Deputy Editor, Becci Clubb reveals how she ticked another element off her wedding to-do list: dressing the bridesmaids.
No matter how many bridesmaids you have chosen, agreeing on what they wear can be tricky. Naturally, they will be different heights, shapes and sizes, and it’s not always a ‘one design suits all’ situation.
I have chosen to keep my bridal party small and actually found searching for dresses to be relatively easy. We only visited three boutiques for the bridesmaid dresses, rather than the 10 I searched through for my own gown!
Throughout my planning, I’ve imagined that my bridesmaids will wear either a slate blue or a soft grey colour, but a visit to The Wedding Gallery in London, while I was looking for my wedding dress, threw a bit of a spanner in the works. Grey just wasn’t my sister’s colour!
She tried on a couple of gowns (on a whim, as we were there!) and we found that a pale green suited her best. After that, I left my options open, considering anything from soft green to taupe, pale blue to peach.
We then visited a boutique while we were away on holiday and found that we both really liked Dessy bridesmaid dresses. They have such a huge selection of styles and colours. My sister, and maid of honour, tried on a blue-green colour and we both really liked it.
After searching for another stockist so that my other bridesmaid could see if she liked the dresses too, I found 14 and Sixpence in Taunton. I spoke to Cathy, the owner, and discovered that the shop had over 60 styles from Dessy for my bridesmaids to try on and choose from, with most of them available in the colour I now thought I wanted. Brilliant news!
Both of my bridesmaids, my mum and my fiancé’s mum joined me on the visit to 14 and Sixpence. It was lovely having everyone there because we actually made a decision for both the girls’ dresses that day! We all had a say on what we thought looked best and the girls highlighted which gowns they liked most and felt most comfortable in.
In the end they chose slightly different necklines, but with the same skirt and similar detailing. Mix and match maids is a look I really like, so I was pleased too. Cathy was so lovely, helping us pick out styles that would suit the girls and advising us with sizing.
I would always recommend going to a specialist boutique in your search for bridesmaid dresses. Not only does it make the experience really exciting and special (for you and for your maids too), but it also means you know the dresses will fit perfectly. 14 and Sixpence also stocks bridal gowns, veils, shoes and accessories, showcasing collections from Enzoani, Eternity, Watters, Wendy Makin, Rebecca Ingram, Dessy and Rainbow Club.
When it comes to bridesmaid dress shopping, here are some things to keep in mind:
Always go to a boutique
This will ensure the dresses are a perfect fit and length, as well as ensuring that the colour, if your bridesmaids are wearing the same, will be exact colour matches.
Keep an open mind
What you think you would like your bridesmaids to wear isn’t necessarily what will look best on them.
Listen to what your girls are saying
Uncomfortable, unhappy bridesmaids are not what you want on your wedding day. Be prepared to compromise.
Don’t forget alterations
Make sure you allow for alterations when you budget for bridesmaid dresses too. They will need tweaks here and there and, most likely, the hem will need taking up.
Consider your bridal outfit
You want the gowns to go together, so if your dress features lots of lace, why not have bridesmaid gowns with a lace bodice? Sparkly bridal gown? How about a crystal beaded belt on your bridesmaid dresses?
Think about where you’ll be saying I do
As with all of your other decisions, you need to take into account your chosen wedding venue and overall theme. Art Deco beaded bridesmaid dresses might look out of place at a beachside wedding, while 1950’s-inspired dresses with circular skirts might not suit a black tie theme.
Remember the season you will wed in
Your bridesmaids won’t thank you for thin material and short sleeves in the winter! Dress them appropriately for the weather as best you can and accessorise with shrugs and faux furs if you need to.
Wendy Makin Designer Weekend At 14 & Sixpence
The French Collection from Wendy Makin will be visiting bridal boutiques across the country and will be working with 14 & Sixpence on Saturday 14th April 2018 from 9-5:30pm – appointments are required and early booking is advised! A 10% discount will be offered to all lucky brides finding ‘The One’ and placing their order from this collection on the day.