How to Choose Bridesmaids Dresses for a Spring Wedding

If you are getting married, it’s likely that you have already thought about what kind of wedding party you want. You’ve probably selected the ceremony site, chosen your favorite vendors, and made plans for the rehearsal dinner.

Now is the time to start thinking about your wedding party and what they will wear. But picking an option within your color and style theme is only the beginning. While the process seems fun, it is not quite as easy as you may think. Before you start shopping, you should know a few basics to help you make an informed decision.

Consider the Weather.
If you live in an area where spring weather can range from freezing temperatures to sunny and warm, you may want to look for dresses that can be worn under a wrap or jacket. If you’re not sure what to expect in terms of the weather, look for dresses that can layer nicely so your girls are comfortable if it gets a little chilly.

How formal is your wedding?
If you are hosting a casual wedding, there are many ways in which to go about choosing your bridesmaid dresses. You can choose from a variety of short, flowing, and colorful dresses. Alternatively, you could give each girl a few choices within a range of options and let them choose what suits their style and personality best. Then, you can offer matching accessories to tie the look together nicely.

If you’re going the formal route, then consider length and fabric. Typically, a knee-length dress or longer is considered “formal.” Dresses made of bridal satin, brocade, or charmeuse look classy for a dressy event. This is the time to let your bridesmaids rock that long, gorgeous ballgown of their dreams!

Consider body types.
It is important to consider which styles look flattering on the unique body types of your bridesmaids. If you want your girls to wear matching dresses, consider picking a maxi style which is long a flowing and a little less formal, the sheath look, which is long and fitted for any style wedding, or an empire waist that clinches the narrowest point of the bust and flows nicely from there. If you are willing to let your girls mix and match, let them try on various styles and purchase the one they feel the most beautiful in.

Think about the cost.
It is likely that your bridesmaids will purchase their own dress, so you should be mindful of the cost. Perhaps one or two bridesmaids can afford to spend a bit more money on a dress than another, so be considerate of everyone’s budget before making your final decision.

An affordable bridesmaids’ dress ranges between $100 and $200 for a typical wedding. With that price, you can select something that will look great on everyone. Make sure you pick a dress that they will be excited to wear again!

Beautiful Weddings on a Budget

We all dream of the perfect wedding.  Yet after meeting with vendors and researching the cost of every detail, your ideal setting may seem a little daunting. Don’t lose hope. Here are a few ways you can plan the perfect wedding while eliminating some major added expenses.

  1. Trim the guest list. This is an important tip to remember, you don’t have to include everyone you know. Prioritize an “A List” first and then add friends, distant relatives, or co-workers until you reach your limit. Leaving children off your guest list is an easy way to keep your guest count low.
  2. DIY what you can. Or ask friends and family who can. If you have a baker in the family, recruit them to make your wedding cake. If you know someone who has an eye for beautiful floral arrangements, let them take over. Lastly, load up on the card stock and create your own special wedding invitations. The DIY possibilities are endless.
  3. Schedule your ceremony between meal times. If you get married in the afternoon or late morning, it is easier to get away with serving heavy hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to your guests. Serving a full meal can double or triple your food costs.
  4. Get married at home. Beautiful backyard weddings are cozy and intimate. They also offer more flexibility when choosing your date. You can be as formal or casual as you like, and you never have to follow the guidelines of a rented venue.
  5. Choose your dress carefully. Brides in expensive wedding gowns are just as beautiful as those with a humbler selection. If you know someone who is willing to let you borrow their gown, say yes if it is the right fit!
  6. Have a friend DJ or set up a playlist ahead of time. Plan a list of songs ahead of time that you would like to hear at your reception and let it roll. However, do ask a friend to MC. You may want someone to announce your arrival to the party. The first introduction as husband and wife is joyful to everyone.
  7. Stock your bar. This is the time to shop for cases of wine, beer, liquor and mixers. If the cost gets too high, cash bars are always a great alternative.
  8. Ask for help. This can be a daunting task, but if you have parents or relatives who are willing to help with wedding costs, be grateful and say “Yes!”
  9. Plan well. A longer engagement can give you time to put money aside for wedding expenses. This also gives you an opportunity to recruit help and shop vendor prices.
  10. Budget thoroughly. This is the most important way to keep your cost low. Create a detailed list of everything you want for your wedding and add a maximum dollar amount beside each item.

If you plan well, you will find many benefits to planning a wedding on a budget. You may even find added funds to indulge on your honeymoon!