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3 Do's and 2 Don'ts | Picking the Right Bridesmaid Dress…

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From the left: Olivia (Dress: J. Crew), Mallory (Dress: Nordstrom), Brooke (Dress: Anthropologie), Tiia (Dress: Nordstrom), Me (see details below), Kendall (Dress: Weddington Way)

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Shoes: DSW • Dress: Weddington Way (Size down! Plus, you can wear it 5 different ways!) • Earrings: Stella and Dot (you can wear these 3 different ways!) • Bracelet: Stella and Dot (discontinued – but here are similar styles) • Watch: Michele • Ring: David Yurman • Lipstick: YSL #1 • Makeup & Hair: Posh Styling • Nail Polish: Kiss the Bride (Orly Gel)

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Robes: Pretty Plum Sugar (Aren’t these robes adorable! They were our bridesmaid gift.)

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This past weekend, one of my high school besties tied the knot with her love! We had such a fun time celebrating them and spending the last few days preparing for the big day! The weather was perfect  – not too hot and not too cold – and the day of ceremony and reception flowed flawlessly.  You can see the beautiful bride above. She literally looked like an angelic Goddess! So gorgeous!

Now, when it comes to being a Bridesmaid, there is a lot of thought that goes into what you wear, how you do your hair, your makeup, and if you should say a few words at the rehearsal or wedding reception. There are so many details the bride is trying to keep straight that it is your job as a bridesmaid to go with the flow and follow her lead.

Below, I’ve included 3 Do’s and 2 Don’ts to choosing the right bridesmaid dress for you that the bride will love.

DO Follow the Color Palette. For this particular wedding, Katie had a vision of navy blue dresses and was open to the style we chose. She had a great idea of using Weddington Way to choose a handful of dress styles she liked and allowed us to choose whichever one fit us best. She was also open to other stores like Nordstrom, Anthropologie, or J.Crew because their styles were similar and they had colors that aligned to the navy blue she liked. When you are searching for a Bridesmaid dress, make sure you check it with the bride. Even if she is as chill as my girlfriend, Katie, was for her wedding, have her approve you dress before you buy it so she knows exactly where your head it at. It will eliminate any stress she may have.

DON’T Forget the Shoes. When you’re choosing the right shoes to fit your bridesmaid dress, you must take into account 2 things: (1) Keep in mind the setting of the ceremony. If it is outdoors, you may want to find a chunky heel or a wedge that will be easy to walk in and easy to stand on in the grass. (2) Bring a second pair of comfortable shoes. Even if you wear heels everyday (like myself!), your feet can get tired after an afternoon of wearing your heels for pictures and the ceremony. It’s so easy to throw on some flip flops or ballet flats to put on after the ceremony so you can spend the evening dancing the night away in comfort.

Quick side story – I actually followed my advice above and did bring a pair of sandals for the reception and even slipped them on after the ceremony. But when I got  home from the wedding this weekend, my right foot was swollen with a bump on my inner foot from wearing my heels all afternoon. So crazy! I had to ice it before we went to bed and had to keep it elevated the whole day on Sunday. Oy vey! Just remember, heels can be a killer.

DO Allow Enough Time for Alterations. I’m 5’0 tall. I have to hem or alter everything I buy (except shirts!). But seriously, it’s a normality for me. So I know how long it can take to get alterations on a dress like a bridesmaid dress. I would recommend ordering your bridesmaid dress 4-5 months before the wedding. Sometimes bridesmaid dresses can take up to 6-8 weeks to receive in the mail, so allowing for enough time to get it, is important. Plus, what if it looks different on you than you thought and you need to return and order another one? Then you’ll definitely want more time. After you receive your dress, you’ll want to allocate another 4 weeks to get alterations depending on what needs to be done. Timing is everything!

DON’T Pick What is Trending. When you are in a wedding, you are in your bridesmaid dress for hours, including pictures, the ceremony, the reception, etc. You don’t want to be irritated with your dress. You don’t want to constantly be pulling up the top of your dress or feel uncomfortable because it’s too tight or fits weird. Don’t pick what is trending now, pick what fits with your style, what fits you best, and what will look timeless for your bride. At the end of the day, it is all about the bride on their wedding day. You are there to help and be there for her. You don’t want to be so worried about your own dress that it takes away from your bride. Think timeless, comfortable, and YOU.

DO Choose a Hairstyle that Fits Your Dress. Once you purchase your dress, start thinking about the hairstyle you want. I would consider 2 things: (1) Think about your dress and what part of it you want to accent. If you have an open back, you may want to do an undo so you can show that off. If you have an elaborate neckline, you may want to keep it down. (2) The weather. If it’s a summer wedding, you may want your hair off your neck so you aren’t so hot. Completely up to you but your hair definitely finishes the ‘look’ you want so having it the way you want it is just as important.

What tips do you have for choosing the right bridesmaid dress?




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