How to Find the Perfect Bridesmaid’s Dresses
Shopping for a dress for your bridesmaids is no easy feat. Chances are you are dealing with different budgets, body types and style preferences. Although it is a challenging process, it doesn’t have to be a stressful one. Here are 8 tips to help you find great dresses for your bridesmaids.
Begin by browsing
Start off by doing some research. You can browse thousands of gowns, bookmark your favorites and share them with your friends and get their feedback. Find stores that are in all areas, such as Macy’s, so your bridesmaids can go and get a feel for the dresses. It’s important to try on dresses in an actual store due to varying sizes online. To ensure the bridesmaids’ dresses fit your wedding day aesthetic seeing them on your bridal party gives peace of mind and also guarantees everyone is satisfied.
Keep costs in mind
If any of your friends have been in a bridal party before, they know bridesmaids pay for their own dresses. However, a gentle reminder is never a bad idea. When it comes to price, try to be considerate of your friends’ lifestyles. If you’re concerned your wedding might be a financial burden for one or more of your bridesmaids, focus your search on dresses in a more affordable range or select a color you like and let them pick their own style.
Stick to a schedule
To ensure your bridal party complements you and your gown it helps to order your gown prior to bridesmaid dresses. It is not necessarily the most important factor in your wedding, but it helps to stick to a timeline and to ensure everything fits your vision. Also, keep in mind the importance of ordering all the dresses at the same time. There have been incidents where dresses do not arrive on time or the dye in the material hue is off because the dresses did not come from the same dye batch.
It can sometimes take up to six months for orders to arrive and four to six weeks for alterations. A six to eight-month cushion will give you and your bridal party ample time to find the perfect dresses, get them ordered and also allow enough time for alternations if needed.
Find the right fit
A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements, so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If a friend wants to buy a smaller size, remind her it’s much easier to alter a larger dress. If the dress ends up being too small she will likely have to order a larger size and may not be able to exchange.
Select a dress shade
There are several foolproof ways to pick the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to play off the color schemes of your wedding color palette, the venue as well as the season. For instance, if your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard with burgundy decoration, you might want to rule out clashing hot pink dresses. Rich colors like marsala and emerald work well in the fall and winter months and lighter shades such as mint and lavender are perfect for spring and summer. If you’re still at a loss for exactly which hue to choose you should opt for a general color, like green, and let your bridesmaids pick their favorite shades from light to dark for a trendy, mismatched look. Want to push the envelope even further? Consider prints- floral-print bridesmaid dresses are becoming increasingly popular and trendy.
Always use a professional seamstress
If the dresses require any alterations, never try cut costs by not using a professional seamstress. Bridesmaids dresses are very delicate and sometimes have many complex details that an amateur would not have the skill to complete successfully. To avoid a fitting crisis always be sure to entrust this work to the true professionals.
Make multiple appointments at the boutique
Don’t bring your entire bridal party into the shop the first time you start looking for dresses. Instead, initially go with your mother, maid of honor or one or two bridesmaids and have them help narrow down your initial choices. Once you’ve found a few favorites, then ask the rest of the party to weigh in, Have the consultant set aside your picks and show only those to your bridesmaids.
Planning your wedding is an exciting, but stressful time. Your wedding gown is the focal point of your wedding day. That’s why finding the right fit, style and price are all important components that factor into your decision. At Bridal Fashions, we pursue excellence in every dress we sell. Be sure to check out our latest collections to begin your search or request an appointment with a consultant at one of our Macy’s Bridal Salons.