One of the most important items on your wedding checklist would be dresses for your bridesmaids! Of course you want nothing but the best for your best girls who have been there for your through your relationship’s ups and downs as well as all the wedding planning stress. You want to make sure that your bride tribe is comfortable with what they’re wearing, while also staying true to the look and feel you envisioned for your wedding. With so many choices when it comes to fabrics and designs, where do you even begin? To help you out, we asked fashion designers Julianne Syjuco, Caca Siapno, and Teena Sabrina Tan to share some expert tips for dressing your bridesmaids. Keep reading to find out how you can make sure your girls are dressed to impress and ready to dance the night away!
Cohesion is key! Designers will first and foremost ask what your vision is and suggest designs that will go well with the overarching look of your wedding. Based on the finer details of your big day, designers can draw up sketches for you and your girls to choose from.
There are so many ways you can express your aesthetic and personal style. Don’t be limited by the classic and traditional looks. Ask your designer for recommendations on how you can jazz up your bridesmaids’ dresses and make them even more memorable.
It’s important to carefully consider what fabric you’ll be using for your bridesmaids’ dresses. Your designers will recommend appropriate types of fabric that will suit the design of the dresses, the venue, season, and theme. Can’t decide on just one? You can also mix and match fabric, if you like!
A good tip is to find a balance between what your bridesmaids would feel confident wearing the entire day and your vision for your wedding. Allow them to talk to you about their personal style and opinions and listen to their preferences. Some might prefer higher necklines or silhouettes that are more flattering for them. You can discuss these differences with your designer to find an acceptable compromise.
Custom and off-the-rack dresses are both beautiful choices! Practical considerations like your personal style, your budget, and the amount of time you have in your wedding planning will decide whether custom or ready-to-wear is more suitable. If you have a shorter lead time or if you have bridesmaids who are based abroad, then going for RTW dresses might be a better and more convenient option.
Beyond the designs and fabric choices, this is also a fun and meaningful moment for you and the ones who love you! You chose them to be a part of your entourage for a special reason, so enjoy every minute of your wedding planning journey with them. Disagreements may seem like the end of the world at first, but don’t worry, they will only give you more memories to laugh about in ten years or so!