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Picking the Perfect Bridesmaid’s Gowns

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Posted on August 12 2010

With wedding planning comes an awful lot of pressure:  How to decorate?  Who to invite?  What food to serve?  Which venue to book?  Pretty soon, what’s supposed to be the best day of your life, ends up feeling like the biggest burden.  We’re here to offer help, at least on the dress end, by giving some advice on how to choose the perfect bridesmaid’s gowns.

The first thing you should consider is the looking-good factor.  No matter how many bridesmaids you have, you want each one of them to look great.  And this can be really tricky when sister Jen is long and lean and cousin Mindy is petite and curvy.  There are a few fits, however, that have universal appeal and flatter most, if not all, figures.  Soft a-line dresses, especially those that rest on the natural waist, look great on all body types and are a wonderful option if you want uniformity in your bridal party.  Everyone can look beautiful wearing the same frock!  Just remember to pay attention to other embellishments, too, and avoid plunging necklines or halter dresses because they may not be flattering for everyone.

If you’re okay with a little bit of diversity among your attendants, another great option is to pick a color and let your bridesmaid’s choose the style they like the best.  To ensure a perfect color match, have your friends choose a gown by the same designer like Pretty Maids or Liz Fields.

Another fun trend in wedding parties is to choose a color palate—two or three colors—and have your bridesmaids dress in different shades and styles.  This creates a real modern and lively mood for a wedding and can be a lot of fun to mix and match with bowties and cummerbunds.  It also gives your bridesmaids some freedom to find a shade that compliments their skin tone.  If you decide to do something like this, it’s a really smart idea to pick a blend of warm and cool colors and let your girls find the right match.  You can also coordinate makeup and mani-pedis with this same color palate in mind.  What a great excuse to spend the day before prepping at the spa!

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