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A dress (also known as a frock or a gown) is a garment consisting of a skirt with an attached bodice (or a matching bodice giving the effect of a one-piece garment). It consists of a top piece that covers the torso and hangs down over the legs. A dress can be any one-piece garment containing a skirt of any length.

The bridesmaids are members of the bride's party in a wedding. A bridesmaid is typically a young woman, and often a close friend or relative.  They attend to the bride on the day of a wedding or marriage ceremony.

Do bridesmaid dresses match the brides wedding gown?

Generally speaking, but not absolutely always, bridesmaids should wear a dress that matches the formality of the brides gown.  Typically this would be in regard to the length.  The dress style such as sleeves, and necklines would not necessarily have to match the brides dress.

Some sources state that, in ancient times, originally the bride and all the bridesmaids wore the exact same dress and veiled their faces heavily, for the purpose of confusing jealous suitors and evil spirits.  In China during the feudal era, the female womb was seen as precious for the production of an heir. Brides were susceptible to kidnapping at weddings by rival clans and hooligans. Shouldering the responsibility to protect the bride, bridesmaids were dressed up like the bride to lower the risk that she might be identified and robbed.

Do bridesmaid dresses have to match other bridesmaid dresses?

Traditionally, all of the bridesmaids wear the same dress. However, it is becoming popular for the bridal party to wear the same dress but in varying shades of one color.

In modern times, traditions have become more "flexible".  Traditions and rules are no longer set in stone.  Some weddings you will find that the bridesmaids each wear different styles or colors of dress.

Keep in mind each person is different in body & mind.  To be honest, some people are heavier than what is typically healthy.  What happens when the bride has invited a skinny bridesmaid and a rather large one.  They may not both look good in the same style of dress.  Should the bride give them flexibility and allow them each to wear a different style dress?

What color is best?

In the Victorian era, white was the official color for female bridesmaids. This trend originated with Queen Victoria when she married Prince Albert wearing a long white wedding dress, and her bridesmaids matched the color of her gown.

Black bridesmaids' dresses are considered appropriate for weddings at any time of the year but are seen more at night weddings.

Traditionally, bridesmaids were chosen from unwed young women of marriageable age.

The principal bridesmaid, if one is so designated, may be called the chief bridesmaid or maid of honor if she is unmarried, or the matron of honor if she is married. A junior bridesmaid is a girl who is clearly too young to be married, but who is included as an honorary bridesmaid. In the United States, typically only the maid/matron of honor and the best man are the official witnesses for the wedding license.

Often there is more than one bridesmaid: in modern times the bride chooses how many to ask.

Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid dress shopping doesn't have to be stressful. Check out these tips for how to shop for bridesmaid dresses and still maintain your cool.

Tips for the Bride:

  • First do some online research.  Learn about fashion boutiques, designers, bridesmaid dress shopping tips (like this one), etc.
  • Contemplate a budget.  Think about a budget for the dress.  Sometimes the bride pays and sometimes the bridesmaids pay.  Either way, the dresses are not free.  If the bride picks the dress, but the bridesmaid is paying, it is important to consider the financial well being of each of the bridesmaids when making a final decision.  In addition to the cost of the dress, alterations may cost additional money.
  • Don't wait for the last minute.  Sure, you will want to pick out the wedding dress first, but make sure to give the bridesmaids enough time to get their dress and do alterations.  Keep in mind they have busy lives as well.
  • When choosing a bridesmaids gown, take into consideration the height, body shape, skin coloring and personality of your maids.
  • Bring your bridal accessories with you to the bridal shop.
  • Contact the bridal boutique before making your visit the store.  See if they require an appointment or can suggest a good time so that you have the stores full attention.  Also, if you have a particular designer or style in mind, you can ask over the phone what they have in stock.
  • The most important tip for a bride is, "don't pick an ugly bridesmaid dress".  Sure, if the bridesmaids are wearing an ugly dress in theory it could make you look even more beautiful in comparison.  However, that is absolutely NOT a good idea.

Tips for the Bridesmaids:

  • The bride must be happy for her wedding, or you won't be either.  Keep in mind that the wedding will be a special day for you, but it is more important for the bride.  If she loves a particular dress, don't rain on her parade.  Try to keep an open mind.
  • Don't freak out the bride, but give her a bit of your honest opinion.  If you truly think she is making a mistake with her bridesmaid dress selection, it may be a good idea to let her know so she can at least consider your thoughts.  Give her constructive criticism (feedback) and hopefully she will listen.
  • Keep the bride to be as happy as she can be...Picking out dresses can be fun or stressful.  Try to keep it fun.

If you want to be even more stylish, you may want to learn about the following items as well.  It is always a good time to learn more about bridal fashion.

Bridal Corsets

Bridal Garters

Bridal Gloves

Bridal Gowns

Bridal Shoes

Wedding Dress

Wedding Gowns

 

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