knee, tea or floor: what's the proper length for your bridesmaid's dresses?
While you are the shining star on your wedding day – as it should be – you’re not the only one who your guests will be seeing up there at the altar. Your groom and his men are not exactly background pieces, but the truth is that the focus of most attention at a wedding is placed on the bride and her attendants. And how your bridesmaids look does, whether it seems trivial or not, have an effect on your guests’ impression of your wedding overall.
The Same Length, or Different?
More than just providing an example of your wedding’s color scheme and theme, your bridesmaids’ dresses set the tone for your wedding as a whole. Because it is very rare that a bride has 5, 4 or even just 2 attendants with all the same body types, it’s becoming more common that their gowns are chosen based on their body type – because it’s just not fair to stick everyone in the same dress when only one bridesmaid actually looks good in that style.
However, just because your girls can choose gowns based on their own body type doesn’t mean that they should run the gamut from formal to informal, even if they are all the same color; this can add a discordant note to your wedding. Trying to find similar looks in the styles that best suit your ‘maids is ideal – and one of the most noticeable characteristics of your attendants’ gowns is their length.
When you have varying lengths of gowns on your bridesmaids, it can sort of take away from the sense of unity they’re supposed to evoke within the audience. It adds a dissymmetry that may be jarring, and diminish the appeal you’re going for. But, if you gown your ladies in dresses that, while different in style and shape, are similar in color and length, you’re in fact imbuing a sense of classic elegance to the affair.
Consider the Type of Affair
If you’re holding a beachside wedding in August, you yourself are probably not going to be a sweltering mess in full-length, heavy satin – so why should your attendants. Beach weddings are, for the most part, much more light-hearted and casual affairs than those held in a church or more formal venue. Likewise, a traditional, candle-lit ceremony is probably not the ideal place for knee-length bubble skirts in bright and shiny taffeta, either, as this could totally detract from the formality of the event. So the first thing you should do is consider the type of affair you expect your wedding to be, so you’ll have an idea as to what lengths work for what types of ceremonies.
For a formal, black-tie wedding, floor length gowns are the classic choice – it wouldn’t do for your attendants to look as though they are underdressed as compared to yourself and your guests. Daytime weddings, cocktail receptions and black-tie optional