As if buying your own wedding gown is not stressful enough, imagine how much more stressful it would be to buy dresses for all your bridesmaids. From dealing with varying tastes and preferences to different personalities, a bride can easily be overwhelmed. Luckily, the hard parts of this experience can be gotten rid of with a little foresight.
Here are some tips that will make bridesmaid’s dress shopping a bit easier:
Do some research
Which style are you looking for? It helps to know the wedding theme and color before you go dress shopping. With the color in mind, you can do some online research to find the best style. Because the dresses are not meant for you, you should ask all the bridesmaids for their input when selecting a style.
Doing some online research could be a lot of fun for you and the girls. Moreover, you need to know what you want before hitting the bridal shops in your area.
Factor in more time
Unless the dresses are being bought off the rack, you need to start shopping for dresses at least 3 months in advance. Because many designers have their dresses cut abroad, it is not possible to speed up the process beyond a certain point. You need to place orders for all dresses at the same time to make sure that there is quality control.
If you are considering customized bridesmaid dresses by Azazie, you should factor in even more time. This gives the tailors ample time to make the dresses.
Be upfront about the budget
Your bridal party’s budget is a minefield topic that should be broached carefully. As a result, some brides tend to put it off until it is too late. However, you need to be upfront about the budget so that you can choose the style that fits it.
Luckily, even on a tight budget, you can find affordable dresses. When creating a budget, you also need to consider the cost of dress alteration.
Have professional measurements taken
Since most bridesmaids’ dresses are ready made, your girls need to have their measurements taken by a professional. Because every designer uses different measurements, it is important for everyone to give the correct measurements to avoid mistakes.
Shop early for good deals
Make sure that you start shopping for your bridal party at least 7-8 months before your big day. Not only is shopping early less stressful for everyone, but you are also more likely to get a sale. Moreover, when you place your order early enough, your dresses will be delivered on time, giving you ample time to make the necessary alterations.
Make several appointments
When you first go into the bridal boutique, you should not bring your entire bridal party with you; this can be overwhelming for the shop attendants. Instead, you should go with your maid of honor or a few girls from the bridal party to help you narrow down your choices.
Once you have a shortlist, the entire bridal party can start weighing in.
Do not forget extra length
If your bridesmaid is about 5 feet 8 inches tall, she might need more length especially if she is wearing high heels. Make sure that you budget for extra length because it involves extra charges. You also need to bring accessories to the initial fitting to see how well they go with the dress that you choose.
When choosing dresses for your bridesmaids, you should stay in touch with them throughout the process. This will prevent arguments and dissenting opinions later on.