The color scheme selection for bride-maids must abide by the wishes of the bride and her family, but the choice also relates to the time of the year the wedding will take place and the shades used to decorate the wedding venue.
When the bride is dressed in the traditional white gown (ivory or egg-shell colored gowns) with a veil and a train as per Western culture, it is a sure bet to select lavender colored gowns for the bride-maids irrespective of their age, body type and complexion. If the bride is not in white but in some other light colored gown, lavender may quite often still be a suitable choice. Lavender, in any of its shades, is usually being considered a ‘soft’ color, which suits most women. Light lavender is a soothing/cooling color and represents aspiration for peace of mind and is supremely suitable for a spring or summer wedding. In the midst of the hectic preparation for an elaborate wedding it may be calming to try on a lavender dress and just thinking of the color, may help to calm down a busy mind.
A lavender dress may have any length – usually from just below the knee to the so-called tea-length or a long gown with more frills. As with the bride’s dress/gown, they are often strapless to make them easier to adjust to the body size of the bride-maids. An additional stole or bolero can be added to accentuate the outfit. However the texture may vary according to the season the wedding takes place. During the ensuing party a stole or bolero or small jacket is also easy to remove.
In America and European countries every recent fashion show has featured lavender bridesmaid gowns, which has been greeted enthusiastically by the audience so by now a fashion trend has been created. Lavender is an all-season colour – from the lightest dusty lavender in the spring and summer to the darker hues in autumn and winter. The shade chosen must fit both the mood and the environment and especially the choice of the bride and her family.
If a pregnant woman has been selected to be a bridesmaid, she can still be very elegantly and suitably dressed in the various shades of lavender. Maternity bridesmaid attire can either be stitched or bought from specialized shops. Ideas for classic or modern maternity dresses or gowns can easily be found on the internet. Whether maternity or normal, bride-maid dresses may be made of exclusive fabrics like velvet and silk; it all depends of the social status of the bridal family in male dominated societies.
When a wedding or bride-maid dresses or gowns are ordered, there are lots of measurements and considerations to take into consideration for choosing the style and colour. A bride-maid’s dress often can be used later as party dress with minimal changes and accessories. The main measurements and styles are: Silhouette: Empire, mermaid, sheath, princess or A-line. The neckline may also vary: strapless, sweetheart and single-shoulder, halter, scalloped or square. The length of the dress can be selected as: knee-, ankle- or floor-length. The ensuing step will be to decide the kind of embellishment: Ruffle, lace, sash, beading etc.