a tour today to see what Ma Maison can offer you and your fiancé, as well as your bridal party.