The Bridesmaid Dilemma: The Dress {part 1}

{Reblogged from Megan’s personal blog}

We all know the center of attention goes to the bride on the wedding day, but there seems to be a common dilemma amongst bridesmaids: their dress. Having bridesmaids of multiple ethnicities and body types can put a future bride into a bit of a pickle when it comes to deciding on dresses for her favorite partners in crime. Often times the bride-to-be will pick a dress style or color that she likes in the magazine, but looks horrid when tried on by even her most stunning of friends. And to make matters worse, her less-than-thrilled bff’s end up shelling out $200+ for the bolts of fabric they will never wear again. Sad story, I know, but it’s kind of true.

Here’s two bits of advice for you: communicate & compromise.
It’s not rocket science, ladies.

Pick a more affordable dress from H&M, Forever 21 or Target and dress it up with brightly colored cardigans.
{photo by smitten photography via style me pretty}

Bridemaids: if the bride hand-picked you for her bridal party, she loves and trusts you. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you know the majority of the party isn’t in favor of the dress, but don’t be too nit picky either. But before you approach your (most likely) emotional, stressed friend about nixing the dress, have a few alternative ideas at the top of your head to give as suggestions to make the decision-making process easier.

To accomodate for different body types, let the bm’s choose their preferred style as long as it’s in the same color like these from Vera Wang.
{photo by katie neal photography via green wedding shoes}

Brides: give yourself a break and (assuming you’re comfortable) let your bm’s take the reigns on this or have them send you their ideas/preferences first. It’ll save you the hassle of narrowing down the options all by yourself. If you already have an idea of what you envision the dresses to look like, share it with the other girls and listen to their feedback. If they don’t like it, don’t be a brat about it – be willing to compromise. In the end, they’re wearing (and most likely buying) the dress anyway.

Stay tuned for more bridesmaid dress ideas!

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