We’re so excited to share today’s post with you. At Annalise, we specialize in offering a luxury experience for the bride to find her dream wedding dress. However, we recognize that many brides also have another dress to find – the dress for her bridesmaids. So, we decided to reach out to our friend Elizabeth, owner of Bella Bridesmaids here in Richmond to share the latest trends in bridesmaid dresses from an expert in bridesmaid dress fashions.
Tell us a bit about yourself and Bella Bridesmaids.
Bella Bridesmaids Richmond will be open 6 years this March. Bella Bridesmaids is different from your average bridal salon because we focus mainly on the bridesmaids. Though we love a fabulous rehearsal dinner dress, flower girl, or mother of the bride, the majority of our selection is aimed at bridesmaids. The bride is able to sit back and relax while offering her bridesmaids a range of over 25 designers to choose from. There’s a style to fit everyone’s needs!
What gets you excited to go to work and help brides every day?
The celebration of marriage is such a special, and beautiful day. Being a little part of it is not only a blast but an honor. It is so fun to see each bride’s unique vision come to life while working with other members of her bridal party.
What were some of the more popular trends in bridesmaid dresses and bridesmaid fashion for 2015 that emerged you hope will continue to stick around?
Mix & Match! Brides have been so creative by not just mixing necklines but mixing colors, fabrics, textures, and more. It gives the the bride free range to accomplish her vision and the results have been breathtaking!
What are trends that you are seeing emerging/predicting for 2016?
The mix and match is continuing to grow in new directions. Metallics and dresses with sparkle are huge! We also love the designers who have come out with separates. Can we finally say, “Wear it again!?!” Another trend we love is all about the back! Cool cutouts, thin architectural straps, and sheer panels will be making quite the impact at the altar this year.
Are there any new dresses from Bella Bridesmaids designers that you are excited to share with Brides this year?
Too many to name! Jenny Yoo’s tulle skirts, Amsale’s metallics, TwoBirds’ updated convertible options, Hayley Paige’s sexy back details… the list goes on!
How should Brides approach the shopping experience for bridesmaid dresses for the process to go smoothly?
It’s best to come in with a general vision for your big day - including having the bridal gown picked out. Your gown can really set the tone for the wedding. Vision boards, swatches, and Pinterest images are always helpful. We also recommend bringing 1-3 key decision makers to your first appointment. This allows you to see various options and decide what’s a good fit for your wedding. You can then come back with the whole gang and enjoy trying on the final selections without being overwhelmed!
What should a Bride have in mind for bridesmaid dresses prior to shopping for dresses?
Formality, color, and price point are a great place to start!
What is your biggest piece of advice for Brides who are concerned about pleasing all of her bridesmaids?
This is YOUR day. Your bridesmaids are your closest friends and family who will be there supporting you every step of way. Keep their feelings and comfort in mind, because if they are feeling fabulous and confident they will be more available to make you feel the same way. We are each unique with our own sense of style which you can incorporate into your vision of you wedding day. Remember what it’s like being on the other side, but don’t compromise your vision for it. Let us help you… with a little flexibility there is a solution to make everyone happy!
Thank you so much Elizabeth! You can learn more about Bella Bridesmaids by visiting their website.