It’s exciting to begin the journey of choosing the perfect outfits for the wedding party. It means lots of shopping both online and in-person. There may be members of the wedding party that live close by, across the country or maybe in another country. It can be a daunting task to coordinate things, so that a cohesive look is created that fulfill the couple’s vision of their special day. Here are some shopping tips to make the task a bit easier.
Supply everyone with wedding color swatches, for easy coordination
It is handy to have a set of swatches in the wedding colors that can be given (or sent) to the wedding party members. This helps to make sure that the colors will complement all skin tones in party. It also puts everyone on the same page for matching accessories, having nails done, coordinating makeup, etc.
How to find swatches? Visit the local fabric store and find a plain cotton or satin in that shade. A half yard should be sufficient to cut generous swatches.
Opt for a mix of dress styles to suit all body types
Keep in mind, as the wedding vision comes together, that having attendant ensembles that are complementary and comfortable makes for a better experience for everyone (and for the pictures). Ask the members of the party if they are comfortable wearing a certain style. If there is real discomfort, be considerate of that. Consider using the same colors but in slightly different styles. It is absolutely fashionable to have a style mix! The photographer will know how to stage the bridal party so that, for example, a mix of bridesmaids dress styles will look great in the final pictures.
Create a Try-on Kit for a better dress shopping experience
When trying on gowns and bridesmaid dresses it helps to see a finished look, to decide if the styles will work for the wedding vision. It can make a tremendous difference in how the dress falls on each body. Have everyone carry to in-store visits, a tote bag with:
- Heels (if wearing them)
- Hair clip (for up-do effect)
- Shape wear
- Appropriate bra (strapless, low back, etc.
Use pictures to help see the look
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That is true. If there is a particular look for the wedding theme, be sure to share it with the bridal party. This is another great way to get everyone on board and maybe ask for inspiration and ideas. For faraway wedding party members, have them send smartphone pics of themselves in the outfit of choice. Pictures can be edited together to ensure that all looks good and will fit the desired theme of the wedding.