What you need to know when shopping for bridesmaids’ dresses

So you’ve found the wedding dress of your dreams, but you now have to start shopping for your bridesmaids’ dresses.

In this blog post, we share 6 tips that will help you make this process as easy and stress-free as possible. Read on to find out more!

1: Get all your bridesmaids to commit to a fitting early on

If you’re purchasing your bridesmaid dresses from a boutique or store, and you want to arrange a date for a fitting, we recommend making plans months in advance.

Why do we say so? Well, you’ll have to buffer in time for alterations, and on top of that, it’s easy to find a date when everyone’s available if you’re planning ahead. The bottom line? Don’t leave things to the last minute!

2: Remind bridesmaids to bring the right undergarments

Running in the same vein: remind your bridesmaids to purchase and bring the right undergarments beforehand.

If your bridesmaids are trying on a halter dress, for instance, an…

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When should I buy my dress?

Planning for your wedding? You’ll want to make sure you allocate enough time to hunt for your perfect wedding dress, especially if you’re shopping on a tight budget, or you’ve got a highly specific vision in mind.

Bearing this in mind, we recommend that you start searching for your dress at least 10 months before the big day. In this blog post, we walk you through the different milestones that you’ll hit within this period of time, and tell you what to expect!

10 months before your wedding

Tasks to complete:

Come up with a budget for your dress Think about what silhouette you’d like

First things first: you’ll want to decide on a budget for your wedding dress, so you won’t end up spending too much. Don’t forget that on top of paying for the actual dress, you’ll be spending on your veil, plus paying for alterations, and shipping.

Once you’ve got your budget worked out, do some research and think about what silhouette you’re g…

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8 top tips for finding your dream wedding venue

Thank you very much to Helen Wood, from TipTopVenues who researched this article on top tips to help you choose the perfect wedding venue.           You’re browsing Bride2bride to find your perfect dress, but I’m sure you’re also thinking about and researching the perfect wedding venue – along with guest lists, photographers, catering… oh, and a fabulous honeymoon, they are all jostling for position at the top of your to-do list! It’s crazily busy, but for any newly engaged couples it’s the start of a very exciting journey. So we’ve put together our top tips for picking the perfect venue.     1. Be realistic and remember your budget It’s so easy to get carried away when planning a wedding, a little bit more here, a little more spend there, and before you know it, you’ve gone way over! Figure out your top and bottom line and what you want within that cost, before you start looking.   2. Internet resear…
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8 ways to make your wedding flowers more eco friendly

Thank you very much to Rachel Bull from www.houseofdandelions.com floral design studio who has written this guest article on ways to make your wedding flowers more eco friendly. If you’re looking to make your big day more sustainable, chances are you’ll be searching out environmentally friendly florals. The good news is that going heavy on the foliage isn’t the only way to green up your wedding flowers. It is totally possible to ensure your floral designs are eco friendly without compromising on your dream blooms. Go seasonal Flowers are at their best when bought in season. They will be top quality, last longer and give better value for money. By choosing seasonal blooms you’ll have a greater chance of incorporating British flowers into your wedding, which will reduce your carbon footprint by avoiding having to fly out of season flowers in from abroad. Buy British British flowers are experiencing a serious comeback, with an increasing number of artisan growers producing amazin…
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Selling your wedding dress abroad

If you decide to offer your dress to buyers who live abroad, you’re giving yourself more chance of selling your dress quickly. We’ve recently launched Bride2Bride in the USA giving you access to the American marketplace and soon-to-be brides and potential buyers. Sending your dress to an international buyer isn’t that much more complicated than sending it within the UK. The price will depend on the size and weight of the parcel, which will vary according to the style of your dress, and the value of your dress. Here are our top tips for working out what you will need to charge the buyer for shipping: Almost all buyers are genuine, but when you cannot meet them, make sure you are certain that the buyer is real, so read our tips on selling safely Make sure you’ve insured the parcel for the full value of the sale – it will add to the cost, but it’s essential to include this. Your buyer is unlikely to need the dress in a hurry, so when you are getting shipping quotes, …
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Unconventional And Outrageous Wedding Dresses Perfect For Offbeat Brides

