How to Choose Bridesmaid Dresses for the Best Wedding Pictures
Posted on June 20 2015
Planning a wedding is stressful. Finding your own wedding dress is only half the battle. As you search for a dress for your bridesmaids remember to consider your pictures. Your wedding pictures will be around for decades so it's a good idea to focus on how you and your girls will look together in them. Your pictures are the life of your wedding so when you hire a local photographer you are trusting him or her to capture every special moment of your day featuring all the small details that matter.
Here are a handful of things to consider as you chose your bridesmaid dresses. Remember that colors, style, design, and fabrics should flatter you and your girls. Plus, if you choose a dress they can wear again and again after your wedding you're sure to be bride of the year. The key to finding a balance is to keep things as neutral as possible. Avoid hot pink or sunshine yellow. Hot pink often fights complexions and sunshine yellow tends to bring out blemishes. Rather opt for warmer tones such as softer yellows or pastel pinks.
Use the season you are getting married in to guide and streamline your choices for the colors and styles of your bridesmaid dresses. Coordinating your bridesmaids dresses and wedding palette with the season is a simple way to begin and ensures that your wedding looks well put-together and is harmonious.
The Joy of Spring Bridesmaid Dresses
Spring is a season for new life, fresh fragrances, and energy. Unleash your imagination and choose fresh natural shades such of mint, lavender, or taupe. Emerald green is a traditional shade that captures the beauty, brilliance and vigor of spring. Adding texture to your spring bridesmaid dresses provides dimension to your pictures that is captivating and artistic. For example, you might pair long, flowing dresses with updo hairstyles or fitted nude dresses with polka dot heels.
Texture is created in pictures when contrasts take place. Contrast can be in colors, fabrics, hairstyles, or accessories. If your find that your top bridesmaid dress preference features overlays of chiffon and organza opt for satin hairbands or glittered heels to add depth to your pictures. Play around with colors. Spring is an enormous bouquet of flowering trees and plants. Find inspiration and color combinations that you love at a local greenhouse.
Super Hot Bridesmaid Dress Ideas for Summer
Opting for a summer wedding is a challenge because you have to choose a dress for you and for them that is comfortable, breezy, and non-hussy like. Your bridesmaids are going to have a lot of running around to do on your special day so making it less cumbersome is a sound first step.
Short dresses are ideal but not always preferred so opt for giving your girls a few choices. However if you are going for a shorter sexy number try a cap sleeve dress for some more modesty. I love summer weddings because your options are so endless and matching is not really necessary. Most summer weddings are held outside in the evening. You likely will have your ceremony and then everyone will do their own thing. However, remember that you want to achieve a cohesive look for pictures sake.
The best way to find similarity within differences is to choose a color and/or accessory. Pink heels, messy hair buns, or french braids. Whichever direction you decide to take in find a similarity that stands out, is polished, and memorable. Always remember that each one of your bridesmaids will need to pull it off so choose wisely.
Think of colors like coral, white, and turquoise. In 2015 we saw a burst of white at destination and outdoor weddings. White bridesmaid dresses paired with hand-tied calla lilies, mini-sunflowers, or chrysanthemums are simple ways to bring cohesion and balance to your pictures.
Flawless Fall Bridesmaid Dress Options
The season of harvest brings to mind shades of cinnamon, red, burnt orange, and maroon. Branch out a bit and complement the seasonal colors instead of matching them. Opt for violets or dark mauves, latte, mocha or chocolate, rust, or gold.
Fall is a wedding season that represents sowing into your future lives together. Embracing texture and old world charm is key to pulling a fall wedding off in style. Fall bridesmaid dresses offer bold color contrasts for your photographer to play with. You’ll get gorgeous scenery and rustic charm undertones in your wedding pictures if you marry in the fall.
Rather than restricting your girls dresses to the exact same shade, consider playing with different shades within the same color family. Chocolate and browns are not the only colors for fall bridesmaid dresses. Explore deep blues, oranges, and greens. Sunflower bouquets and delicate earrings can complete most looks. As the weather cools down consider long sleeved dresses and styles.
Chill Winter Bridesmaid Styles
Winter may not be a wild and vigorous season but you’d be hard-pressed to find another season that lends itself so well to elegance and style. The best thing about winter dresses is the texture and dimension you bring to the camera and pictures. The deep colors, lovely satin, and flawless velvet make winter weddings dreamy and movie like. Embrace these colors that the camera loves - darker shades of blue, metallic shades of gray, and rich burnt oranges are everything during this season.
Pair shimmery and sleek dresses with shiny high-heels, lace sashes, and a faux-fur for a subtle timeless class. Consider having your maid or matron of honor wear a patterned bridesmaid dress while your other girls dress feature a solid color of the same color palette.
Lately we have had a surge in bridesmaid dress purchases. We are often asked about style, colors, shipping, and sizing. In short our dresses are vibrant and feature hues that are bold, bright, and deep. Our luxe bandage fabric is designed to absorb dyes and lock in color.
I recommend that you read specific reviews for the bridesmaid dress you are considering. Our sizing has proved to be relatively accurate. At times the dress you or your girls order may be slightly smaller or too loose. Call us right away so that we can switch them out for you.
Determining what kind of style your wedding pictures will have often begins with whom you choose to be behind the camera. Hiring a professional wedding photographer is one of the biggest decisions you make as you plan your wedding. Here are a handful of notable photographers around the world. Browse their websites for inspiration or even hire one for your special day.
Adrienne Gunde captures your wedding day with whimsical, romantic, and light-filled images. She loves documenting spontaneous and natural moments, hearing your unique stories, and bringing these stories to life in every frame. She is based in Los Angeles and available for travel worldwide.
Since opening the studio in 2003, husband and wife super-duo Cat and Adi Benner have embraced this mantra: "No moment missed, no detail overlooked." Named BEST Wedding Photographer in Los Angeles by California Wedding Day Magazine and seven-time winners of the Best of the Knot Award, Cat and Adi are sure to capture the unique personality of each couple, and cover both the most intimate and celebratory moments. We are known for putting our clients at ease, for delivering on the promises we make, and for our determined craftsmanship. Whether sophisticated and traditional, or funky and chic: we will work our camera-magic so that your own unique personality shines through each photograph from your wedding day.
Lin and Jirsa's unique style of wedding photography focuses on photojournalism with influences from fashion and fine-art photography. Our images are creative, clean and crisp. They’re romantic, fun, and emotional.
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