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Coordinating Your Bridesmaids’ Gowns With Your Wedding Dress

Tips to make the bridal party match the bride

How you pair your bridesmaids dresses to your wedding dress is very important, as this can make or break the overall impact of the wedding scene. This makes bridesmaids dress shopping just as challenging as shopping for your wedding gown. The right bridesmaids dresses will complement your bridal gown and enhance its beauty. It will also look good on the different women wearing it.

The fashion teams at Best for Bride ( and Madame Bridal ( have teamed up to bring your their take and some tips on how to choose bridesmaids dresses that will coordinate nicely your wedding gown.

Match the formality of the occasion 

You will naturally pick a wedding dress that is suitable for the style of your wedding. Your bridesmaids dresses should also match the formality of your dress. The details do not have to match, however, it is essential that their dress is just as formal or casual as your gown for the entire bridal party to look co-ordinated. Therefore, if your dress is a formal ball gown, choose floor-length gowns for your girls. If you will be wearing a simple sheath dress for your outdoor wedding, pair it with fun and flirty bridesmaid dresses in airy, light fabric.

Pay attention to the fabric choice

Fabric choice has huge impact on the overall effect of your dress. For your bridesmaids dresses, choose fabric finishes that complement your own, for example, if your dress is muted, don’t put your girls in shiny dresses. Pair structured wedding dresses with bridesmaids dresses that have neat lines and definite shape. Wedding dresses with lace look good with textured or layered bridesmaid dresses. Soft and light wedding dresses go well with chiffon bridesmaids dresses and style elements like ruffles. 963-4

Find a unifying factor

Choose a focal element to unify your wedding dress with the rest of the group. This is an easy and effective way to match the bridal party to the bride without trying too hard. The common factor could be the neckline, embellishments, color or dress silhouette. You can also consider accessories like shoes, bouquets and jewelry to create a cohesive look for the entire group.

Choose a silhouette or neckline that complements your dress

The silhouette of your dress is another focal point to base your bridesmaids dress choices on.

Different dress silhouettes look good on different body types. Account for this factor when choosing the same silhouette for all your girls. A good option is to go with variations of the same shape, like an A-line and a modified A-line, these look quite similar and help to keep the effect uniform. Another aspect that can tie a group together is the neckline. Choose from strapless and sleeveless choices that match your gown neckline for a cohesive effect.

Author Bio:

Best for Bride is a leading wedding dress chain operating from four locations in Canada. They carry designer wedding dress collections as well as dresses for the entire bridal party. Best for Bride also has an online shopping option for brides from all over the world.

Madame Bridal is a brick and mortar store in West Palm Beach, Florida, and also serving the entire world through their website. As a family owned business, they have been making wedding and prom dress dreams come true for over thirty years.

Mori Lee 2876 Wedding Dress

Bride Got Back

Mori Lee Julietta Corset Back Wedding Dress with ribbon lacing.
Mori Lee Julietta Corset Back Wedding Dress with ribbon lacing.

If you haven’t given much thought to the back of your wedding gown, you ought to. While walking down the aisle, and standing at the alter, the back of your gown will be making the biggest first impression to your guests. While saying your vows, the back of your dress is what people will be seeing for the majority of the ceremony.

If you are purchasing gowns online it is imperative to see the back before you buy. Most reputable websites have multiple views of their gowns, don’t forget to click on them. There’s nothing worse than getting a dress only to find the back isn’t what you were expecting.

An open back can work with you, or against you. At your fitting take advantage of three-way mirrors or have someone snap a picture of you in your gown from the back. Taking the picture yourself with your arm up could give you an unrealistic view and for this experiment you’ll need to see what others are seeing. Don’t forget to also consider your hairstyle and what kind of veil you’ll be wearing, so that the back of your gown is compatible.

When it comes to back styles, there are so many choices it can be dizzying. Here’s the breakdown of the different styles that are out there, what the industry terms are, so you know how to refine your search.

Full Coverage – Covered completely from the shoulder to the waist. Modest wedding dresses will usually have a full coverage back.

Keyhole Back – A small cutout, usually teardrop shaped and placed below the nape of the neck and sometimes the back waist.

Cutout Back – Covered with the exception of a large opening, usual circular or heart shaped. Great for showing a little skin and creating drama without bearing the full back.

Open Back – Open to the waist or sometimes lower. Perfect for showing off that lower back tattoo you got in college. Often found on halter neck gowns.

Scoop Back – Rounded along the bottom, like a scoop neckline. Some scoop backs can scoop daringly low, past the small of the back, making them very eye-catching but bit of a challenge to wear.

Illusion Back – Covered with sheer fabric and beadwork or crystals, creating the “illusion” of gemstones floating on skin.

Corset or Lace-Up Back – Laces closed with a ribbon, sometimes with a panel beneath and sometimes not. A corset back will give your bodice a precision fit and is surprisingly forgiving.

Button Back – Fastens closed with a long row of tiny covered buttons. Both beautiful and traditional, most modern button backs are faux, with a zipper hidden beneath.

The folks at Mori Lee know this and have put special thought into the design of the backs of their wedding gowns. That is why Mori Lee wedding gowns are made to be gorgeous from every angle.

