Maids made easy: dressing your best girls need not be a logistical nightmare with our top tips…
As unlikely (and borderline depressing) as it may seem ladies, choosing your bridesmaids was the easy bit. Whether you’ve gone big and love the thought of fifteen girls of all ages accompanying you down the aisle, or have chosen an intimate and select group of your very closest two besties, there are still potential minefields to navigate. To help ensure nothing but smooth sailing ahead, read on for top tips for dressing your bridesmaids and be ahead of the game at the planning stage. We team up with Alila Boutique Dresses for their top tips for keeping life with the ladies stress-free. After all, abiding memories in the build-up to the big day with your maids should be comprised of nothing but fun, frolics, and a whole lot of Prosecco…
Weddings are inherently expensive, so take this into account when picking how many bridesmaids you want to have before you ask! This is the first thing to consider, because things can multiply pretty quickly. If your bridal budget is willing to stretch to covering bridesmaids outfits, settle upon a sensible number of maids your budget can accommodate. Think about if your little troupe will include flowergirls. However, if your bridesmaids are buying their own dresses, take into consideration the overall expense of your wedding for them, including travel, accomodation etc. Ensure you have a frank and candid conversation with your girls from the outset if you are anticipating they will pay for their own dresses!
Do you want to have all of your bridesmaids wearing the same outfit? Do you want them to match the colour scheme of the wedding or to stand out from it slightly? Short, mid length or long? What kind of fabric do you want the dresses to be made of? These are all things you have to think about but don’t worry, it isn’t as stressful as it sounds. Choose a unique boutique that offers a wide variety of styles, colours and lengths for you to peruse until you find the perfect set.
It can be easy to assume that your bridesmaid will have accessories such as shoes, clutches and hair pieces to complete their outfits, especially if you’re using a neutral colour. In Alila’s experience, they find that it’s easiest to match the dresses bridesmaids will be wearing by buying the accessories at the same time. Photos, especially on a phone, often don’t represent the colours or textures of a dress that well, and when your bridesmaids are trying on their dresses, it’s a smart option to have them try some accessories on too. Take this into account when choosing which boutiques you visit: do they have accessories in store too?
Some excellent food for thought from alila.ie!