How To Choose Your Bridesmaid Dresses

Choosing your bridesmaid dresses is such a fun part of your wedding planning but it can also be very stressful. We all have different body types and style preferences and obviously, you want your ladies to look beautiful and feel comfortable! Let us help you navigate the slippery slope of choosing the perfect dresses for your bridesmaids. Once you know what you are looking for, head over to our directory for suppliers of bridesmaid dresses in South Africa.


Bridesmaid dresses are one of the key elements of bringing the theme of your wedding to life. Along with your décor and stationery, the colours and styles of the bridesmaid dresses will definitely anchor your theme. Keep the theme of your wedding in mind when picking the dresses for your bridesmaids – not only should it complement your colour scheme, but also the general feel. If you’re having an informal wedding, the dresses should reflect that. Similarly, if you are having a black-tie event, the bridesmaid dresses cannot be too informal. Also, consider the season! You don’t want your bridesmaids to be freezing in short, strapless dresses if you are having a winter wedding. Here are our top 2 things to consider when choosing your bridesmaid dresses:

Floral pattern bridesmaid dresses

1. The Bridesmaid Dress Colours

An old and often over-worn trend in weddings has always been to have the bridesmaids dresses match the colour scheme of the entire wedding. This is not necessary and it might even look tacky for your girls to match the curtains! So don’t box yourself in when considering the colours for your dresses. A great tip is to pick a colour and have the bridesmaids each wear whatever shade of the colour they want. This brings a bit of variety to the party. Or even different colours within a complementary colour scheme could look amazing. Having all of the dresses the exact same colour might look a little flat on photos. To get an idea of what the different colour scheme options would look like, have a look at the image below:

Matching Bridesmaid Dresses Styles Colours

bridesmaids photo shoot south africa

We love the drama and the glitz that a rose gold dress brings to a wedding. Rose gold is such a beautiful colour to compliment a white wedding dress and the colour looks classy and stylish! We are obsessed with the rose gold inspiration below.! Rose gold also goes extremely well with soft pink and pastel colours! If you are the romantic type of bride you should definitely consider using soft pink, peach and gold colours. We are crazy in love with this bridesmaid dress. And to shake it up a bit, go for the glitter. Dresses featuring metallic colour accents are all the rage and it adds a completely unique touch to what could possibly be an otherwise plain dress.Bridesmaid Dresses rose gold

Is a White Bridesmaids Dress a No-No?

We are all princesses in our own personal kingdoms and must be treated accordingly. On your wedding day, you want your whole wedding party to look and feel like royalty. White has traditionally been a big no-no when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. Simply because you do not want the bride to be overshadowed. Or even worse, have a bridesmaid to be mistaken for the bride! However, times are changing and couples are less likely to stick to old, stuffy wedding traditions. This even includes the future Queen of England. The gorgeous Pippa Middleton shows us that wearing a white bridesmaid dress is totally cool. Open up your mind to some new ideas and don’t forget that the bride makes the final decision. You are the queen after all!

From US Magazine

2. Different Styles of Dresses

There is a lot more freedom nowadays when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. They don’t have to be the same cut, style and colour anymore. It is unrealistic, or at least VERY difficult, to find one dress fit to suit all different body shapes and sizes! That is why we recommend going for dresses in different styles. Not all of your friends will be comfortable wearing a strapless dress. This is an ideal option that will cater to all different body-types, and possibly to all different budgets as well. (very important if your bridesmaids are expected to pay for their own dresses) Not all of your friends will be comfortable wearing a strapless dress.

If you are a stickler for order and you want all your bridesmaids dresses to be the same colour; this is definitely something to consider. Varying dress styles in the same colour still present a lovely, unified picture. If you like to keep it simple an easy, a convertible dress might be the option for you. This is an ideal bridesmaid dress because it can be worn in up to 27 different ways! Have a look at the Infinity Dress, to see some great examples. You can hardly believe all those styles come from the same base dress.

Brides are opting for varying shades of complementary colours and some brides are letting the bridesmaids choose the style of the dress they want to wear, as long as it fits with the colour scheme. Remember – you want your girls to want to wear their dresses with pride, feel comfortable and confident. It’s also a bonus if they can wear it again, so allow them some freedom when choosing the dresses.

Keep the following in mind:
  1. The body shapes
  2. The colour scheme and how you will link it to your look
  3. Accessories – will they be carrying flowers, balloons or anything extra?
  4. The costs. Remember to stay within budget!

NOW, Let’s Go Dress Shopping!

Tips to turn the dress shopping into a bonding opportunity

  1. Have a fun pajama party, throw in a few bottles of wine and get the bride tribe to brainstorm their dresses.
  2. Plan a fun shopping spree to see what you can find off the rack and end the day off with a late lunch and cocktails!
  3. Be considerate – don’t force your bridesmaids to pay an exorbitant amount for a dress they will never wear again
  4. Watch the Bridesmaids movie (you don’t have to, but it is funny!)

Bridesmaid DressesVia Giphy

Featured Bridesmaid Dresses in South Africa

Kameo Designs

One of our favourite bridesmaid’s suppliers is Kameo Designs. Karla from Kameo Designs will go the extra mile to give you your perfect dresses for your bridal squad. She is based in Cape Town but her beautiful bridesmaid dresses are sold countrywide in all the YDE Stores. Kameo Designs has beautiful bridesmaids dresses in stunning designs and all colours. Another great aspect of Kameo Designs is that it is super affordable and your girl will definitely wear her dress again!

Jacoba Clothing

Another one of our favourite suppliers for the bridesmaids’ dresses, is Jacoba Clothing. At Jacoba Clothing, they make choosing your bridal party dresses super easy, stress-free and pleasant.

Choose a style you love and they make it up in the colour of your choice. Their dresses are designed with a strong focus on the body type in order for everyone to be able to find a dress that makes them feel like a million bucks! Working from pre-designed basics, which you can try on and order in the size and colour of your choice means that you know exactly what your dress will look like on your body before you order. Because of this unique business model, there aren’t numerous time-consuming fittings. No appointment needed! Online orders are welcome and will be sent via courier.

Featured Image: ZaraZoo Photography

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