Top Tips for Buying Bridesmaid Dresses
As soon as you’ve found the perfect wedding dress, you’re ready for the next phase of your wedding shopping journey: finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses. Regardless of your wedding style or the size of your bridal party, bridesmaid dress shopping need not be a feat.
Usually, it will take as long as six months for you to receive your orders, plus a month to a month and a half for alterations. A six to eight month allowance will provide you and your friends enough time to order dresses and ensure a great fit.
When you talk of 21st century research, it all boils down to the Internet. There are practically thousands of gowns online, not to mention you can simply bookmark all your favorites, share them with the girls,. Of course, those traditional magazines haven’t exactly lost their value when it comes to providing ideas or inspiration. You can tear out pages to remind you of the themes or colors that you would like to have for your wedding.
Shop Alone or With Company?
Think what type of shopping experience is most suitable for you. If you’re usually very sure about what you want, it may be good to shop alone. If you like to listen to others’ input, then you should probably bring your most trusted friends along (but not too many as you will only end up confused).
The Perfect Fit
A bridesmaid dress is typically ordered using a person’s biggest measurements (from the bust, waist and hips), so your friends will likely buy dresses at least a size larger than they normally wear. If one of your gals wants to buy a smaller dress, tell her it’s easier to adjust the measurements of a larger dress than having to deal with a dress that is too small for her size – in which case, you’ll probably have to just order another dress.
Shade or Tint
There are so many ways of picking the perfect color. One of the easiest is to simply consider the color schemes of your palette, your venue or the season. If your wedding will be held at a rustic vineyard where burgundy is the dominant color, for example, forget those hot pink dresses.
Marsala, emerald and other rich colors are great in the fall and winter months, while for spring and summer, you’ll want to go with mint, lavender and other lighter shades. If you’re still at a loss for what you really want, just pick a generic color, such as blue, and have your girls choose their favorite shades to come up with a trendier, more erratic look.
Finally, consider skin tones when choosing the right color or colors for your bridesmaids. For those who are fairer-skinned, jewel shades like emerald and amethyst will look great, while for the darker-skinned, hot pink and cobalt blue will pop out gorgeously.