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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, and everyone’s bra strap is showing, this obviously ruins the look, and makes it difficult for you to gauge whether the dress is a good fit.

3: Look for a shop that has a flexible exchange policy

Many brides these days opt to shop for their bridesmaid dresses online. If you’re intending to do this, then make sure the online store that you’re purchasing the dresses from has a flexible exchange and/or returns policy.

Here’s the thing: if the dresses are a tad too long, they can be easily altered, but if you’re trying to alter for fit (especially at the bust area), this involves more complexity, and might take too much time and money. Bearing this in mind, you might find that it makes more sense to just return the dress and purchase a new one (or exchange it for one that’s of a more suitable size).

4: Buy from a reputable shop

If you’re buying your bridesmaid dresses from an online store, we recommend sticking to reputable brands that you know will deliver.

Here’s the thing: there are plenty of cases of women ordering wedding dresses and bridesmaids dresses online, only to realize that the item they’ve received in the mail looks NOTHING like the picture on the website. To err on the side of caution, don’t shop at a new or unknown store that has suspiciously low prices!

4: Shop with a predetermined budget in mind

Regardless of who’s paying for the dress, it’s important to shop with a budget in mind.

If you’re asking your bridesmaids to fork out for their dresses, ask them candidly how much they’d be willing to pay. You might find it awkward broaching the topic, but your bridesmaids will definitely appreciate the fact that you’re asking for their opinions and feedback.

If you’re the one paying for the dress, you’ll also want to sit down and come up with a budget to stick to. This helps you keep the costs for your entire wedding on track, and ensures that you don’t end up in debt.

5: Make sure the bridesmaid dresses complement your own wedding dress

We’re not saying that your bridesmaids’ dresses have to be matchy-matchy with your own dress, but they do have to complement your dress, and look good alongside your dress. Remember: you’ll be taking tons of pictures with your #bridesquad!

For instance, if your wedding dress is a glamorous ball gown that’s embellished with sequins, then your bridesmaid dresses should be equally dressy, instead of casual. If you put them in tea dresses, or dresses made in chiffon or other summery fabrics, you and your bridesmaids might look like you’re attending two different weddings!

6: Consider mixing different silhouettes and styles

But if you have bridesmaids who are petite and curvy, and others who are tall and lanky, what do you do? Here, consider mixing different silhouettes and styles, so that each bridesmaid can wear something that flatters their figure, and be comfortable in their own skin. As long as you stick to the same colour palette, it’s perfectly fine to have one bridesmaid in, say, an empire waist dress, and another in an A-line dress.

If your bridesmaids have roughly the same body types, then consider yourself lucky – this makes it that much easier for you to choose a dress silhouette.

Good luck!