Tips for bridesmaid dress shopping

Tips for bridesmaid dress shopping

It’s helpful to follow some basic tips when shopping for bridesmaid dresses – you’ll keep your sanity and your bridesmaids will be happy.
Sep. 18, 2013 | By: The idoo.ca staff

Shopping for bridesmaid dresses is difficult and can be very stressful for both the bride as well as the bridesmaids. It’s helpful to follow some basic tips when shopping for bridesmaid dresses – you’ll keep your sanity and your bridesmaids will be happy.

Do some pre-shopping. It’s helpful to start by having your own ideas for what you’d like for the style of the dresses. Look through bridal magazines, view online websites, and check local bridal salons to see what styles you prefer.

Choose your bridal colours and wedding date before you begin shopping for bridesmaid dresses. This will give you a starting point and eliminate some options. If your wedding will be in the cool months, look at dresses that are made of thick fabric and have sleeves. In summer, opt for sleeveless dresses.

The bridesmaid dresses should compliment the bridal gown, so don’t shop for them until after you’ve chosen your own dress.

Remember to consider your bridesmaid’s figures when choosing dresses. If your bridesmaids have a wide range of body types try to pick a dress that looks good on everyone, such as an a-line style.

Keep in mind that you have the final approval of the dresses. Don’t let the bridesmaids overrule what you want for your wedding. On the other hand, it’s best to have your bridesmaids feel as though they are involved in the choice.

Be considerate of prices when picking bridesmaid dresses. Many of your friends may be on a limited budget so remember this when making decisions about dresses. Keep your choices to a reasonable amount, and consider that the bridesmaids also have to shell out money for shoes, undergarments, gifts, and other items.

Give your bridesmaids only a few choices. Visit the salon ahead of time to view dresses and pick those that you approve. Then, when shopping with bridesmaids, allow them to choose between these options. This way you’ll be certain of getting a dress you want. 

Think about allowing your bridesmaids to wear different style dresses in the same colour. Another good option is to pick dresses in slightly different hues in the same colour family. These are trendy ways to give your bridesmaids a dress that looks good on them.

The idoo.ca staff.

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