Planning a wedding has a long list of to-dos. Everything from gown shopping, venue choosing, cake sampling, flower picking, and so much more. One of the bride’s duties or jobs is to make sure her bridal party has the right dresses for the special day too. Bridesmaid dress shopping can be a daunting task, so we are sharing tips for choosing the perfect bridal party dresses to make your shopping experience stress free and full of fun.
Choose your wedding gown first.
It is so much easier to decide on bridal party dresses if you already know what you’ll be wearing for your wedding day. You want your ladies to be wearing dresses that compliment you and your dress, so shop for yourself first! The Wedding Shoppe bridal stylists are excited to help you find the dress of your dreams so that you are ready for the next step in wedding planning!
Pinterest is a great place to start browsing bridal party dress ideas and inspiration. You can also flip through bridal magazines and scroll through bridal websites and blogs. Have an idea of what you really like and what you really don’t like.
Give yourself and your bridesmaids time.
Not only do you need time to browse, but leave enough time for shopping, ordering, and dress alterations so that your girlfriends are ready and prepared for your wedding day. Sometimes dresses can take up to six months to receive, so be sure to keep that in mind when planning your dress shopping.
Keep the cost in mind.
When you prepare to shop for bridesmaids’ dresses, keep the cost in mind. Take in account your friends’ lifestyles and other wedding expenses, because in most cases they pay for their own dresses. At The Wedding Shoppe, your bridesmaids receive a discount on their dresses after you purchase your wedding gown with us, which is a great incentive and help to your girlfriends.
Keep the season in mind.
Keeping the season in mind for your wedding is important for many reasons, but one of them is for your bridesmaids dresses. If you are planning an outdoor wedding during a time of year that’s cold, you may not want your brides in short, strapless dresses. Remembering the season may also help you decide on a color pallet for your bridal party as well.
Be as creative as you want.
Remember that your wedding day is a reflection of you and your future spouse. You can be as traditional or non-traditional as you want. Your bridesmaids dresses can vary in color shades, styles, lengths, etc. Choose a color pallet for your bridesmaids to go off of and allow them to find a dress that they feel comfortable and beautiful in. Or, if that’s not your style, find a dress that compliments your bridal party as a whole.
Narrow down the options.
Sometimes giving too many options can make the task at hand more overwhelming. Narrowing down your bridal party dress options will help alleviate that and make it easier for you and your bridesmaids to decide. Decide on a color or color family, pick a favorite designer, or get a professional to help, like one of our bridal stylists at The Wedding Shoppe. Not only are we here to help you find your perfect wedding gown, but to outfit your entire bridal party, so let us do the work for you.
Remember to not stress during this planning and shopping process, as it’s supposed to be a memorable and fun part of the wedding experience. Applying these tips should save you some time and frustration so that you and your girlfriends can have the best time shopping together. If you enjoyed our tips in this post, you should check out our post about the five wedding mistakes everyone still makes!