There are plenty of things to get in order and figure out when planning a wedding. I think the most important thing to “get right” is making sure everything from the decor to the bridal party style is cohesive. It doesn’t have to be matchy, matchy but it definitely should look like it all belongs together. That is one thing people notice right away, at least I do. When things don’t make sense, it looks like you didn’t put the time in to make sure it did or just don’t have the ability to do so.
There really isn’t much of an excuse for this considering there are plenty of people you to can go to for help. If you don’t feel you have the design eye to piece your vision together, than its time to bring in a designer. If you have a friend or know someone who does this kind of work, even better! Working alongside someone you are close with makes the experience that much more fun.
When it comes to the checklist of things to do, finding the bride’s outfit for her special day definitely comes before the maid of honor and bridesmaids. Even if you don’t wind up deciding on something or purchasing it yet, you should definitely have a good idea of what style you want. This includes shape, cut, fit and fabric. it’s all in the details! Then you can move forward to the bridal party with the same details.
Although all the bridesmaids dresses are different tones, they are all within the same color choice and keep with the neutral theme. They are all different dresses as well, which works because they stick within the same style and have the same flowy feel.
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I’ve been to weddings where I thought the bridesmaids just didn’t really match the bride and its kind of makes a big difference. I mean, the bridal party should look like a bridal party, not just a couple of guests hanging out next to the bride and groom. It’s really quite simple. You just take some of the elements of the bride’s dress and extend those ideas to the others. If the bride is wearing a flowy lace gown than the girls should have at least a little bit of lace or some type of detail that reflects that. It should also be light and airy and have somewhat of the same shape. Not harsh and sharp looking.
This bridal party style works because the style of their gowns match the style of the bride. You can also see that the fabric & sheen is cohesive as well.
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Another thing to consider is making sure the outfits look good on the girls who are wearying them. Everyone should be comfortable and feel great in their dress. You obviously chose them to be in your bridal party because they’re awesome so why not make it special for them as well. Having dissatisfied bridesmaids is certainly a bummer.
Unique and theme related, this bridal party style maintains its elegance and vintage appeal while giving each bridesmaid their individuality. Each dress is within the same color palette and the ones that have patterns, are similar to each other. Even though the bride is in lace gown, its an antique style so it works well with all the others.
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Sometimes this may be tricky so I created some inspirational pairings along with color palettes that would go with the style of the dresses. My picks came from a few shops I like and may be more untraditional than most but either way, you can get the idea. Enjoy!
BHLDN-Beams of Light Dress & BHLDN-Nine Muses Dress
BHLDN-Omelia Gown & BHLDN-Tea Rose Dress
Free People-Kristal’s Limited Edition White Dress & Free People-FP New Romantics He Loves Me Best Dress
BHLDN-Thalia Maxi Dress & BHLDN-Niceties Dress
Ruche-Gemma Lynn & ModCloth-Rose Quartz Reverie Dress
BHLDN-Ortensia Gown & BHLDN-Idlewild Dress
Free People-Jill’s Limited Edition White Story Dress & Free People-Audrina Maxi Dress
ModCloth-Beautiful & Unique Snowflake Dress & ModCloth-Moonlight Marvel Dress
Ruche-Nadine & Ruche-Hydrangea Pink Dress
BHLDN-Calla Lily Dress & Anthropologie-Aurelian Brocade Dress
Free People-Ana’s Limited Edition White Summer Dress & Three Floor-Flourish Maxi Dress