Pride yourself on marching to the beat of your own drum, and not conforming to societal norms? Then you probably wouldn’t want to get married in a wedding dress that’s generic or safe. In this article, we’ve rounded up 8 unconventional and outrageous wedding dresses which are perfect for offbeat brides. Read on to find out more! #1: The polka dot wedding dress (Credits) How adorable is this polka dot wedding dress? The dress is bold yet subtle at the same time, and the raised hem at the front is perfect for brides who want to show off your wedding heels. Bonus: because the dress comes in an empire line cut, you’ll be a LOT more comfortable than if you wear to wear a mermaid dress that’s suffocatingly tight. This means you can actually dig into the food that’s served at your wedding… and even if you overeat and get a food baby, nobody will be able to tell! ;) #2: The sequinned wedding dress (Credits) Yes, there are plenty of sequinned wedding dresses out there,…
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The Savvy Bride’s Guide To Buying And Selling Wedding Dresses Online

Thinking of buying or selling a wedding dress online? We know you’ll have some questions about the process, so we’ve put together some information on the topics we get asked about all the time -- read on to find out more! For brides who are selling Q: How long does it take for wedding dresses to sell? A: There are cases of dresses selling very quickly (within hours of being listed!), but generally speaking, the average time it takes to sell a dress is upwards of 2 months. Don’t worry -- once you post your listing on our site, it’ll be live for up to 12 months, and if you haven’t sold it within this time, you can relist your advertisement with just a single click. Q: What information should I include on my listing? A: The more information you include, the better! List when you bought the dress, what designer it’s from, the model or name of the dress, the cut/silhouette, the type of neckline and back, how many times it has been worn, and the colour of the dress. Mak…
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Seven Brides On What They Wish They’d Known Before Their Wedding Day

Every bride wants their wedding to go without a hitch and you know what they say -- hindsight is 20/20. We asked 7 brides what they wish they knew before their wedding day, so that you can benefit from their advice!   #1: “Things will go wrong, and that’s okay.” “I wanted my wedding to be perfect, but I quickly realised that when you have so many moving parts coming together, that’s pretty much impossible. For your sanity, try and quickly come to terms with the fact that things WILL go wrong (and that it’s okay). Don’t sweat the small stuff -- and focus on the fact that you’re getting married to the love of your life!” Megan, 25. #2: “Be as specific with your photographer as possible.” “I spent a lot of effort on shortlisting photographers, so once I narrowed it down to The One, I thought I was good to go. While the pictures DID turn out beautiful, I unfortunately didn’t get all the shots I was hoping for. So, here’s my advice: your photographer will definitel…
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How to sell your wedding dress safely

Selling your wedding dress through an online marketplace is getting ever more popular; it makes sense to pass your ‘worn once’ dress on to another bride for so many reasons, including making the most of your wedding budget and environmental awareness. As it becomes more popular, however, it’s attracting the attention of scammers. “Eddie Townsend, of Action Fraud – the national reporting centre for fraud and cyber crime – says fraudsters are regularly targeting people who trade online. Wedding dress sales, he says, are one of the areas where fraudsters are prevalent – in part because the market is relatively recent and growing rapidly. He says: 'Consumers must be vigilant and have their eyes open to potential scams.'” thisismoney.co.uk Although the vast majority of buyers on wedding marketplace websites will be genuine, being careful when buying or selling online is unavoidable these days and at Bride2Bride we’re here to help. How you can spot a scam The buyer is offeri…
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Fabulously flattering plus-size wedding dresses

Every bride deserves the dress of her dreams, whatever her shape and the size of her budget, and Bride2Bride is here to help! Whatever your figure, there are a wide range of dresses to suit you – with the average woman in the UK being a size 16 and the body positive movement meaning that bigger brides are now choosing dramatic and beautiful styles, there are some fabulous dresses of all sizes listed on Bride2Bride. We’ve put together some tips and advice on how to find your perfect dress. Work from measurements rather than sizes Some of the more expensive, designer brands can be sized on the small size, so if you’ve seen a preloved dress that you think might be for you, we suggest that you send the seller your measurements to see how they compare to the dress itself. Even if it means you buy a dress that supposedly a size or two bigger than you’d usually buy, it won’t matter if it fits beautifully. Go with what works There are some styles and fabrics that are known to f…
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