Congrats! You’re engaged, you’ve picked your bridal party, and they’ve said yes. Now you have to outfit them. Wait, how are you supposed to find something for them all to wear? That you actually like? Don’t be stressed, this is supposed to be fun, and with these 5 tips on shopping for bridesmaid dresses, you’ll be organized, calm and excited about the experience.
Research, research, research:
From styles and colors to prices, look into it all before you start shopping. (Wedding Guys Wisdom: If you’re having a lot of people in your wedding party, try to pick colors that are complimentary to their various body types.)
Create a Pinterest board:
A great way to figure out what you want is to pin gowns you like. And don’t just stick with bridesmaid dresses in your search. You can look at celebrity fashion sites, magazine sites, and red carpet coverage. Once you start pinning what you like, a pattern will emerge with your favorite colors and styles.
Who is paying? More often than not these days it’s the maids themselves, so respect this when making dress choices. Also leave room in the budget for alterations, which can cost a pretty penny. (If you order the dress way too big the alterations can cost as much as the gown itself!)
Make an appointment.
Mestad’s Bridal and Formalwear recommends shopping at least 6 or 7 months prior to your wedding. “This will give you time to choose the style and color as well as to give your attendants time to get their measurements and payments in. Ordering your gowns at least 5-6 months before the wedding will give the gowns time to arrive in the store, be distributed to your maids, and allow them plenty of time to make any necessary alterations.”
Decide who to bring.
This is critical to making your shopping experience a pleasant one. Don’t bring your whole bridal party if you’re planning on having a lot of bridesmaids, because too many opinions will cause for tension. We suggest you bring 1-2 people max, so you can focus on what you like without getting sidetracked.
Hopefully these 5 tips on shopping for bridesmaid dresses will make the process fun. Remember, it's supposed to be fun!