Bridesmaid dress shopping can often be a stressful experience. Hours of conflicting opinions, arguments and pressure for the bride to make the final decision. However, we are here to tell you it doesn’t need to be that way. Our blog gives you the ultimate guide to bridesmaid dress shopping! Keep reading to find out.
Step 1 – Find out your bridesmaid’s size + varying sizes
You will want to ask all of your bridesmaids their size and the varying sizes they have. Every shop will fit them differently, therefore by knowing their general fluctuations you can give the bridal wear assistant a general idea of sizing. If you are having the dresses custom made this may not be essential as everyone will be hand measured, but if attending a store it is essential you know the size range.
Step 2 – Decide on a price range that is comfortable for everyone
If you are paying for your bridesmaids dresses you will need to think, plan and assert a budget to the dress costs. This will allow you and the bridal wear assistant to be more specific in the garments they present to you. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a dress that you cannot afford. If your bridesmaids are paying for their own dresses, you will need to come together and decide on a budget that is suitable for everyone.
Step 3 – Pinpoint a colour
This can be a very easy decision, or a very hard one. The general theme of your wedding should be able to indicate what colour is best to use for the bridesmaid’s dresses. For example, a navy, silver and white theme would mean the best colours for the dresses would be navy or silver.
Step 4 – Use preferred styles
It would be beneficial to ask all of your maids to show you a picture of them wearing their favourite formal wear. This will indicate their preferred and most suitable styles, therefore helping when deciding on the final dress. If everyone has a different style, you can have the same dress but have it slightly differ to suit everyone and make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Step 5 – Be considerate of preferences
There is nothing worse than having to wear a dress that you do not feel comfortable in. Yes, you will have the overall say in what is worn, but to be a good friend you will need to be considerate of everyone’s preferences.
Step 6 – Sometimes a tailor is best
When buying an off-the-rail dress it can be hard to get it to fit correctly, to suit everyone’s preference and look how it’s intended. To solve this problem you can buy the standard dress and have a tailor tweak it to suit everyone’s needs and preferences.
Step 7 – Either go shopping only you + one person or do it at home
Sometimes everyone’s opinions can be distracting and discouraging, therefore choose one or a few people to do the shopping with you. This can be in store or online, as long as you are well informed on everyone’s sizes and preferences you should be fine making the overall decisions.
TIP: Find out if you can return the dresses if not suitable. If so, take the dresses home and have your bridesmaids try them at home in a more comfortable environment.
Step 8 – Underwear choice is key
Your underwear can make or break a dress. Ensure your bridal party choose comfortable, seam free and supportive underwear. The style of dress will also indicate what underwear is best suited, for example, a strapless dress will need a strapless bra, a backless dress will need a backless bra or no bra at all, a skin tight dress will need seam free knickers.
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