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Here are some tips in pleasing members of the wedding party and the bride, too.


You've found dreamy dresses for your bridesmaids and know that your mother will look wonderful wearing your colors.

Now, if only the members of the wedding party would feel the same way.Yes, it is your wedding, and you the bride get the honor of ultimately deciding what everyone will wear. But, that doesn't mean they have to like it.

A little sartorial savvy, however, can work miracles. The following tips can help you get everyone to wear their assigned outfits ... and with smiles to boot.

Think about your bridesmaids. Don't just worry about your colors and theme when picking out their dresses. Instead, think about the tastes and figures of the women who will ultimately wear and pay for the dresses.

Reach out and touch someone. Concerned that your faraway bridesmaids will feel left out of the selection process? Get vital feedback by sharing ideas over the phone and exchanging clippings and snapshots of prospective dresses through the mail.

Make a gesture. Your bridesmaids may love the dresses you pick, and then again, they may loathe them. Thus, offering to pay for the dresses, or perhaps alterations or shoes, always is a welcome gesture.

Make allowances for youth. If you're including junior bridesmaids in your wedding party, be sure to accommodate them if your bridesmaids will be wearing off-the-shoulder or plunging styles. The younger girls should wear more youthful, modest versions of the same dress.

It's mothers' choice. Dresses for the mother of the bride and the mother of the groom don't have to match but should complement the rest of the wedding party. Etiquette says that the bride's mother should select her outfit first, then describe it to the groom's mother, who then should be allowed ample time to find something that suits her.

Comfort counts with kids. Make sure the children in your wedding party are comfortable in their wedding attire. You'll never get Jennifer into her petticoats if the tulle is too scratchy.


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