Fall will be here before you know it, so if you have not yet ordered the bridesmaid dresses for your autumn wedding, now is the time! The styles for fall are different than those you might choose for a summer wedding; they tend to be richer and more understated. Here are some suggestions on how to pick the loveliest bridesmaid dresses for your fall wedding.
No matter when your wedding is going to be, one of the most important factors when dress shopping is determining the level of formality that you want. If you are planning an evening wedding, then floor length bridesmaid dresses will look the most elegant. Daytime weddings will have more flexibility. For fairly traditional weddings, long dresses will tend to be the most classic choice, although tea length can also work well if the bride is wearing a gown with only a short train. If you are having a relaxed rustic style autumn wedding, your bridesmaids can definitely get away with knee length dresses, which most attendants prefer anyway.
Fabric is one of the things that gives an autumn dress the richness that suits the season. Wispy chiffons and organzas are wonderful for the summer months, but they are too insubstantial for chillier weather. Turn to weightier materials like satin, dupioni or shantung, or even a luxurious brocade. Think about incorporating other warm and cozy fabrics like cashmere or mohair in the form of wraps to wear with the bridesmaid dresses.
In terms of style, almost anything goes, as long as it is not too bare for the chillier fall months. If you are planning on strapless bridesmaid dresses, they should definitely be accessorized with wraps or shawls. Spaghetti straps are okay for fall, but a wider strap or even a halter would be a bit more seasonal. Another idea is to choose dresses that tie in with the one shoulder trend that is all the rage right now. This would be a stunning style for a formal wedding when interpreted in a rich copper satin fabric.
Speaking of color, this is really where you can give your bridesmaid dresses an autumnal flair. It is best to stay away from light pastels, and instead go with hues that have some depth and richness to them. Chocolate brown, burgundy, and bronze are some of the most gorgeous fall colors. You can also think about selecting a bridesmaid dress in a color like deep yellow or sage green that is not dark, but that has the right richness for fall.
The perfect bridesmaid dresses deserve the perfect accessories. Sets of customized bridesmaid jewelry make wonderful gifts from the bride. You can have bridesmaid jewelry sets handcrafted in Swarovski crystals or pearls to match the color of the dresses your attendants will be wearing. Also think about their shoes. While it is really better to allow each attendant to choose the shoes that she finds most comfortable, for a later fall wedding, you might want to request that your bridesmaids wear closed toe shoes. There are many fabulous options beyond basic pumps or flats, including mules, slingbacks, and D’orsay pumps.
The warmth of autumn makes it a beautiful time to have your wedding. Your bridesmaid dresses should also strive to capture the richness and texture of the season in terms of color, fabric, and style. With these tips in mind, you will be sure to find absolutely stunning dresses for your bridesmaids that will enhance the style of your wedding.