How to Choose the Right Bridesmaid Dresses

Planning a wedding is an exciting and stressful time in your life. A lot goes into preparing for a wedding and bridesmaids play an important role in helping you achieve your dream day. You carefully thought about who you want to stand by your side, and you may have thought the hard part was over, but you still have to choose the bridesmaid dresses!  Choose the wrong dresses and you may not achieve the aesthetic you want or you may upset members of your wedding party. These considerations will help you select a look that will make everyone happy.


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It is likely that everyone might not be able to make a trip to the same dress shop at the same time. Also, some of your bridesmaids may not live in the area. Keeping this in mind, the easiest thing to do is to begin your search at a national retailer. Buying your bridesmaid dresses at a place like David’s Bridal with a variety of locations will ensure that they can go try them on in person and, if necessary, easily get them altered locally.

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The first thing you should take into consideration when selecting bridesmaid dresses is the style of your wedding gown. It is a good idea to have the wedding dress selected before deciding on the bridesmaid dress. The styles of the gown and dress should coordinate. If the wedding gown is formal, the bridesmaid dresses should also be formal.

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Deciding on the colors you would like the dresses to be is the next step.  Typically, the bridesmaid dresses match the color scheme of the wedding. The colors of the season the wedding is taking place can also inspire the colors.  A great place to look for inspiration is the Pantone Fashion Color Report that comes out before every Fall and Spring.  You’ll be able to see the colors that will be big that season based upon their use in the latest collections of designers, such as these below for Spring 2013.

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