When your bridesmaids have different body shapes and complexions, it can be a nightmare finding a dress that suits everyone. I know. I am one of four bridesmaids at my best friend’s wedding.

I can tell you, it became quite heated when an outfit or colour looked fabulous on some of us but disastrous on the others. Our figures and heights are quite different and we simply couldn’t find anything that made everyone look good.

While the day is about the bride, none of us wanted to feel unattractive or self-conscious. So I volunteered to do some research on how to find an outfit that will make every bridesmaid look good.

Here’s what I discovered.

Tip 1: Share your vision for your wedding

As you and your fiancé are planning your wedding, you’ll start to build a picture of how you want it to look and feel. The style of your wedding will influence the style of the bridesmaids’ dresses. If you share your ideas and plans, you’ll be helping your bridesmaids understand your expectations of what they will be wearing.

Tip 2: Be considerate of your bridesmaids’ opinions

You want your bridesmaids to feel confident and attractive in an outfit that suits their body shape, so consult with them. For example, some women feel self-conscious in dresses that are strapless, backless or have plunging necklines. If this is the case for any of your bridesmaids, eliminate these styles from your options.

Tip 3: There are safer options

If your bridesmaids have very different body shapes, try A-line or empire style dresses. They will look good on most body shapes.

Tip 4: Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

There isn’t a rule that says all of your bridesmaids must wear the same dress. Mixing styles or colours can add an extra dimension to the appearance of your bridal party. However, if you would like a more uniform look, consider choosing different dress styles in the same colour or the same style of dress in different colours. This allows you to balance different body shapes and complexions so everyone looks good on your wedding day.

Planning your wedding is such an exciting time but it can be a little stressful. So if your bridesmaids are being troublesome, remind them you are the bride! When everyone has calmed down, try to find a compromise everyone will be happy with. After all, your wedding is one day, but good friendships should last forever.