Beautiful Bridesmaids

By Diane Schlindwein

April 17, 2009 5 min read

BEAUTIFUL BRIDESMAIDS

There are styles for girls of every shape and size

Diane Schlindwein

Creators News Service

Just as a bride hopes to feel like a princess at her wedding, her bridesmaids want to look lovely, too.

"Every bride has a vision of the perfect look for her wedding party, but it's important to keep in mind that bridesmaids come in all different shapes and sizes," said Christy Davis, PR manager for David's Bridal. That's why finding a dress that looks good on every member of the wedding party can be a challenge.

Brides should take advantage of the resources at the store where they purchase their dresses, Davis said. "Consultants are a reliable source of information, providing knowledgeable insight into the quality, fit and design of all styles. They are also familiar with the inventory and may suggest a great dress that a bride and her bridal party may not have thought to try.

"It's important for brides to select a style that their bridesmaids will look and feel comfortable in as they dance the night away." Some brides pick a color and give their bridal party the choice of selecting a style that suits them best.

There is no rule about having exclusively dresses. "For the bride who likes to mix it up and offer her bridal party mix and match separates, David's Bridal's Make a Match Collection is a perfect option," Davis said. The interactive tools on www.davidsbridal.com allow bridesmaids to select a top, bottom and an accessory, such as a sash or a bow, from a variety of colors and styles to create a personalized look.

"As far as personalizing, there is definitely still the trend to pick a color for the maids [and] then let them choose their own dresses, or to choose separates from a line of dresses that all coordinate but do not necessarily match," said Karen Bussen, author of the Simply Stunning Wedding series and entertaining expert. "I'm also seeing a definite trend toward shorter, flirtier dresses for bridesmaids and away from the gown length."

Brides who want a simple black and white wedding might suggest their maids find fun and daring dresses at an area department store. Both JCPenney and Macy's carry complete lines of little black dresses that come in a variety of looks from a number of designers. These dresses can be paired with the metallic shoes, which Bussen said are very popular right. Moreover, bridesmaids will be able to wear these dresses time and time again.

Flowers also play a big part in a bridesmaid's individual look. "Smaller bouquets are very au currant and very chic. Just a few beautiful blooms make an understated, gorgeous pairing with the dresses," Bussen said. "We've been making a lot of individual bouquets for bridesmaids, so each maid gets her own special posy as opposed to giving everyone a uniform look."

After the dresses and flowers are chosen, Mary Kay consultant Barb Tschacher said brides and their bridesmaids should naturally pay close attention to their makeup. "You should already know what foundation looks best and stick to that," she said. "You can, however, pick your blush, lipstick and eye makeup so that it looks best with your dress.

"Smoky eyes are a good look for evening," she added. "I think soft black or charcoal eyeliner looks good on almost everybody." No matter what the look, she suggested experimenting with any new makeup well in advance of the wedding.

Since both brides and bridesmaids want their hair to look lovely, it's a good idea to think ahead about what hairstyles will look unique, but somehow uniform. Websites such as weddinghair.com and brides.com offer tons of styles to choose from.

Weddings can be an emotional time, but it's up to the bride to keep her bridesmaids' best interest in mind, Bussen said. "From the dress to the flowers, there are really nice ways to make each girl look and feel special and unique."

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