Now that you have found your dream dress and your dream entourage, it is time to start the next shopping journey; the bridesmaid dresses and the flower girl dress.
Strapless ~ lace ~ pink ~ blue ~ purple ~ short, etc. So many different things to consider when searching for your bridal party dresses. The first step, do your research. Begin browsing around for different styles of dresses. If you are looking online or in magazines, tear out pages or bookmark them. Save the image on a Pinterest board so you have a point of reference. It’s also kind to consider dresses that are complementary to different body types.
Keep costs in mind.
If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they know they pay for their own dresses. But a gentle reminder never hurts. While your bridal party should understand that it can become a bit expensive when agreeing to stand up at your wedding, you will want to be mindful of how much the dress will cost, including the alterations. When it comes to price, be considerate of how much the dresses cost and your bridal party’s budget. Focus your search on dresses in more affordable range or select colors you like and let them select the style. Another idea may be to rent dresses for the bridal party. Rental sites let you choose high-end designers in wide ranges of style and colors for a fraction of the cost.
Things To Keep In Mind:
When working with your bridesmaid for dresses, keep in mind the following:
Each bridesmaid will styles, colors, and fits they do not like. Instead of finding out what styles your bridal party likes, try asking them what they don’t like. It will be way easier to narrow down the list based on what they won’t wear.
Some brides will have their bridal party choose their own dresses on their own. Others may want to order the bridal party dresses from the same place. Keep in mind the timeline. Gowns can take two to three months to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. Be sure to allow enough time for delivery and any alterations that may have to be done.
For Your Flower Girl(s)
Now while your bridal party dresses needs to be fit perfectly to the shape of the body and the hem needs to be just right, with the flower girl(s), you can be a little more flexible. There are some many options for flower girl dresses from tutus and puffy to silky slim. They can touch the ground, be ballerina length, or ankle length. Because the flower girls are young, it may be smarter to buy a size up since there will be growth. This will also depend on how long it will be from when you ask her to be your flower girl to the actual wedding day.
Lastly, have fun. This is time for you to enjoy with your closest girlfriends. Enjoy the moments of trying on dresses and just laughing with one another.
Once you’re engaged, this next season is filled with so many fun decisions, but you will also have to make some difficult choices – including who will stand next to you on your big day. Don’t let this overwhelm you! Taking the time to craft a solid support team will make your wedding that much sweeter. Here are some things to consider when determining your bridesmaids and groomsmen:
When deciding your wedding party, it’s important to consider the size and budget of your wedding. If you are planning on having a small ceremony with your closest friends and family, your bridal and groomal party should fit that mold. It is perfectly okay to only have a couple of your best friends in the wedding. With a small ceremony, having a huge bridal party might not serve you well. Instead, if you choose to have a larger ceremony, including more people in your wedding party may fit that situation better. This isn’t to say you have to pick a ton of people if you have a big ceremony, but keeping budget and size in mind can help structure who is included.
When preparing for your wedding day, it’s important to have friends that have seen you through thick and thin. These people can bring you peace, help accomplish tasks, and put you at ease rather than stress you out further. You deserve to have friends and family that are going to help more than hinder on your big day. Although there are friends that see you through different seasons of life, choosing bridesmaids or groomsmen that have been with you from the beginning can create a more trusting and supportive atmosphere. Typically, the people in your wedding help with events like the engagement party, bridal shower, and rehearsal dinner leading up to the celebration. Ensuring you have dependable people within your party can prevent you from feeling overwhelmed or unsupported. Pick people that know you well. They will be able to host these events without bombarding you with questions. You’re going to want people that are self-sufficient and have your back.
The Pressure to Include
Let me start by saying this: your wedding day is YOURS and you shouldn’t feel pressure to include anyone. The most important advice I could give you is to fill your day with people that bring you joy, and let the rest fall into place. Yes, it can be a battle to find that sweet spot between who you want included versus other people’s expectations. It is often the case that the bride and groom look to avoid conflict and therefore choose their siblings or future spouse’s siblings automatically. It might be wise to consider what is most beneficial for the relationships around you, and picking family members can be a safe choice. At the end of the day, you get the final decision, and you shouldn’t feel obligated to include anyone in particular.
How about a little refresher?
Correlating the budget and size of your wedding to your wedding party can act as a helpful starting point. From here, choose people that know you well so they can take care of you through the planning process. Last and most importantly, you may feel pressure to balance desires, but including people that you think are the best fit will make you that much more comfortable on your big day.