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And you thought choosing your own gown was a monumental achievement! Now you have to work on making some of your very best girlfriends happy, not to mention your flower girl and that cute but sometimes petulant pageboy.

Let’s start with your bridesmaids. It’s usual for them to pay for their own outfits, so avoid dress stress and discuss their budgets with them. If you have your heart set on dresses that are divine but a bit over the top price-wise, you might consider helping out with the payment.

Your wedding day is your day to dazzle, and your bridesmaids’ outfits should complement yours in every way. However, if you want your friends to feel confident and comfortable (and to remain your best buddies afterwards), don’t turn them into fashion victims! Your bridesmaids are likely to have very different body shapes and sizes, and one style although trendy in one colour may not suit them all. A solution is to opt for a simple, elegant design that will suit everyone. This also adds value to your bridesmaids’ wardrobes because they can wear the dress again on other occasions.

Or, you could choose one colour and fabric that you know will flatter them all, and allow each to select a style to suit. Dress length (which will be determined by the formality of your wedding) might be the only rule to consider here. And if that’s the case, you’ll need to ensure that the hemlines of all the dresses are the same distance from the floor. Start by setting the hemline for your tallest attendant and work from there. If the dresses are short, make sure that your bridesmaids all wear the same colour pantihose or stockings.

You can then introduce uniformity to their outfits with matching accessories. Some brides find an accessory that will complement the wedding theme (but can also be worn after the event) and buy one for each bridesmaid to give to them as their traditional ‘thank you’ gift.

Like you, your bridesmaids will also be spending much of your wedding day on their feet, so think comfort. If they choose different shoe styles, you can always have the shoes dyed or re-covered to create a united front.

Young attendants can be fussy folk to dress – and the last thing you need on the day is grumpy children. Simplicity and comfort are key considerations here. Flower girls’ dresses could be a simpler version of your own, or your bridesmaids’ gowns, while pageboys look cute in romantic pantaloon-style trousers, a ruffled shirt and a jacket.

Because young boys can feel uncomfortable in a full suit, dark trousers and a shirt with a vest are a better choice for formal weddings.


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