4 Tips for Bridesmaid Dress Shopping

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, soon-to-be sisters…your beautiful, unique bridesmaids! You want your bridesmaids to like the dresses, but you also want the dresses to fit the style of your wedding. Dress shopping can be a stressful process; we have some tips to help you find amazing dresses that your bridesmaids will love!

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; <$50 is generally a pretty safe amount. 

It’s cute, it’s <$50, and she can wear it on a date!

2. Embrace 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 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 (like this, this, or this). These options allow you to get the look you want for your wedding while allowing your bridesmaids to pick out dresses they love.

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3. Wedding Style

Keep the style of your wedding in mind. 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.

4. Enjoy Yourselves!

No matter what dresses you end up picking or where you get them from, enjoy it! 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!

Beautiful, flattering, affordable bridesmaid dresses really do exist! Here’s a few of our favorites!