Bridesmaid Brigade! Tips for the stylish bridesmaid

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Bridesmaid Brigade! Tips for the stylish bridesmaid

So, you have booked the date and the venue and chosen your wedding gown.  You have your spreadsheet and everything seems under control and then you come to the bit about your bridesmaids.

How do choose bridesmaids gowns which keep everyone happy, look stylish and will fit in with your theme?

Let’s be honest.  It can be tricky.  We have all been to weddings and silently wondered about the bridesmaids’ gowns, as they process behind the bride.  Or looked at friends’ wedding albums or pictures posted on Facebook and known that was not the look you want for your special day.

Don’t worry.  Proposals are very experienced when it comes to helping bridal parties choose bridesmaids gowns, which will enhance your bridal gown and look stylish and stunning in your wedding album.   We carry an extensive range of bridesmaids’ gowns. We can make suggestions and provide inspiration, which will ensure your bridesmaids look tasteful and feel confident on your wedding day.

Have you had a discussion about who pays?

It is important to establish from the outset who is paying for the bridesmaids’ gowns. Traditionally, it used to be the bride and groom who covered this cost. Nowadays, this can be shared with your bridesmaids, or you may offer to pay a proportion of the cost.  Do decide early because it can cause problems, if you are expecting your bridesmaids to buy an expensive gown.  For this reason, Proposals carry a selection of gowns to suit most budgets and which can be worn on other occasions.

Once your budget has been established, allow yourself time to enjoy this important part of your wedding plans. Often brides have quite a few bridesmaids.  It can be hard keeping family and your best friends happy, so try and put a few dates aside to choose the gowns.

Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes

Trying to keep all your bridesmaids happy with the final choice of their gown can be difficult.  There will have to be some compromise and understanding about the final choice of style.  Proposals can undertake alterations and also offer advice about which gowns flatter different body shapes.  You might choose a dress, which can be worn in a variety of ways, but sticking to the same fabric and colour will not compromise the effect and unity of your bridesmaids.

Another important consideration is to remember that your bridesmaids’ gowns need to complement your bridal gown and carry through the theme of your wedding. Some brides want very traditional and classic styles. You may prefer contemporary, bohemian or quirky.  Talk to us about what you have in mind and we can show you gowns, which fit with your style and wishes.

Other helpful tips include:

You do not have to have all your bridesmaids wearing exactly the same colour.  It has become very popular for to choose colours graduating from light to dark (this is known as ombre).  Bridesmaids can look very stylish and effective working with an ombre colour palette, but still achieve an overall cohesive look.

Which season have you booked your wedding?

You might want to consider soft, romantic pastels for bridesmaid gowns on summer days.  Perhaps a stronger colour on darker, wintry days?

Proposals can advise you on accessories to complement your bridesmaids’ gowns.

Some gowns look best with a necklace and others do not require any further adornment.  Think about whether you want statement jewelry or something very simple.

Do you want your bridesmaids to wear a headpiece? This will be determined by your theme and chose of hairstyles.

Shoes play a very important part in the overall look of your bridesmaids’ outfit.  You might want a little bit of sparkle.  You may prefer something very classic.  Or perhaps dare to be different.  Remember that your bridesmaids will be wearing these shoes all day, so you might want to factor comfort in when you make your final choice.

Proposals are passionate about helping you plan your wedding.  Try and incorporate some of these tips and enjoy and share this special part of your wedding planning with your bridesmaids.


If you want any help or advice about choosing your bridesmaids’ gowns, please do not hesitate to call Proposals on

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