Selecting bridesmaids dresses comes with a whole host of additional considerations. You’re contending with competing colour schemes, different body shapes, personal (and sometimes vehemently-voiced) preferences, necklines, length… the list can feel endless.
Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be.
We’ve rounded up some hot tips and even hotter dresses from your favourite Aussie labels that are sure to send you right back into blissful contentment.
Give them a dress they’ll wear again
Your bridesmaids have accompanied you to multiple wedding fairs sans complaint, held your hand through gown fittings, and have liaised with your vendors when all you needed was a moment away from it all. Craftily selecting a dress that they will be able to wear long after the throes of your wedding day are a distant memory is a gesture your bridesmaids aren’t soon to forget. Dresses of shorter length offer ample choice and versatility, but if you are sold on a longer style, opt for a comfortable maxi dress rather than an evening gown.
Choosing the right colour
Carefully selecting a colour that suits all of your bridesmaids’ beautiful, unique skin tones can be challenging. Have you ever wondered why blush pink dresses appear to be the stock-standard go-to? Neutral tones such as soft pink, cream and charcoal flatter all skin types. Considering your bridesmaids’ body shapes when choosing the optimal colour is equally important. A rich navy makes for a beautiful trans-seasonal tone that is quite slimming. Whatever colour you decide on, you want your bridesmaids to look and feel their best so keep them involved in the decision-making process and you can’t go wrong.
How to choose a material
Your bridesmaids are likely to wear your selected dress for up to 12 hours, if not more, so choosing a material that will make them feel wonderful while also complementing your own gown is essential. Traditional fabrics such as chiffon and organza are great choices as they generally pair well with any gown. If your wedding gown is lace-laden, opting for a dress with lace accents or embroidery will help to set a romantic tone for the day. Considering the season must also be a deciding factor - if you’re getting married in cooler months, settling on typically thicker satin will keep your ladies nice and warm during their photo-call.
Wedded Wonderland revealed Australian couples spend an average of $929 on bridesmaid dresses alone. Factoring in alterations, accessories and shoes, this already hefty cost can quickly become significantly higher. While it is common for the bride to pay for bridesmaid dresses particularly if they are unique, if you are not in a position to do so, splitting the cost with your bridesmaid is a reasonable option she will certainly thank you for later.
The timeless wedding
Known for her classic elegance and flattering designs, Shona Joy’s namesake label stocks ready to wear, luxe dresses and everything in between. Joy’s bridesmaids dresses are made with light-weight woven fabric with a touch of silk, featuring traditional necklines including strapless, halter and plunge. The label’s signature cross-over draped skirt reveals the briefest sighting of knee, rendering it the ideal versatile choice your bridesmaids are sure to wear again and again.
Fame and Partners
If you’ve attend a wedding in the last few months, you no doubt have crossed paths with a fashion-forward goddess wearing Aussie label Fame and Partners. Not only are their bridesmaid dresses customised expertly in classic cuts, their commitment to sustainability and women’s empowerment is inspiring. Not only do they design their clothes with a near-zero-waste sustainable manufacturing platform, but one dollar from every sale goes towards nurturing the independence and empowerment of women all over the world.
Saba may not be your immediate go-to for all things wedding, but since the label entered the wedding market earlier this year, their offering has grown from strength to strength. Featuring silken dresses of pristine quality that won’t break the bank, the label typically known for their tailored workwear collection marks an exciting, fresh option for the modern bride.
The black tie wedding
Bronx and Banco
Designer Natalie DeBanco’s sophisticated and sexy Bronx and Banco is the go-to destination for the chic bride in search of the elusive black tie dress. Our local (and international) A-list have flocked to get a taste of the label’s striking jumpsuits and sultry mini-dresses, but it’s their floor-length gowns that are sure to make your ladies feel like a million dollars on your big day.
Bec + Bridge
The exclusive-to-online Bec + Bridge wedding edit features their signature silhouettes and famed cowl necklines in beautiful twill fabric. Dresses in luxurious navy, peach and ivory feature across the entire range and are perfect for any elegant occasion. Kim Kardashian West and our girl Miranda Kerr are fans and your bridesmaids are sure to be too.
The casual wedding
Nicky and Simone Zimmermann’s story is legend in Aussie fashion circles, and while the sisters are as regarded for their sophisticated femininity as they are for their patterned swimwear, the girls’ knack for creating chic boho dresses is second-to-none. If you’re after a little whimsy on your big day, be sure to visit one of their Aussie stores for a taste of their ethereal magic.
Hansen and Gretel
Flowy and innovative, Hansen and Gretel’s designs are sure to make your wedding that little bit more romantic. Their earthy colours and striking patterns hold the perfect mix of traditional and modern elements, and while their designs do float the line of casual, their silk chiffon fabrics offer timeless elegance.