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Styling Your Bridesmaids

Everything from dress styles, to necklines, materials and more...

​Regardless of how many bridesmaids you choose to have, you’ll need to ensure that they are all perfectly comfortable in the dress or outfit you choose for them. Some brides like to take their bridesmaids shopping so that choosing the perfect dress is a group decision. But, as the bride, if you want to make that decision alone, that’s fine too!

Below, we’ve listed a few different styling options for you:

10 popular necklines

  • Halterneck
  • Sweetheart neckline
  • Asymmetrical neckline
  • Strapless
  • Off the shoulder
  • V-neck
  • Spaghetti strap
  • Square neckline
  • Illusion neckline
  • Scoopneck

You’ve then got to think about the length of the dress. Some brides opt for floor-length, maxi dresses, others for dresses on or above the knee. You may consider tea-length dresses or a midi-dress, depending on the season.

If you’ve booked a winter wedding, your bridesmaids may favour long-sleeved dresses. Or, if you’re set on sleeveless, a shrug or shawl may be the perfect accessory.


As your church wedding or celebration is a formal occasion, it would be nice for your bridesmaids to wear a dress with a luxurious feel. Not only will the dresses look lovely, but they will probably fit nicely too. Here are a few materials to consider:

  • Silk
  • Taffeta
  • Lace
  • Tulle
  • Chiffon
  • Satin
  • Organza

You’ll also need to think about colour. If you’re having a colour scheme for your wedding, then the choice for your bridesmaids may be obvious. Consider having your bridesmaids wear different colours, or, different tones of the same shade to create an ombre look.

5 top tips: Finding bridesmaids dresses

  • It is probably best not to shop for bridesmaids’ dresses at the last minute, especially if you have a lot of them to please.
  • Think about accessories when you’re buying their dresses. Will they need matching shoes, headwear, and/or jewellery?
  • Be in the right frame of mind when you shop and don’t make a decision in a hurry, or because of price. You want to make sure you get it right.
  • Set a budget and make it clear if you are paying, or if you’d like the bridesmaids to pay for their own dress. This could avoid an awkward situation further down the line.
  • If you’re ordering dresses that need to be altered, ensure that your bridesmaids will all be available for fittings in the future.
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