Your bridesmaids are very important on your special day – as they are your support team who will look out for you and help to make the day easier for you. Your best girlfriends, sisters and cousins - they will be there to let you know when your mascara is running, lift up your dress when you need to use the toilet and insist that you take five minutes to sit down and eat something at the reception.

One of the decisions that you will need to make before your big day is what your bridesmaids will wear.

Things to Consider When Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses

There are several things that you should keep in mind when you are choosing your bridesmaid dresses:

  • • Consider the body types of your bridesmaids and choose a style that will flatter any figure. Also, choose a colour that will be universally flattering too.
  • • Think about the colour scheme and style of your wedding. A summer wedding will call for bright and vibrant colours and a winter wedding is best suited to bold jewel tones.
  • • Think about how the dresses can complement your wedding gown, such as picking up a certain detail like lace or beading. The wedding dresses 2014 has to offer have a number of interesting style elements that you can work with.
  • • Also, consider whether or not your bridesmaids will ever be able to wear these dresses again.

The Mismatched Bridesmaid Dress Look

Your bridesmaids are all probably different sizes and shapes, so choosing one dress to suit them all can be challenging. You might want to opt for the mismatched bridesmaid dress look, which has been very popular this season. The idea is that the bridesmaids all wear slightly different dresses, which are tied together with a similar element such as the same colour but different styles, or dresses with different colours but the same fabric. This way, each of your bridesmaids can choose a dress that suits her the best – one that she has a better chance of ever wearing again!

First of all, decide which element of the style you will use to tie all of the dresses together. Will they be the same colour? Or the same cut? Or perhaps the same length or fabric? Next, put together an inspiration board with photos that show the style that you have in mind for the wedding dresses. Share this with your bridesmaids and let them know what you have in mind. You can also tell them certain descriptive words, such as “vintage” or “girly” or “elegant” so that they know what you are looking for.

You could consider taking a shopping trip together so that you can all buy your dream wedding dress and the bridesmaid dresses at the same time, but everyone might not find the dress they like in the same place. Instead, make it a rule that you have to approve the dresses before they buy them, so that you can make sure that they fit with the style and tone of your wedding.