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Pointers for Buying Bridesmaid Dresses

After finding your dream wedding dress, it’s time for the next step of your wedding shopping adventure: finding dream bridesmaid dresses. Whatever your wedding style, there’s no reason to make bridesmaid dress shopping a challenge.

On Schedule

Sometimes, it will take up to six months to get your orders and about four to six weeks to have alterations. A six- to eight-month buffer should be enough for you and your friends to have ample time to shop for the dresses and make sure they fit.


When you talk about research today, the Internet is undoubtedly the place to go. There are tons of gowns online, which you can just bookmark and then share with the women. 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.

Shopping Alone vs.

Decide what kind of shopping experience works for you best. If you’re usually very sure about what you want, it may be good to shop alone. If you’re type who likes input from others, then bring along some trusted friends (not too many though as you may only end up confused).

The Right Fit

A bridesmaid dress is often ordered with the bridesmaid’s biggest measurements (hips, waist, bustline), which means your friends will probably order dresses that are at least one size larger than their usual dress. If one of the girls is inclined to buy a smaller size, tell her it’s safer to get a bigger dress, which can simply be altered to fit her size, as opposed to buying a dress that is too small, where the only option is to order another dress.

Shade or Tint

You have several ways of deciding on the perfect color. One of the easiest methods is to check the color schemes of your palette, your wedding 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.

Rich hues like emerald and marsala are fantastic in winter or fall, whle pastel shades will work just great in summer or spring. 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.

Complementary Colors

Lastly, your choice of color or colors of bridesmaid dresses may be based on skin tones. 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.

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