Where do you start when searching for bridesmaids dresses or mother-of-the-bride dresses? Looking through the selection of evening gowns at your local bridal boutique or department store is a good place to start. In reality, searching for evening gowns at a department store or local boutique (not necessarily bridal) is a good way to save a bit of money. Anytime you add the word bridal or wedding to something, the price tends to cost a bit more.
A really great place to start is one of your local department stores. There are generally many different styles of evening dresses you can choose from. If you are shopping during homecoming or prom season, there is an even wider selection. Also, remember that even though you may be shopping for evening dresses, they do not necessarily need to be long gowns. Tea length gowns are also acceptable. You may also want to consider shopping online for your evening gowns. Sometimes the prices online are really great and this may give you the opportunity to purchase an additional gown (maybe a reception bridal gown or tea length gown for the rehearsal dinner). Take a look at the links below to see what the internet has to offer.
Designer Evening Gowns
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As a general rule, evening gowns are a solid, darker color. However, if you are having a formal wedding during the day, a lighter color or possibly an understated print may be appropriate. As stated above, an evening gown does not have to be floor length. Tea length gowns are equally as beautiful and work well with a semi-formal event or for a daytime wedding. You will want to decide on the look and feel of your wedding before deciding on the type of evening gown that will be right for your bridesmaids dresses.
Another thing to think about is what type of attire you would like for your guests to wear. If your wedding is very formal, you may want to state on your wedding invitations that the affair is formal and evening gowns are required. This will not only give you the look and feel you are looking for at your wedding, it will also save your guests from feeling out of place by dressing inappropriately. This will include the men as well. If a female guest is wearing a beautiful, floor-length gown, it would not be appropriate for her date to be wearing khakis and a polo shirt.
Don't forget the mother-of-the-bride and the mother-of-the-groom. They will also want to be dressed appropriately for the type of wedding you are having. While they should not match your wedding party or each other; you will want their dresses to coordinate in style, length and color. The colors do not necessarily need to be an exact match to the wedding party, but should compliment the colors you will be using.
Overall, you will have a huge selection of gowns in multiple styles, length and colors if you shop around. The hardest part will be to decide which evening gowns are perfect for your wedding day.
Here are a few examples to get you started thinking about the look and feel you want for your wedding.
Simple Long Gown
Flirty Short Gown
Long Plus Size Gown
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