Wedding Wisdom

Wedding Wisdom: Chic Fall Bridesmaids Style

Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, JET experts will help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, wedding planner and bride-to-be Tami Smallwood, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM, turns to Fashion Week for tips on selecting the hottest fall trends for bridesmaids dresses. 

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Photo courtesy of Cellar Door Photography.

Now that Labor Day (and leftover potato salad from the family BBQ) have come and gone, we can officially say goodbye summer and HELLO AUTUMN! Fall is known as the second biggest wedding season of the year and with just cause. Who cannot love the months ahead? The leaves will begin to change colors, temperatures will start to cool and New York Fashion Week will make its semi-annual return!

This week will mark the 70th year of the prestigious fashion show. The twice-a-year fashion industry event allows designers to showcase their latest collections in runway shows and keeps us informed on what’s “in” or “out” for the season. Some of the most recent trends have made their way into the bridal industry. Evening attire and ready-to-wear designs have become favored substitutions for the once dreaded bridesmaids’ frocks.

Your maids will be thanking you after you surprise them with some of my fab picks from fall runway trends for your nuptials.

Beaded gowns

Beaded Gown


Lace Dress

Ultra-Femme details

Ultra femme detail

Here are some other things to consider when choosing gowns for your bridesmaids:

1. Budget: Please consider the budgets of your bridal party. Yes, these designers come up with some really chic pieces, but not everyone on your team can afford a Chanel evening gown. Scout out “look-for-less” dresses at your local bridal salon that resemble the one in the Chanel collection, at a fraction of the cost.
2. Complements: Make sure that you keep your picks in line with the focus of the wedding. If the focus is traditional and elegant you need to steer clear of bohemian, earthy looks for your maids.
3. Practicality: Can the bridesmaids wear the dress again? Is the style or color appropriate for other events? With the holidays around the corner, some of these glamorous gowns can double as party dresses and the more wears your friends can get out of the dress; the happier they will be with you. Can you say “cool points”?
4. Consider your group: One size (or dress color, for that matter) does not fit all. Size up your bridesmaids, literally, and choose gowns that would complement each skin tone and body type. If the sizes and complexions of your girls vary greatly you can always opt for different dresses in the same color for uniformity.