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  • 4 Tips for Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

    June 10, 2021 3 min read

    It was stressful enough to find the man and your own dress, but now it’s time to find their dresses! You know who I’m talking about: your childhood best friend, college roommates, sisters -- your beautiful, unique bridesmaids! Of course you want your bridesmaids to like the dresses, but you also want the dresses to fit the style and vibe of your wedding. Bridesmaid dress shopping can be a difficult process; so we have some tips to help you find amazing dresses that your bridesmaids will love!

    1. Get Something Practical, Re-Wearable, and Comfortable.

    While this is your special day, consider the wants and needs of your bridesmaids. Allowing them to find something affordable, super comfy, and that they can over again is generally in the best interest of your ladies. Your bridesmaids may not want to fork out hundreds of dollars for a dress they won’t wear again! Keep their budgets in mind and try not to be too extravagant.

    1. Give Them Something Practical and Re-Wearable

    You may only use your wedding dress once, but your bridesmaids don’t want to fork out hundreds of dollars for a dress they won’t wear again! Keep their budgets in mind and try not to be too extravagant, even if the $1000 Little Bo Peep dress is the PERFECT look for your wedding; less than $50 is generally a pretty safe amount.

    2. Embrace Their Differences

    No two women are the same and a one-size-fits all won’t cut it when it comes to bridesmaid dresses. Women come in all shapes, sizes, and skin tones, and thankfully so do dresses! You can embrace your bridesmaids' differences in one of two ways:

    Option 1: Choose dresses that come in a wide variety of sizes and pick a color that complements each girl’s skin tone. Easier said than done; still, a lot of boutiques have great dresses in sizes for everyone!

    Option 2: A fantastic option is mismatched bridesmaid dresses! This simplifies the dress buying process for everyone involved. Simply pick a color palette and let the bridesmaids choose their dresses (with your help and approval of course!) or choose one style of dress that comes in different colors. These options allow you to get the look you want for your wedding while allowing your bridesmaids to pick out dresses they love.

    affordable bridesmaid dresses for women

    3. Clearly Define Your Wedding Style

    Keep the style of your wedding top of mind. When making the decision on your bridesmaids dresses, it's important that the theme, mood, and colors are crystal clear. Whether your wedding is classic, rustic, chic, or romantic, your bridesmaid dresses need to fit in! Other things to keep in mind include the venue, time of year, and the potential weather you could encounter on that day. In short: no full length black dresses in the middle of June and no rose gold sequined dresses with a country rustic theme.

    Bride and her bridesmaids in blush dresses

    4. Enjoy Yourselves!

    No matter what dresses you end up picking or where you get them from, enjoy the experience! Wedding planning can be a stressful time for the bride, but these are the moments you should be cherishing all together. Make a day of shopping with your bridesmaids – catch up over lunch, celebrate finding the perfect bridesmaid dresses over dessert, or order your dresses online and party at home. Happy bridesmaids, happy bride, right? These are your girls, take care of them!

    Bridesmaids at a wedding.

    *This post was originally published in June 2017 and has since been updated with new content.

    Here are a few of our favorite beautiful, flattering, affordable bridesmaid dresses:

    Teal Boutique Dress for Women

    Women's White Dress with Textured Polka Dot Material

    Gray Smocked Accented Boutique Maxi Dresses for Women

    In The Limelight Ribbed Knee-Length Dress

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