Are you currently planning a wedding and wondering how important the style and color of the bridesmaid dresses are in matching with the theme of your wedding?

Are bridesmaid dresses so really important anyway? After all, it is the bride who is the one who shines above everybody else on her big day anyway!

Bridesmaid dresses do play an important role in any wedding. Having bridesmaid gowns that fit in with the overall theme of your wedding is important, let me explain why.

A well-chosen bridesmaid gown should contrast perfectly with the wedding dress, flowers and invitations as this definitely helps with setting the tone of your overall wedding. However, another major function of the bridesmaid dress is to contrast with the bride's gown in such a way that it makes the brides dress stand-out even more than it does on its own. Therefore, a bridesmaids dress is a means to truly compliment the bride's gown in an elegant and eloquent manner.

However, there are several factors to take into consideration when deciding on what type of bridesmaid dress to get.

For example:

o Who will be your bridesmaids?

o Are they grown adults, small children, or both?

o Are they full-figured ladies or are they slim and petite?

o What color hair / skin have your bridesmaids? – A yellow dress would not necessarily suit a blond or a redhead

o Is the wedding in the summer or winter?

o Do the maid's dresses need a warm wrap if for a winter wedding?

These things have to be thought out before you go off hunting for the perfect bridesmaid gowns as not all styles of dress suit everyone. The same bridesmaid dress for a child will probably not suit a more mature bridesmaid. Therefore, you may have to choose two different styles of gowns, one for the adult maids and another for the small maids.

If your bridesmaids have different hair and skin coloring, and you want them all to be in the same color dress, then you must try and pick a 'neutral' color that will suit all hair color and skin types. As in the example above, a yellow dress would not necessarily suit a blond or a redhead, but would be more suited to a brunette. An alternative to this scenario is to have a 'rainbow' wedding. Have a different colored dress to suit the individual bridesmaids depending on the color of their hair and skin. I have seen this type of wedding many times before, and it always looks so bright and colorful.

Even if the wedding is in the Spring or Summer and you have opted for an outdoor wedding, it still may be a good idea to purchase (or have made) some sort of wrap or material covering the shoulders of the bridesmaids as it still could be slightly chilly. Unfortunately, one can never predict the weather on such occasions!

To summarize, yes your bridesmaid dresses do play a very important role in your wedding and they should be totally suited to each bridesmaid individually. However, they should certainly not 'out-do' the bride and her wedding dress. The role of the bridesmaid dress is to compliment the bride in an eloquent manner, whilst also blending in with the overall theme and color-scheme of the wedding.

Source by Claire Bowes