There is an ugly rumor going around in the bridal industry that brides are picking “ugly” dresses for their bridesmaids to wear on purpose so that they will look better. I certainly do not believe that is er necessary. First, let’s look at the most obvious, if your bridesmaids look bad, all of your photos will look bad too! Secondly, if you find a truly beautiful bridal gown, like say Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields style 9001, there is no danger in anybody shining brighter than you will no need to diminish anyone else in the process.
On Project Runway last week they even had an episode where they challenge was to take an old “ugly” bridesmaid dress and turn it into something wearable and trendy. Honestly, the first thing I noticed about many of the bridesmaid dresses was that they didn’t fit the ladies wearing them correctly.
Always leave room in your budget for quality alterations after you receive your dresses. If you bridesmaids are the ones covering the cost of their gowns, ask them how much they are willing to spend so that they are not stuck with an over budget dress, and no money left to make it fit correctly. Some salons will even include that as part of their service.
The second problem with the bridesmaid dresses on Project Runway last week was that some of the colors were just awful on the girls! I understand if you love hot pink more than life itself but if none of your bridesmaids looks good in hot pink, maybe you could use that color somewhere else in the decorations, or the bouquets, and then pick a less dominating color for the bridesmaid dresses. At Liz Fields, we offer to send fabric swatches to our authorized retailers for you and your bridal party too use when picking a color. These swatches can be very helpful in the planning process.
My final suggestion is to let you bridesmaids have some say in the style. Experts agree that brides should go shopping for their bridesmaid dresses for the first time on their own. Take a pad of paper with you and write down what elements you like, and would like to have featured in the dresses for your bridesmaids. The next time you go shopping take your bridesmaids with you, and share with them what you are looking for. If the most important thing to you is that, all of your bridesmaids are wearing cap sleeves, maybe you could compromise, and they could each wear a different style dress in the same color, as long as they all have cap sleeves.
With Liz Fields, being a bridesmaid is no longer a curse…it’s a blessing!