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Wedding Party Attire Checklist: Nail Every Trend with Bari Jay

We’ve all got ‘em—those go-to brands that we turn to like a trusty friend to satisfy our every fashion whim. For soon-to-be brides in the thick of planning, the Wedding Shoppe knows that Bari Jay is the best recommendation to complete everyone’s wedding party attire checklist!

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The complete Bari Jay wedding party

At the core of the brand is the desire to create dresses that flatter all shapes and sizes, making Bari Jay the ideal one-stop shop for every gal in your wedding party, from the bride down to the flower girls.

The folks at Bari Jay also appreciate the value of timeless design. As such, the frocks boast classic shapes and clean lines to keep them current from season to season, making it easy for gals to wear them again and again. That’s not to say that the brand avoids trends completely; in fact, they’re ahead of the curve. You’ll find sequins, off-the-shoulder necklines, thigh-high slits, and plunging backs in their newest collections—just to name a few.

Perhaps most importantly, the Bari Jay brand is cost conscious, knowing that brides and members of the bridal party are nearly always shopping on a budget. Without sacrificing quality, the brand is able to offer rich materials and sturdy craftsmanship at wallet-friendly prices.

Right about now, you’re probably thinking, “Bari Jay sounds fab! So, where do I begin?”

Gold Bridesmaid
Bari Jay gorgeous gold sequin wedding party

First, choose your wedding day style. Are you beachy bohemian, or are you elegant glam? Will your fête be a casual daytime event, or a nighttime formal with guests dressed to the nines?

Next, choose your color story. Keep your setting in mind, and be sure to infuse your own personality. If you normally prefer bright, bold hues, an all-black wedding party may fall a little flat. Lucky for you, Bari Jay’s color arsenal boasts over 50 shades in total, so there’s something to satisfy every desire.

Got all that? Excellent. Now it’s time to choose the goods. Below, we’ve broken down the current wedding trends and how to outfit yourself and your gals for each, including some of our favorite Bari Jay selections, (most of which you can find at the Wedding Shoppe!). Read on for more!

 #Trending Wedding Party Attire Checklist with Bari Jay

Glitz and Glam:

Not for the faint of heart, sequins add a hefty dose of glamour to any wedding party style. Because of the heavy structure, sequins are best kept to the cold weather months, and are particularly fitting during the winter holidays.

sequin bridesmaid and flower girl
Sequin bridesmaid and flower girl with mixed fabrics

How to style:

• Bride: The bride should opt for something modern with clean lines, like the one-shouldered Bari Jay 2020 gown, an A-line style in cool chiffon.

• Bridesmaids: The simple elegance of the bridal gown should be mirrored in the bridesmaids’ styles. Choose a no-frills cut like the Bari Jay 1666 to allow the intricate texture and glamorous shine of the sequins to really pop.

• Junior Bridesmaids: For an interesting visual effect, mix in some matte chiffon to balance the intense shine of the sequins. Outfit your junior girls in the Bari Jay 20721 in a similar shade as the elder ‘maids, like nude to complement champagne sequins, or navy paired with indigo sequins.

sequin and chiffon bridesmaids
Mix and match sequin bridesmaids and junior bridesmaids with chiffon

• Flower Girls: Dress your tiniest bridal party members in their very own shimmering creations, too! Try the Bari Jay F5616 flower girl dress, which boasts sequined bodices to match the bridesmaids.

sequin and tulle flower girl dress
Bari Jay Sequin and tulle flower girl style F516

 Mix & Match:

Is there anything hotter right now than a mismatched bridal party? For that oh-so-perfect mix-and-match look, feel free to play with colors, necklines and fabrics—the options are endless!

For the purposes of this post, I’ll show you how to mix across all three categories, but feel free to take it down a notch depending on your personal style. For example, one cohesive bridesmaid dress style that incorporates a range of tones within one color family, like dark and light shades of blue, or a single hue across gowns with varying necklines.

