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Everything You Need to Know About Bridesmaid Dresses

We imagine every detail of our wedding, including the perfect wedding dress that matches the theme, style and our unique body type. Finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses to compliment that dream wedding dress, theme, style, and each of the bridesmaids’ unique body type is an entirely different and complicated story. When we are fitted for wedding dresses, we only have to please ourselves, and maybe a mother or two. Fitting bridesmaids for the French Victorian themed dress we had our heart set on is an entirely different story. This guide to selecting bridesmaid dresses will make the process a little easier.

How to Select Bridesmaid Dresses

How do we find the dress we like, that they like, and stay close to the theme from the depths of our own imagination? Some brides hold to the tradition of choosing the dress for the bridesmaids, while others allow the bridesmaids to choose their own dress. There is a simple alternative with a specific order to selecting bridesmaid dresses that keeps the process simple, and makes everyone happy.

Brides can choose a selection of bridesmaid dresses which portrays the theme and compliments the wedding dress, while considering bridesmaids and their budget. Then allow bridesmaids to take part in choosing dresses from the options that the bride provides. This guarantees that anything they choose is already bride approved, and allows the bridesmaids to take part in the selection of dresses.

Bridesmaid Dresses to Match a Theme

If we already know we have a Belle wedding dress with inspiration from the 18th century Rococo era of fashion, imagine the difficulty of getting our bridesmaids to join our royal court on the artistic adventure. Yes, it is incredibly fun to select wedding dresses and matching bridesmaid dresses that are unique and rich in art and culture. However, we must do some research and window shopping before we take them into an 18th century French humanities class.

Brides can choose a theme to inspire the wedding, rather than control every aspect of the design and wedding attire. A theme can be incorporated into subtle accent pieces of décor and inspire bridesmaid dresses, without creating an exact replica of the fairy tale. That is not to say that an exact replica should be avoided, because fairy tale moments are simply magical occasions. With that in mind, we must decide how much of our theme we want portrayed in our bridesmaid dresses.

Just as we select the silhouette, color, fabric, length, train and all the details of our wedding dress, we must do the same for bridesmaid dresses. Bridesmaid dresses must compliment the wedding dress while holding true to the theme, and remaining within a reasonable budget for the bridesmaids. It is one thing to ask a friend to wear a dress just because we like it, but another thing to ask them to pay for it too. Consideration is key.

Who Buys Bridesmaid Dresses

Traditionally, the bridesmaids purchase their own dress; therefore, it is important to consider the cost associated with your selection. It is a good practice to choose a selection of dresses in different price ranges to create affordable options. If our theme takes us to a more extravagant end of things, we might need to consider some additional options. If it is really important to the bride that their bridesmaids wear that one $695.00 dress, then the bride might consider either absorbing some of the cost by paying for part of the dresses or finding options for renting dresses that make that selection more affordable.

Have Fun with the Process

The next step of the process is revealing the chosen selection of bridesmaid dresses to the wedding party for them to help make the final decision. The best time to order dresses is about six months prior to the wedding. This allows enough time for the dresses to be fitted and altered, if necessary. Place this event on the wedding planning calendar. This is an opportunity to have fun, and make a fun occasion with friends while dress shopping for dresses that we have basically already chosen.

Sizing Dresses

Bridesmaid dresses are measured by the largest measurement from the bust, waist and hips. This usually means that a dress will need to be a size larger than the bridesmaid normally wears. It isn’t easy for any ego to order a size larger, but it is always easier to adjust a dress to make it smaller than it is to make it bigger.

Crystal Ballroom Charlotte

The perfect bridesmaid dresses should always match the theme and color scheme of a wedding or provide the right amount of contrast to make the perfect statement. The designers at Crystal Ballroom Charlotte master the art of designing and creating fairy tale weddings to match the bridesmaid dresses of your dreams.



We invite you to discover the
Crystal Ballroom difference found in the unparalleled elegance and uniqueness written into the design of each of our venues. The themes are as limitless as your imagination.

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