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Dressing Your Bridesmaids

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There is more than the dress to consider. Bridesmaids require a little accessorizing to pull off the perfect look. As the bride, you should get to dress your maids. Everything from the undergarments to the shoes will matter. We have a few tips to help you dress your bridesmaids.

Bridesmaids and Undergarments

Your bridesmaids will stand beside you on your wedding day and appear in many wedding photographs. Since their important role represents you and your wedding fashion, you will want your bridesmaids to look their best. A strapless, one-shoulder or halter can demand undergarments with hidden straps. Straps and lace are the last thing you want sticking out of a dress in your wedding photos. When dress shopping, you should talk to your bridesmaids about the silhouette of the dress and find a style that fits their body type. Bulges will be unappreciated by the bridesmaid and unbecoming in photographs. Spanx or a body-contouring undergarment can create a flawless look. Help your wedding party shop for undergarments, and make suggestions that will work with the fit of the dress.

Coordinating the Jewelry

Jewelry can be an elegant accessory, but only when it is tasteful and matches the group. If you have a specific look you want to create, you might consider gifting your wedding party with a matching necklace and earrings. If you will be leaving it up to the bridesmaids to accessorize their look, you should provide guidance. Jewelry should not be loud. A small and subtle combination in the right color and shape will work. Your maids do not necessarily need to match, but they should never clash. The jewelry should compliment the dress. Avoid the everyday jewelry. It should be a special piece purchased for the occasion. Gold matches warm tones in a dress. Silver compliments cool tones. You can never go wrong with pearls or diamonds.

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Shoes for the Bridesmaids

The shoes should always be purchased after the dress. Consider a neutral color. Heels can be tricky for some. Determine the comfort level of your bridesmaids and their talent for the balancing act. If you have those heel-to-toe clumsy friends, you need to avoid high heels. A pump could be a better choice. Think about the surface and choose a shoe that makes sense. A beach wedding might call for a sandal, while an indoor wedding in an elegant venue could demand something more. You will want a shoe they can command and feel comfortable wearing. Beyond all of these considerations, they must coordinate with the wedding fashion.

Choosing the Style and Colors

The wedding party fashion should compliment the bride without stealing the attention away. The style and silhouette of the dresses should be coordinated with the style, colors and theme of the wedding. If you are planning a formal event, your bridesmaid dresses should meet the dress code. You should consider the silhouette, length, back, neckline, fabric and color. Beyond the neckline and sleeves, you will need to choose between floor-length, ankle, midcalf, below-knee, above, mid and handkerchief hemlines. You might also play with terms like tea length, full length and maxi. Not all bridesmaids match. It is completely acceptable to alternate the color and the style of each dress for effect.


Wearing the Dress You Want

You can choose the bridesmaid dresses within certain limits. While you have your wedding fashion to consider, you should also consider your request. Not every bridesmaid will look flattering in every silhouette. You should never push a bridesmaid to wear something outside of their comfort zone. A backless dress with a plunging neckline and a slit up to the hip might not work for all. Everyone should have some input and there should be some compromise.

Scheduling Fittings

Most bridesmaids require a fitting, regardless of body type. When the orders arrive, do not delay the first fitting. Every bridesmaid should step into their dress and be prepared for some alterations. Alterations should be done a couple months prior to the wedding. Complex alterations might require more time. An early first fitting will help you create a better timeline for alterations. The final fitting should occur about one month before the wedding.


Crystal Ballroom at Veranda

Bring your vision to Crystal Ballroom at Veranda and plan a fairy tale beyond imagination with master designers. Choose your colors, theme and luxurious décor to customize the design of your ceremony space and reception ballroom. Plan your magical moments in a ballroom designed from fantasy, and coordinate your bridesmaids and their fashion to match.


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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