How to style:

• Bride: Since the name of the game is mix-and-match, there are no hard and fast rules for the bride here, but I personally love the Bari Jay 2052 bridal gown, a dreamy lace creation that perfectly complements the bits of lace in the bridal party’s frocks (more on that in a sec).

• Bridesmaids: I also love a good range of purple, a regal tone that screams sophisticated elegance but maintains that girlish feel, so let’s start there for our bridesmaids’ color story. Mix up a couple of flowing chiffon styles, like the Bari Jay 1672 and the Bari Jay BC-1660, with lovely lace creations, like the Bari Jay 1609. Opt for varying shades of eggplant, purple and orchid.

purple bridal party
Multiple shades of purple in a Bari Jay bridal party mixing color and fabric.

• Junior Bridesmaid: For the junior girls, continue the contrasting visual effects with the Bari Jay 20920, which mixes matte chiffon with shiny charmeuse and is also available in the trio of shades listed above.

• Flower Girls: Little ones can get in on the fun, too! With the Bari Jay F5716, a teeny tiny lace-and-chiffon number, you’ll have the option to choose a waistband and detachable bow in a coordinating purple shade.

Bari jay Flower Girl
Bari Jay flower girl in lace and chiffon F5716

 Trending Colors:

Tap into the trend of the moment by choosing one of the ever-popular Pantone 2016 Colors of the Year—Rose Quartz, a girlish pale pink, or Serenity, a sky blue hue—to anchor the wedding party.

light pink wedding party
Shades of light pink wedding party

How to style:

• Bride: The bride should opt for an on-trend shape, like a fit-and-flare style, in a light, breezy fabric that complements the airy feel of the two tones. The Bari Jay BC-2051 gown fits the bill.

• Bridesmaids: Outfit your friends in an equally lightweight style, like matte chiffon with long, flowing layers. Try the floor-grazing Bari Jay 1479 or the Bari Jay 1622 in petal or periwinkle.

• Junior Bridesmaids: Carry the theme down to the young ladies as well with the Bari Jay 20102, also in petal or periwinkle.

• Flower Girls: For those adorable little ones, there’s the Bari Jay F5116, which comes complete with a rose-on-chiffon waistband in a coordinating pink or blue shade.

 

Beach Wedding Attire:

For that easygoing beachy, bohemian style, laid-back elegance is the name of the game. Think flowing layers in lightweight fabrics and a coastal color palette, inclusive of ocean-inspired shades of blue and neutral earth tones.

How to style:

• Bride: Thankfully for the bride, comfort is key as far as boho dressing goes. Opt for the Bari Jay 2047, a breezy chiffon style with relaxed sheer cap sleeves.

• Bridesmaid: Choose a complementary style for the bridal party, like Bari Jay 1452, a similarly relaxed A-line gown with layers of airy chiffon. Go for maritime-inspired navy, earthy beige or stoney-hued shadow, or mix ‘em up for an on-trend mismatched bridal party.

• Junior Bridesmaids: Outfit your junior bridesmaids in the Bari Jay 20553 chiffon sheath for lightweight movement in matching navy, beige or shadow hues.

• Flower Girls: For the tiniest boho babes, there’s the Bari Jay F5316 flower girl frock, which boasts a lace bodice, cap sleeves and an A-line skirt in carefree layers of tulle.

 A Black and White Affair:

With the rising popularity of golden décor accents, a black and white bridal party provides the ideal backdrop to allow those details to really shine. As the palette is the pinnacle of elegance, keep the shapes classic and structured to maintain an upscale feel.

Black and white wedding
Bari Jay Black and white wedding party

How to style:

• Bride: With its timeless A-line cut and traditional English net and lace fabrics, the Bari Jay 2053 is the optimal choice for the classy, sassy bride.

• Bridesmaids: Bedeck the girls in sophisticated all-black styles, like the Bari Jay 1612 or the Bari Jay 1630. Because we’re dealing with an absence of color here, feel free to play with texture, like lace or sequin detailing, to really up the wow factor.

