Atmosphere Productions: The picture is perfect in your head by Heidi Hanson
The picture is perfect in your head. You stand with your bridesmaids waiting to marry the man of your dreams. The bridesmaids are all identical in height, hairstyle, dresses, shoes, and jewelry…until you get together with your girls and realize that your sister is 5 feet tall, your bff is a tall redhead, and you college roommate is a buxom blonde.
Time for a little out of the box thinking!
Mix it up: Not all styles and colors are flattering for every woman so consider offering your girls options. Many designers have numerous styles in the same color or the same dress in different hues that can complement any color palette. Consider the body styles of your party, strapless and form fitting is not the best choice for everyone, so be sure to pick a style or styles that flatter everyone.
Cloning? You may think that that you need to have your bridal party with the same hairstyle, jewelry, shoes, and makeup remember that while you want them to stand up and look pretty, you asked them to be a part of your Big Day for the unique traits they bring to your life. You want them to complement your wedding like they complement you life; with their subtle differences. Offer suggestions on accessories but don’t assume they want to look exactly alike.
The LBD: There is nothing like a Little Black Dress. Functional and fashionable and it allows for you to really get creative with flowers and accessories.
Long or Short? That is the question. Gone are the days of every bride outfitting their party in long gowns. Short dresses will work for both the casual outdoor receptions and the black tie evening affairs. More important is to consider fabric. Cotton sundresses for an evening wedding may not project the intended theme just like a taffeta mini would be out of place for a garden reception.
“You can wear it again!” How many times have these words been uttered to a bridesmaid? Many designers are embracing this quote and designing dresses that are not only comfortable and functional, but they really are great for a cocktail party. Pick a dress with pockets so your girls have a place for their lip gloss and most importantly, choose a style that you would be happy to wear.
“No one wears white except for the bride!” Not true! Outfitting your bridesmaids in white dresses is no longer taboo. A neat cotton white shift with bouquets of wildflowers is the perfect compliment to a garden reception and will bring a touch of modern flair.
Always and Forever