Exclusive Guest Post by Stylist Lisa Grace
1, First things first, decide on the formality of your wedding. This will help determine which type and style dress you’re after. Will it be formal, semi-formal or smart casual? This decision affects colour and style. You might even want to take into consideration the season and what time of day you’ll be getting hitched.
2, Be sure to pick your own wedding gown before beginning the search for bridesmaid attire.
3. Select a bridesmaids' dress or dresses that you like. Start by choosing a style or a colour, whichever is more important to you. As a group you may want to coordinate but possibly not be an exact match. The biggest trend I’ve seen happening these days (which is also my favourite) are mismatched bride’s maids. Scroll down for photo examples of my FAVOURITE combinations.
4. When choosing mismatched dresses you take away the pressure of thinking about the body types of each bridesmaid and instead pick individual styles which suit that person perfectly.
5. Next, picking colour - decide if you'd like everyone in your bridal party to wear the same colour, or if you'd rather choose a colour scheme. Colour schemes work the best when having mismatched dresses. Have them each in a slightly different colour but all in keeping with the overall theme of the wedding. Alternatively keep the same colour but don't worry about finding the perfect match, rather keep the same colour but in different shades (this will make shopping easier, and it's intentional so it’ll look great).
Throw Tradition to the Wind
Throw tradition to the wind, like beautiful Alyssa and her ladies at her Los Angeles wedding. (See pic above).
Or you may find inspiration from lovely Robynne and her ladies at this botanical wedding.
Robynne’s Gorgeous Gown from KAREN WILLIS HOLMES, was in keeping with her bohemian theme and Botanical location. Each of her ladies wearing a rustic colour palette of soft pink beige, ivory and a hint of copper throw out the gowns, along with the neutral greens in the bouquet, Each ladies neck line and colour completing each maids skin tone while keeping with the a semi formal bohemian colour scheme complimenting Robynne’s bespoke Genevieve lace overlay.
Then there is gorgeous Rachel and her ladies at this rural wedding.
Same Same but Different
For the girls who don’t want to be too daring and still like a touch of tradition, multiway gowns are perfect for creating individuality for each bridesmaid.
Be Bold, Be daring
I’m ABSOLUTELY loving ladies wearing pants in their bridal party! Who said there are any rules to how your bridesmaids should dress at your wedding?
Lisa’s bridal party wore white palazzo pants and blush-coloured crops. These not only look great but they are comfortable too. Lisa's bespoke Abbey bodice with Emmeline skirt wedding gown was beautifully complemented by her bridesmaids' colour theme. And all pulled together with bright pinks neutral greens in the bouquet.
So where do we find all these gowns (and trousers)? Well this is where planning is key. And having enough time is key,
Doing some research is a great thing to do before you drag your party all over the shopping centres. For example, if you know your ladies will be wearing cocktail length gowns then you want to be shopping in the right season.
But mostly importantly be opened minded, you need a contingency if your don't get exactly what you imagined (again this is where mixing and matching helps).
So your'e looking for anything from floaty, feminine cuts to modern classic designed dresses in soft, feminine, plain, loud colours, with accentuated gathers, that's fitted with lace detail. RIGHT?
To get you started here is a list of great bridesmaids' shops in Brisbane and other major Australian cities:
- Forever New,
- Carla Zampatti,
- Scanlan Theodore,
And great online destinations for the ladies who live away from each other are: whiterunway.com.au,
About the Author
Lisa Grace is the blogger behind the Australian fashion and styling blog, Be Yvaine. Born out of her love for fashion Lisa came from humble beginnings from what was a small-scale project to what is still evolving today. Her career began as an Australian contemporary fashion designer & street style blogger in 2008.
“I divide my time between styling outfits and creating projects, Fashion Fades but style is eternal.
"I believe in pursuing your dreams, even if that means being a badass in the process. Be Yvaine is all about empowering yourself as well and everybody around to to BE the best, BE great and some times that means you need to BE a little Vain (yvaine) life is what you're living, so make the best of it!"