Details like jeweled criss-crossing straps, and long rows of satin covered buttons will mesmerize your wedding guests and va va voom mermaid silhouettes will hug your curves and steal the show.

Here are some our favorite backs from Mori Lee’s newest wedding dress collections, Blu, Julietta, and Voyage. Click on the photo to see front views, and other angles.

Mori Lee Voyage Scoop Back wedding dress with jewel encrusted criss-cross straps
Mori Lee Voyage Scoop Back wedding dress with jeweled criss-cross straps
Mori Lee 2889 Illusion Back wedding dress with lace and buttons
Mori Lee 2889 Illusion Back wedding dress with lace and buttons
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Mori Lee Voyage 6837 Wedding Dress V-back with covered buttons.
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Mori Lee Blu 5469 Cutout Back Wedding Dress in Floral Lace
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Mori Lee 2876 Beaded Illusion Back Wedding Dress
Watters 6272E dress

Reception Dresses and Accessories You’ll Wear Long After the Wedding

Reception dresses, and even an after-reception dress, is a trend that many brides are embracing. It’s fun to look back at pictures and see yourself in different outfits, and having more than one dress is a great way to pace out your day and give yourself a little break. A second, more casual look also gives you some options to wear while away on your honeymoon.

For the practical bride, a versatile two-piece reception outfit not only lets you mix and match your own look, but gives you two lovely new pieces to add to your closet. Several dress designers are now featuring separates, tops and skirts, pant suits, jackets and other pieces that are made with the same quality and attention to detail you’d expect from wedding wear.

If you’re feeling whimsical and glamorous try Watters’ extraordinary ostrich feather vest. Like something right out of Scream Queens this fabulous Merapi vest is totally touchable and also a clever way to add a little extra warmth when the reception goes long into the night.

Reception Dresses
The Willowby 56901 Merapi vest offers a chic look with its layers of ostrich feathers set on stretch poly charmeuse. This gorgeous topper ensures full back coverage, while the open front adds a dramatic edge to any ensemble. Available in sizes 00 to 15.


Make your look extra special by adding an accessory, like one of the collection’s crystal beaded belts. Every girl needs a little sparkler like this in her wardrobe, perfect for dressing up a little black dress, or adding some instant glam to a colorful pair of cigarette pants.

Reception Dresses
The Willowby 56902 Kiribati is a crystal beaded belt sewn over a grosgrain ribbon. Twin strands of small and medium-sized crystals define this slim belt, adding glamour to any ensemble. Available in one size.
Reception Dresses
The Willowby 56903 Amalfi belt is a metallic-inspired belt sewn over soft tulle. Comprising it are faux pearls and crystals that are set in an irregular pattern, giving it an artistic appeal. Available in sizes 00 to 15.






Reception Dresses
This Willowby 57331 Waverly is a loose sleeveless top styled in stretch satin with a soft V-neckline and spaghetti straps meeting the inverted V-back. It is shown with the Willowby 56126 Bordeaux skirt. The Bordeaux is a full-length, slim-fitting skirt made of Zuzu lace over a stretch satin lining. Crowned with a set-in band, it then drops with a scalloped hem extending into the sweep train. Available in sizes 00 to 15.








The Watters Willowby line has a number of skirts, tops, and crop tops that they sell separately. See them paired with coordinating pieces from the collection by clicking on the photos.

Reception Accessories
The Willowby 56115 Lanikai is a crop top tailored in Zuzu lace over a stretch satin lining. The high jewel neckline is edged with sheer half sleeves, complementing the lace back. Scallops trim the midriff and the sleeve ends, while an exposed zipper secures the back. Available in sizes 00 to 15. Shown with the Annalise skirt.



The Willowby 56309 Moravia is a sleeveless crop top in stretch satin. Cut-in sleeves frame the mock halter neckline, which is defined with thin straps. Pearl buttons run along the back for a dainty finish. Available in sizes 00 to 15.





















Who says it has to be a dress? After wearing a dress all day, you might be ready for a change of pace. This Mary’s Bridal three-piece pants has all the pieces you need in one chic package. It’s also a great look for spring events. Re-wear, don’t care.

The Mary’s Bridal Informal 2583 three-piece pant suit, has a strapless sweetheart lace topper and slim-cut pants. The ensemble is completed with a jacket, featuring a notched collar and long sleeves. A single button closure adorns the front.

If you think your reception might get a little wild, a chic jumpsuit or romper is ideal for dancing the night away.

The Enchanting by Mon Cheri 215103 jumpsuit features scattered crystal beadwork adorns the strapless bodice, gently highlighting the straight across neckline. A wide ruched band cinches the natural waist, and ties with a long streamer draping in front. The softly gathered pants finish with a flared hemline. The set includes a matching shawl and removable straps. Available sizes: 4 to 20.


So much fun as a reception dress, or for an informal ceremony, the  will steal the show. With its long sleeves and illusion bateau neckline, the Watters 6272E Prato romper dress is so much fun! Fitted at the natural waist with a grosgrain ribbon and darts,coulotte shorts with side pockets and scalloped edges show off those gams. Made of soft Bella Lace, the back features a row of tailored bows down the center.