Getting married in this economy has started a new trend in bridesmaid dresses, the casual day wear bridesmaid dress and matching sensible shoes. With the costs of a new hairstyle, dress, shoes, registry gift, bridal shower gifts etc, the role of bridesmaid is quickly becoming unaffordable. Being chosen as a bridesmaid is a unique and special honor, a bride can make the role affordable by choosing a dress and shoes which are both economical and practical. Choosing styles which are economical and practical is easy when you can narrow the down dresses and shoes to those which may be worn many times in the future.
While cheap bridesmaid dresses have become more modern and less atrocious in recent years, they still have not made the jump to affordable. The reason many dresses are considered expensive, despite a price tag which may not seem so high, is they are often only worn on one occasion. After a wedding, a typical bridesmaid’s is so formal as to be almost unwearable, except to another rare, formal event. Helping your bridesmaids with the cost of the dress is an option, but this still does not address the impracticality of the dresses themselves. With a bit of careful planning, the bride can pick a dress in which bridesmaids are not only excited to wear, but can wear over and over.
Choosing black as one of your colors is a great way to incorporate a little black dress into the wedding. Every woman needs a little black dress in her closet. With this choice, a bride not only has an elegant wedding party, but each bridesmaid has a dress which they can wear on many occasions. If your colors are already chosen, try to stay away from trendy silks and satins and instead choose cotton and polyester. Cotton and polyester fabrics are less formal, and less expensive, which makes the dress more practical for all occasions.
The style of the bridesmaid’s dress can also affect its functionality in the future. A trendy dress, while fashionable during the wedding, may go out of style in a year, leaving your bridesmaid with a dress in her closet that can never be worn again. Much like the movie 27 Dresses, a trendy or themed bridesmaid ends up being given to charity or wasting away in closets. If you have a specific theme in mind, such as 20s or 50s chose styles which can be re-worn, such as a flapper dress which can be worn to costume parties or a halter dress which can be worn at any time.
While embellishments may seem beautiful while shopping for bridesmaid dresses, they also can take a dress into the unwearable section of a closet. Stick with plain colors and styles, with little in the way of sequins and beading.
When in doubt, take your bridesmaids out shopping for their dresses or put together a guide of what you would like them to wear. For example, give each bridesmaid the color: periwinkle and the style: halter dress, with full swing skirt.
Consider wedding shoes in leather for comfort and style. Bridesmaids will be grateful to be able to wear a shoe which fits to their feet and can be used for work or a night out on the town. Stick to shorter heels, 1-2 inches at most. Stay away from satin dye-able shoes, if your considering an economical choice. While beautiful, they also appear too formal.
Lastly, don’t assume your bridesmaids will mind buying a dress for this special occasion. Bring up the topic gently and consider their input about whether they are willing to buy am economical dress of their choice, or your dream choice for their dresses.