We all know that the most important piece of attire on the wedding day is the bride’s wedding dress – there’s simply no way to overshadow that. But, a close second, by proximity, are the bridesmaids’ dresses. When your group of lovely ladies proceeds down the aisle ahead of you, you want them to look beautiful, elegant, and of course, on theme.

But, there are plenty of factors to consider. It’s not as simple picking out one dress in one color and expecting it to work for every single person in your bridal party. We’ve laid out a few of the most important considerations for your bridesmaids’ dresses below. Read on to get a better idea of what you should be looking for, and make sure you peruse JJ’s House for ideas and inspiration for your bridesmaids’ dresses.

Let Creativity (within reason) Win the Day

This isn’t the early 2000s anymore, friends. Bridesmaids and bridal parties don’t all have to be cookie-cutter-likenesses of each other. In fact, of the latest trend is that allowing each member of your bridal party to pick a different, flattering dress. As long as each of these dresses complements the overall theme, matches in color, and provides some kind of cohesion, you can allow your bridal party to get as creative as possible – which, we think makes for a unique wedding look!

Seasons and Weather Matter

While we think you should do everything in your power to ensure that you have the color and style you want for your bridesmaids’ dresses, we definitely think you should keep season and weather in the back of your mind while you select your dresses. If you’re looking at a colder, winter wedding, ensure that your gorgeous ladies are going to be warm enough. If it’s a summer wedding, don’t stuff them into a long-sleeved, full-of-fabric dress, either. Always make sure you try to get the best and most accurate weather forecast, but since weather can be unpredictable, we suggest planning for all possibilities (aka, if you have an outdoor wedding in the spring, make sure you’re planning for a downpour!)

Don’t Be Afraid to Go with the Color and Style You Want

In the end, it’s your day, and you need to be firm with your bridesmaids. If you’ve made as many accommodations as possible to ensure everyone will look their best, you should have nothing to worry about when it comes to selecting the style and color of the dresses you want. It’s your special day and if you want your bridal party in a specific style, don’t be afraid to let them know and pull the trigger. For an inspiring look at bridesmaids dresses available on the market today, take a look at JJsHouse!