Bridesmaid dress ideas for 2017

Less is more, when it comes to dressing your attendants. Think simple and elegant and keep fiddly details and accessories to the minimum.

You don’t want your bridesmaids to look like you, so look for the same feel, but in dresses that aren’t too similar in style.

Many brides choose the fabric and let their bridesmaids pick a style that will suit her body shape. Smooth and simple may be the thing for those with nothing to hide, but an A-line skirt and empire waist can be flattering too.

More and more retailers are beginning to have dedicated online sections just for weddings – from mother of the bride outfits, to suits for page boys. ASOS are a perfect example offering one of the most beautiful collections for bridesmaids.
More and more retailers are beginning to have dedicated online sections just for weddings – from mother of the bride outfits, to suits for page boys. ASOS are a perfect example offering one of the most beautiful collections for bridesmaids.

If you are asking your bridesmaid to pay for their own dresses then you must let go of the reins. Don’t expect them to even consider buying something they will never be able to wear again. Little black dresses could be a stylish approach to this one.

And don’t forget that if you have a maid of honour or chief bridesmaid you trust, she is perfectly capable of taking charge of the bridesmaid dress issue – leaving you free to concentrate on your own outfit.

Centre stage: The ASOS embellished one shoulder dress
Centre stage: The ASOS embellished one shoulder dress
From the 2017 ASOS collection
From the 2017 ASOS collection

Top three tips for picking the right bridesmaid dress

1. Decide how you want their dresses to complement your own. There is a careful balance between ensuring bridesmaids’ dresses evoke the style of the bride without looking too much like the bride.
1. Decide how you want their dresses to complement your own. There is a careful balance between ensuring bridesmaids’ dresses evoke the style of the bride without looking too much like the bride.
2. If you’re considering strapless dresses, or gowns that don’t accommodate bras, ask your bridesmaids if they would be comfortable in such styles before making a decision
2. If you’re considering strapless dresses, or gowns that don’t accommodate bras, ask your bridesmaids if they would be comfortable in such styles before making a decision
3. You might go for different complementary colours for your bridesmaids’ dresses. You can pull the look together with the bouquets – perhaps picking the same flower varieties in different colours.
3. You might go for different complementary colours for your bridesmaids’ dresses. You can pull the look together with the bouquets – perhaps picking the same flower varieties in different colours.

What a sweet idea

We can’t think of a better way to say ‘will you be my bridesmaid’ than with this personalised biscuit. The handmade heart shaped treat is lovingly decorated with hand-iced flowers and includes a message of your choice that’s carefully hand-iced onto the biscuit.

Whether you want to ask them ‘will you be my bridesmaid?’ or you want to say thanks for their help with the wedding once the big day is over this makes the sweetest gift.

It costs £11.50 at www.biscuiteers.com

£11.50 at www.biscuiteers.com
£11.50 at www.biscuiteers.com
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