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Choosing Your Bridesmaids' Dresses

Updated on June 30, 2010

Choosing Colors of Bridesmaids' Dresses

You, as the bride, should choose the wedding colors and what the bridesmaids will wear. You can pick different styles from magazines and ask the attendants which ones they like best.

When you are selecting your color scheme, ask yourself these questions:

     What are your favorite colors?

     What colors are flattering to YOU. This is your day!

     What colors work best with the complexions and hair colors of your maid of honor and bridesmaids?

     What colors are suitable to the time of day or to the degree of formality? Pastel colors or lighter colors are appropriate for daytime weddings. Evening weddings use jewel tones and contrasting colors. White and black are also appropriate. Shades of the same color such as midnight blue, periwinkle and steel blue are seen today.

     Will the flowers for the bouquets be available at the time of year you'll need them? If you have to import your flowers in the winter, they will cost more.

     Will it be difficult to match shoes, headpieces, purses to the color scheme?

What color to pick?

Bridesmaids' Dresses

If your bridesmaids are going to pay for their own dresses, you should be considerate of your attendants' tastes and budget. Hopefully, they will be able to wear their dresses in the future, not just at your wedding. Keep these things in mind:

The maid of honor can wear a color or style that is different from the bridesmaids.

The bridesmaids' dresses should be similar in line and formality of your wedding dress. They can be the same length or shorter than your dress. The hems should fall at the same place on each bridesmaid.

If the styles are different, they should be the same fabric and color. If the colors are different, then the silhouettes should be similar.

A good way to even out varying heights is to ask bridesmaids to wear different heel heights.

All attendants should wear the same headpieces, accessories, earrings and necklaces.

Junior bridesmaids, ages 9-14, may wear dresses identical to the other bridesmaids or something more age appropriate.

Flower girls, ages 4-8, may wear long or short dresses appropriate to the style of the wedding. They may wear white dresses with complimentary sashes or ribbons in your wedding colors.

If the shoes are going to be dyed, they should all be dyed at the same time and place, as dye lots vary.

Attendants should not wear watches or carry purses during the ceremony.

Bridesmaids' Shoes

Whatever color scheme you choose, it should carry through to the choice of flowers, table linens, centerpieces and cake decorations. The color of the bridesmaids' dresses will also influence the mother's dress and the flowers and accessories of the male attendants.

Bridesmaids' Headpieces


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    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      You are so right. Thanks for the post!

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      7 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

      Nice article. I know that the wedding day belongs to the bride, but she is doing herself and the look of the wedding a great dishonor if she does not consider the bridesmaids when choosing their dresses. Nothing worse than a wedding party wearing clothes and colors that are ill fitted to their bodies. As you stated, if they are paying...

    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Holle, Oh, I know. I made bridesmaid dresses that the groom designed and they were peach with lots of lace and shorter in the front than the back. Horrible! Some of those dresses could never be worn again!

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Great ideas here! I'm glad brides are getting away from those horrendous bridesmaids' dresses of the 60s and 70s!

    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Ethel, yes they are. I just love looking at beautiful bridal clothes. Thanks for your comments.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some lovely styles. The blues and the greens are lovely but so differnt to each other

    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Thanks, Audrey. The blues are my favorites, too. I know what you mean about the food related hubs, but after this one, I went right back to the recipes. Since it's June, I've had a lot of hits on my wedding hubs, so I thought I would write another one.

    • akirchner profile image

      Audrey Kirchner 

      8 years ago from Washington

      Love the blues in the middle - that was the color we moms wore last summer in my daughter's wedding - the color was mag! It is SO nice to see a non-food related hub!!! Great job and good points.


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