Bridesmaid dresses are becoming more and more glamorous, with brides looking to make their bridesmaids gorgeous and modern. More than ever, bridesmaid dresses are mirroring trends from the high street, with huge influences from red carpet celebrities and royalty alike. Let’s be honest, how many girls want to look like Pippa Middleton and Angelina Jolie? Frankly, everyone. But these red carpet dresses are paving the fashion path for our bridesmaids very own red carpet moment.

When choosing bridesmaid dresses, whether strapless, one shouldered, full-length or tea-length, it has to be simple, sassy and easy to wear. Girls are also looking for styles that can be worn again, and that’s when a tea-length dress would be ideal.

Choosing Bridesmaid Dress Styles and Colours

Every bride wants her bridesmaids’ dress style to emulate their own gown in some way, and for them to be in keeping with the theme of the wedding. I have a rule of thumb for this – if the bride is in a lace dress or has a dress with texture then choose bridesmaid dresses in a plain fabric like satin or taffeta, and vice versa. Bridesmaids are there to complement the bride, not look exactly like her.

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The other tricky part is choosing a colour. Some brides can overthink the colour scheme when choosing bridesmaid dresses. I was once asked which dress colour would go with a certain carpet in a venue! The key is to pick your wedding style and colours, then make sure that your bridesmaids complement this with a colour that works on them as well as the venue.

Choosing Bridesmaid Dresses for Mixed Figures and Heights

This is a challenge that many of today’s brides face. You might have a 5ft 9 inch girl who is a size 16, and a 5ft 2 inch size 8 bridesmaid. There is no question that these girls will not suit the same dress, so don’t force it. Put them in different styles to enhance their figures.

Twobirds Bridesmaid is amazing for this. One dress, three lengths and 15 ways to wear it, in a variety of fabulous fashion-forward colours. Twobirds Bridesmaid dresses can be styled one way for the ceremony, meaning your girls look demure and angelic, then they can be ‘sexied up’ for the evening. Wrap them into a one shouldered look, twist the straps to change the shoulder appearance, add sparkly brooches – the choices are endless. I am deeply in love with these amazing dresses.

Twobirds Bridesmaid Dresses

I am also a massive fan of Dessy bridesmaid dresses. Their colour palette is endless and they are available across the UK. They also enable you to pick different dress styles to suit your girls individual figures and then pull them all together in the same colour. Their website is without question the best on the market, and if you search by this season’s key colours you’ll have loads of styles to choose from! AMAZING.

So, when choosing bridesmaid dresses, don’t force your girls into the same style. Choose styles to suit their figures; they need to feel comfortable. Don’t forget to pull their look together with accessories and flowers.

Remember, you should always buy your own dress or a bridesmaid dress from a reputable retailer who is a registered stockist. There are so many copycat websites; don’t be fooled. And don’t buy them online, visit your local stockist.

Guest post by Ellie Sanderson

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Dessy After Six Bridesmaid Dresses:  Jen Marino Photography

Peach Bridesmaid Dresses: Twobirds Bridesmaid

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