Whether you are paying for the bridesmaids dresses or they are paying for their own, they might want to have something that they can wear again, and there are lots of options for a co-ordinated look that also takes account of their different styles, sizes and heights. Bridesmaids dresses can be as formal or informal as you wish so have a little get together in advance and let them know about the sort of look that you would like to have and see what ideas you come up with.
The heavier fabrics of winter dresses can also be used in spring and summer, but in shorter styles or less fitted designs and floral designs are lovely for a summer wedding with some very high quality floral gowns available. If your gown is highly detailed or lace covered you might want to have simple dresses for the bridesmaids to provide contrast, or use designs that have an element of the dress in them, such as layers, frills, strapless styles, or similar fabrics; you can always add more detail with shoes, bags, posies and so on. Make sure you have chosen your own dress first, it is your day after all, and then you can look for dresses that can be worn in a variety of ways to match in with your gown and suit the different bridesmaids.
Bridesmaid dresses usually take their inspiration from the colours found in mainstream fashion with cool soft shades and neutrals being right on trend for 2015, rather than the brighter shades that have been gaining in popularity, but if your favourite colour is purple, burgundy or emerald green, don’t let fashion dictate what you choose. Colour blocking is a dramatic look for summer, when the sunshine really helps to bring the colour out, so each bridesmaid could go head to toe in a different colour to make a really striking picture, without drawing too much attention from the bride of course!
You can choose to match the bridesmaid’s dresses to the flower girls outfits, perhaps matching each with a different pastel shade, yellow and lemon, lilac and lavender, peach and coral, turquoise and teal and so on; these colours are also easy to incorporate in to the bride’s bouquet and the other floral details. You need to work to having their final fitting three to four weeks before the wedding if the dresses are being made, to allow time for any alterations, so get the colour charts out, look at some fabrics, make a mood board and start choosing the perfect dresses.