Bari Jay interesting back detail
Bari Jay interesting back detail

• Junior Bridesmaids: Dress them in black as well with the Bari Jay 20867, a classic shape with crisscross detailing on the bodice, a visually appealing extra detail.

• Flower Girls: Throw a bit of white back into the mix with the flower girls’ garb. The Bari Jay JS-F5816 in white satin and chiffon with a black pleated waistband is the perfect fit!

With tons and tons of bridal party duds on offer, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Heed our styling advice or venture out on your own, but either way, rest assured that Bari Jay will outfit you and your gals in style! Your wedding party attire checklist is soon to be complete!

Bella & Bari Jay: Tips for The Perfect Bridesmaid Dress

BELLA BRIDESMAIDS & BARI JAY MAKE BRIDESMAID SHOPPING FUN!

At Bella Bridesmaids, we are “in a relationship” with bridesmaid dresses- no side chicks, just bridesmaid love. We believe in creating an experience for brides and bridesmaids to find the perfect look for each maid. We’ll team you up with a Bella stylist to help guide you through the wide variety of colors, fabrics, prices, and sizes- all in one place! Plus, we carry Bari Jay!

Purple bridesmaids dresses
Bella Bride, Jennifer, with her girls in Bari Jay style 1502 from Bella Bridesmaids Shreveport. Photo by Amanda Howell Photography

 

WE’RE HERE FOR YOU

Whether you met your bridesmaids at summer camp, in college, or at the local bar- we’ve got you covered! There are 48 Bella showrooms across the country. An out of town bridesmaid can visit their local showroom to try on dresses, have their measurements professionally taken, and determine sizing. Insert Full House theme song here!
Bella takes great pride in creating a custom and personal experience for our brides and bridesmaids. Need to rush your dresses or order a style with Extra Length? We’ve got your back. Want a Bari Jay lace dress to be made in two colors? We can two tone it for you. The more customizations, the merrier!
Let’s face it, all your friends are not the exact same height and size. The glory of shopping at a made to order store is we have LOTS to choose from. Picture Cher Horowitz’s closet, but for your wedding!

Bella Bridesmaid #BellaFreehold Showroom. Photo by Paul Francis Photography.
#BellaFreehold Showroom. Photo by Paul Francis Photography.

 

FAMILY TIES

We love our Bella family. As a franchise of small businesses led by a mother daughter duo, we create collaborative partnerships with each of our designers. Bari Jay is cut from the same thread as they are also family owned and operated- run by two sisters!
The truth is, we also consider our Bella brides and grooms to be part of the Bella family! Seeing their weddings come to life is perk numero uno of the job. If we could look at Real Wedding pictures and videos all day, we would (and we might). Don’t tell the boss!

Neutral bridesmaid dresses
Bella Bride, Lizzi, with her girls in Bari Jay from Bella Bridesmaids Birmingham. Photo by Todd Helzer Photography.

LET’S HANG
Here are some helpful tips before contacting your local Bella to schedule your appointment:

1. You got the bling…now what? Wedding planning can seem like a lot, so keep it simple and start with your attire. What you wear will help guide the style and formality of your bridesmaids’ dresses, so focus on yourself first!

2. Start shopping with 1 to 3 trusted decision makers. Many times, especially on the weekends, you will have one fitting room during your hour long appointment, so less opinions makes sure you will see all the dresses you can handle. You can always bring everyone else for a second appointment after you have narrowed down your favorites.

3. There are a LOT of choices! Choosing your general color scheme and preferred dress length before visiting will ensure you leave your appointment feeling accomplished, not confused.

4. Questions about samples sizes, price points, or anything else? Give us a call, we are very chatty!
Hope to see you soon!
P.S. OK fine, we sell flower girl dresses too, including Bari Jay’s new styles. Those don’t count as side chicks though, we asked.

Bari Jay has brand new flower girl dresses and junior bridesmaid dresses!
Bari Jay has brand new flower girl dresses and junior bridesmaids dresses!