Styling Your Bridesmaids

Styling your bridesmaids, from dress styles to necklines, materials and more...

Top tips for styling your bridesmaids

​Regardless of how many bridesmaids you choose to support you on the big day, 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 is fine too! 

Below, we've listed styles to consider when it comes to styling your bridesmaids; from necklines to different materials and beyond. 

Bridesmaids Dresses: 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 the length of dress that you'd like your bridesmaids to wear. Some brides opt for floor-length, maxi dresses, other 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. 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Material

As your church wedding or celebration at a wedding venue 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. Below are a few materials to consider when it comes to choosing bridesmaid dresses. 

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

You'll also need to think about colour when shopping for bridesmaids dresses. If you're having a colour scheme to your wedding, then the colour 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 

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