bridesmaid dress shopping: prepping before you shop
While shopping for your wedding dress is a priority and takes precedence over all other outfits for the big day, bridesmaid dress shopping is also going to take some planning on your part. While you might be tempted to make shopping for your best gals a fly by the seat of your pants ordeal, you are still going to want to be sure you are properly prepared to shop. Take a look at some of the best ways to ensure that you make the most out of a shopping trip for your bridesmaid dresses.
You want to start by ‘getting to know’ your bridesmaids. No, this doesn’t mean asking them their life stories and more intimate secrets! This means that you need to get to know their sizes, their body types and the types of dresses that will look best on them. Depending on the number of bridesmaids that you have you might want to take some notes as to their measurements, colors that flatter their skin and personal preferences for dresses.
After you have an idea of the girls that you are dressing, you are going to want to identify bridesmaid dresses that you feel fit the style of your wedding. This will require some research on your part, so start by sorting through bridal magazines, online sites or bridal show photos that you have gathered and narrow down the styles that you like. Remember that it is your wedding day and you have the option to dress your bridesmaids in the color or style of dresses that you like. You might find that you like a certain cut of a dress but want to allow your bridesmaids to choose the color they prefer, or you might want to choose the same dress for each but with contrasting sashes. The options are limitless, just as they are with your wedding dress, so you want to be informed about all your choices before you settle on the first dress you see.
Now, with measurements, notes and photos in hand, you can head on over to the bridal boutique that carries bridesmaid dresses within your budget (or that of your bridesmaids), and start shopping. If you’d like some help in the process of identifying the right dresses for your closest girlfriends, and want to make the process fun for everyone you can always invite them to help you get ideas and even to shop for dresses. Allowing them to participate can make choosing dresses fun and help to give you a true idea of what they could look like on your wedding day. Not to mention a girls trip to the bridal boutique can be a great way to catch up and plan for the big day!
By properly prepping for bridesmaid shopping you can help to make your experience a little easier and take some of the stress away from another part of planning for your wedding. Bridesmaid dress shopping doesn’t have to be a chore, make it something fun!